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Marc LaVerne Meinking

August 23, 2019 | 20 comments

Marc LaVerne Meinking, 58, of Galesville, passed away suddenly on August 22nd, 2019 from a motorcycle accident while traveling through Nebraska. Marc was born to Harry and Donna Meinking on April 24th, 1961. He grew up in La Crosse and resided there until moving to Galesville in 1995. Marc was a proud Ranger and  graduated from Logan High School in 1979.He married Lori Johnson on August 4, 1984 on what some may say was the hottest day of the year, at Zion Lutheran church in Galesville.

After graduation, Marc began working for Metz Baking Company. He often worked nights so he could be home with his kids during the day. Marc’s kids were his everything. As they grew up and entered into sports and other school activities, Marc changed his career in order to be able to attend every event to show his love and support.

He would often help his dad and grandparents at their farm in Burns and would cherish talks with his dad while they were busy cutting wood. He loved to hunt, fish, and shoot trap and was a member of the Rod and Gun club in West Salem. Marc and his cousin Ron, along with some of their close high school buddies, enjoyed taking trips to Canada where they would spend their time fishing. One trip even began the day after his daughter, Chelsey, was born. Come fall, Marc could be found out in the woods hunting or at his nephews football games. When he was young he would go on hunting trips with his grandpa, great uncle, and his dad and after his grandparents passed away, he continued this tradition with his dad, his cousin Ron, and their sons. Marc brought a passion and energy to every hunt that will never be forgotten. He was the heart and soul of each trip and would begin talking strategy as soon as the sun was up. Marc loved his hunting dogs, Cane, who recently passed, and Gus. He enjoyed spending time with his family at their lake home and at the kids athletic events. He truly loved nature and being surrounded with family and friends.

After the tragic loss of his son, Marc began to ride his motorcycle often, where the wind in his face and the scenery would allow him some peace of mind and heart. Most importantly, Marc loved his family and will be greatly missed by many who had the honor of knowing him.

Marc is survived by his wife, Lori (Johnson) Meinking; daughter, Chelsey Meinking; mother, Donna Meinking; sister, Debra (Jerry) Hammel ; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ronald and Patricia Johnson; sisters- in-law, Lynn Johnson and LeeAnn Johnson (Travis Talton); brother-in-law, Tim Johnson (Natalie); and his many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Meinking; brother, Harry Meinking Jr.; and son, Matthew Meinking.

A celebration of life will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30th, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Galesville, WI, with visitation being held from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Zion Lutheran Church or to Adult and Teen Challenge of Western, WI, PO Box 126, La Crosse, WI 54602.



  1. Larry and Xena Olson

    So sorry for your loss Lori & Chelsey.
    The Olsons

    • Naomi (Martin) Norris

      Lori – I’ll be praying for peace and comfort for you and your family in the difficult months ahead. I am truly sorry for your loss.

    • Shari

      Lori, we are so sorry to hear of Marc’s passing. May you take solace knowing he is with your son and you will all be reunited one day. Your family is in our prayers. Take care and stay strong. Shari and Dan Meyer (old SBL friends)

    • Scott Hiser

      My heartfelt condolences to Marc’s family. I often saw Marc on the river, while I was loadin grain barges..he always swung over and said hi…with a holler that the Northside Rules! Always a good guy. So very sorry.

    • Nancy Thompson

      So sorry for your loss. Marc was always kind and polite. I worked with him and he always had a smile on his face.

      Nancy Thompson

      • Tom Ludwigson

        So sorry for your loss. I’m a fellow biker.

  2. Debbie (Pederson) Riordan

    I’m so sorry to hear this news. He was a good friend to my brother, Kevin, in our childhood. Again, I’m so sorry.

  3. Barb Schmidtknecht

    What a beautiful tribute to Marc. Taken away too soon!
    Marc loved Logan & when we were Junior Or Senior’s. Mark started a new class, we called it Third Hour… 😉
    The memories will live on forever !
    I’m so sorry Lori, and for the whole family.
    Prayers & Healing thoughts to you. ❤️🙏❤️

  4. Dave Wittenberg

    Lori, you have my deepest sympathies.

  5. Gregory Devine

    I am truly heartbroken, Lori. Linda and I are so sorry for your loss. Hold Chesley close and take solace in the fact that Marc made all our lives better.

    Greg and Linda Devine

  6. Jackie Schimke

    Lori and Chelsea,

    So sorry to hear of Marc’s passing. He truly was a special man. Always willing to help out. Absolutely the friendliest person!!! We were so lucky to have met Marc during wrestling. He will be missed for sure. Now Marc and Matt will be doing all those father son things that was taken away so soon. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers!!!

    Barry and Jackie Schimke

  7. Debby Young

    Donna, Debra, Lori and FAMILY, I was so sad to hear about Marc. My condolences to you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers. Debby Young (Gilbertson).

  8. Bethel

    This family has such a beautiful love for one another. My heart breaks for them.

  9. Meg Konczakowski

    Our hearts are heavy today as we learned of Marc’s passing. He brightened our work days every visit with his contagious smile. Lori and Chelsey, we all know how much Marc loved his girls. Blessed to know he had an angel waiting to meet him in heaven. Our prayers go out for the entire family – Your friends at Mark Jewellers

  10. Madison Fire/Rescue Madison Ne.

    Our Sympathy to the family. Praying for peace and comfort to all involved!

  11. Jean (Niederkorn) Hanson

    Lori and Chelsey, I am so sorry to hear about Marc. He was a fine fine man and so helpful to everyone. My sincere sympathy to both of you and your family.

  12. Tom Draper

    We’re praying for your entire family at this time of loss. Marc will be missed. Tom Draper, Eau Claire

  13. Debra keller

    Such a wonderful guy, kind, loving and genuine!! Sorry for all his wonderful family. Blessing to all.

  14. Bob Wolfert

    Lori and family I wish I could be there today, our sympathy and prayers to you.

  15. Laura Bennett

    Lori, we are so sorry for your loss if there is ever anything we can do for you please give us a call. Tony Bennett and Family

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