Luther A. Meister, 98

Published 9:03 am Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Luther A. Meister, 98

Luther A. Meister, 98, of Rochester, Minnesota, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at The Waters on Mayowood in Rochester.

Luther Arnold Meister was born on Oct. 14, 1919, in Osage, Iowa, to Ernest and Lilla (Troge) Meister.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. During his service, he received the Good Conduct Medal as well as the American Service Theater Medal. Luther married Ruby Anderson on Dec. 7, 1942, at the parsonage in Adams, Minnesota.

Luther and Ruby lived near Rose Creek, Minnesota, where they raised their four children on a 160-acre dairy farm. They moved to their newly built home in Austin in 1994. In 1981, Luther retired and then worked for the Nagel Brothers until he was 80 years old, enjoying the huge farm equipment they operated.

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Luther was a long time member of Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams, where he served as a trustee, deacon and an usher. In 2011, he and Ruby transferred their membership to Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Austin. He was a member of the Austin American Legion and served many years on the Rose Creek School Board, personally handing all of his children their high school diploma. He also served many years on the Austin State Junior College Advisory Board.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Luther is survived by his children, Gary (Cecile) Meister, Mound, Minnesota, Darlene Voeltz, Rochester, Ron (Diane) Meister, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Cheryl (Jim) Dieser, Eden Valley, California; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Roy (Gladys) Meister, Bloomington, Minnesota; sister, Daisy Larson, Onalaska, Wisconsin; nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at The Waters on Mayowood, 827 Mayowood Road SW, Rochester, MN, with the Chaplain Carol Shaffer officiating. Luther’s family will greet friends for one hour before the service.

Interment was held at Little Cedar Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Chances for Children in Haiti or International Health Partners in Tanzania.