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Celebrating the life of
Richard R. Meckfessel
Passed away on June 26, 2019
Coach Rich Meckfessel
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Memorial Service
  • 2:00 p.m. - Sunday, July 21, 2019
  • Skidaway Island United Methodist Church
  • 54 Diamond Causeway (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31411

  • 912-598-8460

My deepest sympathies to Judy, Steve, Susan and the entire Meckfessel family. To put it simply, the opportunity Coach provided me profoundly influenced my life. It was and still is an honor to be a Golden Eagle and to be a part of his legacy. He was a great Coach, teacher, mentor and friend and I will miss him dearly. We shared many memorable times together and I will never forget the special bond we had. Rest in peace Coach.

John Jividen, Charleston, WV

Clare and Rich send our warmest regards to the entire family. We have enjoyed many occasions with Rich and family and will miss those opportunities we hoped to have in the future. Clare and I hope the family will have many fond memories to lift their spirits and remember the "coach"! Clare and Rich Meyer

Clare and Rich Meyer, Taylors, SC, SC

My Dear Judy, I’m very sorry to hear of Rich’s death. In the past couple of years I’ve moved from Naples, Florida back to St. Louis due to health reasons and to be close to family. I would love the chance to catch up and reminisce about old times. Here is my contact information: Joan Bardenheier Harrison, 750 South Hanley Rd., Unit 440, Clayton, MO 63105, (314) 863-2297 home, (314) 304-1227 cell. Your friend, Joan

Joan Bardenheier Harrison, Clayton, MO

I worked with and for Rich, Athletic Staff at University of Missouri-St. Louis (Men's Golf Coach) and Commissioner for S.L.I.A.C. It was a privilege to have known and worked with him. I will never forget his thoughtfulness and willingness to help others. I share your loss and extend my heartfelt sympathy. May the memorial in September be a source of comfort.

Jim Niederkorn, St Charles, MO

Rich was an outstanding basketball coach and most importantly a great man. He taught his players the importance of having good ethics, leadership, and education. If you needed Coach to speak at an event or write a letter of recommendation, he was always willing to do it. Because of his impact on players , many former players became educators, coaches or served in other leadership positions. Coach Meckfessel will be missed but not forgotten. Respectfully, Dr. Malcolm Hill

Dr. Malcolm Hill , Fairview Heights, IL

Dear Judy and all of Rich’s family, Mary & I want to offer our most sincere condolences in regards to Rich’s passing. Rich was a good friend & an honor to know. We had a lot in common with Rich, being sports junkies & enjoying golf. I can just picture Rich playing golf in Heaven. We missed you both since you left St. Louis and now we will miss Rich even more. We will see you in St. Louis on 9-14. Our thoughts & prayers are with the entire Meckfessel family. Justin & Mary Williamson

Justin & Mary Williamson, St. Louis, Mo.

Dear Judy, We're sorry to hear of Rich's passing. We lost contact with you and your family after you left St. Louis. We'd love to reconnect and hear about your boys. We send our love to you and family. Jon and Pat.

Jon and Pat Dehner, St. Louis , MO

Rich hired me to take over the men's and women's tennis programs at the University of Missouri St. Louis in 1995. I am still in this position and thank Rich so much for the opportunity he gave me. R.I.P.

Rick Gyllenborg, St. Louis , Mo

Coach Meckfessel was a stern task master and a great character builder! He got the best from his players and we all respected him! When I graduated in 1977 I had an interview with the office of the newly elected Governor Rockefeller, which was due to a letter of recommendation he had written for me, he went the extra mile for his players. Rick Barrufi and I immensely appreciated a visit to Judy and Coach a couple years ago in Savannah. As far as we were concerned he was still the Commander in Chief! Sympathies to you and the family Judy, we all loved and respected Coach M.! Great memories! ?

Grant Atkinson, Palm Coast, FL

PLEASE ACCEPT MY SINCERE SYMPATHY FOR YOUR LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY "THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY THAT HE GAVE A SKINNY KID FROM THE COAL CAMPS OF CABIN CREEK A CHANCE TO BE A PART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL". I WILL ALWAYS BE TRULY GRATEFUL. R.I.P COACH. TOMMY LEE STAMPER, (75), EAST BANK, WV.

