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Allan Meckle

Sep 26, 2020

Apr. 13, 1957 – Sept. 18, 2020

Allan Meckle was born

into eternity on Friday,

September 18, 2020 at the

Heart of America Medical

Center under the care of

hospice and his wife.

Allan was born to

Walter and Lydia (Gra-

bofsky) Meckle on April

13, 1957 in Turtle Lake,

North Dakota. He grew

up on the family dairy

farm at McClusky. The

family moved to Martin,

North Dakota in 1974 and

Allan graduated from Har-

vey High School in 1975.

He worked for area farm-

ers before attending col-

lege at Bottineau. He gra-

duated from Lutheran

Brethren Bible College in

1980 and spent a summer

in Japan teaching English.

He returned home and

began working at the Har-

vey Hospital, going on to

get his nursing degree

from NDSSS at Wahpe-

ton. Allan met Beverly

Bayley, the love of his life,

at a singles Bible study

and they were united in

marriage on May 28, 1983.

He continued his studies

to become a Respiratory

Therapist and worked in

Williston for one year ,

then in Rugby for the past

24 years. He always en-

joyed the challenge of

helping others to live life

to the fullest. Allan spent

the past five years work-

ing with the Heart of

America Community Ser-

vice Program in Bot-

tineau, McHenry and Pi-

erce Counties, and work-

ing part time as an LPN in

the Alzheimer Unit at


Allan was an active part

of the Rugby community,

serving on the school

board, Pierce County

Food Pantry, volunteering

with the museum, theatre

and Relay for Life. He

served on the State Board

of Respiratory Care and

the North Dakota Society

of Respiratory Care as

Chairman. He was very

active in his church serv-

ing as a Sunday school

teacher, worship leader,

elder and deacon. His

most loved activity was

Awana and served as the

commander for 20 plus

years and enjoyed the

quizzing and could be

found at Pizza Hut on a

Sunday afternoon study-

ing verses with clubbers.

The high school clubbers

team, coached by Al and

Bev, traveled to Varsity

USA in Chicago, Omaha,

Dallas and St. Louis for

national quizzing and

twice the team took home

the gold team award. Al-

lan and all his children

received the Citation

Award, the highest award

given by Awana for scrip-

ture memorization. He

and Bev could be found

many summers working

at Awana Scholarship


Allan’s joy was his chil-

dren, Michelle, Steven

and Sarah and was at

their school activities

every chance he got. He

did a lot of traveling while

the kids were in college to

attend their activities. He

was blessed with two

wonderful sons-in-law,

Sean and Paul and a spe-

cial daughter-in-law, Kay-

leen and was the grandfa-

ther of seven terrific


Allan thoroughly en-

joyed gardening and

could be found in his

back yard during any free

time. His kids would say

that if he was near

someone’s garden and

saw a weed, he would go

pull it! Allan loved to

travel and share the love

of Christ with others, he

went on Mission trips to

Japan, Russia, Poland,

Haiti and spent summers

at Bible camps serving as

counselor. The family

also hosted eight ex-

change students over the

years. During the past

few years, Allan and Bev-

erly could be found cruis-

ing to Alaska or the Carib-


Allan is survived by his

wife, Beverly of 37 years,

daughter, Michelle (Sean)

Swenson and their chil-

dren, Maggie, Owen, Ben

and Theodore Allan, of

Keene, North Dakota; son,

Steven (Kayleen) and

their son, Caleb of Mott,

North Dakota; daughter,

Sarah (Paul) Osborne and

their daughters, Bethany

and Elizabeth of Omaha,

Nebraska; sisters, Julie

(Joe) Bachmeier of Town-

er, Bette (Lyle) Langseth

of Williston; sister-in-law,

Sally Meckle of Leesburg,

Florida; brothers, Tony

(Sammie) of Martin, Jim

(Dorothy) of Denhoff,

John (Elinor) of Harvey,

Mark (Laurie) of Carlsbad,

NM, Tim (Jody) of Minot,

Danny (Dacia) of Fargo;

brother-in-law, Eugene

Pillatzke of Anamoose;

many wonderful nieces,

nephews, aunts, uncles,

cousins; other relatives

and friends. He was pre-

ceded to heaven by his

parents, Walter and Lydia;

brother, Harold; sister,

Sally; 3 siblings in infan-

cy; grandparents, Emanu-

el and Lydia Meckle and

John and Lydia Grabofsky.

Memorial services will

be held on Friday, Sept.

25 at 10:30 a.m. at the

Calvary Evangelical Free

Church in Rugby. Pastor

Jason Wood, officiating.

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:



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