Dan Meinen, 79, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, died Sunday, June 3, 2018, at the Great River Medical Center, in West Burlington.
Visitation will begin at noon on Friday, June 15, at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. after which the family will receive friends. A Christian Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. that evening. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, with the Rev. Paul Connolly and Rev. Nick Adam, celebrants. Interment will be in St. Alphonsus Cemetery with full military rites. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials directed to Camp Courageous, Hope Haven, or St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. On-line condolences may be directed to www.olsonpowell.com
Born May 5, 1939, at Ashton, Daniel Louis was the son of Louis John and Marie Catherine (Ney) Meinen. He graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in 1957. On Aug. 27, 1962, Dan married Katherine Joan Schaa at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton.
Serving in the United States Army from 1962 until 1964, Dan was based at Fort Ord, Calif., one year in Korea, and at Fort Benning, Ga. After his military service he worked 19 years for the Iowa Department of Transportation as an inspector at offices in Marengo, Atlantic, and Mt. Pleasant. In 1978, as owner and operator, Dan opened Meinen Construction, Inc., which after 20 years became known as Meinen & Son Construction, Inc.
Dan spent countless hours serving St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Along with leading the rosary every Sunday morning, he served as a greeter and usher, a member of the parish council and on the Old Threshers Committee. During Old Threshers, he was a BBQ chef for the church’s food tent. Dan was a member of New London V.F.W. Post 7461. A fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, he served as Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator, as well as serving in other positions.
Dan enjoyed morning coffee at Hardees with his friends and was a member of the ROMEO group. He loved sports, and while an avid Hawkeye, Cubs, and Bears fan, he watched any sports event he could. He liked fishing, extensive traveling, and was a competitive card player. Dan relished time with family and spoiling his grandchildren.
Along with his wife, Kathy, Dan is survived by one daughter, Diane (Mike) Glynn, of Clear Lake; one son, Dennis (Tricia) Meinen, of New London; five grandchildren, Nicholas Glynn, John Glynn, Victoria Simkins, Derek Meinen, and Darin Meinen; four brothers, Duane (Sharon) Meinen, Fairfield, Dick (Aldine) Meinen, Katy, Texas, Tom (Nancy) Meinen, Okoboji, and Bill (Donna) Meinen, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and two sisters, Betty Ellerbroek, Greenwood Village, Colo., and Donna (Lou) Marczyski, New Braunfels, Texas.
His parents and one brother, Ron Meinen, preceded him in death.
Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel, Mt. Pleasant, was in charge of arrangements.