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Valley United Methodist Church
Saturday February 8th, 2020
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion Chapel
Sunday February 9th, 2020

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Thad Lee Meierhoff

Thad's life began on January 26, 1943, the son of Arthur Lee and Myrtle Genevieve (Snelling) Meierhoff in Marion, Kansas. He graduated from Marion High School with the Class of 1961 and then served his country in the US Army Reserves. He married Edith Jane "Janie" Hett on February 14, 1965, in Marion.

Thad worked on the family farm until he moved to town with his family. He worked at Lynn’s Truck and Tractor from 1973 to 1980. In 1980 it became Lynn’s Farm Equipment and he continued to work there until 1994. In 1994, he purchased Beaston’s Market and ran the store for 16 months. Upon selling the store, he began work for Sander’s Electric for the next four years. He continued as an electrician for the City of Marion until his retirement in 2008.  After retirement, he worked part-time alongside his son, Chris, at Marion Marble and Granite. He was a Volunteer Fireman for 31 years serving as the Fire Chief from 2000 to 2005. He was a member of the Butler Community College Grizzlybacker Athletic Club, Lions Club, and a Boy Scout leader. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, gardening, bird watching, tinkering around, and watching westerns on television. He was also a history buff, and thoroughly enjoyed attending his grandchildren's activities.

His loving family includes his wife of almost 55 years, Janie; children and their spouses, Chris (Kathy) Meierhoff of Marion, Denise (Todd) Carter of El Dorado, Christian (Stacey) Pedersen of Marion and Henrik (Anita) Pedersen of Denmark; grandchildren, Brandon and Erin Meierhoff, Austin, Landon and Mason Pedersen, Callie, Camden and Carly Carter, Camilla and Daniel Pedersen; one great-grandson, Keenan Meierhoff.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Cecil Dean Meierhoff. Thad passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at the age of 77 years old.

His family will gather with friends on Saturday, February 7, from 5-7 pm at the Yazel-Megli Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Marion Christian Church, 140 N Elm, Marion.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Good Shepherd Hospice, Marion Fire Department or St. Jude's Children's Hospital in care of Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, 205 Elm Street, Marion, Kansas 66861. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Thad at www.ymzfh.com

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When working at Lynn's, he was always my go to person. Even keel, knowledgeable, and patient. I will miss him at our reunions. Coming from his country school to his presence at Marion seemed to be a seamless transition. He did so much for so many in Marion. Thinking of you Janie and your family. It just saddens me to think of all the members of the Class of 61 who are no longer with us. John

John Christensen Feb 15 2020 12:00 AM

Our thoughts to Thad's family, we met Thad when we moved to Marion and I went to work @ Lynn's. He was one Neat fellow to work beside and also on the personal side. He helped me through several tough times in my life with the loss of my Dad and later my daughter and his wisdom was over whelming. I still remember his Prank he pulled on us on Halloween when we were first married and was neighbors to him...

Jay and Laurie Brunner Feb 10 2020 12:00 AM

To Janie and the family. Sending you my thoughts and prayers. May all the wonderful memories of Thad help comfort you through your loss.

Ed Zeller Feb 9 2020 12:00 AM

Oh Janie I'm so sorry to see this. Thad was my 1st boyfriend at the age of 12. We grew up as neighbors east of Marion with Eileen. We went to church together. I'm so happy you shared your life together for so many years. Remember Jesus told us "Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted ". Look to Him and God bless you and your family.

Karen Higgins Smith Feb 9 2020 12:00 AM

To Thad's family: Skip and I send our sincere sympathies to all of you! As I grew up from birth really with Thad as a neighbor, I wanted to share some memories. My father, Oliver Pavey, took home movies from the late 1940's through the 1950's. Some of those movies show Art and Genny Meierhoff, Thad's parents, and Thad and I playing as children. I remember Thad riding on my home made wooden, kiddy car and it broke! I was so sad about that. Then when we were some older, there was a big snow like we had in those years. Thad and I took our sleds to the steep hill right by their house where the highway cut through. We sledded all afternoon there and guess our parents didn't worry as they were not right there. But both houses were close. Thad and I went to District #56 one room school grades one until six when the school closed. and then continued through school in Marion until we both graduated in 1961. Eileen Sieger

Eileen Sieger Feb 7 2020 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs for your family.

Kathy Goentzel Feb 7 2020 12:00 AM

I remember Thad and his family as our rural neighbors. We attended Country School in the 50's. I was a First grader and Thas was probably a 6th grader. A lot of shared rural neighbor friends and gatherings. Sympathy to the family

Frances Giesbrecht Sandford Feb 7 2020 12:00 AM

Prayers to Jamie and his family. Memories always are a comfort.

Pat and Carl Elling Feb 7 2020 12:00 AM

Many memories of Thad, from city work to just friendly bnb visits. He was instrumental with our house fire. Just a great all around man. A real stand up kinda guy. RIP Thad

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