Meinhardt Kleingartner

Meinhardt (Meiny) Kleingartner, 94, died on Nov. 6, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Pkwy, Bismarck.

Meiny was born January 11, 1927, in Mercer, the youngest of six children, and the last living sibling, was born to Christ and Maria Kleingartner. He attended country school in the rural Mercer/Brush Lake area.

As a member of the Hope Lutheran German Church, he was the first of his family to be confirmed in English: and remained bilingual his entire life.

He married the love of his life, Elizabeth (Betty) Carr, October 31, 1946. To this union, three children were born: Ron, Leon and Remar. They farmed near Brush Lake/Mercer for 12 years.

In the Spring 1958 they moved to Bismarck and Meiny began working for Eddy’s Bakery. After which time, he was employed within many men’s clothing stores, Shark’s Men’s Store, Vantage Point, and Herberger’s men’s store, ultimately retiring from Missouri Valley Motors in 1985.

Meiny was a lifetime active member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his two sons, Ronald (Carol), Terre Haute, Ind., and Leon (Marilyn), Rochford, South Dakota; daughter, Remar (Mark), Castle Rock, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Korry Kleingartner, Colorado Springs, Colo., Sean (Melissa) Kleingartner Springfield, Ill., Darcy (Jason) Vest, Valmeyer, Ill., Tera (Dean) Gerving, Mandan, Kirby Kleingartner, Minot, Lindsey (Rhett) Trees, Denver, Colo., Nicholas (Shelly) Cimarossa, Frisco Outer Banks, North Carolina; 13 great-grandchildren, Evan, Ryan, Bosten, Camrie, lrelynd, Jordan, Kendall, Peyton, Andrew, Mckenna, Tucker, Hunter, and Hardin; and sister-in-law, Donna Kleingartner.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his parents; three brothers, Emil, Ted, and Leonard; and two sisters, Edna and Helen.

Meiny’s 94 years truly was a happy, fun-filled life and he did his best alone after losing Betty, his partner and best friend of 66 years.

His quick wit and eagerness to “visit” endeared him to all encountered over the years and he will be missed by so many friends and family.


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