Irene Catherine Meylor was born on May 31, 1930, in Hospers, to Adolph and Mary (Friedrich) Fischer. When her mother passed away in 1933, her father married Mary Reichle, who had seven children. The family moved to a farm near Granville, where she graduated from Spalding High School in 1948.
On June 29, 1949 Irene and Gerald Meylor were united in marriage at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Granville. The couple farmed near Maryhill and then moved to a farm north of Marcus where they farmed until 1993, when they moved to Marcus.
Irene was a faithful member of Holy Name Catholic Church and active in the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, St. Ann's Guild, and sang in the choir. Over many years she volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout leader, and a CCD teacher. She enjoyed Hobby Club, square dancing, and Marcus High School sports. She loved playing pinochle and 500 in long-time card clubs and working in her vegetable and flower gardens. After moving to town, Irene worked at the Heartland Care Center kitchen until she began a long battle against lymphoma.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother; parents-in-law; her son, Eddie; her grandson, Eric Peterson; daughter-in-law, Cindy Meylor; brother, Clarence Fischer; sister, Lillian Von Arb; two stepsisters, Angie Grady and Delia Alsup; and three stepbrothers, John, Harold and Lawrence Reichle.
Survivors include her husband, Gerald of Marcus, and seven children, Jean and her husband Alan Peterson of Ft. Pierre, S.D.; Mary and her husband Ken Haselhoff of Quimby; Julia and her husband Bill Simpson of East Providence, R.I.; Nancy and her husband Larry Sinnwell of West Des Moines; Kenneth and his wife Chris of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Michael of Milford; and Robert and his wife Sandra of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 19 grandchildren and their spouses, Adam Peterson, Kristine (Haselhoff) and Brian Granville, Sharon Haselhoff, Janet (Haselhoff) Geoff Gibbons, Brian and Andrea Haselhoff, Mallory and Emily Simpson, Laura and Tim Sinnwell, Shelbie and Coltin Meylor, Dustin and Nia Weise, Vanessa (Johnson) and Tom Jorgensen, Nikki (Johnson) and Santos Beal, Matthew, Madalyn and Kaitlyn Meylor, and Mitchell and Eddie Meylor; nine great-grandchildren, Joshua Granville, Clare and Ella Haselhoff, John and Jalen Weise, Dylan and Jillian Jorgensen, and Nevaeh and Ashton Beal, one brother, Robert and his wife Lorraine Fischer of Granville and two sisters Florence Pottebaum of Alton and Lorraine Becker of Granvill and two step-sisters, Catherine Pohlen of Hospers, and Bertie Full of Canby, Minn..