Raymond L. Meckes
January 27, 1932 – March 20, 2019
Raymond L. Meckes, of 916 N. 36th St., died at 1:08 p.m. Wednesday (March 20, 2019) in his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born January 27, 1932 in Quincy, a son of Lewis and Alice Smith Meckes. He married Carolyn J. Riddle on November 27, 1954 in St. Rose of Lima Church. She preceded him in death, on January 10, 2014.
Raymond served in the Navy for four years, stationed in San Diego and playing on the ship's basketball and baseball teams. When he returned to Quincy, he worked for 12 years at Quincy Beef and Veal and the United States Postal Service for 43 years. He enjoyed talking about sports with people who came by every morning to pick up business mail.
He was an accomplished gardener, and was particularly proud of his tomatoes, which he supplied to neighbors, friends and family. He stayed active, bowling in a league for over 50 years, playing golf and walking his dog daily at Moorman Park.
Raymond was a member of the APWU, the Knights of Columbus, the Mart Heinen Club, the American Legion and St. Francis Parish, where he served at funeral masses and delivered food from the food pantry. He was also a Meals on Wheels volunteer.
Family was by far the most important aspect of Raymond's life. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoyed watching and hearing about their activities.
He is survived by his son Steve (Cathy) Meckes of Quincy; his daughter Susan (Chad) Gooding of Boerne, TX;
his son Tim (Paula) Meckes of Danville, KY;
13 grandchildren, Emily (John) Hawkinson; Will (Catherine) Meckes; Mary Alice (Scott Berry) Meckes; Sara (Hugh) Freeze; Ashley (Dave) Houghton; Ryan (Lizzie Hines) Long, Amber (Adam) Kohl; Samantha, Chase and Chloe Gooding; Alex (Michael Heckert) Meckes, Maddie and Max Meckes;
eight great-grandchildren, Henry Freeze, Jack Houghton, Jayce and Wesley Long, Caroline Kohl, Frances and Carl Hawkinson and Margaret Meckes;
three sisters, Shirley Bornman, Mary Ann Gelfand and Pat Meckes; a sister-in law Ann Meckes,
a brother-in-law Wayne Riddle and his friend of over 40 years, the Rev. James Wheeler.
In addition to his wife Carolyn, he was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Dr. Richard Meckes and his brothers-in-law Russell Bornman and David Gelfand.
SERVICES: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
VISITATION: Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Duker & Haugh
MEMORIALS: Quincy Notre Dame, St. Francis Church, Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund or Quincy Humane Society
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home www.dukerandhaugh.com
Camp Point,, IL
- Dear Family,
Sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
- To the Meckes family, I am so sorry for your loss! May God grant you comfort and peace during your time of loss and sorrow. Prayers for your family.
- We are very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man, Raymond. He has truly left a beautiful legacy amongst his loving family. Prayers, hugs and love from Kentucky!
The Schulz clan
Joan Larson and Harold Tipton
- So sorry...prayers are with your brother and you....Take care!!
Greg A SANDIDGE
- Steve and Cathy
Sorry to hear of your fathers passing. May god grant eternal peace to him. Your family will be will be in our prayers.
Bernie and Susie Koch
- Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss. We both had the pleasure of working with Raymond at the Post Office. He was a excellent co-worker, well liked and respected by everyone. I especially liked talking sports with him and getting updates on his family, who he was very proud of. He will be missed by everyone who ever knew him. May your memories give you peace and comfort.