Gerald "Jerry" Fred Meekins
  • 97 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 12, 1917
  • Place of birth:
    Zearing, Iowa, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 1, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Hillsboro, Oregon, United States

Gerald (Jerry) Fred Meekins, 97, passed away peacefully at his home in Hillsboro, Oregon, with his family at his side.

He was born January 12, 1917, in Zearing, Iowa, and was the oldest of four children, born to Fred and Lucille (Batson) Meekins. He grew up in St. Anthony, Iowa, and graduated from Zearing High School in 1935 with a scholarship to Drake University in the Arts. He interviewed at Drake for his singing ability and his interviewer said she’d make a fine baritone out of him. But this was during the depression years, so he declined the scholarship opportunity and chose to stay home to help support his parents. 

Jerry joined the Navy in 1944, and was stationed at Camp Shoemaker, CA. He was in the motor pool and served as a master mechanic. After nineteen months he was honorably discharged in 1945. 

Jerry met his wife Florence in 1962. After a short courtship they were married on October 12, 1962, in Reno, NV. Following their marriage they made their home in Newark, CA. Gerald had four children and Florence had three children, all from previous marriages. On October 12, 2013, they celebrated their 51st Wedding Anniversary. 

Jerry’s professions along the way included truck driver, master mechanic working in the auto and aircraft Industry, real estate sales specializing in recreational land and residential properties, and swimming pool consultant and contractor in Dallas, TX. He retired in 1988 when he and Florence moved to Hillsboro.  

He was a member of the Masons for over 60 years and was a Master Mason. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite. Gerald and Florence were active members of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Portland, OR for 25 years. 

Jerry loved spending time with friends and family and had a very special bond with his children and grandchildren, greats and great greats.  He also enjoyed vegetable gardening, fishing, and model trains, and was a great story teller with a unique sense of humor everyone loved. He had an excellent memory and could recall the smallest details of his life experiences, whether he was sharing stories of growing up on the farm in Iowa, driving truck in the 1930s, or remembering the mischief of his children and grandchildren. Methodical and meticulous at everything he did, he believed in doing a job right; whether it was work, a hobby, or a home repair. 

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Loren and Leland Meekins; son Larry Meekins; daughter, Yvonne Meekins Grimes; and daughter-in-law Judi Balch Meekins.  

 He is survived by his wife Florence; his sister Phyllis Dakins of Carson City, NV; five children and their spouses: Paul Meekins of Pleasanton, CA; David and Mary Pat Meekins of Redmond, OR; Carl Grimes of Fremont, CA; Vivian and Gene Malatesta of Hillsboro, OR; Sharon and Bill Stiles of Fayetteville, AR and Ken and Jackie Baker of Alameda, CA;  18 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Florence and family would be greatly blessed if you would share your memories, pictures, and stories on this site.

The family suggests a donation in Gerald's name to one of these charities or the charity of your choice.

St. Vincent Medical Foundation - Hospice

Bethany Presbyterian Church 

Beaverton Masonic Lodge #100


11:00 AM  Everyone meets at Bethany Presbyterian Church
We will consolidate into fewer cars if possible and caravan to the cemetery (1.2 mile away)

11:30 AM
Graveside service will be held on

Saturday May 10 at 11:30 AM
Bethany Presbyterian Cemetary
7600 NW Kaiser Road
Portland, OR

After the service, we will return to the church and assemble in the Fireside Room where we will wait for the service to begin.

1:00 PM

A Celebration of Life will be held on
Saturday May 10 at 1 pm
Bethany Presbyterian Church
15505 NW Springville Rd
Portland, OR  97229

Reception in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service

Following the reception, everyone is invited to dinner at
John and Kristin's house
45045 NW Elk Mountain Road

Banks, OR  97106



We have reserved a block of rooms at:

Homewood Suites by Hilton
15525 NW Gateway Court
Beaverton, OR  97006

The special room rate is reserved under the event "Meekins Memorial"
Call the hotel directly at 503-614-0900 to get this special rate
King suite $89
2 doubles $99 


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Florence Meekins on 13th January 2017

"Happy 100rh Birthday to my Beloved Jerry. So many wonderful memories to always cherish. He was always the best thing that ever happened to me. The love of my life, my best friend, my buddy, always there to keep me safe & secure. I will be with Jerry when the Lord decides it's my time. I'm looking forward to the day when we're together again. Miss you, truly do. Your my Sweet heart."

