Douglas Frederick Meier

Dec. 31, 1928-Sept. 8, 2020

Douglas Frederick

Meier, 91, Rugby died at

the Heart of America

Medical Center in Rugby

on September 8, 2020.

Doug was born on De-

cember 31, 1928 to Ed-

ward and Clara (Ebel)

Meier at Churchs Ferry,

North Dakota. He graduat

ed from high school there

in 1947.

He began his life long

career with the Great

Northern Railroad as a

telegrapher at that time.

Doug joined the United

States Army in January of

1951 and served in Ger-

many for a period of time.

He was honorably

discharged on his birth-

day in 1952.

He had married Donna

Oliver in Rugby on June

10, 1951. After military

service he resumed his

career with the railroad in

Rugby til November 29,

1976 and then served in

Towner, and Devils Lake

until he retired on June

20, 1989 after 42 years

with the Great Northern

and Burlington Northern


On December 22, 1989

his wife, Donna died and

he married Joyce Hoffart

on June 22, 1996.

Doug served as a scout

master for the Boy Scouts

of America Troop 551 in

Rugby for several years,

but his greatest contribu-

tion to his community

was as past commander

and a member of the color

guard for 62 years of the

Clarence Larson Post # 23

– American Legion.

He was a life long

member of Bethany Luth-

eran Church and later

First Lutheran Church in

Rugby. Doug enjoyed fish-

ing, hunting, golfing,

playing cards and spend-

ing time with his family.

In addition he had been a

member of the Fraternal

Order of Eagles Aerie #

3834 in Rugby for 40


Mr. Meier is survived

by: his wife, Joyce and his

son, David, both of Rugby.

He also leaves 4

grandchildren, Jill Filler,

Cara Aus, Lindsay Selen-

sky, and Justin Meier and

8 great-grandchilden and

4 step-grandchildren and

6 step great grandchil-

dren. In addition he

leaves a sister, Janice Hir-

schey – Glenwood, Min-

nesota and a sister-in-law

Alice Meier – Garrison,

North Dakota. He also

leaves step children Rick

(Marlene) Hoffart – Hub-

bard, Oregon; Jolette

(Mike) Dabney – East

Windsor, New Jersey;

Brad (Angela) Hoffart and

Brian (Lisa) Hoffart – all

of Portland, Oregon.

He was preceded in

death by: his first wife,

Donna, brothers Leon and

Kenneth Meier, and a

sister-in-law Dody Meier

and his parents.

Memorial services will

be held at First Lutheran

Church in Rugby on Mon-

day, September 14, 2020

at 2:00 P.M. Rev. Sharon

Baker will officiate while

Bernard Arcand and Josh

Mattson will provide

music for the service. Tim

Ostrem will serve as urn

bearer and military

honors will be provided

by the Clarence Larson

Post # 23 American Le-

gion and the North Dakota

Military Honors Detail.

Burial will follow at Per-

silla Watts Cemetery fol-

lowing the service.

Even though Covid-19

restrictions have been

somewhat relaxed, guests

are urged to observe social

distancing and to wear fa-

cial coverings if possible.

Memorials are wel-

comed to First Lutheran

Church, Rugby Senior

Center and the American

Legion Post.

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