Obit: Meier, Gene Alan (1942 - 2018)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Arneson, Erickson, Holliday, Meier, Risberg

----Source: WIGM/WKEB Obituaries (Medford, WI) 11/23/2018

Meier, Gene Alan (9 NOV 1942 - 18 NOV 2018)

Gene Alan Meier, 76, Spirit, Wisconsin, died “on the Job” at his farm in the Town of Spirit on Sunday, November 18, 2018.

He was born in Spirit on November 9, 1942, the son of Roy and Helen (Risberg) Meier. He attended Primary School at the Liberty School in Spirit and was a 1960 graduate of the Rib Lake High School. Upon graduation, he attended Farm Short Course in Madison and served for two years in India with the Peace Corps. He was married to Marie Morey in Phillips on June 7, 1969.

He milked dairy cows with his brother, Ron Meier, until the late ’70’s. Gene raised beef cattle, was a cattle trucker, logged and was his son’s right hand man. He was a member of Spirit Lutheran Church and after marriage, Assembly of God Church in Tomahawk and later was a member of the Spirit Baptist Church where he served as a Trustee and Deacon.

He served as a 4-H Leader and was a member and Past President of the Wisconsin Cattleman’s Association who honored him as Cattleman of the Year in 1995 and in 1996 was recognized by the Price County 4-H as the Outstanding Leader. He was also active with the Northern Wisconsin Beef Producers Assoc., Badger Breeders, Morning Glory, Central Wisconsin DHIA, Delegate for AMPI, Equity Livestock Coop, President of Price County Farmers Marketing Assoc. (+30), and the German Settlement Historical Society. He was very active with the Price County 4H Market Animal Sale. In his free time, he enjoyed helping others, taking trips out west to visit rancher friends, being a cowboy, riding his horse, Sonny, reading, eating maple nut ice cream and playing with his grandchildren, who called him “Papa Gene.”

He is survived by one daughter Johanna (Troy) Holliday, Minneapolis, MN; by one son, Lance (Jenna), Spirit; by 12 grandchildren; and by two sisters, Marie (Marvin) Arneson, Ogema, and Marilyn Erickson, Prentice.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie, on August 28, 2011; and is also preceded in death by three brothers, Ronald, Arne, and Wesley.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 24, at the Ogema Baptist Church with Pastors Duane Harper and Don Rhody officiating. Friends may call at the church on Friday, November 23, after 4:00 P.M. and on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services. Interment will be in the Spirit Hillcrest Cemetery in the Town of Spirit.

The family suggests that memorial offerings take the form of a contribution to a fund which the family will establish.

Online condolences may be expressed at

The Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Obituary: Meier, Marie Johanna (Morey) 



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