Rick Allen Meyerkorth, the son of Richard Arnold and Mary Louise (Cooper) Meyerkorth, was born July 18, 1952, in Fairfax, Missouri. Rick graduated from Rock Port High School in 1970. In 1974, he received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics with academic and Naval ROTC honors from University of Missouri-Columbia. Rick was then commissioned in the United States Navy as an Ensign, serving his country during the Vietnam War. On June 22, 1978, Rick was honorably discharged as Lieutenant (Junior grade).
On July 27, 1973, Rick was united in marriage to Patti Shineman at the First Lutheran Church, Rock Port, Missouri. They became the parents of three children, Jill, Ryan, and Jared. He was so proud of his family, including his 11 grandchildren.
Following Rick’s military service, the family returned home to the Missouri River bottom. Rick partnered with his dad and brother on the family farm operation. Rick was a “bottom farmer,” who was detail-oriented, timely, and an early riser. Even during the numerous floods and hardships, Rick demonstrated integrity with a principled business model. “Do it the right way, not the easy way.” Rick attended the Rock Port Baptist Church. He loved reading the Bible and applying it to his life. He loved his family and demonstrated what it means to live by faith.
Rick served the community for many years on the Rock Port Board of Education, the Atchison County Levee Board, and was manager of Ag Power from 1987 to 1994. Rick excelled in basketball and played in the Navy. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren compete in athletics. Rick passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at his home in Rock Port at the age of 67.
Besides his mother, Mary Louise, Rick was preceded in death by an infant daughter and mother-in-law, Juanita Shineman. Survivors include: wife, Patti Meyerkorth, Rock Port; children, Jill (Sean) McIntyre, Blue Springs, Missouri, Ryan (Becky) Meyerkorth, and Jared (Kari) Meyerkorth, all of Rock Port; 11 grandchildren, Jordyn, Jayden, Jaxson, Jada, Avery, Ella, Audrie, Jackson, Leah, Andrew, and Eli; father, Richard Arnold (Virginia) Meyerkorth, Rock Port; sisters, Peggy (Chuck) Hailey, Blue Springs, and Diane (George) Carpenter, Carrollton, Missouri; brother, David Meyerkorth (Vicki Ellner) Rock Port; father-in-law, Gabe (Alta) Shineman, Stanberry, Missouri; brother-in-law, Steve (Jo Lynn) Shineman, Rock Port; sister-in-law, Julie (John) Sutherland, St. Louis, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 26, 2019, at Rock Port Baptist Church Rock Port, conducted by Pastor Richard Boettner and Mr. Steven Presswood. Interment was at Hunter Cemetery, Rock Port. Memorials may be directed to The Navigators.
Online condolences may be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com. Services were under the direction of Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.