This tribute was added by Florence Meekins on 1st March 2016

"Loving memories Jerry of our life together still remain now & forever. Miss you truly do, my rock, my best friend, the love of my life. One of these days we will be together again. So many wonderful memories of our life together are remembered & cherished. Love U dearly, Florence, sending Hugs/ooooooo !"

This tribute was added by Sharon Stiles on 12th January 2016

"Happy 99th Birthday Dad. I do believe my math is correct. We miss seeing you and sharing birthdays with you. We had "many" great celebrations over the years. We think of you often and miss you still and always will. Love to you in heaven. Bill and Sharon"

This tribute was added by Florence Meekins on 4th January 2016

"Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to my beloved Jerry, miss you. Weather so miserable we  haven't even made it to your gravesite to leave flowers,  but the thought has been there with you. Do love you dearly, truly do.

May God grant you the grace & peace to rest peacefully in Heaven."

This tribute was added by Florence Meekins on 21st June 2015

"So may wonderful memories to always cherish Jerry, you were always my sweetheart, my buddy, my best friend and  it hasn't been easy to be here without you. I am prevailing one step at a time.

I still feel your presence a very comforting support...Love you dearly ~!"

This tribute was added by Sharon Stiles on 20th June 2015

"Happy Father's Day in Heaven to a very special "Dad". We think of you often and miss you and always will !.
Bill and Sharon"

This tribute was added by Sharon Stiles on 1st March 2015

"Wish we could get together and have a nice long visit. We had "many" good visits over the years. Love You and miss you ! Bill and Sharon"

This tribute was added by Florence Meekins on 1st March 2015

"Missing you Jerry, so many wonderful memories brought me through this first year without you, it wasn't easy, but with the Lord at my side, and knowing sometime when the Lord is ready I will see you again and we will be together. You were my Rock, my Buddy, my one and only from the first day I met you. I know the Lord meant it to be just that way. As always, do still  love you dearly, rest in peace my love See you on the other side."

This tribute was added by Florence Meekins on 16th January 2015

"Remember Nell Grandpa did somersaults on the lawn in your back yard with you when you were about two and a half or so. He would be pleased at your tribute. He always remembered taking you in his pick up truck to wherever he was going and he'd be busy keeping you out of mischief. He was very patient and really did love U, Me too. Grandma"

This tribute was added by janell Smith on 12th January 2015

"This is Grandpa's first heavenly BIRTHDAY.....hopes he's doing somersaults in the kitchen floor....!!
Love and miss him."

This tribute was added by Sharon Stiles on 12th January 2015

"We were very fortunate to have this wonderful man to call "DAD" for many years. We spent many January's in Hillsboro Oregon with him and many members of the family celebrating his birthday. He is still with us in our "hearts". We miss you Dad. Love Bill and Sharon"

This tribute was added by Florence Meekins on 12th January 2015

"Happy Birthday Jerry,. You were and still are my rock, my buddy, my best friend, my sweetheart for ever. Thank you for being a very important part of my life. So many wonderful memories that I will
always cherish .

Ken & Jackie are here visiting to make your birthday celebration a very special event. Ir has been a special treat to have them here they have been so caring and thoughful. ''

A trip to the cemetery is on the agenda today to pay tribute to the very special part you have played in all of our lives. Love you forever. Florence"

This tribute was added by Florence Meekins on 18th December 2014

"Merry Christmas Jerry, Viv & yours truly took a beautiful flower arrangement to the Bethany Pres Cemetary today just for you. Love you and will always miss your presence in our lives. . .God's love will surround us until one day we will be together once again..Till then with my Love..Your one & only !..."

This tribute was added by Florence Meekins on 12th October 2014

"Celebrating our Wedding Anniversary with many wonderful memories to cherish with a special tribute to the love of my life, Jerry Meekins. We were married on October 12th 1962, Columbus day no less. Jerry always said "Columbus took a chance" so he figured he would too. His sense of humor always kept things interesting to say the least. Jerry was my rock, the love of my life. Do miss you & love you dearly,   Until we meet again. Florence !"

