Benjamin Meier of Okawville, IL departed this life in the emergency room of the St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 8:17 P.M. surrounded by his family. He had attained the age of 74 years, 1 month, and 15 days.
Benjamin was born in Centralia, IL on February 10, 1947 the son of Louis and Caroline (nee Luebke) Meier Sr. He was baptized and confirmed in the St. Peter United Church of Christ in Okawville. Ben was united in marriage to Patricia Tepe in the Olive Branch Lutheran Church in rural Okawville on October 26, 1968 and she survives his passing.
Mr. Meier was a 1965 graduate of Okawville Community High School. He was stationed in Europe while serving in the United States Army. Ben was a self-employed farmer and truck driver and was a member of the Washington Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Olive Branch Lutheran Church and had previously served on the Immanuel Lutheran Grade School Board for many years. Ben enjoyed tractor pulling and collecting antique tractors, but most of all he loved playing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Patricia Meier of Okawville; four children, Chris Meier and wife April, Jonathan Meier and wife Shannon, Shawn Meier and wife Gina all of Okawville, and Alicia Meier of Ukiah, CA; nine grandchildren, Kirsten Barth and husband Brad of Aviston, IL, Keatyn Meier and fiancé Josh Diekemper of Carlyle, IL, Kirklen Meier and special friend Sara Kniepmann of Okawville, Kaidyn Meier of Okawville, Payton, Brooklyn, and Easton Meier all of Okawville, and Rudra and Indra Knoles both of Ukiah, CA; four great grandchildren, Maverick and Dawsen Barth, and Knox and Coraleigh Diekemper; two sisters, Sandy Tomaszewski and husband Bob of Richview, IL and Sharon Kolweier and husband Kenneth of Addieville, IL; a brother-in-law, Gene Tepe and wife Nancy of Okawville; several nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Meier Sr.; a sister, Carol Lou Meier in infancy; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Loraine Tepe.
Funeral services will be held from the St. Peter United Church of Christ in Okawville on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11 A.M. with Pastor Jeffrey Schwab officiating. Interment will follow in the Olive Branch Lutheran Cemetery in rural Okawville with Pastor Roger Drinnon officiating.
Friends may call at the Campagna Funeral Home in Okawville on Monday from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M. and then at the St. Peter United Church of Christ in Okawville on Tuesday from 10 A.M. until the service hour.
Due to Covid-19 health concerns, restrictions will be followed. Face coverings will be required, and social distancing measures will be implemented, with a limited number of visitors in the funeral home or church at any one time. Please be respectful of time so other visitors may pay their respects to the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation or to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.campagnafuneralhomes.com