Lester Meinders


Lester J. Meinders, 93, of Metropolis, died Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Southgate Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Metropolis.

Mr. Meinders was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Massac County He served in the United States Army as a military policeman during World War II. He owned and operated as a Prairie Farms Distributorship for 30-plus years and was a farmer.

Survivors include three sons, Mark Meinders, Randy Meinders and wife Beth and Aaron Meinders and wife Jackie; his stepchildren, James Pratte Jr. and wife Vickie, Michael Pratte and wife Joi, Sheila Graves and husband Harley and Cindy Walker and husband David; his grandchildren, Nathan Meinders, Leslie Hall, Randall Meinders, Amber Bremer and Elizabeth Ellis; his stepgrandchildren, Mikel Bray, David Swegman, Ashley James, Jeremy Meadows, Christopher Meadows, Wes Graves, Stephanie Pratte and James Pratte; one sister, Florence Korte and husband Bill; one brother, Wayne Meinders and wife Mary; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Lena Verbarg Meinders; his wife, Jean Meinders; one daughter, Venus Schmidt; and two sisters, Virgie Hausman and Ruby Bakke.

Funeral service was held Wednesday at Miller-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home in Metropolis with Rev. Kent Hollis officiating. Burial followed at St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.

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