Thomas Meylor

Thomas Edward Meylor

Sunday, January 4th, 1925 - Monday, June 3rd, 2019
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Thomas E. Meylor “Tom” of Longmont, Colorado, passed away Monday, June 3. Born in Storm Lake, Iowa, on January 4, 1925, to Edward and Amanda (Berendes) Meylor, Tom was the oldest of five children. He spent his childhood on farms near Marcus, Iowa. After graduation from Holy Name High School (Marcus) in 1942, he worked on an area farm until he was drafted into the Army on February 26, 1944.

He trained at Camp Roberts, California, in Infantry Intelligence and Reconnaissance. In July 1944, after a brief stop to visit family, he shipped out and arrived in Scotland in August 1944. From there he went to England and France, and by October he was on the way to Germany and the front lines.
Tom was wounded twice and was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and a Bronze Star. He was in Berlin in late 1945 where he stood guard duty at Lt. General Lucias Clay's residence.

After his discharge in early 1946, he farmed, attended Loras College and graduated from Iowa State in 1951 with a B.S. degree in agronomy and soils.

Tom worked several years in the fertilizer industry, and in 1964, he started his career with the USDA Farmer's Home Administration (FHA) which included eight memorable years on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation South Dakota.

Tom met his first wife, Eileen E. Herges, at Iowa State. On June 21, 1952, they were married at St. Peter Catholic Church in Sisseton, South Dakota. They had five children: Elizabeth Meylor, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Dominic Meylor MD, Boulder Colorado; Priscilla Nelson (Jon), Corvallis, Oregon; Joe Meylor, Alameda, California; and Susan Strawbridge (Steve), Longmont, Colorado. Eileen passed away July 23, 1975, after a long journey with cancer.

Tom married Donice J. Johnson of Brookville, Kansas, on May 1, 1976, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia, Missouri. Eileen and Donice had been close friends since their dietetic internship days in Cincinnati, Ohio.

After postings in Garden City, Kansas, and Brighton, Colorado, Tom retired from the FHA in 1985 and moved to Salina, Kansas, where he was an active member of the Salina Catholic Diocesan Rural Life Committee, Disabled Veterans, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

In retirement, Tom and Donice enjoyed trips through the countryside and travel to visit family. They spent five summers at Yellowstone National Park working as concession employees. They enjoyed the outdoors where they could bird watch and look at nature. Eventually, they came back to Colorado and the mountains they loved so much.

Tom always had a book nearby. He never stopped reading. He was always curious about people, technology, and hobbies like woodworking, stained glass, watercolors, lapidary arts, and the world in general. He was a stock market wizard whose investment returns would be the envy of Wall Street.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Eileen; brother, Jerry Meylor of Marcus, Iowa; and sister, Bernadette Eagle of Massapequa, New York. He is survived by his wife, Donice; his children, Elizabeth Meylor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dominic Meylor MD of Boulder, Colorado, Priscilla (Jon) Nelson of Corvallis, Oregon, Joe Meylor of Alameda, California, and Susan and Steve Strawbridge of Longmont, Colorado; grandchildren, Sam, Katie, and Caleb Nelson, Martha and Sam Strawbridge, and Max Meylor; step-grandchildren, Sami and Ben Alemania; special friends, Shanta and Howard Wayne and children, Madison and Christopher of Florida; brothers, Stanley (Loretta) of Citrus Heights, California, and Daniel Meylor of Westminster, California.

Visitation to be held Tuesday, June 11, 4-6 PM, with Rosary to follow, at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, Longmont, Colorado. Mass to be held Wednesday, June 12, 10:30 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Longmont, Colorado. Burial to be held Wednesday, June 12, 1:00 PM at Mountain View Cemetery, Longmont, Colorado.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John's Catholic Church Food Bank or Sisters of St. Joseph of Kansas, Concordia, Kansas. Visit for full obituary and to share condolences.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Ahlberg Funeral Chapel
    326 Terry St.
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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    Rosary prayers to begin at 6:00pm.
  • Service

    Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 10:30am
    St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
    323 Collyer St.
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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  • Interment

    Longmont Mountain View Cemetery
    620 11th Avenue
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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    Burial to be held Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Mountain View Cemetery, Longmont, CO


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Lori Norby

Posted at 05:10pm
Dear Priscilla, Joe and Susan
I am so sad to hear about your dad! What a wonderful man you have lost. Even though we are miles apart, please know we are thinking of you and our hearts are with you.
Todd and Lori (Meyer) Norby
Madison, SD

Mary Jan Gillespie

Posted at 02:49am
Donice, Elizabeth, Nic, Priscilla, Joe, Susan and your families,
I am so sorry for your loss. As I've shared with Elizabeth, Tom Meylor was the first real "dad" I ever knew. He and Eileen showed me what a close, loving family could be. There was always room for one more, me. Tom & Donice traveled to Harlan, Iowa for my wedding almost 40 years ago! I lit candles for each of you on Monday night that will bless you for a week. All my rosaries & chaplets have been for your dad and your family. He will be missed! So sorry I couldn't be there. I have sent a donation to the church food bank in Tom's name. Jan Gillespie

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Posted at 09:08pm
With heartfelt condolences. Love, The Doyles
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Madeline Johnson

Posted at 10:04am
To the family of Tom,

My sincere condolences on the loss of a father, uncle and brother.
Tom was an amazing man, I can tell by his actions and caring ways he was a devoted husband to Donice and his family.
I will miss searching for him on the WW II float at the local Longmont veterans day parade.
I would like to take this time to thank you for your service , I know you thought this saying was a over rated but Tom you deserved each and every one.
You will be sorely missed. I will never forget you and Donice.
It has been my pleasure and an honor to have been called your care giver.

Love, Madeline

Kathleen Eagle

Posted at 03:14am
With loving memories of Uncle Tom Meylor, From Katleen Eagle and sons Shawn, Wyatt, Birch, and Rowan Biessel. Our hearts are with his whole family
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