Wilbur “Willie” Meelberg

January 29, 1925 - October 9, 2014

Visitation: Visitaion will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 18 at Canton Lutheran Church

Service: Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October, 18 at Canton Lutheran Church, Canton, SD.

          Wilbur “Willie” Meelberg, age 89, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Morningside Manor in Alcester, SD.  Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October, 18 at Canton Lutheran Church, Canton, SD.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

                Willie was born on January 29, 1925 in Tabor, SD to Thuman and Ellen (Glynn) Meelberg.  In 1940, Willie and his sister, Dorothy,  were adopted by Albert and Nora (Glynn) Detmer. He graduated from Worthing High School in 1944.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to1953, including 19 months in Okinawa.  Willie began his career farming.  He then worked construction for a short time before working for Mel James at Standard Oil for 5 years.  He then purchased the station from Mel and ran it as Willie’s Standard for 27 years.  Before retiring in 1991, he worked for Harold’s Photo.   He enjoyed golf and traveling, especially his trip to Scandinavia.

                Willie is survived by his nephews, Bob (Marie) Yttreness, Lakeville, MN and John (Jerene) Yttreness, Ham Lake, MN; niece, Diane (Gary Case) Wood, Lester Prairie, MN;  sister,  Dorothy Crane, Wayzata, MN; half-brother, Roger Meelberg, Compton, CA;  along with numerous other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his mother, father, and parents.

          His family expresses great thanks to Morningside Manor for all they have done for Willie these past years and to Asera Care Hospice for the care they have provided the past few months.


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  1. Roger Kleinschmit on October 14, 2014 said:

    I enjoyed talking to Willie many hours at the station. Always made me feel good.
    He was a great man and will be missed. Willie made Canton his home in all he did.

  2. Chuck Nelson on October 19, 2014 said:

    Willie traveled with me on one of my trips to the Nordic countries. We met in Helsinki and then traveled to Sweden, Norway and Denmark. He was a great travel partner and was never late for a flight or train! Those were fun times and I shall always cherish my memories of Willie my good friend!