David Mealman

David Mealman

  • Funeral Date: 2/27/13
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date of Birth: 9/23/47
  • Date of Death: 2/22/13
  • Funeral Location: Highview Christiania Lutheran Church - rural Farmington

David Albert Mealman was born September 23, 1947, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Albert and Betty (Natz) Mealman. As a child he lived with his family in Randall, Minnesota, later returning to South Minneapolis. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967, attended Dunwoody Institute and became a machinist. David enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and was inducted on May 29, 1967. Following a tour and a half in Vietnam he returned to the United States and was honorably discharged on May 28, 1971. He returned to Minneapolis and worked as a machinist and carpenter. On December 11, 1971, he married Yvette Pond at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Following their wedding they lived a short time in Minneapolis before moving to a hobby farm in Savage. In May 1974, they moved to their current home in Eureka Township. David worked as a tool and die maker for various companies until joining Morrissey Inc. in Bloomington in 1982. He excelled at Morrissey and eventually became president and owner of the company. David’s strong code of ethics and ability to encourage and mentor made him a wonderful employer and boss.
In 1984, David cofounded the Lake County Retriever Club in Prior Lake. An avid sportsman, he raised and trained Black Labs and participated in countless field trials and hunt tests. His love of hunting and fishing took him throughout the world for sport and adventure. A gourmet cook, photographer, artist, scuba diver, boxer, mineral and fossil collector, gardener and so many other things – David was a true renaissance man. His engaging personality, great sense of humor and ability to tell a story could always light up a room. David was a loving husband and father, had a big heart and a quiet generosity. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Yvette; 2 children: Stephanie and husband Robert Stuart of St. Paul, Steve of Lakeville; 2 brothers: Russell and wife Connie of Lakeville, Thomas of Richfield; his mother-in-law, Inez Pond of Bloomington; his sister-in-law, Nancy McCoy of Phoenix; his brother-in-law, Jim (Karen) Pond of Bloomington; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Surrounded by the love of his family at his home in Eureka Township, David passed away Friday afternoon, February 22, 2013, at the age of 65.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at Highview Christiania Lutheran Church in rural Farmington with Rev. Philip Walen officiating. Music will be provided by Lill Sather, Maydell Rose and Gospel Road. Interment with Military Honors will be in Highview Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Michael Mealman, Russell Mealman, Steven Mealman, James Pond, Joseph Pond and Robert Stuart. Visitation will be 4-7PM Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield. Visitation will continue at the church on Wednesday one hour prior to the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Caring Bridge or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.   www.northfieldfuneral.com


  1. Carol Thomas

    My sincere sympathy for the loss of you husband. I received an email from Julie and Jerry Popp, and I was very saddened by the news. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Your Friend,
    Carol Thomas, Eveleth,Mn

  2. Barbara Lehmann

    Dear Yvette, Russel, and Stephanie,

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband, brother, and father. My thoughts are with all of you. May his memory be only for a blessing.

    Barbara Lehmann and Rich Stocker

  3. Jim & Carolyn McTaggart

    Steve and Family,
    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. I know that someone as kind hearted as Dave is in heaven right now and pain free. I know that this is tough on you and your family right now but God is with all of you and he will help heal your pain. Dave will be missed by me and I’m sure many more that have known him over the years. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    God bless.

  4. May Dave rest in peace. Dave leaves a rich legacy at Morrissey. His entrepreneurial spirit, philanthropic demeanor, and passion for customer service has made him a great leader. Employees will remember his generosity and open door approach, regaling his adventures outside of work and wanting to hear about their passions as well. Dave developed and fostered a family-friendly culture and we are all the richer for knowing him. Personally, I am saddened to see him lose his 9-year battle to cancer. I admired his courage and persistence to live large and not allow the cancer to change the way he lived. He fought the tough battle and beat the odds for so many years. Dave, you have completed your work here and now it is time to enjoy your next adventure. Love and peace to the entire Mealman family.
    Tamra Anderson

  5. Mary Lou and Don Liepold

    Steve and Family
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your dad. He sure was a great guy and you can be so very proud of him! Sorry we couldn’t attend the wake, but we are in AZ. Take care and hope to see you when we get back.

  6. Bruce and Becky Laden

    To Steve and family ,
    Our condolences and sympathy to you and your family. Dave was the most caring and nicest person I knew while I worked at Morrissey. If I still lived up in Minnesota, I surely would have been there today. Your father is in a better place. We will keep you and your family and the Morrissey family in our prayers. take care,
    Bruce and Becky Laden

  7. david johnston

    i am sorry for your losses dave was my boss for many years always way a fair man he was always a guy with a interesting story to share took my on the best fishing trip i ever had will never forget him i considered him not only as a boss but as a friend i wish good things for your family and sorry to hear about it

  8. Bill Smith

    Back in 1969 when we were young in in harm’s way down there in Chu Lai, RVN, Dave Mealman was packing to go Singapore on R&R. We talked some about his pending trip. He was very excited about it and said he had always wanted to meet a beautiful Indian woman complete with a red dot on her forehead. Since I had not yet been on R&R he asked me if there was anything I wanted him to bring back for me. I thought about it and for some reason I said I wanted a silver drinking mug. I don’t know why I asked for that. I guess it seemed like an appropriate souvenir. I don’t know, hell, I was only 20 years old.

    Well, when he came back from his exotic adventure I sat and listened to the wonderful story he told about meeting an Indian woman with a red dot on her forehead and, well, the rest of his R&R story. To my surprise he produced two silver chalices he said he picked up for me in Singapore. I had completely forgotten about my request and really did not expect him to remember it either but there in my hands were two large solid silver wine chalices. As I recall it he only asked for $5 reimbursement for each mug.

    I gladly paid him and they have remained a cherished possession all the rest of my life. I am looking at them now on the shelf as I am writing this. Every time I look at them stuffed with pens and pencils I remember a youthful Dave Mealman with that Minnesota accent and husky voice of his with those round eyeglasses and his wonderful Singapore R&R story.

    Thanks Dave Mealman for the fond memory that has lasted more than 40 years so far.

    My sincerest condolences and sympathies for your loss. I wish I had kept in touch with Dave all these year later. He was a kind and gentle sole even while serving there in the middle of a war.

    Sincerest regards,
    Bill Smith
    Former Sergeant of Marines

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