Born February 10, 1961 in Los Angeles, Calif. to William A Meininger and Virginia Crigler Meininger. He passed away suddenly on June 30, 2012. Raised in St. Louis, by his mother, until he was 14, when he moved to the San Francisco Bay area to live with his father. He went to work for the family business at the age of 14 where he learned the construction trade that he was to use all his life. He bought his first house at the age of 18 in San Mateo, Calif. He sold his house and moved to the Sierra foothills area of Baxter- Dutch Flats in the early 1990’s. He quickly learned he loved the slower pace and friendliness of small town and the “mountain man” style of living. He moved to Vandalia, Mo. in March, 2011 because it is the home of his mother’s ancestors. He had fond memories of summers spent with his grandfather Robert (Bob) Crigler who taught him how to fish. He was excited last fall when he shot his first deer. He made an exceptional friend in David Glasson and his family, all of Crigler’s family cannot fully express the extent of our gratitude to the Glassons for all they have done for us since Craig’s passing.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by: his son Kyle Meininger (Marissa) of San Jose, Calif. who are expecting their first child; sister Christine Saito (Ken) of Fernley, Nev.; nephews David Russell of Fernley, Nev., Steven Russell (Candy) of Columbia, Ill.; niece Julie Postlethwait (Mark) of Port Orange, Fla.; great-nephews Jake Russell of Red Bud, Ill., Justin Russell of Columbia, Ill., and Zachary Postlethwait of Port Orange, Fla.; great–nice Robyn Russell of Vancouver, Wash.; and Great-grand niece Khloe Russell of Red Bud, Ill. Three Meininger cousins and their families, all of whom live in Northern Calif. His Vandalia cousins include Marvin Burnett, Mary Orr and Kay Jones.
Grave side services will be held Saturday July 28 at 11 a.m. He will be interred in the Crigler plot. A gathering of relatives and friends to share stories of his life will be held afterwards.