John Fredrick (Johann Friedrich) Meier, son of Peter and Margaret Meier, was born on Feb. 13, 1868, in (Tscherbakowka) Russia, and passed away in the faith of his Saviour at his home in Shattuck, Oklahoma, Jan. 22 at 6:15 in the morning, at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 9 days.
At the age of 2 years, he was orphaned by a plague which swept the community. It was his lot to be brought up by friends in the Christian way of life to manhood. On Nov. 24, 1888, he was united in marriage to Eva Elizabeth Wassenmiller. To this union 12 children were born. Two preceded him in death in infancy.
In the year 1891, he left Russia with his family and immigrated to the United States, and arrived Nov. 4, 1891, in Lehigh, Kansas, where he began to adapt himself to the American way of life and applied his trade as a blacksmith. In 1900 he came to Oklahoma to file on a homestead, and in March, 1901, he moved to his homestead 3 1/2 miles southwest of Shattuck where his abode became a haven for many settlers as they moved to their homesteads, and there found shelter and food of which he always gladly shared. In 1907 he consecrated his life to God his Saviour Jesus Christ, whom he served faithfully for 30 years. He was a charter member of the Congregational Church and active in the church's life, serving in all it's branches as deacon, elder, Sunday School superintendent and teacher. In 1941 he moved to his home in the city of Shattuck, Oklahoma, to live in retirement and applied his hobby of caring for flowers and trees which he loved with all his heart. On March 2nd he was stricken with illness of which he only recovered with a major operation, and in Sept. he again became ailing and on Oct. first he became bedfast where he needed care day and night in his great sufferings which he bore with great patience, greeting those who attended him with a smile during his greatest sufferings knowing that his redeemer liveth.
He leaves to mourn, his wife Eva Elizabeth, who shared his life 59 years; five sons and five daughters: Fred F. Meyer, Follett, TX; Mrs. Holt (Olinda) Karst, Bremerton, WA; Alex, Jacob, Herman, Alvin, Mrs. Henry (Mollie) Meier, Mrs. Adam A. (Leah) Kerbs, Mrs. Jacob G. (Ruth) Ehrlich and Miss Ophelia Meier, all of Shattuck, Oklahoma. Nineteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, many near relatives and a host of friends. His life closed with the appeal of Job of Old.
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