David Waldo Meeks

November 26, 1945 ‒ February 15, 2020

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: David Waldo Meeks, 74, of Mill Road, Bellville, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday morning, February 15, 2020 in his family home of Bellville, Ohio following an extended illness.

Dave was born on November 26, 1945 in Butler to Marvin and Wilma (Oswalt) Meeks. A gifted athlete, Dave played both football and basketball while in high school and was part of the first graduating class of Clear Fork High School in 1964.

Following High School, Dave married his high school sweetheart, Geraldine “Gerri” (Ritter) Meeks on May 28, 1966, and joined the Navy for 4 years. Later, he earned a Business Degree from Mansfield Business College. Early in their marriage, Dave and Gerri, built a home overlooking their beloved town of Bellville. They had two wonderful children, Tecca and Ty. He absolutely loved life and was always a devoted husband and father.

Dave retired as a Robotics Instructor and WEMR from General Motors in Mansfield/Ontario after 36 years in 2005.

An avid sports fan, Dave always rooted for his favorite team, The Ohio State Buckeyes.

Dave enjoyed many hobbies. In the winter, you could find him at the local ski lodges where he was a season pass holder for many years. Dave loved a great round of golf and spent a lot of his time at the many Golf Courses of Richland County. Some of his other favorite hobbies included fishing, riding his bike, and rollerblading. He loved to travel, but also spent a lot of quality time at home with his family “up on the hill”. Dave often reminisced about the many trips to Myrtle Beach, Banff, Vail, Aspen, Canada, cruises, and many more. In his later years, you could find Dave attending all the sporting events of his grandchildren, as he was their biggest fan.

Dave never met a stranger and was a devoted friend.

Dave is survived by his wife, Geraldine “Gerri” Meeks of Bellville; children, Tecca and Kevin Harris of Yorktown, Indiana, Ty and Suzi Meeks of Westerville, Ohio; grandchildren, McKenzie and Kathryn Hojara, Hannah Harris, Jared Harris, Taylor Meeks, Adam Meeks, Haley Case, and Lila Case; siblings, Rod (Rita) of Butler, Elaine (Mike) Chillemi of Okeechobee, Florida, Nina Schmidt of Bellville, and Rusty Meeks of Delaware, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Meeks of Butler, Mary Meeks of Easley, South Carolina; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends. Dave is preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Harry and Katherine Ritter; and brothers, Gary, Steve, Gerald “Bezzy”, and Harold.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 4-7 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where funeral services will be Thursday at 11 am.  Pastor Jeff Robertson will officiate.  Burial with military honors performed by the Bellville American Legion Post #535 will be held on the funeral home grounds.  Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the many people/organizations that provided care and support to Dave through his courageous battle; The James Cancer Hospital of Ohio State University, West Bend Nursing & Rehabilitation, Dr. Nyan Win and staff, Ohio Health Hospice, and countless others for their loving dedication.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Multiple Myeloma Opportunities for Research & Education at the James Cancer Hospital.  Online condolences may be made by visiting: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • We love you, our sweet and precious family. We loved Dave and cherish the fact that he was also “family” to us. A sweeter, more loving man can not be found. His love fore Gerri, the kids and grandkids can never be questioned and you all took wonderful care of him. Love you all.

  • So sorry to hear of Daves passing. Many good memories of our golfing adventures. Good friends like Dave are rare treasures. Gerri, Tecca, and Ty are in my prayers.

  • We were so saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. We will cherish all the precious memories we spent we with you all. Praying God’s comforting arms will surround you all and give you the peace that only He can give. Much love to you Gerri and to Tecca and Ty. Halene(Brokaw) Decker, Rick, Beth, and Gerri Lynn

  • Gerri, Tecca, Ty, and all your family you have my deepest sympathy with the passing of Dave. You will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Meek’s family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have sweet memories of his kind and gentle spirit. Many prayers and much love during this time.
    God Bless you all,

  • Dear Meeks family,
    My sincerest sympathy for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

  • Dear Meeks family I am so sorry for your loss. David was a special person everyone loved. Prayers to all of you the loving memories will be with you forever.

