Charles Meier 1936-2020

Charles Meier 1936-2020

Charles W. Meier, 83, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Leawood with loved ones by his side.

Born May 18, 1936, to Henry and Augusta (Konrade) Meier in Holton, he was the youngest of eight children. He graduated in 1954 from Holton High School, where he loved basketball, football and track. Charlie later attended college at Ottawa University, where he also competed as a multi-sport athlete.

Charlie served as an MP in the U.S. Army Reserve. He spent his career with the Santa Fe Railroad, beginning in the Topeka shops as a carman’s apprentice, moving to drafting and engineering, and retiring as assistant to the General Inspector. After his retirement from Santa Fe he worked as a consultant for the National Railroad of Mexico.

Charlie married Ida Evon Reiman on Sept. 3, 1954. They were happily married for 60 years until her passing in 2014. He is survived by his three children, Tammy (Cliff Johnson), Kirk (Nikki) and Rodney; six grandchildren, Ashley, Cole, Dayton, Jake, Lauren and Brogan; and two great-grandchildren, Ryker and Kennedy.

Charlie loved the Jayhawks and was a season ticket holder and member of the Topeka Jayhawk Club. He served on the Topeka Cosmopolitan Club, volunteered many long hours with the ERC and loved carpentry, the outdoors and travelling. Among his favorite places was the Lakeview cabin he built.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 at Penwell-Gabel Cremations, Funerals and Receptions, 1322 S.W. 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604. Private burial will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association-Topeka, 3625 S.W. 29th St., Suite 102, Topeka, KS 66614. To leave a message for the family online, please visit


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109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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