John S. Meiser

John S. Meiser, 92, of New Palestine, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield. Born on November 9, 1924, in Winamac, Ind., John was the son of John E. and Ardell (Zehner) Meiser.

John graduated from Winamac High School in 1942. He married Betty Mae (Rode) Meiser on June 4, 1976, at Zion Lutheran Church in New Palestine.

John served as a Staff Sergeant in the Army during World War II, receiving multiple medals, including the Bronze Star and the World War II Victory Medal. After returning from the service in 1946, John farmed. He then worked at the Indianapolis Post Office as a Mail Clerk for 26 years before retiring. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and American Legion Post #182, both in New Palestine.

Surviving him are his wife, Betty Mae Meiser of New Palestine; children, Vicki (Joe) Darnell of Dryfork, Va., Kristi (Larry) Jonas of Cumberland, Ind., Greg (Terri) Meiser of Landrum, SC, Marc (Susan) Meiser of Cincinnati, OH, Patti (Rob) Keaton of Stokesdale, NC, Terri (Kevin) Willard of Knightstown, and Sherri (Jim) Tucker of Rushville; stepchildren, Noble (Debbie) Mitchell of New Palestine and Patricia Sue Boyd of Greenwood; 21 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Preceding him in death were his parents; three sisters; and two grandchildren, Bradley Toll and Aaron Willard.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 7, at Zion Lutheran Church in New Palestine. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, also at the church, with calling one hour prior to the service. Pastor Jason Taylor will be officiating. Burial with full military rites will follow at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made by mail to Zion Lutheran Church, 6513 W 300 S, New Palestine, IN, or to Honor Flight, Inc., Attn: Diane Gresse, 175 S. Tuttle Rd., Springfield, OH 45505 (www.honorflight.org/donate-now/). Envelopes will be available at the church.

Friends may share a memory or a condolence at erleweinmortuary.com.