Donald Richard Meining
December 9, 1922 – June 25, 2020
Donald Richard Meining died at his home near Platteville on June 25, 2020. He was born on December 9, 1922 on the family homestead southwest of Berthoud.
He married Mary Jane Edwards in Berthoud on March 29, 1941 and they raised six children.
Don spent his entire life along the northern Colorado Front Range. Besides the Berthoud home place he and his family farmed in the Mead and Platteville areas as well as operating mountain cattle ranches in North Park, Allenspark and Masonville. He remained actively involved in farming and ranching well into his nineties.
He was one of the last great old-time cattlemen, and had an excellent eye for fine quality horses and Angus cattle.
Don was a board member of Central Weld County Water District for 38 years, along with being on the board of Carter Lake Filter Plant. He was a lifetime member of the American Angus Association and was a member of numerous farm and ranch trade organizations.
Don is survived by sons Steve (Teresa) of Vancouver, Washington, Ron (Kristy) of Longmont, Scott (Gayle) of Platteville, Rob (Cindy Coven) of Platteville, and Jim also of Platteville; ten grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Jane, daughter Jana, brother Wilfred, sister Ruby, and his parents.
A visitation will take place on Wednesday July 1, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry St. Longmont, CO 80501. A private family service will be held. A livestream of Don's service will begin at 11:00am Thursday July 2, 2020 please visit the link below to watch.
In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the Blue Jacket Society through the FFA https://coloradoffafoundation.org/blue-jacket-society/ or donations can be mailed to Colorado FFA Foundation PO Box 1000 Greeley, CO 80632. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Burial, Private Family Service
Donald Richard Meining
July 5, 2020
Scott, Rob and all of Don' s family.
What a special man he was - one of the good ones.! I'm sorry you've lost your Dad and Grand Dad
It was always a pleasure to spend a minute or a few minutes or an hour with with Don talking Angus cattle - or the weather. I regret I didn't get over to see him recently. And, of course, Don and my Dad had many years of friendship and working together.
As the years unfold ahead of us, I hope to keep in touch with you - and talk Angus cattle and the weather!
My sincere sympathy and warm regards, Roy Wardell
July 3, 2020
Dear Scott, Rob, and Families,
I was saddened to hear of the loss of one of the best men I've known. He was a great farmer, neighbor, and friend. His work ethic was unmatched and his devotion to the water board and his livestock was truly inspiring. First and foremost however was his family. He was so proud of each of you and you could see the love in his eyes when he would speak about you. I can't imagine how much you will miss him, but I know your lifetime of memories will be a comfort. You are in our prayers.
July 1, 2020
Dear Meining Family,
I send my sincere sympathy to all of you and the Meining family was always close to the Huppe family. Thank you for your friendship throughout the years. My prayers are with you and may you feel the presence of God in these days
July 1, 2020
Rob, Scott and Meining Family,
Sorry for the loss of your dad. Don was one of the greatest men I knew. He treated everyone with respect. I can’t imagine how you guys are feeling right now. Remember that your dad is with your mom and Jana, and he’s at peace. You are all in my prayers 🙏. Hugs.
June 30, 2020
I met Don back in September of 2005 while visiting his son Rob and partner Cindy. Since that time, and every time I'm in Colorado (which is at least annually) I've had the privilege of hanging out and getting to know Don. We've had some grand conversations, solved all the world's problems, told jokes, puns, and genuinely enjoyed each others company. I was lucky to be his designated driver to dialysis (once he decided I could be trusted) and our fun continued. I called him my Boyfriend, and he would grin from ear to ear. I miss you Don. I'll say hello to our Cottonwood tree next time I hug it.
June 30, 2020
Scott, One of the things I have enjoyed most as a board member of Central Weld County Water District was meeting and visiting with your dad over the many years that I knew him. Don always had a smile, an optimistic outlook and thoughtful advice as a Central Weld director. When he decided to retire from the water board, those of us remaining knew his dedication would be hard to replace. We certainly appreciate you, Scott, stepping up and agreeing to take your dad's place on the CW board. Don was so proud of his sons and their families. I extend my condolences of his passing. He certainly lived life to the fullest and will be missed. God Bless - - Jim Park