Austin C. (Ole) Meineke died Sept. 11, 2004, at the Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka, Calif. He was 79.
Meineke was born in Colorado on Dec. 7, 1924, on a ranch in western Routt County, to George W. and Mary A. (Pankey) Meineke.
Meineke lived most of his life in Northwestern Colorado and attended school in Hayden, Craig and Vernal, Utah. He graduated from high school in Sharon Springs, Kan., and attended the University of Denver. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army Air Corps in the south Pacific. Meineke owned and operated a trucking business in Craig for many years and was co-owner of the M&M Standard Service. He moved to Ft. Jones, Calif., in 1991 and was engaged in ranch work before retirement. He had resided in the Fort Jones area since that time. He was extremely active in the local Greenview Nutrition Site activities in providing meals for shut-ins and senior citizens. He also participated in the Elks and Veterans of Foreign Wars and enjoyed bowling, bingo, cribbage, fishing, travel and visiting family.
Meineke is survived by his sisters, Exonia Batterman of Nashville, Ten., and Elsa Stockton of La Crescenta; his adopted family, the Montgomerys of Fort Jones; and many cousins, nieces and nephews, and their families.
The cremation and a memorial service was held in Greenview at the Greenview Nutrition Site on Sept. 26, 2004.
Contributions in Ole's memory may be made to the Greenview Nutrition Site, P.O. Box 284, Greenview, CA 96037.