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  • Obituary: Eldon L. Meigs

  • Eldon L. Meigs died July 21, 2012, at his home in Pratt, at the age of 92. He was born July 18, 1920, in Alfalfa County, Okla., the son of Clarence W. and Grace Linden Meigs, both of whom were school teachers in the early years of their marriage. The family moved to Woodward County, Okla., and undertook a farming oper...
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  • Eldon L. Meigs died July 21, 2012, at his home in Pratt, at the age of 92. He was born July 18, 1920, in Alfalfa County, Okla., the son of Clarence W. and Grace Linden Meigs, both of whom were school teachers in the early years of their marriage. The family moved to Woodward County, Okla., and undertook a farming operation. Eldon, his brother and two sisters, attended Richmond, Okla., high school and then he attended Northwestern College in Alva, Okla., for two years. He later attended the University of Oklahoma where he graduated with a combination Bachelor of Arts degree and a law degree.
    Eldon served three and a half years in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, eight months of which were served in the Cold Weather Detachment in Fairbanks, Alaska. He obtained the rank of First Lieutenant.
    In 1945, while still in the service, he married Edna Florence Ashburn in Watertown, S.D. She died in 1987.
    In December of 1948, Eldon, Edna and daughter Janean moved from Taloga, Okla., to Pratt, where Eldon began the solo practice of law, which continued until 2005. He was elected Pratt County Attorney early in his career and served two terms in the office. He was a member of the Kansas Bar Association until his death. Eldon was proud of the fact that he was able to be in the practice of law for more than 50 years.
    He joined the Pratt Optimist Club in 1949 and was an active member until his death. After serving in various offices of the Optimist organization, he was elected governor for the state in 1968-69. Eight new Optimist clubs were formed in Kansas during his term of office and he was lauded by members of the Kansas district by being named a “Distinguished Governor.” Eldon was particularly fond of the Optimist creed and often cited it as being a guide for daily living.
    He and Edna were longtime members of the First Baptist Church in Pratt. He served on the board of the American Red Cross for three years, was a member of Pratt Kilwinning Masonic Lodge and served as master of the lodge in 1965. Eldon was also an avid golfer, playing through his 90th year.
    Eldon was proud of his rural heritage and maintained his connection with farming until the end. He often remarked that farm and rural life gives a child the opportunity to grasp the meaning of responsibility.
    He was preceded in death by his wife Edna; daughter Janean; and two sisters, Evelyn Robertson and Edna Gammon.
    He is survived by daughters Gloria Konold and husband Mike, Richardson, Texas, and Sherri Lee Taylor, Manhattan; a son, C.L. Meigs and wife Susan, Pratt; a brother, Elvin Meigs, Seiling, Okla; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
    Page 2 of 2 - Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Pratt. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ayres-Calbeck Mortuary. Memorials may be given to South Wind Hospice or First Baptist Church, in care of the mortuary, 115 E. Fourth, Pratt, KS 67124.