This tribute was added by Florence Meekins on 8th July 2014

"Flower time at Bethany Presbyterian cemetery, visiting our beloved Jerry, Viv put together some lovely flowers with colors representing the Fourth  of July, only thing missing we couldn't find a small flag to add to the flower arrangement. A beautiful resting place. May your soul  rest  in peace Jerry, as God's love surrounds you with His presence. Our Love is always with you."

This tribute was added by Florence Meekins on 15th June 2014

"Viv, Gene & your's truly went to Bethany Pres Cemetery this afternoon with a bouquet from Viv's garden to honor Jerry on Father's day..A very peaceful beautiful resting place. Happy Father's day to my Honey...Rest in Peace...Love U Dearly..."

This tribute was added by Florence Meekins on 26th May 2014

"Today was Memorial day, time to visit our beloved Jerry, it was so lovely to see all the flowers and flags where there were Vets, and of course Jerry had his own little flag next to his resting place . Bethany Presbyterian Cemetery is a lovely place for loved ones,  many of his Dear friends were already there resting in peace. . Love you Dearly Jerry, miss you..Rest in peace...So many wonderful memories of our fifty one years together. Cherish every moment..."

This tribute was added by Derek Meekins on 8th May 2014

"Grandpa, I love you so much.  You had a way of slowing everything down for me.  I remember while in college grandpa helped me process
my engagement to Kyra.  He even went with me to the jeweler to buy a ring. I was going to buy Kyra a  ring way outside my budget.  He pointed out a ring that was even more beautiful and within my budget.

This tribute was added by brett voss on 14th April 2014

"Jerry meekins was my grandpa, but I called him a friend. He was always there for me. I remember he use to take me into his train shed. and we would play around in there for a long time. Showing me what to do and how to work the model trains. But as the years passed. he started to become older and weaker. Soon he could not go into the train shed anymore. people in the family new his time was short. Later on march 1, 2014, he passed. To me he was a friend, my grandpa , and most important he was loved."

This tribute was added by rhonda vegas on 7th April 2014

"To my dear sweet Grandpa I love you so much! I also remember all the times we spent with you, when we would go to your house and play in your garden or sit on your lap and you would make sounds like a horse. We just wanted you to do it over and over your an angel in heaven with all your loved ones....till we meet again Grandpa...Hugs & Kisses your Granddaughter Rhonda Grimes- Vegas"

This tribute was added by Mischelle Stiles on 7th April 2014

"I will always cherish the wonderful memories of spending time with my Grandpa.  He was most present in my life when I was a young girl.  He was always so sweet and caring.  He sure knew how to make us girls giggle when he 'Nayed" like a horse.  I remember asking him to do it every time I visited him.  I loved helping him in his garden and eating chard with salt right out of the ground.  I also loved riding in his blue Chevy truck and going to the dumps with him.  He would even take us to KFC for a special treat.  

I am thankful he is no longer suffering and is with the Lord with the rest of his family.   Rest in peace Grandpa.  Until we meet again.

Love Mischelle"

This tribute was added by Florence Meekins on 7th April 2014

"In loving memory of the love of my life, Jerry Meekins

When I met Jerry fifty one years ago, I knew almost immediately he was the best thing that happened to me in a long time. And I've never been wrong,. He was a fine and faithful man, kind and caring.

When Jerry went to be with the Lord it was like he went away and my heart went with him, I speak his name in my every prayer. may his soul rest in peace knowing that someday we will be together once again.

Jerry was the love of my life, my sweetheart, my buddy, my friend, and I do miss him dearly. Knowing that he is safe, at peace and in the Lord's care is indeed a blessings. Rest in peace my love..Flo"

This tribute was added by Mark&Judy Givens on 5th April 2014

"We only met Jerry once and so enjoyed his trains and garden.  Today we were thinking of him, Flo, Vivian and Gene as plan are planning to come up in June for a short visit.  Judy's father was also a Mason, and she was a Job's Daughter."

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