Clifford Emery Meschke, age 81, of Morristown passed away on Friday, October 15, 2010 at his home following an extended illness, surrounded by his family.

Service will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 2 p.m. in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Morristown with the Reverend Dr. Eugene C. Chase, Jr., officiating. Military rites will be provided by the American Legion Post #149, Morristown.

A memorial visitation will be held for one hour prior to the services on Saturday in the church.

Clifford the son of Edward and Lydia (Spitzack) Meschke was born April 11, 1929 in Faribault. He graduated from Morristown High School and attended Gustavus Adolphus and the University of Minnesota. Clifford was baptized, confirmed and a lifetime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He volunteered and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, was a member of Morristown American Legion and a member of the Selective Service Draft Board during the Vietnam War. September 25, 1954, he married Marilyn Kenow.

Clifford lived his entire life on the Meschke Homestead. He never tired of his "little piece of heaven" ... he enjoyed the beauty of nature in the woods with the birds, deer and other creatures. He was thankful to see the sun come up each morning as he called his cattle into the barn. He marveled as the seasons changed and he watched his carefully planted crops grow for harvest.

Clifford was an accomplished farmer and breeder of Purebred Holstein cattle. In 1957, he was "Outstanding Young Farmer for Rice County." In 1975, he was named "Minnesota Holstein Association Person of the Year" and in 2009, he received the "Longtime Meritorious Award for Minnesota Holsteins."

Clifford showed Purebred Holsteins at the county, state and national level. He was proud to have owned two All-Americans. He enjoyed judging Holstein cattle at numerous county and district shows as well as the Minnesota State Fair.

Clifford was a member of the Holstein Friesian Association of America. He served as President of the Northfield Rice Holstein Club, President of the Rice County DHIA and two-time president of the Minnesota Holstein Association where he spent seven years on the executive committee and twice represented Minnesota as a delegate to the National Holstein Convention.

Clifford enjoyed dancing to the sounds of the "Big Bands" and Glen Miller with Marilyn. He was president of Faribault Do Se Do Square Dancing Club where they both enjoyed square dancing, plus and round dancing.

As a young man, Clifford was a bit of a loner, fishing when he had time and hunting pheasants and ducks by himself. This changed after teaching his sons Steven and Scott to deer hunt. One of the great joys of his life was watching them develop into marksmen and hunters. The stories the three of them could tell!

Clifford is survived by his beloved wife Marilyn, two sons, Steven (and Monica Barta) Meschke of Waseca and their sons Michael and Christopher, Scott (and Peggy Floyd) Meschke of Faribault and their sons Cody and Kyle, two daughters, Sheila (and Robert) Meschke-Smith of Winter Springs, FL, with her children D'Lacy & Radley Dougherty and Stacy (and Giles) Abbe of Waterville, with their daughters Vanessa and Ashley, one sister Carol (Luverne) Hafemeyer of Northfield and many other relatives and friends.

Clifford was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Lydia Meschke and his son in law Bruce Housholder.

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Name: Brenda Vaske (Schulz)
Date: Wednesday October 20, 2010


Marilyn and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Cliff. I have you all in my thoughts and prayers especially during this hard time. I have great memories of Cliff on the farm with this horses and my 1 horse. It was a great memory to be raised next door to such a great family. I pray you find comfort and strenght to get through this hard time. If God lead you to it, he can get you through it! Love, Jeff and Brenda Vaske (schulz) and family.

Name: Jeff Murphy
Date: Tuesday October 19, 2010


Mrs. Meschke My deepest sympathy to you and your family on your loss. The only comfort I can comprehend from your loss is that two very special men in my life are back together once again. My father and Mr. Meschke taught me the meaning and value of a relationship that can only be described as the Best of Friends. The summers spent on your farm are some of the fondest of my childhood. Seeing Mr. Meschke just standing by the fence line watching the Gray Mare on the hill as the sun went down over the pasture is a memory as clear as if it were yesterday. I apologize that my mother and I will be unable to attend the services, but please remember that you are in our thoughts and Mr. Meschke will always have a special place in our hearts. Jeff Murphy & Family

Name: John & Arlette Hogan
Date: Tuesday October 19, 2010


Dear Marilyn & family and Luverne & Carol & family:::: Am sending our deepest sympathy again today as we are not sure you got our first one on the other day when Cliff went to his heavenly home......Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as we know Cliff is very happy to be reunited with his Savior and loving relatives and friends who have gone on before him...We are so happy to have had the good times once more while we were there recently and will never forget our friendships with our home town folk.. God's Blessings to you all............... John & Arlette Hogan

Name: Josh and Emily Smith
Date: Sunday October 17, 2010


Steve and Monica,So sorry about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Josh, Emily, Logan, and, Brayton Smith

Name: Marv @ Shar Kanne
Date: Saturday October 16, 2010


Marilyn and Family; Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on your loss. When we remember Cliff, we will always think of his great passion for the developing the best in the Holstein breed, His love for his family, His respect of nature, his talent for painting and his wonderful wry sense of humor. We have lost a great friend. He will be missed by many. Chick and Shar2