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Charles E. Meath, 89

Charles Edwin "Chuck" Meath, 89, passed away on July 19, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, Minnesota.

He was born on Oct. 8, 1924, in Cylon, Wisconsin, to Charles A. and Hildegarde Meath. Chuck grew up in New Richmond, Wis., and graduated from New Richmond High School in 1942. Chuck was involved in agriculture throughout his career. Having grown up on his father's farm (Charles A. Meath) outside of New Richmond, he spent the bulk of his career involved in multiple aspects of farming.

In the 1940s and '50s Chuck worked on the family farm (Gloverdale) that included crops, cattle, horses and bronze turkeys. In the late 1950s, Charles A. sold the family farm to Doughboy Industries and the farm became the Doughboy Experimental Farm. Charles A. and Sons initially managed the Doughboy Experimental Farm until Charles, Sr. retired.

Chuck would eventually become the General Manager for the entire farm operation, later known as the Doboy Research Farm. In the early 1970s Chuck took on the responsibility as manager of all turkey operations for Quality Farms in Dodge Center, Minn., and closed out his career with Jerome Foods after they purchased Quality Farms.

Chuck was widely known and respected throughout the poultry industry in the upper Midwest. He retired in 1986.

Chuck was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 51 years, Ann (Harstad); his parents, Charles A. and Hildegarde (Brinkman); sister, Marian Gillen; brother, Gerald "Jerry"; son, Patrick; and grandchildren, Anne Bernd and Theodore (Teddy) Rubin.

Chuck is survived by his sisters, Mona (Gene) Randall and Donna (Angel) Ramirez; brother, Robert (Connie), daughters, Mary (Mike) Bernd of New Richmond, Wis., Michelle Howard of Rochester, Minn., and Juli (Mark) Rubin of Red Wing, Minn.; his sons, Colin (Jennifer) Meath of Rochester, Minn., and Chuck (Lori) Meath of Willmar, Minn.; his grandchildren, Jim (Jennifer) Brockpahler of Ames, Iowa, Bill (Jillian) Rubin of Red Wing, Minn., and Kaitlin and Levi Meath Willmar, Minn.

The funeral service will be at 12 p.m. with the visitation beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, at CullenCrea Funeral Home, 307 South Arch Avenue, New Richmond, WI. The burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Ann Meath/Anne Bernd Trust Fund, St. Mary's School, New Richmond, Wisconsin.