Donald Luvern Meier age 84 of Brownsdale, Minnesota passed away peacefully on September 13, 2012 at Sterling House in Owatonna, MN, surrounded by his loving family. "Don" was born on May 4, 1928 in rural Sargeant, MN to Louis and Ileta (VanRiper) Meier. His family moved to Brownsdale to the family farm in 1937. He attended Brownsdale Elementary School and graduated from Austin High School in 1946. On April 22, 1949, Don was united in marriage to Shirley Jean Jukes. They moved back to the family farm in 1955, where he was a dairy and crop farmer. Together they were blessed with 3 children, Tim, Janelle, and Susan. Don was an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Brownsdale, the Brownsdale Fire Department for 35 years, served on the Board of Directors at the Brownsdale elevator, a member of Associated Milk Producers Incorporated, and a member of the Mower County Mounted Posse. He was also active in the Brownsdale 4-H Club and he was a 13 gallon blood donor to the American Red Cross. His greatest passion was working with his horses and giving carriage and sleigh rides. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Don also enjoyed farming, horseback trail-riding, dancing, attending the sporting events of his grandchildren, and always enjoyed visiting with friends and making new acquaintances.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley Meier of Brownsdale, a son Tim (Kriss) Meier of Owatonna, daughters Janelle Kramer of Rochester, and Susan (Mike) Ziegler of Lincoln, Nebraska. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Kara Martin, Kjersten (Alex) Loeffler, Mark (Amy) Meier, Matt Meier, Jon Ziegler (fiancé Audrey Curtis), Dan Ziegler, Kelli (Austin) Thoms, Kyle Ziegler, and Kellen Kramer; 5 great-grandchildren, Hunter, Madelynn, Chase, Samantha, and Siri; sisters Marlis (LeRoy) Buland, MaryLou (Duane) Maxfield, brother Merrill (Bonnie) Meier all of Austin; sister Donna Lane of Fremont, Nebraska; sisters-in-law Nellie Wanous of Brownsdale and Marcine Jukes of Austin; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Ileta Meier.
Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Brownsdale, with Rev. Jeffery Sage officiating. Visitation was held from 4:00-7:00 on Saturday, September 15 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery, Brownsdale. Memorials are preferred to Our Savior Lutheran Church. Condolences can be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.