MILLARD IRVIN MEREDITH

Born: Wed., Feb. 27, 1929
Died: Sun., Sep. 8, 2013


Visitation

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
Location: Gorman Funeral Homes-Converse Chapel

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Sep. 14, 2013
Location: Douglas High School Auditorium


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Sep. 14, 2013
Location: Douglas High School Auditorium


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We celebrate the life of Millard Irvin Meredith, born February 27, 1929, in Sheridan, Wyoming, the only child of Millard Rodman and Sadie Edith (Alloway) Meredith.  He passed away due to pneumonia complications at the age of 84 at the Riverton Memorial Hospital in Riverton, Wyoming on Sunday, September 8, 2013 surrounded by family.
Millard and his father ran an oil and delivery service station in Cody, Wyoming during World War II and through his high school years. At 13 he drove school busses, hauled crude oil, and guided hunters. His mother instilled a lifelong joy in music and singing, which he passed on to children and grandchildren. The Big Horn Mountains was the family destination for their passion of hunting, horses, and fishing. He passed that passion on to his son, grandsons and wife, Nanette.
Millard’s education included graduating from Sheridan High School, Rocky Mountain College, and the University of Wyoming, where he completed a Master’s degree in Education. He began his teaching career in Big Horn, Wyoming and then moved to Ucross to teach the upper grades while his first wife, Donna, taught the lower grades. His other early experiences included many years in Sheridan County as a teacher, elementary principal, and assistant superintendent/curriculum coordinator. From 1967 to 1970, Millard was the principal of the University of Wyoming Prep School in Laramie. In 1970 he and his family moved to Douglas, where he was superintendent of schools for 19 years.  After retirement, he had three interim superintendent opportunities in Jackson, Douglas and Basin, Wyoming.  He received the Wyoming School Boards Association Golden Bell Award in 1995 for his outstanding contribution to public schools in Wyoming. He once stated “public schools are so much a part of my life that all three of my children and six grandchildren have followed in my footsteps”.  Daughter Marcia teaches music in Wisconsin, daughter Michele teaches 1st grade in Wright, Wyoming and son Gary, was superintendent of schools in Greybull, Wyoming.  They were the only father/son combination to serve as superintendents in Wyoming school history.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Nanette of Riverton, Wyoming; three children: Marcia (Geoffrey) Scheurman of River Falls, Wisconsin, Gary Meredith of Greybull, Wyoming, and Michele (Rodney) Haefele, of Douglas, Wyoming; seven grandchildren: Jennifer (Brent) Hafele of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Stephen (Lisa) Scheurman of Plymouth, Minnesota, Kenyon (Johanna) Scheurman of Fort Collins, Colorado, Greg Meredith of Buffalo, Wyoming, Dean Meredith of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Randall Haefele and Ryan Haefele, both of Douglas, Wyoming; and three great grand-children: Evan and Rachel Hafele of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Caleb Scheurman of Plymouth, Minnesota.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Millard I. Meredith Education Scholarship Fund through the Converse County Bank, P.O. Box 689, Douglas, Wyoming 82633.
A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 13 at Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel in Douglas, Wyoming.  A public celebration of his life will be Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Douglas High School Auditorium in Douglas.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jennifer Hafele, Ryan Haefele, Greg Meredith, Dean Meredith, Randall Haefele, Ken Scheurman, Steve Scheurman, Dean Hansen, Myles McFarland, and Schumacher.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Jim Twiford, Bob Stinson, Glen Russell, Gale Lane, Earl Shatto, Don Jacobs, Myron Basom, Don Smylie, Butch Scott, Gene Denhert, Kent Lapham, and Pat Hand.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com

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Gale and Bonnie Lane
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
Dear friends,
We will focus on all our wonderful memories over the years. We worked and played together, and got along extremely well. Millard will continue to have a lasting impression on us.
Love, Gale and Bonnie Lane

Stephanie S. Sommers
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
You are all in my heart during this difficult time, may the comfort of friends and family help make a difference. Brightest Blessings always.

Jim and Mary Kay Ballard
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family . Thank you for your many years of service. Our hearts are filled with sadness. May God show your loved ones hope and peace. With sincere sympathy. Jim and Mary Kay

Anita Mason Troudt
   Posted Wed September 11, 2013
May the thoughts and prayers of those who love you comfort you at this time of sorrow.

Georgianna D Hernandez
   Posted Wed September 11, 2013
Please know that myself as well as my whole family (The Maguire's) are thinking of you all at this difficult time. He will be greatly missed by so many whose lives he touched.

Cynthia Cowden Triplett
   Posted Thu September 12, 2013
Mr.Meredith was such a genuinely nice person and great superintendent. He touched many lives in Wyoming and will be missed.

beth and mal wagstaff
   Posted Thu September 12, 2013
Meredith family,
We send our love and prayers to all of you and thanks for sharing your husband, father and friend with us. He was such a vital force in this life and we have fond memories of his presence in Douglas.

Donna and Ed Ricks
   Posted Fri September 13, 2013
We are saddened at the loss of such a vibrant man that made such a difference in the education system in the state of Wyoming. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We are in Canada and will not be able to attend the funeral but we send our sincere condolences.

Gary and Angie Stinson
   Posted Fri September 13, 2013
We were sadden to hear the loss of Millard. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Peggy(Driskill) & Robert(Bob) Pooley
   Posted Fri September 13, 2013
My husband & I attended Linden Elementary School from 1956-1964 here in Sheridan, Wyo. when Millard was the principal. I will always remember him. I also remember him running for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Thoughts & prayers are with you all.

Sylvia Romero and Alan Schumacher
   Posted Fri September 13, 2013
Dear Nanette, I'm so sorry that your too have to go through this difficult time. It is one definite thing we are share in life, losses, condolences. Luckily you have loved ones near to help you now. The difficult time is when you are alone and able to think. We will be thinking of you, your family and Millard's children and extended family.

We seem to be trapped in Denver with the rains and floods. Please know you are with us in this time of loss. With caring thoughts and love, Alan and Sylvia.

Ed and Cindy Seridan
   Posted Sat September 14, 2013
Our sympathies are with your entire family. Millard did so much for our schools and community. His stamp is on almost every school in this district. Ed enjoyed Millard's service as superintendent as being a very fair, considerate, and educated man. Someone that touched so many lives will not be forgotten. May God wrap his arms around you in this time of sorrow. Ed and Cindy Sheridan

Matt Richardson
   Posted Mon September 16, 2013
Millard and Nanette thank you for being a positive influence in my youth and for all the wonderful hunting trips and summer horseback outings. Cherished memories.

Lauren Nordeen
   Posted Wed September 18, 2013
On behalf of Wyoming Child and Family Development we would like to send our thoughts and prayers to all of you. Millard volunteered many years to serving on our Board of Directors. His dedication to children and families is his legacy.

RL
   Posted Thu September 19, 2013
Dear family and friends of Millard,
I am sorry for your loss. The passing of someone you love can be a very difficult thing to cope with. Perhaps you can gain some solace from the words Jesus spoke to the sister of Lazarus upon his death. John 11:25 reads, "Jesus said to her: 'I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.'" I hope this message is of some consolation.

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