Earl Dean Messer, 82, of Council Grove, Kansas, passed away on October 28, 2021.
Earl was born on Jan. 21, 1939 to James and Leatha Messer in Galena, KS. He graduated from Riverton High School in 1957. Earl was married to Shirley Jean Stone of Columbus, KS. on July 26, 1958. They were married 63 years and had three children, Tammy, James, and Tracy.
Earl and Shirley lived in Columbus, KS. for a time. He learned to be a brick mason from his father-in-law, Jack Stone and was also a postman. Later, Earl worked in the oil and gas field in Donaldsonville, LA. He moved his family to Moscow, KS. In 1974 and worked there as a meterman, and Field Supervisor for Mobil Oil. Earl and Shirley retired to Council Grove, KS. In 2001
Earl’s hobbies included fishing, birdwatching, and woodworking. He especially loved spending time with his kids, grandkids, and his great grands. Earl served in the Army as an MP. He was also a volunteer fire fighter in Moscow, KS.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Messer; daughter, Tammy LeNeve and Johnny Johnson; son, Jim Messer, wife Corky; daughter, Tracy Koop, and husband Tim; 7 grandchildren, Gage LeNeve; Amber and A.J. Brechbuhler; Tanner and Andrea Messer; Tasha and Ben Green; Jared, Jayson, and Gia Koop; 9 great grands, Shelby, Aubrey, and Chance Brechbuhler; Calvin, Colton, and Lyla Messer; Ava, Bodhi, and Mila Green. He is also survived by one sister, Wilma Douffet of Galena, KS.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents, James and Leatha Messer; sisters, Ada Carlisle, and Birdie Messer; brothers, Art, Joe,Calvin, and Duke Smittle; Bill and Jerry Messer; and Joe Douffet; his in-laws Jack and Nadine Stone.
Memorial service will be held on Nov. 12, 2021 at 2P.M. at St. Rose of Lima Parish Center, 300 Spencer St., Council Grove, KS.
Family suggests donations in Earl’s name go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to end Parkinson’s Disease.