Lynn D. Meehan
Lynn Dean Meehan passed away August 29,2014 at Memorial Hospital in Abilene, Kansas. He was 92.
Lynn was born in Ottawa County north of Niles in the Vine Creek Community on May 5, 1922, the second son of Edward and Alice (Humpert) Meehan. His mother called him her “little buddy” so he became” Bud” to his brothers and “Uncle Bud” to his nephews. He completed the 8th grade at Ottawa County District 82 School then continued to live at home and help his dad and neighbors with farming. He worked for the CCC; one of the projects he helped with was the concrete picnic tables in Eisenhower Park in Abilene which are still there today. Lynn served in the US Army during World War II, achieving the rank of Tech Sergeant. He was on the islands of Leyte and Luzon in the Philippines and later spent time in Tokyo during the first eight months of the Occupation.
After the war, Lynn was able to buy his own farm west of Talmage. Through the GI Bill, he attended classes about “modern” farming methods and also received some farming equipment. He started participating in Farm Management Inc., ASC, and the SCS. He met Lorraine Lucille Bell and they were married on September 25, 1950 in Minneapolis, Ks. All 55 years of their married life were spent in the Talmage community. Lynn and Lorraine raised 3 daughters: Barbara Lynn, Brenda Lucille, and Beverly Alice. Lynn did not believe that women should do the harder farm work so through the years he hired many local young men to work for him, especially in the summer. They learned about farming and also a lot about life. For over 20 years he supplemented his farm income by being a dealer for Dekalb Seed Co. Lynn served his community by being on the boards of the Talmage School, Telephone Company, and Talmage Farmers Cooperative as well as the local Rural Water District. He was a charter member of the Talmage Lions Club and one of five who were still members when the club disbanded. In 1992, Lynn and Lorraine were the FmHA Farm Family of the Year for the Salina district.
Lynn and Lorraine retired from farming in 1987. For many years they had enjoyed camping with the Layzzz Swingers group and now they were able to take their camper to many parts of the US. They liked the Tuscon, Az. area and spent over 20 winters there. Lynn enjoyed playing cards. As a young couple they often played Pinochle with neighbors on Saturday nights. Lynn also liked Pitch, usually bringing home more money in his billfold than he left with. He bowled for many years on the Lion’s Club team in the Thursday night league. He enjoyed walking in the mornings from their home north of Talmage to start the day with coffee and conversation with neighbors.
Lynn was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine, his parents, older brother Leo, nephew Benjamin Meehan. He is survived by his daughters Barbara Lynn(Ron) Beier of Topeka, Brenda (Paul) Blair of Allen, Beverly (David) Hicks of Manhattan. Also, 5 grandchildren: Laura Lynn(Chris) Austin of Topeka, David (Ashley) Beier of Wichita, Sarah (Blake) Ramsey of Topeka, Justin (Kelsey Fuller) Keith of Allen, and Sydney Hicks of Manhattan; plus three great-grandchildren: 4 year old Leah Lynn and 6 week old twins Gavin and Raleigh Austin. Also surviving are his brother John W. (Maxine) and nephews Mike (Linda) Meehan and Jack (Marilyn) Meehan all of Abilene, and Jerry Meehan.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Wednesday, September 3rd, at the Danner Funeral Home with Pastor Ken Stout officiating. Interment will follow in the Prairiedale Cemetery north of Talmage. The family will receive friends 5:30 to 6:30 PM Tuesday September 2nd, at the Danner Funeral Home. The family suggest memorial contributions in his name be made to the Lynn and Lorraine Meehan Scholarship Fund through the Abilene Community Foundation. They may be left at or sent in care of the Danner Funeral Home POB 758 Abilene, Kansas 67410.