Floyd Joseph Mecham, Jr., 94, of 2511 South 3rd Street, Clear Lake, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, Mason City, Iowa.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 24, at Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Dean Hess officiating. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Thornton, Iowa.
Should friends desire, memorials may be directed to the Floyd J. Mecham Memorial.
Floyd was born Sept. 10, 1917, the son of Floyd Joseph Sr. and Lena (Forburger) Mecham. He graduated from high school in 1933, and continued his education in ROTC graduating from the University of Nebraska. Floyd served the United States Army during WWII and Korean Wars; and was later honorably discharged. He was united in marriage to Laurie Jensen on Dec. 1, 2000.
Floyd had a great sense of humor and was best known as the “Jokester”! He had a passion for gardening and gained the nickname “Tomato Man.” He enjoyed golfing, taking trips to the casino, wintering in Arizona and was a sports enthusiast. Floyd had many favorites including the Nebraska Cornhuskers and cookies, he loved all kinds of cookies! Floyd was a lifetime member of the V.F.W., Monday Night Football Club, and he was honored to be part of the first Honor Flight in 2009.
Floyd is survived by his wife, Laurie Mecham, Clear Lake; daughters, Peg Millsap, Phoenix, Az. and Sherry Bitker, Clear Lake; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother, John (Marlene) Mecham, Lincoln, Neb; father and mother-in-law, Eugene (Mildred) Jensen, Thornton, Iowa; brothers and sisters-in-law, Connie (Larry “Tweet”) Stadtlander, Thornton, Mike (Betty) Jensen, Thornton, and Kathy (Tom) Janeka, Thornton; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and special companions, his pets, Macy, Fred, Rusty and Boots.
Floyd is preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; son, Joseph Mecham III; first wife, Peg; second, wife Margaret; brother, Dale (Dorothy) Mecham; brother-in-law, Donnie Jensen; and his loving dog, Sandy
Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.