Richard McMeins, 89 of Mount Ayr, IA passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Mount Ayr Nursing Home. Cremation, with memorial services was held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 17, 2020 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). A visitation was held Monday, February 17, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service, also at the chapel. Inurnment followed the services in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to Ringgold Senior Center. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Richard Frazier McMeins was born December 25, 1930 in Merwin, MO. He was the only child of the late Frazier McMeins and Pauline McMeins Bourland and Ray Bourland his stepfather. Richard graduated from Drexel High School in 1949. He married Ila Fay Gregory of Amsterdam, MO on May 28, 1949. They have been married 70 wonderful years.
Richard was in the United States Air Force for four years. He trained in Biloxi, MS in 1951. Radar tech school in 1952. He was sent overseas later in 1952 for 18 months. He returned to the USA in 1953 and was stationed in Sacramento, CA as an airborne radar. He was the crew chief on the super constellation EC-121 and the 252ND ACW-C wing. They flew the pacific coast to protect the USA. He was discharged December 6, 1955. Richard worked as a Kansas City police officer after the service. He later owned a partnership picking up milk from farmers, using a bulk milk truck. In 1959 he bought a Skelly service station in Mission, KS and ran the station for 35 years. He retired in 1992 when Ila and Richard then moved from Overland Park, KS to Lee Summit, MO. They enjoyed retirement by traveling to many places, enjoying their lake house in the Ozarks and visiting family. In 2015 Ila and Richard moved to Mount Ayr, IA to be closer their daughter, Becky. Richard was a lifetime member at the Powder Creek Gun Club. He was also a member of the NRA, VFW and the American Legion. He was also the honor guard for the American legion. Richard asked that we say these three things at his funeral, He loved Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior, He loved his family and He loved his country. He will always be loved and missed by his family and friends.
Richard is survived by his wife, Ila, and three children: Gregory (Pam) McMeins of Olatha, KS, Becky (Brian) Brown of Tingley, IA, Chad McMeins of Mojava, CA. Six grandchildren: James McMeins, Angela (Marcus) Crawford, Kelly Hicks, Mandy (Randy) Brumgardt all of Olatha, KS, Chelsey (Justin) Kuonen of Diagonal, IA and Elly (Justin) Hawk of Osceola, IA. Fifteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.