Thad Lee Meierhoff passed away peacefully on Feb. 5 in Marion at the age of 77 years old.
Thad’s life began Jan. 26, 1943, the son of Arthur Lee and Myrtle Genevieve (Snelling) Meierhoff in Marion, Kansas.
He graduated from Marion High School with the class of 1961 and served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves. He married Edith Jane “Janie” Hett on Feb. 14, 1965, in Marion.
Thad worked on the family farm until he moved to town with his family. He worked at Lynn’s Truck and Tractor from 1973 to 1980. In 1980, it became Lynn’s Farm Equipment and he continued to work there until 1994.
In 1994, he purchased Beaston’s Market and ran the store for 16 months. Upon selling the store, he began work for Sander’s Electric for the next four years. He continued as an electrician for the City of Marion until his retirement in 2008.
After retirement, he worked part-time alongside his son, Chris, at Marion Marble and Granite.
He was a volunteer fireman for 31 years, serving as fire chief from 2000 to 2005. He was a member of the Butler Community College Grizzlybacker Athletic Club, Lions Club, and a Boy Scout leader.
He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, gardening, bird watching, tinkering around, and watching westerns on television. He was also a history buff, and thoroughly enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities.
His loving family includes his wife of almost 55 years, Janie; children and their spouses, Chris (Kathy) Meierhoff of Marion, Denise (Todd) Carter of El Dorado, Christian (Stacey) Pedersen of Marion, and Henrik (Anita) Pedersen of Denmark; grandchildren Brandon and Erin Meierhoff, Austin, Landon, and Mason Pedersen, Callie, Camden, and Carly Carter, Camilla, and Daniel Pedersen; and great-grandson Keenan Meierhoff.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and son Cecil Dean Meierhoff.
His family gathered with friends from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday at the Yazel-Megli Funeral Home. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Marion Christian Church, 140 N Elm, Marion.
Memorial contributions can be directed to Good Shepherd Hospice, Marion Fire Department, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in care of Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, 205 Elm Street, Marion, Kansas 66861. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Thad at www.ymzfh.com