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Earl 'Ken' Meints
Kenneth Earl ‘Ken’ Meints, 79, of Grand Island died Sunday,
January 15, 2012 at Wedgewood
Service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, at Peace Lutheran Church. Reverend
Michael Reiners will officiate.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the church. All Faiths
Funeral Home is serving the family.
Mr. Meints was born September 13, 1932, at Palisade, Nebraska, the
son of Albert Jensen and Minnie (Baker) Meints.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 55 years, Darla;
four children and their spouses, Melanie and Dwight Livingston of Grand
Island, Kandi and Ashton Lee Smith of Grand Island, Kristine and Robert
Michalski of Columbus, and Kurt and Kaye Meints of Shelton; and brother,
Paul Meints of McCook.
He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Edward (Crystal) Livingston,
Adam Meints (Audrea Aquilar), Keith (Cody) Meints, Kylee (Nick) Rhamy,
Heather Meints, Ashley Smith (Jason Manning), Kelsie Meints, Wayne Smith
and Bobby Michalski; four great grandchildren, Allen, Jacob, Kaitlyn
and Connor; brother-in-law, Larry (Shirley) Baucom; many, many friends
and his beloved ‘lapdog’ Gus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Nathan; sister and
brother-in-law, Edith and George Scott; brother-in-law, Garry Baucom;
and sister-in-law, Wilma ‘Willie’ Meints.
Ken grew up in Palisade. At the age of eight he was stricken
with polio. He coped with the effects of the disease the rest of
his life. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith and confirmed
in 1947. He attended school in Palisade, graduating in 1947. He
then continued his education in Lincoln to be certified as an X-ray/lab
Ken was employed at Hand Community Hospital in Shenandoah, Iowa, where
he met his future wife. Ken and Darla Jean Baucom were united
in marriage on December 23, 1956, in Shenandoah. The couple lived
in Randolph, IA, Pender, Creighton, Plainview and Ord as Ken worked for
various hospitals or doctor offices.
In 1967, Ken moved his family to a farm north of Shelton. Ken
worked at the Ordinance Plant, Ravenna Cheese Factory and was employed
as custodian for Shelton School and Central Catholic High School. In
later years, he was a door greeter at WalMart, until his retirement in
Ken enjoyed reading Louis L’amour westerns, collecting Norman
Rockwell items, Nebraska football and tinkering on cars. He taught
each of his children how to change tires. He also enjoyed playing
cards, especially with his grandchildren and attending their activities.
Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date.