ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Rondie Meachem.  It is a tribute to a man who was loved by many for many reasons,
Posted by Rose Valentine on June 26, 2021
Rondie's niece Adrienne shared these thoughts of the uncle she loved and admired.

"Uncle Rondie was an unforgettable man who was very kind! He loved his family, his people and his culture.

He was a proud man with strong spiritual beliefs and enjoyed the beauty of nature. He will be forever missed!"
Posted by Rose Valentine on June 26, 2021
Fatima, the mother of Rondie's grandson Zephaniah wrote this loving note:

"Rondie, I am glad to have known you and sad that God has taken you away. You'll never like the smell of roses, but I'll never forget the smell of you. You will be missed sincerely. Grandson, Josiah, and I love you and hope to get you back in another physical dimensional form. Love, Fatima"
Posted by Rose Valentine on June 26, 2021
Rondie's cousin Pookie remembers when he lived with them after he came home from the army.  They worked together in San Bruno, California where they filed people taxes. 

Some of Pookie's fondest memories was hanging out with Rondie and the fun they shared growing up together.  

As  Rondie and Pookie got older they spent a lot of time talking about the Lord. Pookie recalls that Rondie spoke of the Most High all the time. He would read the Scriptures to make a point when they would have these discussions. 

Pookie wrote, "My cousin will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him. My prayers and condolences to the family. I love you dearly."
Posted by Rose Valentine on June 26, 2021
Rondie and Ricky

Ronide and his Uncle Ricky Simms were more like brothers seeing they were only eight or nine months apart. When they were kids they would spend time together every other day, if not everyday.

Ricky and Rondie, often with Rondie's brother Reginald spent a lot of time at Hunters Point, in San Francisco, at the Bay. They loved to catch tadpoles.

Rondie loved all kinds of animals. At one time or another, he even had an alligator, snakes and sea monkeys. He also owned his share of dogs, cats and birds.

Ricky and Rondie often found themselves in trouble for things like going skinny dipping in the Bay and the usual mischief that boys got into.

Ricky recalled that Rondie loved art. He was a great artist who loved to draw. He like to draw some of the characters from his favorite Marvel Comics which he and Ricky collected by the box-full.

Rondie and Ricky liked riding their bikes up and down the hills where they lived. Rondie loved to skat. He was really into roller-blading for awhile. The two of them also liked to go to the gym.

According to Ricky, they called Rondie, "The Skeletor" because he was so thin. It doesn't seem Rondie minded, because he had a good sense of humor. He was fun  loving and very outgoing. 

Rondie spent a lot of time with his family, When they were young the young guys had a sort of boys club, according to Ricky. 
Posted by Rose Valentine on June 26, 2021
Rondie and Reginald

Reginal Carr, Rondie's younger brother, shared some of his memories of his beloved brother.

One of Reginald's fondest memories is of the times he and Rondie played together as kids. He especially cherished the memories of times when he and  also the times when the two of them would go down to the Bay in Hunter's Point to catch tadpoles, frogs and lizards.

Rondie loved living creatures of all kinds. Reginald recalled when Rondie would cook for them. Rondie was a very good cook, and obviously he started learning his skill at a young age. 

Another fond memory of Reginald's is when Rondie would take him and their younger sister Gina downtown to the movies. They all had a close relationship and enjoyed spending time together.

These memories Reginald will always cherish along with the memories of his loving big brother.
Posted by Rose Valentine on June 22, 2021
Memory is one of many gifts that God has given us. Memories are a way to have those that are now sleeping in Christ still with us in a way.
When a loved one dies we remember cherished times we've spent with them and characteristics about that person: an expression, their laughter or smile and many other things. These memories help us to keep our sleeping loved one close.

I thank God for the memories that I have of Rondie that make me laugh and makes me consider things. I will always remember and thank God for him.
Posted by Roxanne Valentine on June 22, 2021
Yes, Rondie will be forever remembered. His smile, his friendliness and joyfulness.
 I too, thank God for bringing him into our family.

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Posted by Rose Valentine on June 26, 2021
Rondie's niece Adrienne shared these thoughts of the uncle she loved and admired.

"Uncle Rondie was an unforgettable man who was very kind! He loved his family, his people and his culture.

He was a proud man with strong spiritual beliefs and enjoyed the beauty of nature. He will be forever missed!"
Posted by Rose Valentine on June 26, 2021
Fatima, the mother of Rondie's grandson Zephaniah wrote this loving note:

"Rondie, I am glad to have known you and sad that God has taken you away. You'll never like the smell of roses, but I'll never forget the smell of you. You will be missed sincerely. Grandson, Josiah, and I love you and hope to get you back in another physical dimensional form. Love, Fatima"
Posted by Rose Valentine on June 26, 2021
Rondie's cousin Pookie remembers when he lived with them after he came home from the army.  They worked together in San Bruno, California where they filed people taxes. 

Some of Pookie's fondest memories was hanging out with Rondie and the fun they shared growing up together.  

As  Rondie and Pookie got older they spent a lot of time talking about the Lord. Pookie recalls that Rondie spoke of the Most High all the time. He would read the Scriptures to make a point when they would have these discussions. 

