Richard Arnold “Mike” Meyerkorth, the son of Richard Andrew and Mildred (Pfeil) Meyerkorth, was born April 27, 1931, in Phelps City, Missouri. Mike attended Harmes School through sixth grade and graduated from Rock Port High School, Rock Port, Missouri, in 1949. Losing his father at an early age, he was raised by his wonderful mother and his Grandma and Grandpa Pfeil – enjoying his weekly trips to the sale barn.
Mike met the love of his life, Mary Louise Cooper, in Lutheran Catechism Class and they were wed in 1949 in Auburn, Nebraska. To this union were born four children, Peggy, Diane, Rick, and David.
Mike spent his entire life as a farmer in Atchison County, Missouri, where he raised his family. He bought his first tractor in 1945 at the age of 14 and commenced his life’s occupation. With a two-row cultivator and a two-bottom plow, he did custom work for area farmers. His earliest custom work was with a horse and two-row corn roller, earning a dollar a day and all he could eat.
Mary Louise was Mike’s soul mate for 49 years, raising children, helping with grandchildren and expanding their farming operation. Mike served others in his Langdon and Rock Port Lutheran Churches. He was on the drainage district board, levee board and the rural water board. He led in the development of the Atchison County Rural Fire District and was a 4-H leader.
Mike always felt blessed, living with a positive attitude. He led by example, was always kind, and respected others without reservation. He was thankful for the many that helped him throughout his life. After Mike lost Mary Louise to cancer in 1998, he married Virginia Burke in 2000. They enjoyed 20 years together. Mike passed away Sunday, October 4, 2020, at Community Hospital-Fairfax, Fairfax, Missouri, at the age of 89.
Family was Mike’s number one concern. He was blessed with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and after his marriage to Virginia, additional stepchildren, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Survivors include: wife, Virginia Meyerkorth; children, Peggy (Chuck) Hailey, Diane (George) Carpenter, daughter-in-law, Patti Meyerkorth and David (Vicki) Meyerkorth; stepchildren, Bob (Diane) Lade, Tom (Becky) Lade, Darcie (Bruce) Votipka, Doug (Kristine) Lade, Kim (Bill) Bunton, and Randy (Debbie) Burke; 10 grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren, and nine step-great-grandchildren. Besides his parents and wife, Mary Louise Meyerkorth, Mike was preceded in death by son, Rick Meyerkorth; infant grandchild; and brother and sister-in-law, Earle and Winona Hall.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 10, 2020, at First Lutheran Church, Rock Port, conducted by Rev. Franz Brandenburg. Interment was at Hunter Cemetery, Rock Port. Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church, Rock Port, or Rock Port Rural Fire Department. Online condolences may be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com. Services were under the direction of Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.