The Rev. Ned A. Meckstroth, 79, of Plymouth, Ind., passed away on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at his residence at Miller’s Assisted Living, where he had resided since 2006, of natural causes.
He was born on Oct. 9, 1931, in New Bremen, the son of the Rev. Arnold W. and Martha (Katterhenry) Meckstroth, and they preceded him in death.
On Aug. 17, 1960, in Red Bud, Ill., he took Jo Ann Herschbach as his bride, and she survives him.
He is also survived by his son, Timothy A. (Jennifer) Meckstroth of Granger; three granddaughters, Hannah K., Emily A. and Abigail M. Meckstroth; a brother, Marcus J. (Meta) Meckstroth of State College, Pa.; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his two daughters, Elizabeth Ann and Brenda K. in 1971.
Ned graduated from Collinwood High School in Cleveland and attended Heidelberg University in Tiffin. He then graduated from Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Grove, Mo., and was ordained in 1959.
In 1969, Ned and his wife moved to Plymouth, where Ned assumed the Pastorate at the First United Church of Christ and Jo Ann a nurse at Parkview Hospital. Ned would retire from Indiana Rehabilitation Services, where he served as a vocational counselor.
A proud father of three, Ned closely followed the sporting activities of his son and was a huge Chicago Cubs fan, he remained a believer in his club every year.
Ned had been a member of the Plymouth Rotary Club and enjoyed the morning coffee circuit, which helped him remain connected to the community.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home in Plymouth, Ind.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Plymouth, Ind., with the Rev. Kerry O’Brien officiating. Burial will follow in New Oakhill Cemetery next to his daughters.
Friends may call one hour before services at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 425 South Michigan St., Plymouth, Ind., 46563.
Condolences may be sent to the family at Johnson-danielson.com.