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Gerald Meland

Gerald Arthur Meland

June 11th, 2020
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Obituary

Gerald "Jerry" A. Meland, 86, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Prairie Lakes Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Michael Wensing officiating. Brad Heesch will be the song leader accompanied by Jane Rokusek.

Gerald's service will be recorded and posted to the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel website when available.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., with a scripture service at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 15, 2020 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Watertown, SD. Military Honors will be conducted by Codington County Post 17 of the American Legion and SD Army National Guard Funeral Honors Team of Watertown, SD.

Pallbearers will be Gerald's grandchildren: Kyle Clow, Nicholas Clow, William Barrett, Katelyn O'Bryan, Kara Barrett and nephew, Nathan Meland.

Gerald Arthur Meland was born to Arthur and Agnes (Larson) Meland on March 18, 1934 in Florence, SD. He grew up in Eden Township, Florence and attended country school at Meland #53 and graduated from high school in Wallace, SD. Gerald was inducted into the United States Army on September 11, 1956 and was stationed in Washington, DC. While stationed in Washington, DC, Gerald served in the National Honor Guard. He was honorably discharged on June 16, 1958.

He married Joyce A. Kranz on February 8, 1964 in Watertown. The couple lived in Day County, Webster, SD where they farmed for 35 years. Together they raised three children, Ann, Christina and Michael.

Gerald served as township treasurer (Wheatland) for 35 years and served on the Wallace Elevator Board.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Joyce; his children, Ann (Brian) Clow of Lenexa, KS, Christina (Michael) Barrett of Watertown, SD, and Michael (Jennifer) Meland of Webster, SD; 10 grandchildren; and his brother, Arvid (Paulette) Meland of Sturgis, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson Travis Clow, his brother Norris (Lorraine) Meland, and his father and mother-in-law, John and Pauline Kranz.
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  • Visitation

    Monday June 15th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday June 15th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Notes
    A scripture service will start at 7:00 p.m. To keep every one safe, please practice social distancing and/or wearing your mask. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Service

    Tuesday June 16th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Tuesday June 16th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
    Address
    1009 Skyline Dr.
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Officiant
    Fr. Michael Wensing
  • Interment

    Location
    St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Bill Naessig

Posted at 10:55am
Ann,
So sorry to read of your father's passing.
May the grace of God bring you and your family comfort through this time of mourning.
Bill Naessig
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Jerry & Gwen

Posted at 04:34pm
Joyce & Family, our sympathy
JJ

Jenny Johnson

Posted at 02:51pm
Your in our thoughts and prayers. Jenny Julie Janice and Cindy Johnson.
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Posted at 01:11pm
Aunt Joyce, may you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Love Craige and Corrine Howlett
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