Pookie wrote, "My cousin will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him. My prayers and condolences to the family. I love you dearly."
his Life

Rondie Ray Meachem April 10, 1957 - June 19, 2021

Rondie Ray Meachem was a precious gift  born to Sammie Meachem and Francis Williams on April 10, 1957, in San Francisco, CA.  He was the 5th child. A loving and caring son and brother,  Rondie was close to his family and loved spending time with them.
Rondie attended school at Woodrow Wilson High School and graduated in 1974. As a child he proved to be gifted in art. He graduated from high school early to join the army.
Rondie served in the US Army for six years. He served four of those years in Germany and traveled the world. Rondie became an Infantryman and qualified for a badge in marksmanship with the M16.
In 1992 Rondie met the lovely Karina Ann Henderson in Oakland, CA.   
Karen, a designer and seamstress of haute couture, and a milliner, met Rondie when they both attended the Grand Avenue SDA church in Oakland, CA. Rondie was quickly smitten by Karen and she quickly fell for his good looks, charm and sense-of-humor. So it was that on April 25, 1993 the happy couple were married in Oakland, CA. 
Rondie and Karen first made their home in Hayward, CA, then later moved to Oakland where they lived for several years.
On April 21, 1994 the Meachem's were blessed with a jewel which they named Raven Adia Meachem. On June 15, 1996 another gem was added to the Meachem household and was named Josiah Azariah Meachem.
Rondie was employed with the Waste Management Company in Oakland, CA for over 20 and was a proud member of Teamsters Local # 70.
Because of his friendly disposition, Rondie easily made many friends everywhere and especially at work. He spent much of his free time with these friends until his marriage to Karen and becoming a father. Then much of his time was spent with the family he loved very much.
In  2007  Rondie retired and moved his family  to Peyton, CO where he retired and started a new journey in his life.
Rondie was an avid reader and loved fishing. He also loved to garden, growing his own vegetables

Recent stories

We shall see you again..

Shared by Sandra Giles on June 28, 2021
I remember when I first met Rondie.. It was like we were old friends.. He was so nice and kind.. Rondie had this spirit about him that made you feel relaxed and right at home when you met him.. He had a big heart.. And most of all he loved the Lord.. That's what sealed the deal with him.. He would help just about anybody.. He would give his last piece of bread if you didn't have any.. Such a kind soul... I would have stuff to throw away and I would call my dear friend kay (Karen) and ask her to ask Rondie if he had time and wasn't tired to come and haul it away for me.. Such sweethearts.. He would always come through and haul it away for me.. He didn't have to do it.. We would have such great talks about how we acted before we changed our lives.. He had great stories to tell.. I will NEVER forget how he would get scrape metal and break it down and and sell it and split it with his father-in-Law.. They had a good relationship.. I loved that about him.. Such a kind man.. And most of all he loved my dear friend Kay and his family.. I will miss him but I know that our God didn't want him to suffer any longer and we will see him again.. Rest my Angel ..When I see you in heaven I'm going to tell you "WELL DONE".. I will NEVER forget you.. 

Your Friend;
Sandra Giles

Remembering Rondie R. Mechem

Shared by Roxanne Valentine on June 22, 2021
Remembering Rondie R. Mechem
     _By Roxanne Valentine
              6/22/21

  I remember Rondie as someone who  for most of the time was joyful.
  He seemed to always have a smile on his face.
  He was a man with many friends. It seems when we were all together
  and went someplace, Rondie ran into someone he knew.
  He was never lost for words and always shared his thoughts, opinions and beliefs.
  Especially his knowledge of the Almighty and the Bible.

  Rondie loved God and was not ashame to let you know.
  I always admired that about him and how he stood on the Word of God.
  We had many conversations and discussions. Shared many Scriptures
   and at times voiced our differences in our understanding, but in the end we
   always agree that God's Word was self explanatory.

  The love of nature and of animals were our other interests we share, along with  most family members and friends we know.
  There were times when my sister Rose and I would sit with Rondie and Karen in their
  back yard, just enjoying nature, seeing and hearing the birds. Sometimes a cat  or two
  would run across the yard or on the fence.
  It was always a Blessing and great family times and fellowship.

  I'll always remember his smile, his laughter and sometimes his what seemed to me, a
  wild statement.
  I will remember whenever I called the house and he answered, He would say "Hi Cuz."
  I laugh when I think about how he would sometimes call me and Rose both, "Rox and Rose.
  Also,he would tell Karen"It's Rox Rose'' when he gave her the phone.  Even  the kids would say  it was Rox and Rose or Rox Rox after they answered the phone. That was many years ago, of course.

   I wish I had got the chance to talk to him at least one more time, but he would be studying or sleeping later days.
   I never wanted to disturb him but I wanted him to know I loved him and was praying for him.
   I already miss him very much, but I believe I will see Rondie again and there is  going to be a great
   wonderful Family Reunion in God's Kingdom. I can hardly wait!

It's Just A Name After All

Shared by Rose Valentine on June 21, 2021

It's Just A Name After All

Rondie Ray Meachem was contemplative, friendly, funny and warm. 

I met Rondie the year before he and my cousin Karen got married. In fact, it was shortly before they were engaged. We were at church and we were all sitting at a table. Rondie kept smiling at Karen, so it was obvious that he was interested n her.

Kay introduced us and he kept calling me Rosie. I told him I didn't care for that name and to just call me Rose, but he kept calling me Rosie and acted like he forgot. Soon I started to get angry and Karen knowing me well, told Rondie to stop and call me by the right name or I might not like him. It was obvious Karen wanted me (and my sister who was with us) to like him. It was also very obvious that she really liked him.

Well, i did like Rondie. I came to love him, not as a cousin-in-law, but as a cousin. That's how we always addressed each other whenever we greeted one another: "Hey Cuz!"

As I got to know Rondie through the years I came to learn that he was a man with a lot of insight. He asked a lot of questions and had a lot of answers and although we didn't agree on some things we agree to everyone's right to have their own opinion.

Rondie had a sense of humor that sometimes I didn't get until later. He was also very serious about things. He stood for his beliefs and was not shy about sharing them. 

Rondie loved people and the people he loved more than anything was his family. I,m so glad that i became a part of Rondie's family.
As for him calling me "Rosie," well he stopped but I wouldn't dislike him if he hadn't. It's just a name after all.