Tommy Lee Stamper, Cabin Creek, WV

Please accept my sincere sympathy at the loss of Rich, a close friend and fraternity brother. We also served together on the alumni board of our fraternity at Washington University. Rich was an outstanding person and leader by action and how he comported himself. I would like to send my good wishes to Susan, his sister, whom I have not seen for many years, but who was a close friend.

George J. Bude, Chesterfield, Mo.

Please accept my sympathy in the loss of Rich.

Sue Bohnert, Charleston, Wv

Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the passing of Rich.

Jim Bohnert Jr. and Family, Charlotte, NC

Coach Rich Meckfessel went to his final rest on June 26, 2019 at the age of 81, surrounded by his loving wife and two children. Rich was an enthusiastic athlete, excelling at tennis and basketball in his youth and later completing four marathons, but he was most proud of his accomplishments as a college coach and athletic director. During his career, Rich mentored and coached hundreds of young men at Washington University in St. Louis, Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston, WV) and the University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL), many of whom went on to become successful teachers and coaches themselves. Coach was happiest when his teams won but he always gave his best for his athletes out of the love of competition.

Rich was the first child of Herbert R. and Marie L. Meckfessel and grew up in North St. Louis where he attended Beaumont High School, graduating in January 1955. From there he went to Washington University in St. Louis where he won four letters in tennis, three in basketball, was Vice President of the Student Senate, served on the Chancellor’s Council, and was sports editor of Student Life, the twice-weekly student newspaper. After graduation, he served as sports information director, assistant basketball coach and head tennis coach at the school.

In 1965 Rich was named Athletic Director, Head Basketball Coach and Head Tennis Coach at Morris Harvey College. When he arrived, the school had four sports; when he left in 1982 it had fourteen sports. In basketball his teams won 250 games, defeated Marshall University seven times, and the 1966-67 team won twenty consecutive games, still a school record. He was named West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference “Coach of the Year” three times, his teams won three WVIAC championships and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City. In tennis, his teams won ten of eleven WVIAC titles and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament.

In l982 he became the head basketball coach at UMSL. There he again became the all-time wins leader in basketball and led UMSL to the Sweet Sixteen of the l988 NCAA Division II National Tournament. He was voted "Coach of the Year” three times in the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (l985, l988, and 1991) and served for three years as Interim Athletic Director, spearheading UMSL’s move from the MIAA to the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

His final seven years in intercollegiate athletics were spent as Commissioner of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, an NCAA Division III conference based in St. Louis.

Coach Meckfessel was selected to the Athletic Hall of Fame at the University of Charleston (1992), University of Missouri–St. Louis (2007) and the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (2011).

Coach Meckfessel left St. Louis in 2007 to enjoy retirement at The Landings on Skidaway Island, GA, playing golf, reading, and hosting visiting family and friends. He treasured his memories of and ongoing relationships with his intercollegiate athletics colleagues, his teams, and the communities of Charleston and St. Louis. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Judy Sutter Hinrichs, daughter Susan Chavez (Tony), son Steve (Angela Russian), grandchildren Nathan, Lucy and Xavier Chavez; Keene and Reese Meckfessel; sister Susan Hartmann, and sister-in-law Jane Sutter. He is also survived by step-sons Christian Hinrichs (Mary Jane), William Hinrichs (Carrie), and step-grandchildren Ann, Christian, Nathaniel, William and Abigail Hinrichs.

Memorial services will be held at both Skidaway Island United Methodist Church in Savannah on Sunday, July 21 at 2:00 p.m. and Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church in St. Louis on Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the charity of your choice in Rich Meckfessel’s memory.

 

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My deepest sympathies to Judy, Steve, Susan and the entire Meckfessel family. To put it simply, the opportunity Coach provided me profoundly influenced my life. It was and still is an honor to be a Golden Eagle and to be a part of his legacy. He was a great Coach, teacher, mentor and friend and I will miss him dearly. We shared many memorable times together and I will never forget the special bond we had. Rest in peace Coach.

