William Edward Meek passed away on November 12, 2023, at the age of 72 surrounded by his family. Bill was born on November 23, 1950, in Warren, MN to Sophie (Smith) and Alvin Meek. He graduated from Stephen High School in Stephen, MN in 1968 where he was active in football, basketball, track and band. He was known for carrying out many pranks with his friends and younger brother John while in high school. Bill spent his summers camping around Bemidji as a child, while his Dad built area hospitals and schools. He spent summer weekends camping and fishing at Lake of the Woods as a child and an adult. He shared his love of hunting, fishing and camping with his children as they grew up.
Bill married Leslie Thibodo on June 13, 1970, in Stephen, MN. Bill graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 1973 with a degree in accounting. Bill and Leslie owned Meek Accounting in Elbow Lake from 1973-1984. After selling their business, he took over as controller of Cosmos Enterprises. Bill and Leslie moved to Ann Arbor, MI in 1989 so Leslie could pursue graduate education. Bill worked for several companies while in Michigan and specialized in helping companies at financial risk. Bill and Leslie moved back to MN in 1994, where they built a hobby farm near Starbuck. Bill raised grass fed cattle and chickens with his son-in-law Dennis. After moving back to MN, Bill worked for Superior Industries for several years before eventually retiring from Toro.
Bill is survived by his wife Leslie, daughter Jeni (Rick) Toms and son Andy (Aubree) Meek. He is also survived by his grandchildren Cody (Danielle Keck) Wutzke, Morgan Meek, Colton (Genevieve) Wutzke, Hannah Wutzke, Bradyn Meek, Nora Meek, Kyle (Brooke) Toms, Alex (Ashley Thompson) Toms and Stephanie Toms and great-grandchildren Garrett and McKenna Toms. Other survivors include brother John (Linda) Meek, sister-in-law Lynn (Steve) Johnson, brother-in-law Scott (Pam) Thibodo, sister-in-law Kelly (John) Prigge, son-in-law Dennis Wutzke, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Alvin and Sophie Meek, brother Larry Meek, sister Marilyn Smidt and mother-in-law and father-in-law Donalyn and James Thibodo.
Bill did not wish to have a public funeral service. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to ragom.org RAGOM Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest.
Starbuck Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements for Bill. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.starbuckfh.com.
In error, the incorrect obituary was submitted and printed in last week’s paper. The above is the correct obituary for Bill Meek.