Funeral services for Kent Vernon Meyer of Pollock, South Dakota, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 23 at the Pollock Memorial Presbyterian Church in Pollock, with burial to follow at Spring Valley Cemetery.
There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Pollock Memorial Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kent’s honor to the Pollock Volunteer Fire Department.
Kent was born Aug. 4, 1955, in the Mobridge Hospital to Vernon and Carolyn (Wittmeier) Meyer. He was the second oldest of four children and lived in Pollock his entire life, where he graduated from Pollock High School in 1973.
On June 10, 1978, he married the love of his life Linda Hanson at the Norway Lutheran Church in rural Mound City, South Dakota. They made their home in Pollock where they raised their two daughters, Jennifer and Jessica. Kent was very involved in his community over the years. He was on the Pollock Town Board, a member of the Pollock Men’s Club and spent years as a basketball and football referee with many of his close friends. For 42 years, he was the fire chief of the Pollock Volunteer Fire Department, and he was a lifelong member of the Pollock Memorial Presbyterian Church where he served as a trustee, deacon and an elder.
He worked for his parents at Meyer Oil Co. from 1971 to May 15, 1977, when Meyer Oil Co. was sold to Cenex. Kent was employed with Cenex until 1978 when the Pollock Farmers Elevator bought Cenex out. Kent then managed the oil department for the elevator. In October 1982, he became the manager of Pollock Gas and OK Hardware. On Dec. 1, 1988, the Pollock Farmers Elevator bought the propane business from Oscar (Bud) Bader of Pollock Gas and Kent continued as their bulk truck driver. Pollock Farmers Elevator was purchased by North Star Energy and is now owned by Agtegra Cooperative. Kent’s favorite parts about his job were his coworkers, his customers, their conversations and all the goodies his customers spoiled him with over the years. While the local propane business changed names many times, Kent was the local truck driver for the last 51 years. Additionally, Kent and Linda owned and operated Pollock Trustworthy Hardware for almost 20 years and the Lunch Box for around four years.
In Kent’s free time, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandkids, as well as his many close friends. He enjoyed indulging in ice-cold Bud Light, playing cards, he was instrumental in the start of the Bad News Bears softball team, playing basketball, golfing, fishing with his best friend Dennis Moser and his grandkids, as well as attending his grandkids school and church activities. He took immense pride in taking care of the church’s lawn, as well as his own and his father’s. He loved watching sports, which included his beloved Minnesota Vikings and buying anything he could with their logo on it. He was a practical joker and always had a great joke to share with everyone. He loved when friends and family stopped by his man cave where he would take new photos of them and share the many photos and videos he had. He found joy in watching his granddog Razzle, they took many naps together and he would give her all the treats and attention she wanted. He was full of life, so kind, very patient, easy going and never complained. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting him, you know he always had a big smile on his face and shared his witty sense of humor with everyone.
Kent Meyer died Nov. 8, 2022 at Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck, North Dakota, with his family and close friends by his side.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters Jennifer (Levi) Van Beek of Pollock, and Jessica (Todd) Feist Linton, North Dakota; grandchildren Hank, Archie and Eleanor Carolyn Van Beek; father Vernon (Priscilla) Meyer of Pollock; siblings Jeff (Peggy) Meyer of Miller, South Dakota, Gene (Tracy) Meyer of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Carol (Rick) Chaney of Lafayette, Colorado; mother-in-law Dawn Hanson of Bismarck; sister-in-law Lori (John) Stronach of Hockley, Texas; and brother-in-law Lynn (Laura) Hanson of Mina, South Dakota; nieces and nephews and their families; aunt Sylvia (Ron) Smithgall of Sterling, Colorado; his lifelong best friend Dennis (Cindy) Moser; his extended family and many wonderful friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Carolyn; father in-law Clarence Hanson; grandparents, and many aunts and uncles.