Millard Irvin MeredithSep 10, 2013 Staff
Millard Irvin Meredith died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, due to pneumonia complications at Riverton Memorial Hospital in Riverton surrounded by family. He was 84 years old.
A visitation will be 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Gorman Funeral Homes Converse Chapel in Douglas. A public celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Douglas High School Auditorium in Douglas.
Millard Irvin Meredith was born Feb. 27, 1929, in Sheridan, the only child of Millard Rodman and Sadie Edith (Alloway) Meredith.
Mr. Meredith and his father ran an oil and delivery service station in Cody during World War II and through Mr. Meredith's high school years. At the age of 13, he drove school buses, hauled crude oil and guided hunters.
He graduated from Sheridan High School and later Rocky Mountain College and the University of Wyoming, where he completed a master's degree in education.
He began his teaching career in Big Horn and then moved to Ucross to teach the upper grades while his first wife, Donna, taught the lower grades. His other early experiences included many years in Sheridan County as a teacher, elementary principal and assistant superintendent/curriculum coordinator.
From 1967 to 1970, he was the principal of the University of Wyoming Prep School in Laramie. In 1970 he and his family moved to Douglas, where he was superintendent of schools for 19 years. After retirement, he had three interim superintendent opportunities in Jackson, Douglas and Basin.
He received the Wyoming School Boards Association Golden Bell Award in 1995 for his outstanding contribution to public schools in Wyoming. He once stated "public schools are so much a part of my life that all three of my children and six grandchildren have followed in my footsteps."
His family said that his mother instilled in him a lifelong joy in music and singing, which he passed on to his children and grandchildren, and the Big Horn Mountains was the family destination for hunting, horses and fishing. He passed that passion on to his son, grandsons, and his wife, Nanette.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Nanette, of Riverton; children Marcia (Geoffrey) Scheurman of River Falls, Wis., Gary Meredith of Greybull and Michele (Rodney) Haefele of Douglas; grandchildren Jennifer (Brent) Hafele of Eau Claire, Wis., Stephen (Lisa) Scheurman of Plymouth, Minn., Kenyon (Johanna) Scheurman of Fort Collins, Colo., Greg Meredith of Buffalo, Dean Meredith of Cheyenne, Randall Haefele of Douglas and Ryan Haefele of Douglas; and great-grandchildren Evan and Rachel Hafele of Eau Claire, Wis., and Caleb Scheurman of Plymouth, Minn.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Millard I. Meredith Education Scholarship Fund through the Converse County Bank, P.O. Box 689, Douglas, WY 82633.
The Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.gormanfh.com.