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Edward “Ed” Aeijelt Meyer

April 7, 2019
Estherville News

Edward "Ed" Aeijelt Meyer, 86, of Ringsted, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Ed was born July 3, 1932, in Algona, Iowa, in the country home of his grandmother to his parents A.J. and Hazel (Nickerson) Meyer of Ringsted. He had two siblings, Hazel, his older sister, and Gary, his younger brother. Ed went to country school south of town and graduated in 1951 from Ringsted High School. After high school, he worked various jobs including Jack Construction and the Chicago Northwestern Railroad. He proudly served in the Korean War as an Engineer Supply Specialist.

Ed met Marilyn Wiskus at a dance at the Interlaken Ballroom. Ed joined the Catholic Church and the couple was united in marriage Dec. 28, 1955, at St. John's Catholic Church in Bancroft, Iowa. They lived on a working farm south of Ringsted and later moved into town. They enjoyed 63 wonderful years together.

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Ed attended Iowa State Masonry Schooling and worked as a brick, block and stone mason in Ringsted and surrounding areas. He also worked in Mitchell, S.D., and Victoria, Texas, building churches and schools. In Ringsted, Ed left his handprints on many homes and businesses including one of the oldest Ringsted banks, the Ringsted Post Office, and the Ringsted Telephone office, which is now Ringtel Communications. Ed was humble, kindhearted and smiled nonstop. Many friends and family referred to him as "Smiling Ed."

Ed enjoyed traveling and creating vivid memories with his wife and children. Some of the family's fondest memories are long summer camping trips navigating through several states.

Ed loved going uptown to visit the elevator to check grain prices, dropping in at Dan's Repair to chat with the guys, and stopping at Bernie Rezac's Machine Shop to pull up a chair to have a little visit. He also enjoyed driving down to The Wild Rose Casino to socialize with many of his friends and play slots.

Ed donated his body to the Des Moines University Medical School to support medical students in their research.

Left to cherish Ed's memory are his wife, Marilyn, and children Rita Williams of Ft. Collins, Colo.; Tom Meyer of Green Brier, Ark.; Steve (Lori) Meyer of Fenton; Diana Johnson of Ringsted; Dorothy (Jeff) Schwiesow of Lakeville, Minn.; Bill (Tanja) Meyer of Alma, Ill.; 13 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and brother Gary (Carol) Meyer of Ringsted.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, A.J. and Hazel Meyer, sister Hazel Dittmer, grandson Cory Edward Nelson, and son-in-law Jon Williams.

A memorial service will be held Monday, April 8, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Armstrong.



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