On January 28, 2021, Frederick Wilbur Meldau, age 90, peacefully went to be with Jesus. We can only imagine his joy at finally going Home. He was the husband of Julie Wilson Meldau.
Fred was born on June 8, 1930, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to Louis and Clara (Harris) Meldau. Fred grew up with three brothers and three sisters. In 1951, when Fred was just 21 years old, he had a unique and enduring conversion experience that he vividly remembered and loved to share. He spoke of this conversion experience again in his final weeks, declaring, "Nothing was ever the same after that day. I was a changed man, a new creation." He dedicated the next 69+ years of his life to serving God, whom he loved more than anything.
Fred spent many years as a pastor of churches in Iowa and Ohio. Many souls received guidance and wisdom under his pastoral care. Fred enjoyed studying the books of prophecy, particularly Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah, and the Book of Revelation. Anyone who knew Fred knows it did not take him long to launch into a discussion of the end times. He was knowledgeable and passionate about this topic. In fact, he immensely enjoyed discussing anything related to the Word of God.
In his later years, he would visit nursing homes to share God's word and love with the "old people," not realizing, until we pointed it out, that most of them were younger than him. He was a lover of books and western movies. He was a lifetime scholar, never tiring of learning something new. He loved nature and remained quite physically active until his final months.
In addition to his wife, Fred is survived by his children, Randy (Michelle), Paul (Anita), Stephen, Melissa, Peggy, Lisa, Debbie (Mike), Jimmy (Sherry); his siblings, Charles (Judy) and Virginia; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his siblings, Mary, John, Hoyt Robert, Dorothy, and his sons, Jeremy and Bill.
At the decision of the family after taking COVID-19 into account, no funeral service is planned.
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