OSCEOLA — Paul John Meister, 88, of Osceola, passed away Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at York General Hearthstone in York.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent's Catholic Church, in Osceola, with Father James Cooper officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, from 5-7 p.m. at St. Vincent's Church, in Osceola, with a 7 p.m. rosary. Interment will be in the Osceola Cemetery. Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Stromsburg has been entrusted with arrangements.
Paul was born April 4, 1922, to Conrad and Mae (Schmidt) Meister in Bellwood. He attended Bellwood school.
Paul then began working on the family farm until 1941 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during WWII in an anti-aircraft unit until 1945. Paul then returned to farm by Bellwood.
On June 7, 1949, he was united in marriage to Dolores Marie Gabel at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shelby. Two children joined this union.
The family lived and farmed two miles east and two miles south of Osceola. Paul and Dolores enjoyed working together on the farm for many years where they resided until 1997 when they moved to Osceola. Paul moved into the York General Hearthstone Feb. 15, 2008, where he resided until his passing. Dolores passed away May 29, 2009.
He was a member of St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Osceola, Honorary Lifetime Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus #5383 of Osceola, 50 year member of American Legion Post #91, and lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7595.
His enjoyment in life was his farming, visiting with people and going to church. Paul enjoyed collecting toy tractors.
Survivors include one son, John (fiancé Peggy Maison), of York; one daughter, Julie (Ken) Bitner, of Powhatan, Va.; eight grandchildren, Shane, Shawn, Melanie, Megan, Jonathan, Dylan, Jeff and Kevin; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Krafta and Geneva Pelan, of David City; one brother, Marion Meister, of Columbus; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Meister, of Lincoln and LaVerne Meister, of Bellwood; one brother-in-law, Lyle Ernst, of Columbus; two very special friends, Carolyn Rexford, of Pacific Junction, Iowa, and Nancy West, of Omaha; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores; parents, Conrad and Mae Meister; three sisters, Marcella Cook, Delores Halvalena and Joan Ernst; four brothers, Lawrence, Cyril, Jerome and Conrad Meister III.