TRUMAN — Valeen Meyer of Truman passed away Sunday, May 24, 2020, at Heartland Senior Living at the age of 102. Due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, a graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2020, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Truman, with Rev. Timothy Chase officiating. The service will be available via live stream on the funeral home’s website. Those attending in person are asked to observe social distancing guidelines. Zaharia Family Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. www.zahariafamilyfuneral.com
Valeen Opal Clow was born Dec. 17, 1917, at the family farm in Antrim Township, Minn., to Lawrence and Doris (Bussman) Clow. Valeen had two sisters, Lorraine and Ardyth. She was baptized in the Lutheran Church with her mother and sister. She was confirmed on June 22, 1932, at St. John’s Lutheran in Antrim Township. Her Bible verse was Mark 16:16 “He that believeth is baptized and shall be saved.” Valeen attended District 18, Antrim Township country school. On Nov. 23, 1936, she married Arthur “Buster” Meyer at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Truman. They lived on a farm near Truman for 25 years, where they raised two children, Janet and Duane. Valeen and Buster were members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Truman their entire married life. They moved to a farm in rural Winnebago and farmed there until the time of Art’s death on Nov. 1, 1983, at the age of 69. Valeen continued to live on the farm where she loved to work outdoors in the field, running the tractors and also tending the garden. She enjoyed canning, sewing and baking. Her homemade buns, cinnamon rolls and fried chicken were everyone’s favorite. Her nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved to visit and play on the farm. Valeen loved to spoil them with her love and yummy treats. Valeen and Buster spent several winters in Arizona and loved the warm sun. Valeen was blessed to be a resident of several area senior living facilities, Ingleside, Lutz Wing, and Heartland Senior Living in Truman until the time of her death. Valeen is survived by her son, Duane (Lynda) Meyer of Winnebago; grandchildren, Sherry (Dana) Borchardt of Grand Rapids, Doreen Wilkowske of Farmington, Jason (Donna) Meyer of Yale, Iowa, Angela (Jared) Fischer of Truman, Travis (Suzy) Meyer of Spring Hill, Tenn.; 11 great-grandchildren, Autumn, Cayden and Jakob Fischer, Colson, Jonah and Nora Meyer, De Anna (Eric) Steiger, Tanya (Ryan) Cunningham, Janine (Jen) Kellogg and Allie and Michael Wilkowske; six great-great-grandchildren, Frederick, Otto, Henry, Clara, Sawyer and Jasper; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Valeen was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Doris; husband, Art “Buster” Meyer; daughter Janet Page; grandson-in-law, Rick Wilkowske; two sisters, Lorraine (Bill Wiederhoeft, Dorwin Mohwinkel) and Ardyth (Jack) Carpenter; sister-in-law, Edna (Ted) Brummond; parents-in-law, Louis and Pauline Meyer; three brothers-in-law, Martin (Helen) Meyer, Hans (Eleanora) Meyer, and Clarence (Jean) Meyer. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Truman or Martin Luther High School.