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