Burton L. “Oscar” Meier Jr., 85, of Egan, SD, passed away, Saturday, January 8, 2022, at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center, Dell Rapids, SD.
Burton was born in Idaho to Burton and Maude (Thompson) Meier Sr. The family moved to Alaska where the family spent time in mining camps and then moved to Egan, SD when he was 15 years old. Oscar’s grandparents and parents were all beekeepers and he kept up the tradition. Burton was married on November 8, 1958, at Strandburg, SD to Barbara Rabine. He was in the U.S. Army until his discharge in 1959. He worked construction including cement work and brick laying, and helping build the Veteran’s Memorial in Egan, parts of the Flandreau and Egan Public School buildings, and the Egan United Methodist Church steps and sidewalks. He always offered a helping hand with his diverse set of talents and trades. Oscar then worked at the quarries in Dell Rapids as a truck driver for 19 years carrying over 6 million tons. Burton and Barbara owned and operated the C-Store in Egan for several years. Oscar was a history buff and an avid reader. He enjoyed hunting, collecting guns and Japanese mementos, “making sawdust” (woodworking, including all kinds of projects large and small), Rendezvous Camping and writing articles for “The Outdoorsmen Magazine,”
Burton is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter Carol (Mike) Larson, Egan; three grandchildren: LiAnne, Sarah and Rick; eight great-grandchildren: Ian, Ashley, Emma, Alex, Owen, Hudson, Kayden and Karter and a sister Lorra Meier, Anchorage, AK. He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Burton; parents, Burton, Sr. and Maude; and two brothers, Bruce and Byron.
Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Wednesday January 12, 2022 at the Egan United Methodist Church with visitation beginning at 10:00 am. Livestream will be available (https://video.nest.com/live/LAmo52njya). Burial with military rites will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Egan. Memorials may be directed to the Sioux Falls Humane Society or the Veteran’s Memorial Park, Egan.