JOHN “JACK” PETER MEISMER JR.Jack Meismer, 90, passed away Monday, July 2, 2012, in Duluth.
JOHN “JACK” PETER MEISMER JR.
Jack Meismer, 90, passed away Monday, July 2, 2012, in Duluth.
He was born Nov. 8, 1921, in Duluth, to John and Faye (Smith) Meismer. A graduate of Denfeld High School, he was active in drama and music. He was trained as a welder and boiler maker. He worked at the Frasier Shipyard prior to enlisting in the Army.
Jack served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He returned to Duluth where, with his father and brother, he started Mesaba Iron Works, retiring in 1981.
Jack married Ila Gunnarson Sept. 28, 1957, and they were happily married for 50 years.
In addition to his skills as an iron worker, Jack was an avid woodworker, crafting a wide array of furniture and custom gun stocks. He loved the outdoors, and spent many hours hunting, fishing, and skiing. He was also an accomplished ballroom dancer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Peter Meismer Sr. and Minnie Faye Smith; his wife, Ila, in 2007; a sister, Faye Ecklund, in 1988; and his brother, David, in 2008.
Jack is survived by his son, John, of Superior; daughter Suzanne (Patrick) LaBoone of Wrenshall; granddaughters Laura LaBoone of Wrenshall, Jennifer (Eduardo) LaBoone-Rego of North St. Paul, Minn.; Holly (Aaron) Haller of St. Paul, and Brianne LaBoone of Duluth; and great-grandson Benjamin LaBoone-Rego of North St. Paul.
Memorial service and celebration of his life for family and friends: 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at his daughter’s rural Wrenshall home, 2550 Highway 23 (6.5 miles south of Duluth).
Arrangements entrusted to the Cremation Society of Minnesota, (218) 624-5200.
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