Funeral Mass for Arthur D. Meschke, 66, of Dickinson will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 15, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Keith Streifel and Father Gary Benz con-celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Military honors presented by Dickinson American Legion Post #3 Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 14 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson with Rosary & Vigil Service being held at 6:00 p.m.
Arthur passed away October 8, 2021 at his farm.
Arthur was born in Beach on January 12, 1955, the son of Ralph O. and Betty (Schroeder) Meschke. As a young boy, he grew up on a farm north of Belfield on Frank’s Creek Road and attended country school. Arthur graduated in Montana from Anaconda High School in 1973. He enlisted with the US Navy and served while stationed in Spain before his honorable discharge. Authur eventually settled in North Dakota where he began his life long career in the oilfield. During this time, he met Linda Benz and they were married on April 24, 1981 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New England. The couple settled in Belfield and were blessed with three boys. Through his work, Arthur experienced many oilfield jobs and built many strong friendships over the years. The Badlands were a special place for Art to escape to. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid reader and truly enjoyed Louis L’Amour. Arthur was a bit of a jokester, he loved teasing and sharing jokes. He had a strong passion for creating and building and this passion was passed onto his children. Art considered all completed projects “a work of art”.
Arthur is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda; children, Riley and Stuart of Dickinson, Travis (Kayla) Meschke of Bismarck; eight grandchildren; siblings, Carl (Dorothy) Meschke of Amidon, Lila (Dan) Frank of Fargo, Robert (Zella) Meschke of Landusky, MT, Roger (Bonnie) Meschke of Mandan, Rachel Dukart of Mandan.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Meschke; mother, Betty Camp; sister, Dorothy Klein; brother-in-law, Roger Klein.