Mr. David Carl Meisterheim

  • Born: June 7, 1926
  • Died: October 7, 2018
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

David Carl Meisterheim, age 92, of Battle Creek passed away Sunday afternoon, October 7, 2018 at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on June 7, 1926, the son of Carl L. and Elsa W. (Sheid) Meisterheim and graduated with the St. Philip High School Class of 1944. David owned & operated Meisterheim & Associates Realty for more than 51 years, retiring in 2007.

David married the "Love of His Life", Marion at St. Philip Catholic Church in Battle Creek on June 2, 1951; she survives. He is also survived by his children, Phillip (Kathy) Meisterheim, Paul Meisterheim and Caroline Meisterheim; two grandchildren, Heather (Kevin) Martin and Karl (Emily) Meisterheim; and two great-grandchildren. David was sadly preceded in death by his son, Mark Meisterheim on September 30, 1982.

David was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church for many years. He was also a member and former President of the Battle Creek Board of Realtors and was instrumental in the development of the Carriage Hills Subdivision and Edgewater North Condos on Goguac Lake. David was also a member of Marywood and Riverside Country Clubs and bowled with the Starks Restaurant Supply bowling team for more than 38 years. He and Marion vacationed in Palm Springs, California for more than 25 years. David enjoyed golfing, traveling, and spending time with his friends, his classmates from St. Philip, and his family.

The family is especially thankful to the staff at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility for the wonderful and compassionate care they have provided.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 10th at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care where the Parish Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 11th at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, the St. Vincent de Paul Society or Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of David may be placed at


Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad's passing.
I wasn't able to attend the visitation or funeral, but your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
The Zull Family

Posted by Scott Zull - Hastings, MI   October 15, 2018

Sorry for your loss, Bob was a great person whom I met in 2002 at Riverside cc. We golfed with a group of 12 to 16 guys on Tuesday and Thursday. He will be missed.

Posted by jack budrow - battlr btrrk - Friend   October 12, 2018

Caroline and family,
ALL of my greatest memories include my St Joe family, that includes your Dad. Thinking of you and know how much a dad`s passing leaves a VOID in our hearts. MAY he rest in peace and may you find strength in those around you and IN each other.

Posted by Lori Ringle-Pierman    October 10, 2018

We are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was always kind and friendly whenever I would see him. My husband, Greg Erickson, knew him from the real estate business and golfing at Riverside and said he was a "good guy". My parents, Jerry and Dorothy Keagle knew him from the St. Phil group. Thinking of you and your family at this time and sending prayers.

Posted by Deb Keagle-Erickson - Lakeland, FL   October 10, 2018

He was the Dearest Uncle a young woman could of had the Pleasure of calling him Uncle David he spoke so fondly of his adult children. And I took him Communion every Sunday and he was so happy to receive! I am honored to of had him in my life. And the saints and his best friend Mr Brutche were waiting for him! Jesus has a new Angel and I am so proud to of been his niece.

I can still see him playing ball at the family reunion, and we sure all have fond memories . He was one in a million I truly loved you!

Love, Cheryl Meisterheim Fleming

Posted by Cheryl Fleming - Portage, MI - Family   October 09, 2018

Phil and Kathy:. I am so sorry for the loss of Phil's dad. I'm praying that all the fondest and happiest memories will help you through this terribly emotional chapter in your lives. Love, Helen (Stout) Younglove

Posted by Helen (Stout) Younglove - Lapeer - Family Friend   October 09, 2018

I knew Dave through the real estate business. Even played golf with him. He was a great guy and will be missed. RIP Dave.

Posted by Jim Bidelman - Springfield, MI   October 09, 2018


Dave was a kind person who will be missed. When we rented a condo from him, he always showed up at our door with a beautiful poinsettia at Christmas. Our thoughts and prayers to the whole Meisterheim family.

Posted by Chris and Susan Doyle - Gulf Coast, FL   October 09, 2018

Your Dad was my oldest boyfriend. When I was a tiny girl, I would sit on his lap and beg him to wait for me until I grew up. He promised he would but then your Mom came along and well, he broke my heart. His passing brings back great fun on the beach at Lake Michigan, watching him and my Dad bowl in multiple leagues, and having picnics. He knew my Mom and Dad before they got married. My Mom worked in his cafe in the Michigan bank building. Dad would come in for lunch. And then there was the Bent Fork cafe. I remember going there to help set up and he would make me a malt. And finally, when Tom and I married, he gave us a coupon so we could pick up food for our honeymoom from his chicken restaurant. I can't remember the name of it now. One of my dearest memories was when my Dad was passing in the hospital, your Dad came and baptised him. He always showed devotion and love to my family and everyone he knew. I haven't seen him since my sister passed but there he was like the Knight I use to think he was when I was just a kid. God bless you all. Jill

Posted by Jill Ridpath-Carpenter - Clayton, NC - Family Friend   October 09, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss! I will unfortunately be out of town this week and will miss the funeral. Dave Meisterheim (Mr. Meisterheim to me) was a VERY GOOD man, and he will be missed dearly! I will always remember that every time he would see me he would say Laa-BRECK! His good nature and kind gentle demeanor will be missed by all!

Dave Labrecque

Posted by Dave Labrecque - Battle Creek, MI - Family Friend   October 09, 2018

Sorry for your Dad's passing Caroline and family.

Posted by Duane Schott - Battle Creek, MI - Family Friend   October 09, 2018

Dave, was my Father in Law, for 3 1/2 yrs, before his much loved son, Mark,
passed away. In my heart, he continued to be my Father in Law....he was my moral compass...:and always had a big bear hug ready for me.
He was loved by many and I am sure, left and indelible mark on many hearts!
Say Hello to Marky for me.

Posted by Laura Messenger - Tybee Island, GA - Family   October 09, 2018

Kathy, I'm so sorry for yours and Phillip's loss. You and the family are in my prayers

Posted by Verna Meneguzzo - Marshall, MI - Friend   October 08, 2018

Our family is keeping your whole family in our prayers. I will miss seeing your dad at Mass. Your parents are special to me. Love you Caroline and praying for your whole family.

Posted by Lynn Van Geison-Culver - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   October 08, 2018

Love ya dad Meisterheim! The streak.

Posted by Beckhorn Beckhorn - dorr, MI - Family Friend   October 08, 2018

Phil and Kathy,

Our deepest condolences on the passing of your father.

Tim and Carolyn Berkey

Posted by Timothy and Carolyn Berkey - SOUTH HAVEN, MI - Family Friend   October 08, 2018