Darwin D. Meissner

Oct. 25, 1919 – Oct. 5, 2012

Darwin D. Meissner, a lifelong resident of Hartland, was born to eternal life Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at the age of 92. Darwin was born Oct. 25, 1919, the son of William and Ida (nee Manke) Meissner. 

On April 7, 1945, Darwin married the love of his life, Alice Lees. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Merton and formerly of Calvary Baptist Church, Menomonee Falls, and Lisbon United Presbyterian Church, Sussex. Darwin enjoyed traveling and a cottage on Goose Lake, but his life’s joy was working the dairy farm that his father before him – and his son after him – worked. He was born and died in the same bedroom of the farmhouse his father built in 1906. He was content in quietly, humbly and faithfully serving his family and his Lord. 

Darwin will be dearly missed by his children, Carol (Thomas) Plant of Hartland, Robert (Terry) Meissner of Hill City, S.D., Gerald (Laura) Meissner of Hartland and Darlene (Tony) Igl of Oconomowoc; grandchildren, Kevin Gaul, Jason (Jennifer) Gaul, Mark (Kellie) Meissner, Carly (RJ) Elliot, Chad (Morgan) Meissner, Aaron (Corinne) Meissner, Jessica (Tate) Dillow, Andrew (Elaine) Meissner, William Meissner, Melinda Wilcox, Andrea Wilcox and Nicholas Wilcox; great-grandchildren, Braden, Kaiton, Sydney, McKayla, Ben, Josiah, Elise, Addison, Allister, Titus, Levi, Micah, Jacob, Rebecca, Samuel, Ashleigh, Jordan, Mackenzie and Mason. Darwin will also be missed by other relatives, dear friends and his dedicated caregivers. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; great-granddaughters, Amanda and Molly; parents; and five brothers and four sisters. 

Visitation for Darwin will be held from 3 p.m. until the time of the 6 p.m. service Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the First Baptist Church of Merton, N65-W28217 Hickory Hill Drive, Merton, WI 53056. The Rev. Darrel Schrock will be officiating. Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Lisbon Merton Union Cemetery (please meet at the cemetery). 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Baptist Church of Merton (please see address above) are appreciated. 

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.