OAK PARK HEIGHTS — The Meissner family mourns the passing of Earl Edward Meissner, who died peacefully at the age of 93 on Tuesday evening, March 12, at Boutwell’s Landing in Oak Park Heights.
Earl enjoyed life and his many hobbies, but especially his large and close family, all of whom surrounded him with love throughout his life and especially during his final illness.
A decorated combat veteran during World War II, he served in North Africa and Italy, a source of many stories for children and grandchildren. He was an avid photographer and enjoyed hunting, shooting and tramping through the woods and fields. He was employed by the Andersen Corp. for 35 years, retiring in 1982.
A lifelong Stillwater resident, Earl married Mary Jane Rydeen in 1949, who preceded him in 2009, and enjoyed a loving and happy life with her as they raised their five children — Dennis, Kevin, Karen (Cowles), Diane (Vredeveld), and Wayne — and provided a loving second home for 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Earl is survived by all of his descendents and by his brother, Harold Meissner, having lost his sister May in 2008, as well as by many nieces, nephews and in-laws of the Schrade and Rydeen families of Stillwater.
A small memorial gathering will occur later this spring when Earl’s ashes, along with those of Mary, will be interred in Oakland Cemetery in Marine on St. Croix. People wishing to do so are encouraged to make memorial gifts in Earl’s name to charities of their choice.