  • Oh Gerri…you have my DEEPEST sympathy. You, Tecca and Ty will be in my prayers. I know exactly how you feel and what you are going thru. Love you.
    Joyce White

  • Dear Gerri and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Dave was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Marcia Kasper

  • Gerri, Tecca and Ty,
    So sorry for your loss. Such a wonderful man. I have such fond memories with your family spending many nights with Tecca. He was always so nice to me. May God be with all of you during this difficult time.

  • Oh deepest condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cary Stover and Joy Mickley Stover.

  • Hi Gerri,
    Seems like a million years since I’ve seen you. However, I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s demise. Remeber all the good times.
    Rodney Kehl

  • Please accept my condolences for the loss of Dave, a special man who won’t be forgotten. Over the years he has touched the lives of many and been appreciated by all who ever met him. May his memories provide the family with comfort until God’s promises are fulfilled. Isaiah 26:19; John 5:28, 29; Psalm 37:11, 29.

  • So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy for your family. Prayers for comfort. Peggy and Rick Pfahler

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing! My heart goes out to Gerry, and the rest of his family! Dave was a good guy, and will be sorely missed!

  • Gerri so sorry for your family’s loss. even though I have not seen you in years you never forget the kindness in a person. my heart is with you and your children

  • Gerri, Tecca, Ty, Our memories go back to our fun years together in school, then our children going to Clear Fork together. These are the ties that bind. We mourn with you over Dave’s passing. Everyone will have their own memories of Dave, remembering his kind and gentle ways, his loving spirit. Our sympathy to the entire family.
    Love, Roy and Dianne Kehl

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I have such wonderful memories of him, as a classmate and a friend. He was a special guy, with an infectious smile. My heart goes out to his family he always spoke of with pride. May God surround each of you with His peace and comfort during this most difficult time.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Valerie (and Don) Margot

  • My sincere sympathy to the family…I lived in Butler and have so many memories of the Meeks’ He was a true friend and I will always remember his warm smile.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing.Bob always enjoyed talking with him. You are in my thoughts.

  • Dear Gerri,
    So sorry for the loss of you husband. You are in my Thoughts and Prayers.Sincerely, Jeanne (Walters) Davis.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Lynn remembers Dave well.he will be unable to make calling hours.but wants you to know his hearts aches for your family.God bless you and yours

  • We never had the opportunity to meet Dave. Sounds like he was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and that he will be missed beyond words. We are sending thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Please take care!
    Much love, David and Lori Law

  • Sorry to hear of Dave’s passing Will remember the good times we had in small group from church My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family

  • Gerri,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I welcome you to the club none of us wanted to participate in…the widow’s club. If you want to talk, I’m in the book & available anytime.
    Again, sincere sympathy in your loss

  • Gerri,

    Very sorry to hear of David’s passing. We will never forget his smile and his very funny sense of humor. His friendship was a great gift to us and we treasured it greatly.

    Bob & Jean Hunter

  • Gerri
    I am so sorry to hear this .my thoughts and prayers are with you. Dave was a very special guy i loved waiting on him at stoodt’s market. I love you you are very special and kind and sweet. May GOD be with you now and always

  • To all Meeks families, When Bellville & Butler consolidated, a lot of fireworks went off, & many couples met, dated & found their “happily ever after” life mate (Dave & Gerri, Rod & our girl Rita). Two years younger than Dave, a lot of us girls had a crush on Dave, the sports hero lookin good in CFHS uniforms !! So there’s a lot of history, a lot of stories to share, & a lot of great memories as Dave & Gerri thoughtfully built their life, & raised wonderful children. Those memories will last forever. With love, Deb (Pearl) Bryant

  • Please accept my heartfelt condolences, Gerri, at this difficult time. I remember you as a classmate at BHS and remember very well when you and Dave met. Kindest regards, Gary Garber

  • To the Meeks Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a great guy, always had a smile on his face, and full of kind words! He will be deeply missed. You are all in our thoughts, and prayers.
    Brenda Eagle and Staff at the hair salon.

  • Sorry to here about Dave will remember the two of you and times of the past. Will keep you in my prayers Gerri.