Gerald “Dean” Meinert, 83, of Sleepy Eye, died June 19, 2022, Father’s Day, at Sleepy Eye Medical Center in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Visitation will be held Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel. The service will be held at Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel, on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 11 a.m. The clergy will be Rev. Tim Berg. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Online condolences can be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Dean was born June 10, 1939 to Arthur and Mabel (Christensen) Meinert and grew up on a farm in Prairieville Township. He’s lived his whole life in Sleepy Eye. Without fail, it could tell you who was living on which gravel road at the time, who they were related to, and probably a fun story too. He was an invaluable reference in this regard.
He graduated in 1957 from Sleepy Eye Public School, where the best friend he made at the time was still his best friend by the end. He was proud to have served in the US Army Reserves.
He worked for 36 years for the town of Sleepy Eye as manager of the town liquor store. His work ethic was second to none and there was no one walking through the doors he couldn’t strike up a conversation with. He liked getting to know people, and he was a natural. He gave many nicknames to those he knew. It was his stamp of approval. His quick wit, his talent for turning a sentence and telling a story made people laugh.
After his retirement, he savors his days spent on the site of the family farm, “The Ranch,” where the environment was peaceful, the vegetable gardens large and there was always a cold drink for anyone walking up the aisle.
He was a shrewd gardener and loved nothing more than sharing his harvest, often operating as a one-man farmers market. He loved grilling (as long as it was charcoal) and he was famous for his omelettes. He found joy in the simple things: pheasant hunting trips in Iowa, planting trees, a good meal, perfect weather, reading the newspaper, painting houses in the summer, rolling dice, listening to WCCO, wildlife, refinishing furniture, shooting for the Yankees and his morning coffee ritual.
His life was well lived and he was very proud to know that he had made it “My path.”
He is survived by his wife, Elayne of Sleepy Eye; daughter, Kendra of Green Bay, Wisconsin; son, Beau of Greeley, Colorado; and his older brother, Curt of Towson, Maryland. He had a soft spot for his nieces, who were one of his favorite audiences and whose company he greatly enjoyed. Brittany, Brian, Hadley and Corbin Dean from Willow Park, Texas were special to him.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Carol and Bonnie, and one brother, Maynard.