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Raymond Meldrem

March 25, 1931 March 19, 2019
Raymond Meldrem
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Obituary for Raymond Meldrem

Raymond Meldrem, age 87 of Grinnell, died one week prior to his 88th birthday on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at his home in Grinnell surrounded by his family.

A funeral service with military honors will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26th at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson officiating. Interment will be at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. A reception will follow at the Eagles in Grinnell.

Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday at the Smith Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be designated to Grinnell Regional Hospice, mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.smithfh.com.

Raymond was born the son of Cecil and Maude (Wolferd) Meldrem on March 25, 1931 in Grinnell, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Grinnell.

Raymond was united in marriage to Donna Josephine Van Draska on September 6, 1952 in Grinnell. The couple lived in Grinnell all of their lives and Ray was a longtime employee of 38 years at Donaldson’s in Grinnell. He was a talented wood worker. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and love his Indianapolis Colts. In his younger years, he enjoyed hanging out with his buddies at Duffy’s Tavern in Grinnell and in his later years he enjoyed having coffee with his friends at Hy-Vee and Maid-Rite. His other enjoyments were watching westerns, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune with his dog, Buddy.

Raymond is survived by his children, Steve Meldrem of Grinnell, Debra (Mike) Dvorak of Ruidoso, New Mexico, Lonnie Meldrem of Grinnell, and Wade Meldrem of Grinnell; 7 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna Meldrem; and siblings, Glenn, Ruth, Lois, Gladys, Max, and Shirley, who died at the age of 8 from Leukemia.


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Visitation

Monday

25

Mar

2:00 PM 3/25/2019 2:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 3/25/2019 7:00:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home and Cremation Service - Grinnell

1103 Broad Street
P.O. Box 368
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Smith Funeral Home and Cremation Service - Grinnell
1103 Broad Street Grinnell 50112 Iowa
United States

funeral service with military honors

Tuesday

26

Mar

10:30 AM 3/26/2019 10:30:00 AM
Smith Funeral Home and Cremation Service - Grinnell

1103 Broad Street
P.O. Box 368
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Smith Funeral Home and Cremation Service - Grinnell
1103 Broad Street Grinnell 50112 Iowa
United States

interment

Tuesday

26

Mar

11:30 AM 3/26/2019 11:30:00 AM
Hazelwood Cemetery

First Avenue West
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Hazelwood Cemetery
First Avenue West Grinnell 50112 Iowa
United States

luncheon and fellowship

Tuesday

26

Mar

12:00 PM 3/26/2019 12:00:00 PM
Grinnell Eagles

616 - 4th Avenue
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Grinnell Eagles
616 - 4th Avenue Grinnell 50112 Iowa
United States
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