Dean Meinert



Gerald "Dean" Meinert age 83, of, Sleepy Eye died on June 19, 2022, Father's Day, at Sleepy Eye Medical Center in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Visitation will be on Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel. Service will be held at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel, on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 11:00 am. The clergy will be Pastor Tim Berg. Private family interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. 

Dean was born June 10, 1939, to Arthur and Mabel (Christensen) Meinert and grew up on a farm in Prairieville Township. He lived his entire life in Sleepy Eye. Without fail, he could tell you who lived on which gravel road back when, who they were related to and probably a funny story, too. He was an invaluable reference that way.

He graduated in 1957 from Sleepy Eye Public School, where the best friend he made then was still his best friend at the end. He was proud to have served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He worked for 36 years for the City of Sleepy Eye as the manager of the municipal liquor store. His work ethic was unparalleled, and there wasn’t a person who came through the doors he couldn’t strike up a conversation with. He liked to get to know people, and he was a natural. He bestowed many a nickname on those he knew. It was his signature stamp of approval. His quick wit, knack for turning a phrase and telling a story made people laugh.

After his retirement, he relished his days spent out on the family farm site, “The Ranch,” where the surroundings were peaceful, the vegetable gardens big and there was always a cold beverage for whoever came up the driveway.

He was a wise gardener and liked nothing more than to share his harvest, often operating like a one-man farmers market. He loved to grill (adamant it be charcoal), and he was renowned for his omelets. He found joy in the simple things: pheasant hunting trips to Iowa, planting trees, a good meal, a perfect weather day, reading the newspaper, painting houses in the summer, shaking dice, listening to WCCO, wildlife, refinishing furniture, pulling for the Yankees and his morning ritual of coffee.

His was a life well-lived, and he took great pride in knowing he did it “My Way.”

He is survived by his wife, Elayne of Sleepy Eye; daughter, Kendra of Green Bay, Wisconsin; son, Beau of Greeley, Colorado; and older brother, Curt of Towson, Maryland. He had a soft spot for his nieces, who were one of his favorite audiences and whose company he greatly enjoyed. Brittany, Brian, Hadley and Corbin Dean of Willow Park, Texas, were special to him.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Carol and Bonnie, and a brother, Maynard.