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Donald "Don" Meyer

March 8, 1925 — March 8, 2024

Melrose, Minnesota

Donald "Don" Meyer

Donald J. Meyer of Melrose, passed away on his 99th birthday on Friday, March 8, 2024, surrounded by his family at the Cura of Melrose Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota.

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A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 2 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Inurnment will be held in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Parish prayers will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Don was born and raised in Melrose, and other than his WWII service, spent his life in the town he loved. After graduating from Melrose High School, he joined the Army and was sent to the Pacific Theater. There, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his bravery. While stationed overseas, Don played the saxophone for the Army division band and then continued to share that talent and love of music for years by being part of the Norb Athmann Orchestra. Upon returning home, he joined his father at Meyer Bros. Lumber Company. In 1967, Don began his career at the Melrose State Bank which he co-owned and worked at for over 24 years.

After dating Gerry Zachman, the love of his life, they married in 1949 and proceeded to welcome six children who brought them their most joy. Don loved to travel with Gerry and their friends and especially loved spending time at their cabin on Big Birch Lake. But, he was most content being at home in Melrose. His endearment to his hometown was witnessed by his decades of volunteering in the community with organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Melrose Hospital Board, Meals on Wheels, the Knights of Columbus, and as an usher and server at St. Mary's Catholic Church. As an avid golfer, he was instrumental in the development of the Meadowlark Golf Course. Don was also a lifetime member of the American Legion/VFW Honor Guard for 78 years.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 74 ½ years, Gerry; children, Paul (Tessie), Jeanne (Mark), Jay (Jill), Roseanne (Mark), Karl (Lorie), and Tom (Melissa). He was also blessed with 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. His surviving siblings include Bill, Jack, and Ann.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eleanor; brothers, Mark and Jim; sisters, Mary and Janet; and his grandchild, Dominic.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Parkview and Pine Haven staff who provided loving care to Don over the past several years.

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Upcoming Services

Visitation

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services Melrose

418 Fifth Ave SE, Melrose, MN 56352

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Visitation

Thursday, May 2, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am

St. Mary's Catholic Church

755 E Kraft Dr, Melrose, MN 56352

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Memorial Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am

Saint Mary's Catholic Church

755 E Kraft Dr SE, Melrose, MN 56352

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