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East Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

1102 Airport Road, Bloomington, IL

OBITUARY

Landon Jeffrey Meece

August 19, 1986July 22, 2020
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Today It’s Quiet Uptown. Landon Jeffrey Meece, a husband, pug dad, sports fan, son, brother, co-worker and friend passed away peacefully on July 22, 2020 at the ripe age of 33, after an 18-month battle with brain cancer.

Landon was a stubborn, competitive overachiever. To some, these may seem like undesirable traits, but for Landon, these are what made him who he was. He gave 100% in everything in his life: in school, in work, and in love to his family. He was Never Satisfied with anything less.

Growing up, Landon was competitive with his brothers, Evan (32) and Trevor (27). As the first-born, Landon chose to Rise Up as the leader of the three. His love for sports began at a young age, especially for Minnesota sports: Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves, and Gophers. Born August 19, 1986, in Hutchinson, MN to Merle and Joan Meece, he was always a Minnesotan at heart.

Throughout high school and into college, Landon was Young, Scrappy and Hungry. He graduated from Perham High School in Perham, MN in 2005. His love for math and competitive spirit led him to receive his class’s top math student award. He attended The Carlson School of Management at the University of MN. Not satisfied with only one degree, he obtained Bachelor’s degrees in both Actuarial Science and Risk Management, with a Minor in Finance.

Landon moved to Bloomington, IL and started his career as an actuary at State Farm in 2009. He earned his actuarial FSA designation after passing a series of about 10 grueling exams. In true overachiever fashion, he Got The Job Done, passing all of them on the first attempt. Then, went along and got 2 more actuarial designations: CERA and MAAA. He still wasn’t finished. In 2018, Landon obtained his MBA from the University of Illinois. He never stopped learning, and by the end he had enough letters after his name to fill the whole alphabet.

He planned to achieve his first career goal and then focus on a relationship, and just as planned, he met his wife-to-be, Hannah Esker, in 2011 and was Not Throwing Away His Shot. They were married May 24, 2014. Landon was an incredible husband and dog dad to their pug, Archie. Landon and Hannah traveled, challenged each other, played tennis together and laughed often, and they had a tradition of eating pizza on Fridays and Indian on Sundays. One of his goals was to go to all four tennis Grand Slams, and he and Hannah made it to the US Open (New York), Wimbledon (London), and the French Open (Paris). They had plans to go to the Australian Open (Melbourne); Hannah still plans to go in his name. Landon also enjoyed romantic comedies and musicals, with some of his favorites being High School Musical and Hamilton.

Landon was diagnosed with brain cancer in January of 2019. Again, he overachieved by getting the deadliest form of brain cancer, Glioblastoma (GBM). Throughout three brain surgeries, chemo, radiation, immunotherapy, and more, he never stopped fighting. At the end, when his doctor said to expect 2 more hours, he fought for 12 more hours. Perhaps he did so to die on National GBM Awareness Day like the overachiever he was. Even in the final months, he was a model of strong will and determination and was always the warrior for his family. Landon’s legacy survives in the countless actuaries, tennis players, and friends he mentored, coached, and inspired.

Landon is survived by his loving wife, Hannah, beloved dog Archie, parents Merle and Joan Meece of Ottertail, MN, brothers Evan Meece of Underwood, MN and Trevor Meece of Battle Lake, MN, in-laws Louis and Darlene Esker of Effingham, IL, sister-in-law Heather Esker of Normal, IL, brother in-law Hayden (Liz Purcell) Esker of Springfield, IL, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by grandparents Henry and Myra Putzier and Wayne and Irma Meece, uncles William Putzier, Franklin, Donald, and Alan Meece, and aunt Kathy Putzier.

To quote Landon’s favorite song from the Hamilton musical, “There are moments that the words don’t reach, There is suffering too terrible to name… We push away what we can never understand, We push away the unimaginable.”

Memorial donations may be made to either of the following: • Landon Meece Memorial Scholarship Fund To support well-rounded high school seniors pursuing a career in a mathematics field. Checks can be mailed to: 1234 Beacon Hill Ct, Normal, IL 61761 • American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) To advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending and, ultimately, saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis. Donate online: www.abta.org

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 25, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, July 26, 2020

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  • Graveside Service

    Sunday, July 26, 2020

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Darren Sampson

August 1, 2020

Hannah,
I met Landon through USTA team tennis. We played on a 3.5 team a couple years. Great guy, tough competitor, and you could always count on him for a match win. I am so sorry for your loss. 33 is just not enough time. This community lost a solid man. (Photo:2015 USTA District Champions - I’m standing to Landon’s right). Be well. -DS

Tammie Mills

July 27, 2020

Hannah and family:

Hannah you know on a personal level what Landon's friendship meant to me. He was one of my rocks when Nikki was sick and had to endure sitting next to me throughout that time. He always had a calming way of making me smile and putting things into perspective. You two will always be a beautiful couple. I am so sorry for your loss!!! But so glad you have so many wonderful memories. Big hug Hannah!!!!! The heavens have been blessed with an Angel.

Terri Enger

July 26, 2020

Joan and Merle, Hannah, Evan and Trevor,

Words cannot express our sympathies for you all during these sad times. Landon was a true warrior in all that he accomplished throughout his short life time.
May God wrap his arms around you all🙏

Wayne, Terri, Aaron and Ryan Enger

Brad Peterson

July 25, 2020

Hannah - I was so sorry to hear about Landon. I really enjoyed being around him on the tennis court, his competitive spirit and he was all around great person. He will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Randy Petersen

July 25, 2020

Hannah and the Meece family, Sandy and I are so sorry for your loss, but thankful that we got to know Landon. He was such a hardworking actuary and I always marveled at his passion and competitiveness. He will forever be missed, but never forgotten.

Lyle and Linnea Working

July 24, 2020

We never had the opportunity to know Landon, only saw him a few times as a young child when visiting his grandparents, my cousin. However, we have known his mom since she was a baby and we loved that family so. We are so very sorry for your loss and the suffering as this dreadful disease took its toll these last months. Our sympathy to his family and wonderful friends - obviously he was a wonderful young man to know. Love from Workings in Nebraska.

Alana Reimer

July 24, 2020

I'm so very sorry to hear of Landon's passing. I enjoyed working with him. I admired his patience for explaining concepts in a way a non-actuary could understand! He will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you Hannah and all of your family.

Kim Wien

July 23, 2020

So sorry to hear this news. Praying for you during this difficult time. May God hold you in His loving arms and give you peace.
Craig and Kim Wien

Suresh Palani

July 23, 2020

Sorry for your loss Hannah.
RIP Landon!!!
Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
I always remember the wonderful memories playing tennis with Landon 🎾 and especially it was awesome to play continuously for 4 years sectional with Landon. I do attach our team pictures.

Rusty Schopp

July 23, 2020

I am so sorry to hear this Hannah. While I did not work closely with you or Landon often I enjoyed the interactions that I did have. I also know from others in the actuarial department what an inspiration both of you have been to them . May God bless you during this difficult time. Rusty Schopp

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