Carl Meinhardt

carl meinhardt

Carl W. Meinhardt, age 103 died on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at Wadena, MN of natural causes. Carl was born in Gwinner, ND to Ingolf and Karin (Wilhelmson) Meinhardt on January 7, 1909. He excelled in public school and was in the first graduating Gwinner High School class in 1925. At age 19 he was part of a group of 3 young men that were instrumental in stopping a night bank robbery of the Gwinner State Bank in August of 1928. Carl became a very good mechanic and learned the blacksmith trade from his father "Billy" Meinhardt. His father encouraged him not to go into the blacksmith business "because there was no future in it", due to the throw away plow share that were coming on the market. Carl started the farming business by raising sheep on shares with local farmers. He married Lillie Safstrom on March 14, 1932 at Britton, SD. He learned the auto body repair business and taught auto body at the Hanson Automotive School in Fargo, ND for two years. He then went to Carol, Iowa and worked at an auto body shop there before moving back to Gwinner to help his father in his shop. He owned and operated his own auto body repair business in Oakes, ND during the depression for 3 years. He refinished the fleet of delivery trucks for the North American Creamery Co. that was headquartered in Oakes. The trucks had to be refinished annually due to the driving dust storms that damaged the finish which included the signage. He then returned to Gwinner to purchase his own farm 5.5 miles west of Gwinner where he raised his family.

He helped the war effort by working in a defense plant in Minneapolis in 1942 and 1943 as a machinist. He was one of the first in the area to start a custom combining business and to travel south to Oklahoma with his SP combine loaded on top of his 1942 Ford ton and a half grain truck and work his way back to North Dakota. He retired from farming in 1965 and moved to Fargo, ND.  He lived with his son Don in Golden Valley, MN for 4 years and then moved to an assisted living facility in Wadena, MN close to where his son Ray lives. Carl lived a Christ filled life that was evident to all and loved to play the hymns on his violin while Lillie accompanied him with the piano. Thanks for being here for 103 years! Every generation has enjoyed you. We love you.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lillie (1999) a brother Ben, (1934) two sisters Elsie Bennett, (1996) and Olivia McFarland, (2011) a son Richard (2008) and a baby brother. He is survived by a sister, Marie Rubino, Palo Alto, CA, a son, Donald (Arvilla), Cokato, MN, a son Raymond (Cora), Wadena, MN, and a daughter, Elaine Baird, Everett, WA, seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren and one great, great, great, grandchild.

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  1. nowhere TXYou are in our thoughts at this time of adjusting to yet, another step in life.

    Faithfullness is SO beautiful – a wonderful ornament, used well.

  2. Mechanicsburg, IllinoisOur thoughts are with you these days with love and sympathy. We enjoyed
    visiting Carl when he lived in
    was always easy to get into a good
    Spiritual conversation.

  3. Kokomo INThinking of you all at this time and am thankful for the privilege of being in Carl and Lillian’s home some years ago and their kindness. But most of all value the memory of their love and faithfulness to God. Seeing their joy in reading God’s Word each day and Trusting Him in each experience of life.
    With Love and Care, Sharon Rostad

  4. Wadena MN
    I am happy that I had the pleasure of meeting Carl! His stories were amazing & entertaining. He certainly led a full life. My condolences go to his family in this difficult time.

    We are thankful for Carl’s faithful life. It was always special to see him at each gathering. We enjoyed helping him celebrate his big 100th birthday on that cold Janunary day in ND
    . You have lots of wonderful memories.

  6. Minneapolis MN
    Another loyal faithul Brother has
    gone Home to his reward. The
    Meinhardt name is well known
    thro all our years our life, but one by
    one the pillars are removed. We are thankful for a next generation
    that have taken on the ‘load’.
    Kind thoughts and sympathy from
    Roy and Betty (Weiland) Droel

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