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Douglas Frederick Meier

Sep 19, 2020

Sept. 8, 2020 – Dec. 31, 1928

Douglas Frederick

Meier, 91, Rugby died at

the Heart of America

Medical Center in Rugby

on September 8, 2020.

Doug was born on De-

cember 31, 1928 to Ed-

ward and Clara (Ebel)

Meier at Churchs Ferry,

North Dakota. He gra-

duated from high school

there in 1947. He began

his life long career with

the Great Northern Rail-

road as a telegrapher at

that time. Doug joined

the United States Army in

January of 1951 and

served in Germany for a

period of time. He was

honorably discharged on

his birthday in 1952. He

had married Donna Oliver

in Rugby on June 10,

1951. After military ser-

vice he resumed his

career with the railroad in

Rugby until November 29,

1976 and then served in

Towner, and Devils Lake

until he retired on June

20, 1989 after 42 years

with the Great Northern

and Burlington Northern

Railroads. On December

22, 1989 his wife, Donna

died and he married Joyce

Hoffart on June 22, 1996.

Doug served as a scout

master for the Boy Scouts

of America Troop 551 in

Rugby for several years,

but his greatest contribu-

tion to his community

was as past commander

and a member of the color

guard for 62 years of the

Clarence Larson Post # 23

– American Legion. He

was a life long member of

Bethany Lutheran Church

and later First Lutheran

Church in Rugby. Doug

enjoyed fishing, hunting,

golfing, playing cards and

spending time with his

family. In addition he

had been a member of the

Fraternal Order of Eagles

Aerie # 3834 in Rugby for

40 years.

Mr. Meier is survived

by his wife, Joyce and his

son, David, both of Rugby.

He also leaves 4

grandchildren, Jill Filler,

Cara Aus, Lindsay Selen-

sky, and Justin Meier and

8 great-grandchilden and

4 step-grandchildren and

6 step great grandchil-

dren. In addition he

leaves a sister, Janice Hir-

schey – Glenwood, Min-

nesota and a sister-in-law

Alice Meier – Garrison,

North Dakota. He also

leaves step children Rick

(Marlene) Hoffart – Hub-

bard, Oregon; Jolette

(Mike) Dabney – East

Windsor,New Jersey; Brad

(Angela) Hoffart and Brian

(Lisa) Hoffart – all of

Portland, Oregon.

He was preceded in

death by his first wife,

Donna, brothers Leon and

Kenneth Meier, and a

sister-in-law Dody Meier

and his parents.

Memorial services were

held at First Lutheran

Church in Rugby on Mon-

day, September 14, 2020

at 2:00 P.M. Rev.

Sharon Baker officiated

while Bernard Arcand and

Josh Mattson provided

music for the service.

Tim Ostrem was urn bear-

er and military honors

were provided by the

Clarence Larson Post # 23

American Legion and the

North Dakota Military

Honors Detail. Burial fol-

lowed at Persilla Watts

Cemetery following the


Even though Covid-19

restrictions have been

somewhat relaxed, guests

are urged to observe social

distancing and to wear fa-

cial coverings if possible.

Memorials are wel-

comed to First Lutheran

Church, Rugby Senior

Center and the American

Legion Post.

On line tributes at


Niewoehner Funeral

Home – Rugby 701-


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