Roger J. Meirick

roger meirick

December 28, 1960 ~ May 8, 2023

Born in: Alta Vista, IA
Resided in: Alta Vista, Iowa

Roger J. Meirick, age 62, of Alta Vista, IA passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Monday, May 8, 2023, in Elma, IA.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista with Fr. Jerry Kopacek celebrating.  Burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 PM on Friday, May 12, 2023 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Saturday.  Online condolences may be left at  Memorials may be directed to your favorite local conservation cause.

Roger John was born December 28, 1960, the son of John and Marcella “Sally” (Praska) Meirick.  He attended and graduated in the class of 1979 from New Hampton High School.  While in school, Roger met the love of his life, Karen Galligan.  After completing his education, Roger began farming and working with Meirick Construction.  On August 28, 1982, Roger and Karen were united in marriage at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Hampton.  The couple made their home on the Meirick family farm where they welcomed their daughter, Ashley and son, Wesley before moving to their current home and welcomed their youngest son, Colton.  He worked for Merle Worple at the Elma Locker for three years before becoming the petroleum manager for Howard County Equity in Elma.  While working for the Equity, Roger spent time processing deer for himself and his hunting buddies.  After a conversation with his cousin, Joe Meirick, the family reopened the Elma Locker in October 2006.  Meat processing was a means of driving Roger’s love for entertaining friends, family and his greater community.

When he wasn’t at the locker, Roger enjoyed “huntin’, fishin’ and lovin’ every day.” He could often be found hunting in any woods, especially “the Oaks,” going on fishing trips, ranger rides with Karen and spending time with his pride and joy, his family and especially his grandbabies.  Roger also devoted time to his community with the BRIDGE and organizing the Elma Locker Annual Golf Tournament.  You could easily find him manning the grill for events.

Those left to honor Rogers memory are his wife, Karen of Alta Vista; his children, Ashley (Jack) Kline of New Hampton; Wesley Meirick of Minneapolis, MN and Colton (Rebecca) Meirick of Elma; his grandchildren, Lewis, Meirick, Davis, Roman, Mariah and Naomi; his siblings, Larry (Charlene) Meirick of Alta Vista, Terri (Denny) Gebel of Cedar Falls, Jill (Scott) Hogeland of New Hampton, Gail (Mike) Shewry of Ottumwa, Tom Meirick of Colorado, and Brenda (Steve) Zobeck of Mesa, AZ; his mother-in-law, Janet Galligan of New Hampton; his siblings-in-law, Wayne (Janice Carrol) Galligan of Texas, Vincent (Jackie) Galligan of Michigan, Pat (Mitch) Felder of North Carolina, Kenneth (Cindy) Galligan of Denver, IA, Kathy (Steve) Johnson of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, Dale (Dawn) Galligan of Mason City, IA; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Sally Meirick and his father-in-law, Charles Galligan and nephews, Ron Meirick, and Jon Galligan and niece, Nikki Schlueter.


Visitation: May 12, 2023 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Conway-Markham Funeral Home - Elma
508 Maple St.
Elma, IA 50628

(641) 393-2461

Visitation: May 13, 2023 10:30 am - 11:30 am

St. Bernard's Cathollic Church
114 East Washington
Alta Vista, IA 50603


Mass of Christian Burial: May 13, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 am

St. Bernard's Cathollic Church
114 East Washington
Alta Vista, IA 50603


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  1. Karen and all the family, our deepest sympathy to you. Thoughts and prayers for you all.

    • My deepest sympathy to Karen and the rest of Roger’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Karen and Family So very sorry for your loss We will certainly miss seeing Roger at the locker as Will many many more. He was a Great Guy and ran a Great Business Thinking of you all with our Thoughts and Prayers Don and Ruth Rowe 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

  3. Deepest sympathy to Roger’s family.
    He was s great man and I always enjoyed visiting with him.

  4. Karen and family. So very sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers🙏🙏♥️♥️

  5. Karen and family, our deepest sympathy to you. Roger was a very special and kind man and a great community leader. He will be missed by so many.

  6. Light a CandleOur sympathy to the whole family. Roger was a great man and could always make you laugh. Rest In Peace!!

  7. Karen and family my deepest sympathy for your loss. Roger will always be remembered as a great guy.

  8. We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences. He will be missed.

  9. Light a CandleKaren and family
    We were so surprised to hear that Roger passed away. We were looking forward to seeing you both at the Meirick gathering during Alta Vista Days.
    My family sends prayers to you & your children

  10. Karen, Ashley,Wesley and Colton,

    We always saw Roger with a smile! He lived life to the fullest! His love for all of you was always obvious ❤️He was a great man and I’m sure you will miss him dearly! Remember all of the fun memories you have shared with him. May God give you comfort!

    Love and Hugs!
    Mike and Margie O’Neill

  11. So sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. We went to high school together and everyone was always wondering what he would do next. I am heartily sorry for your loss.

  12. Light a CandleJoy and I were having lunch in the Locker yesterday and Roger came and sat with us….we had lunch there on the 6th as well and he also sat with us then….just a cordial visit. We’ve always appreciated Roger and have supported the Elma Locker. We had no idea yesterday’s visit (5/8) would be our last….We’ll miss you Roger. It breaks our heart especially after you being so confident that happier days were ahead!!! And Karen…Joy’s and my heartfelt condolences are with you and your family as well!

