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Columbia Missourian

Marshall 'Gene' Meredith was a hunter, golfer

By Hannah Reese
August 30, 2013 | 7:49 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Marshall "Gene" Meredith died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. He was 78.

Mr. Meredith was born March 17, 1935, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Melvin and Merrilee Ponder Meredith.

He attended and graduated from Searsboro High School in Searsboro, Iowa. He also served in the Marine Corps.

Mr. Meredith and his wife, Lois, were married June 10, 1956, in Grinnell, Iowa.

He had a 35-year career in the telecommunications industry. He worked with GTE, Contact Communications and Towner Communications. 

Mr. Meredith and his wife attended Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church.

He was also an active hunter, fisherman and golfer.

Mr. Meredith is survived by his wife, Lois, of Columbia; a daughter, Joni Zumwalt, and her husband, Daniel, of Columbia; a son, Greg Meredith, and his wife, Angela, of Jefferson City; a brother, Larry Meredith of Ankeny, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Katie Wheeler and her husband, Andy, of Columbia, Nathan Zumwalt of Nashville, Tenn., Kristin Zumwalt of Columbia, Meghan Meredith of Rolla, Malinda Mathis and her husband, Kyle, of Chicago, Blake Meredith of Jefferson City, and Morgan Meredith of Jefferson City; and a great-grandchild, Elayne Knife of Rolla.

Two brothers, Harold and Keith Meredith, died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 3 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church, 5350 E. Bonne Femme Church Road, Columbia, MO 65201.

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