Larry Dean Meiser, 71, of Morocco, passed away early Saturday morning, July 12, 2014, at his home.
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Larry was born on Feb. 26, 1943 in Argos, Indiana to the late Alma Ruth (Hott) and Fairmont Meiser. Larry moved to Rensselaer in 1945 and remained resident until moving to Morocco in 2001.
Larry graduated from Rensselaer High School with the Class of 1961. Larry was the proud owner and operator of Larry's Shoe Repair in Rensselaer for over 50 years. On Saturday April 19, 2014 Larry and Dula invited all who loved and knew them to the store to celebrate with them their many years of service.
On Nov. 1, 1964 Larry married Dula K. Harris in Remington. Dula survives.
Larry was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Rensselaer. He was an avid bowler, bowling in the Men's Rensselaer and Morocco and Men's Traveling Bowling Leagues. Larry's Shoe Repair sponsored teams for many years. Larry enjoyed sitting at the back of his home watching the birds, deer, rabbits and other wildlife.
As members of the Newton County 4-H Fair Association and 4-H Council, Larry and Dula were fundamental in the fundraising and building of the Poultry Barn. Larry helped bring shooting sports to the Newton County 4-H Fair at a time when it was only offered at a handful of county fairs within the state. Larry obtained his Certification of Shooting Sports Project Instructor. He shared with 4-Hers his passion for guns and the proper mechanics to shoot and handle a shotgun.
Larry is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Dula Meiser of Morocco; two children, Rebecca K. Nessle of Dayton, Ohio, and Roger Lee (Lindy) Meiser of Dennison, Texas; three grandchildren; one step-grandchild; four sisters, Joyce Hoefert of Georgia, Barbara Simonin of Texas, Mary (Mark) Bertagnolli of Munster, Indiana, and Jean McNelly of Florida.
Larry is preceded in death by, his parents, one grandson, two nephews, and three brothers-in-laws.
Friends may call on Tuesday, July 15, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer with Pastor Dennis Morrows officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Rensselaer.
Memorials may be made to Epilepsy Foundation or to the donor's choice.
Also see www.jacksonfuneral.com to leave condolences and sign the online register book.
Jackson Funeral Chapel
250 N Mckinley Ave Rennsselaer, IN 47978
Published in the Rensselaer Republican on July 14, 2014