Ivan Charles Meador, son of Paul Charles and Cozetta Florence (Metzger) Meador, was born October 22, 1928, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, near Pyrmont. He was called home to be with the Lord forever on September 30, 2021.
Ivan was raised in Indiana, with his siblings Lavaun, Joseph, Bethel, Duane, Joyce Ann, and Barbara until he was 8 years old, when the family moved to Whittier, California in 1936 due to his mother's health. Living in Whittier was a time of spiritual encouragement for the family and established a pattern of faithful church attendance. He reluctantly moved back to Indiana with his family in December of 1941. They moved due to his father's concern of a potential Japanese invasion of Southern California during World War II. Ivan finished high school in Rossville, Indiana in 1946, and then came to California alone on a Greyhound bus at age 17. That summer he worked for C.B. Rumble and Sons, and then in the fall went on a cattle boat to Germany as a caretaker for cattle and horses at the end of the war. In January of 1947, he returned to California, and in the following June he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. He was baptized along with 9 other young men, and became a member of the Old German Baptist Brethren Church, in the Modesto District. On June 18, 1949, Ivan was united in marriage to Clara Louise Mettler and the Lord blessed them with four children, Kathleen, Paul, Patricia, and Walter, and 72 years of marriage.
Ivan was called to the office of deacon on January 28, 1968 and served faithfully until his passing.
He was employed in woodworking, first working at Stanislaus Mill making specialized church furniture, and then other cabinet shops until 1982. He was then hired as principal of Brethren Heritage School and continued in that position, and also later as a teacher for 14 years, until his retirement in 1996.
Ivan was instrumental, along with several others, in starting Camp Peaceful Pines for the young people in 1958, and continued as a chaperone for 28 years.
He thoroughly enjoyed record-keeping, and kept records of the Modesto District, which led to making 7 Modesto District books. He also researched and kept records of family genealogy. He enjoyed maps and driving trips, and traveled to all 50 states. He also toured Israel in 1995. He greatly enjoyed taking a trip to Alaska (his last unvisited state) in 2012 with his entire immediate family.
Ivan was a man of humble means throughout his life, but always felt greatly blessed by the Lord. He was a strong supporter of the Church, the Body of Christ, and was faithful to attend whenever there were church services. He loved music and his heart was thrilled with all music and singing that honored the Lord.
Ivan enjoyed good health until June of 2018, when he had a health crisis following Annual Meeting in Indiana. He spent 12 days in the hospital at Goshen, and was anointed there by the brethren before returning home. He enjoyed reasonable health until early July of 2021 when he began making multiple trips to the hospital. He asked for and was again anointed on July 25, 2021. On the morning of September 30th, he voiced his desire to go home to heaven, and asked his family to let him go. He passed peacefully that afternoon into the arms of the Savior who bled and died for him.
He is survived by his dear and devoted wife Clara, daughter Kathleen, son Paul and his wife Katie, daughter Patricia, son Walter and his wife Marjorie, much loved grandchildren Brett Walter and Melanie Anna, and nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters Lavaun (and Chester) Brovont, Joseph Meador (infant), Bethel Meador, L. Duane (and Lois) Meador, Joyce Ann Meador, and Barbara (and Raymond) Royer, and sister-in-law Mary Jane (and Warren) Jarboe.
Ivan was keenly aware of the many prayers on his behalf over the past several years, and knew it was only by God's mercy and grace that he lived to be nearly 93 years old. He was so grateful.
Arrangments: A viewing will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 9-10 a.m., at the Modesto District church. A funeral service will start at 10 a.m., followed by interment at Wood Colony Cemetery.
Family Addresses: Clara Meador, Kathleen & Patricia Meador, 5348 Coffee Road, Modesto, CA 95357-0816; Paul & Katie Meador, 312 Otis Ave., Modesto, CA 95350-0541;
Walt & Marge Meador, 9335 Clow Corner Road, Independence, OR 97351-9618
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