Fred L. Meck
1931 - 2019
Fred L. Meck, 88, a 62 year resident of Ida, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, March 23 in Canton, Ohio. Fred was born on March 11, 1931 to Stella (Quaintance) and Loyd Meck in Bucyrus, Ohio. He graduated second in his class at Bucyrus High School in 1949 and continued his education at Ohio University, getting his Bachelor’s degree in music education in 1953. He would eventually earn his Master’s degree in music education at the University of Michigan. He married his college sweetheart, Annetta Marie Coffey on May 30, 1954, and then traveled to Japan where he served his country in the Air Force until April of 1956. When he returned home to his wife and son, the family moved to Ida, where Fred became the band director at Ida High School. He would eventually make a career change to music sales, and finally worked as a rural carrier for the US Post Office in Berkey, OH.
Fred enjoyed music, history and reading and had an impressive head for trivia. He played the tuba, baritone and French horn in various bands throughout the years, including the Monroe County Community College Band, the Ann Arbor Civic Band, the Deutchmeister Band, and the National Polish Alliance Band.
Fred was predeceased by his wife of nearly 34 years, in 1988. He is survived by his children and grandchildren: son Dennis Meck and his wife Cathy and daughter Lauren, of Cass City, son Bruce Meck of Green, Ohio, and daughter Joyce (Meck) Warburton and her husband Ed, of Holderness, NH and their daughters, Caeleigh Stevens (and husband, Zachary) of Portland, ME and Maeghan Warburton of Enfield, NH. He is also survived by his nephew, Joel Bass and his wife, Jenny, of Austin, TX.
The funeral service will take place at Murray’s Funeral Home in Creston, OH on Thursday, March 28th at 11:00 am with burial to follow at Creston Maple Mound Cemetery. Memorial visiting hours in Ida, MI will take place on Friday, March 29th at in the Ida Fire Hall from 4 to 8 pm.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Ida Band Boosters, PO Box 127, Ida, Michigan 48140.
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