    Mike & Joy Rothwell

  13. Light a CandleKaren and family, I was so saddened to hear of Roger’s passing. Hugs and prayers to you and your children. I am ago glad I stopped into the locker when I was back in Elma. He always had that twinkle in his eye and shared his laughter. He loved his family and loved his community. He will be missed by many. Sympathy and prayers to you all.

  14. So very sorry for your loss, Karen and family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Keith and Becky Buckridge

  15. Karen and family our sincere condolences. May your many happy memories console you in this time of great sorrow.
    Prayers and hugs.
    Louise and Donn Harris

  16. Karen and family. Our sincere condolences to you all. We pray God will wrap his arms around you and hold you tight in the days ahead🙏🙏🙏

  17. Light a CandleTo the family of Roger, sorry to hear of your loss. Roger was such a friendly, helpful friend! He will be greatly missed!

  18. Light a CandleSorry for your loss Karen and family Roger was well loved and liked. He will be miss dearly.

  19. Karen and family – Our sincerest sympathy to all of you. Prayers of comfort in knowing that Roger is in the loving arms of our Lord. Roger was a friend to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. May he rest in Eternal Peace!

  20. Light a CandleDeepest sympathy to your family. Roger was a great guy, his laughter just lite up a room, always making people smile. He will be greatly missed.

  21. We just talked to him Friday when we picked up our pork. All our prayers to his family. May his memories console you today. He was a great man. Jeanne and David Roder

  22. Light a CandleThoughts and prayers to the Meirick family. May everyone find peace and comfort in the days ahead.
    The Zweibohmers
    David, Carrie and Hayley.

  23. Our thought and prayers to Karen and family. I will miss seeing him at the golf tournament.
    Terry, Gail, Jill, and Brenda
    (Your Roger’s Sister)

  24. Our deepest sympathies to Karen, Ashley and Jack, Wesley,Colton and Rebecca and the entire family. Roger always had a big smile and willing to answer a question or just How ya doing? He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers for each and everyone of you during this difficult time!

  25. Light a CandleYou have our deepest sympathy Karen, Ashley, Wesley, and Colton. We always had a laugh when Roger said “Mr. and Mrs. Jermacks, years ago when the Wisconsin Boys came down to hunt in the fall, Ron and I were out walking and one of them said “isn’t that the Jermacks? , Roger never forgot it, whenever he saw us he’d always say, “there’s the Jermacks ” We are going to miss his infectious smile and personality ♥️ RIP

  26. Roger was a hard worker but also loved to play as well. We were always greeted with a smile. Everything about Roger will be greatly missed. Our sympathy to all the Meiricks and their families at this sad time.

  27. Karen and Family, I am sorry to hear about Roger. I know, no words can help the pain and sadness you are going through. I just want to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  28. Light a CandleKaren and Family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Chris and enjoyed our time working at Elma Locker. Roger was a good friend and boss.

  29. To the family of Roger, he was truly a very special man, to his family and community, he will be dearly missed

  30. We had some great childhood memories with Roger and the Meirick clan. Hope Many heartfelt memories console you. Our deepest condolences to you all. This is tragic loss. Hard to believe since just had a conversation at AV Hall. we wrap our arms around you with hugs. The Millers

  31. While I’ve not lived in Elma for thirty years I always made a point to stop in at the locker. Roger would recognize me as one Lyle’s boys and ask how everyone was doing. My sympathies to the family.

  32. Light a CandleSo sorry for your loss. Karen and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏🙏❤️

  33. Light a CandleKaren & Family, Prayers For Strength & Peace Throughout This Time Of Loss. God Bless You All.

  34. Light a CandleKaren and family, so so sorry for your loss of Roger. He really was a great guy. Prayers for you today for the strength you need in this most difficult of times.

  35. Light a CandleWe were sad to hear of Roger’s passing. Praying for family and close friends. Jean’s Dad (Joe Ludwig) also wants to offer his condolences.

  36. So very very sorry to hear of Roger’s passing.
    Our prayers and sympathy to Karen, and family, and all of the Meirick families.

  37. Extending our most heartfelt sympathy to all of Roger’s families. He was such a genuine, down-home country guy; we enjoyed his story telling about his early years with the AV gang. His presence surely made for a brighter day. May he Rest In Peace.

  38. Sorry for Roger’s passing. Our prayers and sympathy to Karen, and family, and all of the Meirick families.

  39. Russ and Joyce Tendall.
    Our sympathy to Karen and family.
    He will be greatly missed.
    God’s blessings to all of you at this time.

  40. Roger always had time to stop and visit with me at the locker….even coming to the car to visit sometimes. I will surely miss his happy smile and the twinkle in his eyes.

  41. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Meirick family. Love Nate, Jordan, Waylon and Charlie Lentz.

  42. Light a CandleOur thoughts are with your family in this time of sadness. My brother in law and I have been hunting in IOWA the last few years and Elma Locker has been handling our harvests. We were surprised and saddened hearing about Roger’s passing. He was a good person and we always looked forward to brining our deer there and talking with Roger and employees. He went out of his way to ensure we were taken care of. We will miss visiting with Roger in our trips to Iowa in the future.

  43. My deepest sympathies to the Meirick Family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

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