Darwin James Meili
Anchorage resident Darwin James Meili died Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 79.
A funeral service was held Friday, March 24 at the Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory. Deacon Felix Maguire of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church officiated. Burial followed at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
Mr. Meili was born Nov. 14, 1926 in Pine Ridge, S.D. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force from 1945-48.
He moved to Alaska in 1948. Mr. Meili lived in Palmer, Moose Pass and Anchorage. Mr. Meili was a truck driver.
“Our daddy was a true cowboy who loved his Copenhagen, Stetson Hat and cowboy boots. He had an open heart and an open door to anyone who was in need. He would give you the shirt off his back, even if it was his last,” his family said.
Mr. Meili was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Mary Meili; sister, Lucille; and son, Amos Rossman.
He is survived by his wife, Lucy of Anchorage; daughters and sons-in-law, Marcella and T.J. Henrie of Herriman, Utah, and Shelia and Robert Stade of Altoona, Wis.; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Rhona Meili of Palmer; daughters, Mary Howard of Anchorage and Myrna Meili of Anchorage; stepdaughters, Anna Rossman of Twin Hills and Mable Rossman of Anchorage; 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by the Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory.
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