Raymond Duane Meyocks, age 74, of Parkersburg, Iowa, was born the son of Raymond Francis and Charlotte (Martin) Meyocks on August 29, 1933, on a farm near Urbana, Iowa. He graduated from the Urbana High School in 1951 and then played professional baseball for the Phillies as an alternate catcher before enlisting in the Air Force where he served during the Korean War from 1952-1956. He earned numerous medals during his time serving his country.
Upon returning home he farmed with his parents. In 1959 he purchased farm ground in Prairie Du Chien, WI for his mother and sisters. In 1962 he purchased farm ground in Cedar Rapids, IA was married and had three daughters. He worked numerous years farming, driving truck for Armour Foods, sold seed corn and purchased his own seed company in 1979. He married Hazel Wilson in 1980. In 1985 he moved to the Parkersburg area and worked for Asgrow/O’s Gold until his retirement from the Agricultural field.
Ray was a member of Parkersburg Baptist Church and was committed to leading a Christian life. In his retirement he loved to spend time helping family, friends, and his community with his skills as a handyman. His love for woodworking was evident in the beautiful work he produced. Through the years he enjoyed baseball, coaching little league, hunting, horse racing, spending time with his grandchildren and helping anyone who asked. He was particularly honored to service his country and was a member of the Walter Meyocks V.F.W. in Urbana, IA.
Ray died Sunday, May 25, 2008, suffering an acute terminal event immediately after his home was destroyed around him in Sunday’s tornado in Parkersburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Richard Meyocks, and one brother-in-law, Bill Homouth.
Ray is survived by daughters: Raylene Celsi, Illinois, Karen Fowler, Des Moines, IA, Kris (Eric) Lange, Osceola, IA; one step-daughter Luann Vredenburg, Vinton, IA; eight grandchildren, Carl Ray Meyocks, Cory and Julie Corbett, Josie and Carmela Celsi, Stephanie Fowler, Victoria and Jeremy Lange, Travis and Vera Pettit, Terek and Chris Vredenburg; wife, Hazel Meyocks; four step-children, Jon (Janet), Rhonda (Dan), Frances (Ken), and Tammy (Mike), 9 step-grandchildren;14 step great-children; three sisters, Bonnie (friend, Bob) Homuth, Kathy (Ron) Quamme and Barbara (Dennis Flatt) Meyocks, all of Prairie Du Chien, WI; a sister-in-law, Donna Meyocks, Urbana, IA; brother-in-law, Floyd Durow, Center Point, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 30, 2008, at Calvary Baptist Church in Parkersburg, Iowa with Pastor Ryan Zurbriggen officiating assisted by Hugh Stone. Organist was Renise Aswegan . Vocalist Tom Teeple sang “Where the Roses Never Fade” and Roma Reis sang “I Cannot Tell”. Congregational Hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “On Eagles Wings”.
Honorary Casketbearers were Wendell Abkes, Tom Blevins, Tom Teeple,Andy Anderson, Joel Schmitz and the Hwy 20 Coffee Club. Casketbearers were Mark Meyocks, Craig Meyocks, Brad Meyocks, Robert Jones, Scott Jones and Jonathan Quamme.
Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Keystone, Iowa with Full Military Rites conducted by the Aplington Amvets Post #102 and the Urbana Walter Meyocks V.F.W. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home, Parkersburg, in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to Parkersburg athletics in support of youth baseball