Merl David Landmesser
Merl David Landmesser, Dave, age 84 died on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at his home on the 6M Egg Ranch in Fontana, Calif. He was born in Estherville, Iowa, the oldest of four children including Janet (Landmesser) Powers, Mary Lou (Landmesser) Jones and Ruth Ann (Landmesser) Hunt born to Merl and Ethel Landmesser of Estherville, Iowa.
Janet, Dave’s younger sister wrote this about him~Most of us associate the word “pioneer” with the 18th and 19th centuries. Dave Landmesser was a 20th century pioneer. Of all the descriptives fitting him, pioneer stands out. True, he was many things and excelled at them all – brother, protector, husband, father, grand and great grandfather, Catholic, naval aviator, businessman, and friend – in all these roles he exemplified life-long efforts with the spirit and energy of a pioneer. Dave’s big ambition was to be a pilot and nothing would stand in his way of achieving that goal. He dedicated all his energy towards it. I remember Dave landing in our pasture and taking us up for a ride. Neither scarlet fever nor marginal eyesight could stop him from becoming a navy fighter pilot. He served his country honorably then traded his wings for a California ranching career. As a civilian he continued to fly. As a lad, Dave had looked skyward and dreamed; in his mortal life he achieved his dream. Now he is flying higher than ever before and in the company of hallowed companions. This pioneer, this patriarch looks down on us this day and is saying to us I have landed and I have come home. Be glad. But what about the man Dave Landmesser? Dave seldom met strangers or shook hands with new comers without generating his trademark smile. Think about it, all you who knew him. Close your eyes and picture it. How few were the times when Dave spoke in anger or uttered an oath. Dave was in harmony with the world around him and set for us all an example to live by. Not only could he fix things mechanical or electrical, he fixed things within his family circle, for his employees, and for those who sought his council. He was our great arbitrator and the word patriarch follows closely behind pioneer. Dave was generous and giving of himself; never betraying the principals by which he lived. Yes, we will miss his presence, but in those moments, let us take time remembering those occasions when he was among us. Treasure those thoughts, those memories most. More than a smile will appear on your face. Your heart will do that human thing; bringing love into your day. Want a role model? Well you have one with Dave Landmesser. Now, as a blessing, lead the life of Dave Landmesser and be glad. Dave, thank you for everything.
Dave is survived by his wife of 60 years Marlys (Quastad) Landmesser, adult children include Marty (Landmesser) Brooks, Michael Landmesser, Monica (Landmesser) Pawlowski, Meri (Landmesser) Royster, Melissa (Landmesser) Peak and Marcus Landmesser (1969-1971). Dave has 16 grandchildren and five (almost six) great grandchildren.
Visitation was held at Pierce Bros./Crestlawn Memorial Cemetery, 11500 Arlington in Riverside, California on March 4th, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services will be at St. Mel’s Catholic Church at 4140 Corona, California with burial immediately following at Crestlawn Memorial Cemetery.