Calvin A. Meeds, 73, of Mount Vernon, Missouri, a loving husband, father and grandfather went to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday, March 18, 2024.
Calvin, was born on November 1, 1950 in Miami, Oklahoma to Calvin D. and Dixie (Cunningham) Meeds Onderdonk.
After graduating from Larned High School, Calvin attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. There he met his loving wife of 53 years, Deborah Lasater Meeds. Calvin and Debi have two children, a son, Ret. US Army Ranger Bryan Meeds and their daughter, Rebekah Meeds Rash.
Calvin was a proud Army veteran having served from December 1970 to March 1972 and completing one tour in Vietnam.  During his time in the military Calvin was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Air Medal with V Device Expert Marksman Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. After the military Calvin entered into full time ministry. Calvin served as pastor in several churches across Texas before he and his family served as missionaries in South Korea for 10 years.
Calvin was an avid outdoorsman all through his life. Loving to spend time hunting or fishing whenever he could. He was also an avid motorcycle enthusiast and this love along with his commitment to helping fellow combat veterans led him to join the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association where Calvin “Big Papa” proudly served as his chapter’s chaplain.
Calvin is survived by his loving wife, Debi Meeds; son, Ret. US Army Ranger Bryan Meeds; daughter, Rebekah Meeds Rash; grandsons, Trevor Rash, Mason Rash and US Airman Brandyn Meeds; granddaughter, Katie Werkmeister.; sisters, Alberta & John Pavlik, Debbie & Craig Levering, Linda Damm and Dixie Croston; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Buchanan Funeral Home with Bobby Lasater officiating. Interment and military honors followed at the Spring River Cemetery in Verona.
 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions have been suggested to your local CVMA chapter or the American Red Cross.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Buchanan Funeral Home in Monett.


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Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712


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