David L. Meighan, 69, gently died on Saturday, Feb. 23 at home surrounded by his family.
He was born in Freeport on July 24, 1949 to Alfred and Dorothy (Boelk) Meighan.
As the youngest of seven children, he was blessed to have a childhood of love and laughter.
He attended Lena schools,and later the School of Hard Knocks.
He served in the Army in Vietnam, which forever changed the course of his life.
David worked for Cheeseman Construction and Sinclair Builders for many years, with a serious work ethic. He later invested in rental properties, working side by side with his wife.
He kept his circle small,and loved deeply.
A man of unwavering faith, he faced every challenge with fortitude, grace and optimism.
He was an unselfish man, with decisions always based on what was best for everyone.
David talked the least, but said the most. A patriarch lost that will forever be remembered and celebrated.
David loved his family tremendously, and his family loved and admired him.
He kept everyone in line with discipline, laughter, love, and support.
Survivors include his wife, Christie (Rowland); son, Bradlee (Lynn); daughters, Ashlee (Blake) Hamilton and Erika (Andy) Laurent. He was beloved Papa to grandchildren Jude David and Josephine Meighan, Elliott Hamilton, and Braeden and Keaton Laurent. His siblings include Joyce Edler, Don (Ellie) Meighan, Charles (Maria) Meighan, Betty Baum, and Nancy Althiser. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins, three sisters-in-law, and a brother-in-law.
He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Arlene Lawson; brothers-in-law, Jim Edler, Dick Lawson, Lee Baum; and a special cousin, Diane Lutz.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at Schwarz Park Boulevard Chapel, 608 S. Park Blvd., Freeport. A visitation will begin at 10 a.m.
A memorial has been established. Online condolences can be shared at www.schwarzfh.com.