John Jividen, Charleston, WV

Clare and Rich send our warmest regards to the entire family. We have enjoyed many occasions with Rich and family and will miss those opportunities we hoped to have in the future. Clare and I hope the family will have many fond memories to lift their spirits and remember the "coach"! Clare and Rich Meyer

Clare and Rich Meyer, Taylors, SC, SC

My Dear Judy, I’m very sorry to hear of Rich’s death. In the past couple of years I’ve moved from Naples, Florida back to St. Louis due to health reasons and to be close to family. I would love the chance to catch up and reminisce about old times. Here is my contact information: Joan Bardenheier Harrison, 750 South Hanley Rd., Unit 440, Clayton, MO 63105, (314) 863-2297 home, (314) 304-1227 cell. Your friend, Joan

Joan Bardenheier Harrison, Clayton, MO

I worked with and for Rich, Athletic Staff at University of Missouri-St. Louis (Men's Golf Coach) and Commissioner for S.L.I.A.C. It was a privilege to have known and worked with him. I will never forget his thoughtfulness and willingness to help others. I share your loss and extend my heartfelt sympathy. May the memorial in September be a source of comfort.

Jim Niederkorn, St Charles, MO

Rich was an outstanding basketball coach and most importantly a great man. He taught his players the importance of having good ethics, leadership, and education. If you needed Coach to speak at an event or write a letter of recommendation, he was always willing to do it. Because of his impact on players , many former players became educators, coaches or served in other leadership positions. Coach Meckfessel will be missed but not forgotten. Respectfully, Dr. Malcolm Hill

Dr. Malcolm Hill , Fairview Heights, IL

Dear Judy and all of Rich’s family, Mary & I want to offer our most sincere condolences in regards to Rich’s passing. Rich was a good friend & an honor to know. We had a lot in common with Rich, being sports junkies & enjoying golf. I can just picture Rich playing golf in Heaven. We missed you both since you left St. Louis and now we will miss Rich even more. We will see you in St. Louis on 9-14. Our thoughts & prayers are with the entire Meckfessel family. Justin & Mary Williamson

Justin & Mary Williamson, St. Louis, Mo.

Dear Judy, We're sorry to hear of Rich's passing. We lost contact with you and your family after you left St. Louis. We'd love to reconnect and hear about your boys. We send our love to you and family. Jon and Pat.

Jon and Pat Dehner, St. Louis , MO

Rich hired me to take over the men's and women's tennis programs at the University of Missouri St. Louis in 1995. I am still in this position and thank Rich so much for the opportunity he gave me. R.I.P.

Rick Gyllenborg, St. Louis , Mo

Coach Meckfessel was a stern task master and a great character builder! He got the best from his players and we all respected him! When I graduated in 1977 I had an interview with the office of the newly elected Governor Rockefeller, which was due to a letter of recommendation he had written for me, he went the extra mile for his players. Rick Barrufi and I immensely appreciated a visit to Judy and Coach a couple years ago in Savannah. As far as we were concerned he was still the Commander in Chief! Sympathies to you and the family Judy, we all loved and respected Coach M.! Great memories! ?

Grant Atkinson, Palm Coast, FL

PLEASE ACCEPT MY SINCERE SYMPATHY FOR YOUR LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY "THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY THAT HE GAVE A SKINNY KID FROM THE COAL CAMPS OF CABIN CREEK A CHANCE TO BE A PART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL". I WILL ALWAYS BE TRULY GRATEFUL. R.I.P COACH. TOMMY LEE STAMPER, (75), EAST BANK, WV.

Tommy Lee Stamper, Cabin Creek, WV

Please accept my sincere sympathy at the loss of Rich, a close friend and fraternity brother. We also served together on the alumni board of our fraternity at Washington University. Rich was an outstanding person and leader by action and how he comported himself. I would like to send my good wishes to Susan, his sister, whom I have not seen for many years, but who was a close friend.

George J. Bude, Chesterfield, Mo.

Please accept my sympathy in the loss of Rich.

Sue Bohnert, Charleston, Wv

Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the passing of Rich.

Jim Bohnert Jr. and Family, Charlotte, NC


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