Stephen K. Meggers (1942 - 2011)

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Funeral Services for Stephen K. Meggers were held Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. Pastor David Sewing and Pastor Kurt Kaiser officiating. Casket bearers were Dave Grabill, Greg Hansen, Chay Gust, Denny Clausen, Gene Ahrenholtz, Louis Messenbrink, Clint Grabill and Brian Jensen. Interment was in the Oakdale Cemetery in Denison. Ohde Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Stephen Kenneth, son of Kenneth and Verna (Ehrichs) Kirk, was born Sept. 24, 1942 in San Diego, Calif., where his father was stationed with the United States Navy. Shortly after his birth he and his mother moved to Denison, to be nearer his grandparents. Steve was baptized on May 2, 1943 at the Lutheran church in Denison. His parents divorced in April of 1946. The next year his mother married Marvin F. Meggers who adopted Steve. Marvin died as the result of an auto accident on June 25, 1952.
Steve completed grades K – 7 in the Denison schools and then moved with his mother to Carroll where he graduated from Carroll High School in 1960. While he was in high school his mother married Harold Buthman in 1958. After completing his schooling, Steve met his half-brother Wayne Kirk and half-sister Leni Williams in San Diego. His birth father was out to sea, so he did not see him.
On June 18, 1973, Steve was united in marriage with Shirley Boers at Carroll and enjoyed being a step-father to Brenda and Kari Boers. While living in Carroll he worked at Peter's Motors and later at his own auto repair shop. His marriage to Shirley ended in divorce in February 1981. Steve moved to Mapleton where he worked in a body shop and later moved to Des Moines.
In the early 1990s Steve was reunited with his birth father and had a relationship with him until his birth father died on June 9, 2002.
In 1993, Steve was united in marriage with Dorothy Bendixen of Ida Grove in Des Moines. They bought an acreage in Douglas Township, Audubon County, Iowa and later divorced. Steve remodeled the house, added on a double car garage and deck. He built a heated shop and enjoyed working on cars. He became acquainted with his neighbor Sam Grabill and they worked on cars together. He was very appreciative of the Grabill's support and was pleased to sell his acreage to Dave Grabill. Steve would always ask if 'the boy' still lived there and was getting along.
When Steve's health began to fail and he could no longer remain at home he entered the Manilla Manor Nursing Home in July of 2006. He knew a can of Diet Coke would always be available in the refrigerator down the hall. Steve died there on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at the age of 68 years, 4 months and 9 days.
Preceding him in death are his grandparents; birth father; adoptive father; step-father; mother on Feb. 27, 2002 and her husband Harold Buthman in 1992; and special aunt and uncle Wilmer and Berdine Ehrichs.
Steve is survived by his half-sister Leni and husband Don Williams of Hopedale, MA; half-brother Wayne Kirk and wife of Colorado Springs, Colo.; cousins Janet Cornelius of Denison; Judith and husband Buzz (Louis) Messenbrink of Schleswig; Barbara and husband Roger Siemer of Denison; Bonnie Davenport of Austin, Texas; Randall Ehrichs and wife Robyn of Panama City, Fla.; Sandra and husband Eugene Ahrenholtz of Denison; Tom Ehrichs and wife Cherie of Highland Village, Texas; aunt and uncle Carmen and Paul Townsend of Springfield, Ohio; aunt Cleo Corry of Worthington, Ohio; nieces and nephews; many other cousins; second and third cousins; and very special friends and caregivers for the past four and one-half years Sam and Shirley Grabill of Audubon.

Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Feb. 9 to Feb. 18, 2011