KEARNEY — Richard Allen “Rich” Meader, 86, of Kearney died Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at his home.
Celebration of life services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Holdrege with the Revs. Nora Mendyk and Daren Popple officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Home Cemetery near Holdrege with military honors by the Martin-Horn American Legion Post 66 in conjunction with the U.S. Army Funeral Honors Team.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege with the family present 6-7:30 p.m.
Richard was born March 27, 1933, on the family farm southwest of Holbrook in Furnas County, the ninth of 10 children born to Charles Wesley and Mable Alice (Sears) Meader.
Rich received his education from Holbrook Public Schools, and following his education he served his country. He was in the U.S. Army from April 16, 1953, until his honorable discharge on April 5, 1955. When Rich was in his mid-30s, he was baptized at the Baptist Church in Oxford.
On July 3, 1954, he was united in marriage to Donna McCashland, and to this union four children were born: Terreen, Bradley, Pamela and Shari. The family made their home in Ogallala until moving to Oxford in 1959.
While in Oxford, Rich was employed by Robertson Chevrolet as a parts man. In 1968, the couple owned and operated Donna’s Dime and Dollar Store until they converted it to Meader’s Floral and Gifts in 1971. During this time, Rich also worked as a supervisor at Becton-Dickinson in Holdrege, until his retirement in 1994, after more than 25 years of service to the company.
On July 17, 1980, he was united in marriage to Sharon (Swindell) Avery, and the couple made their home in Holdrege.
Rich and Sharon enjoyed life on their acreage east of Holdrege for 17 years. In 2012, they began to make their home in Kearney. They also enjoyed traveling together, camping on the weekends, and spoiling their two dogs: Buster and Bella.
During retirement years, Rich enjoyed going to coffee at SunMart with his friends. Those who knew Rich can relate to his witty sense of humor and ornery demeanor. Having fun was his first priority.
Rich was a past member of the American Legion in Oxford and Holdrege.
Rich leaves to celebrate his life his wife, Sharon Meader of Kearney; his son, Bradley Meader of Oxford; his two daughters, Pamela Rademaker and her husband, Doyle, and Shari Geer and her husband, Kelly, all of Holdrege; stepdaughters, Deanne Leffler and her husband, Dan, of Kearney, Cindy Rollenhagen and her husband, Willis, of Gothenburg and Jennifer Renken and her husband, Robert, of Bertrand; four grandchildren, Michelle Hunter and her husband, Travis, of Holdrege, Blake Rademaker deployed overseas, Brock Rademaker of Lincoln and Dylan Geer of Lincoln; four great-grandchildren, McKenna, Max, Amelia and Alivia Hunter; stepgrandchildren, Ashley Camp and her husband, Jeff, of Wahoo, Lindsay Wasser and her husband, Kyle, of Seward, Tyler Leffler and his wife, Laura, of Ceresco, Kristin Kruse and her husband, Dustin, of Hanover, Kan., Alice Pollan of Kearney, Cory Leffler of Houston, Texas, and Noah, Dawson, Lucas, Eli and Rylan Renken, all of Bertrand; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Denise Nelson of Lincoln, Donna Bitner and her husband, Jay, of York and Pam Johnson and her husband, Ken, of Lincoln; brothers-in-law, Jon Swindell of Baldwin City, Kan., Dave Swindell and his wife, Salli, of Hudson, Ohio, and Terry Swindell of Arvada, Colo.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Terreen “Terre” Blue and her husband, Curtis; grandson, Aaron Blue; eight brothers, Vaughn, Gordon, Charles Jr., Glen, Donald, Howard, Lyle and Larry Meader; one sister, Wilda Stanley; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Betty Swindell; and sister-in-law, Linda Early.
A memorial has been established, and kindly suggested to the family for later designation.
Online condolences can be shared at www.nelsonbauerfh.com.