Nevada County People: Grass Valley native remembered as caring, witty |

Nevada County People: Grass Valley native remembered as caring, witty

Dennis Loring Meservey was a native of Grass Valley and an alumni of Nevada Union High School and Sierra College. He lived in Grass Valley all his life – except for the few years he fought in Vietnam, for which he won a Purple Heart, according to his family.

Meservey died March 8 at his home in Grass Valley. He was 62.

His wife, Marilyn Filer Meservey, and eldest daughter, Melissa Renee Berg, described him as a caring, giving, loyal and honest person.

“He gave of himself,” said Marilyn Filer Meservey, Dennis’s second wife. “He gave love and humor to people. He was a funny guy. He had a clever wit.”

For 30 years of his career, Dennis Meservey worked in the beverage industry. He was with Budweiser for 26 years and retired from Miller distributors in 2007.

Dennis Meservey was an avid gardener and enjoyed entering his produce in the Nevada County Fair. He also entered many items in the Art and Collectibles Division and earned Best of Show for his mining exhibit entry.

Dennis Meservey enjoyed spending time with family and friends, collecting antiques and old cars, camping, fishing, hot-tubbing in the snow, barbecuing and sleeping outside in the summer.

“He would do anything for anybody,” Berg said, about her father. “He was just an awesome person.”

Berg and her two sisters, Michelle Meservey and Rebecca Rose Oltmans, are from Dennis Meservey’s first marriage to Alana Wheeler.

Dennis Meservey is survived by his wife, Marilyn Filer Meservey, of Grass Valley; daughters and sons-in-law Melissa Renee and Casey Berg, of Orangevale, and Rebecca Rose and Jared Oltmans, of Fremont; daughter, Michelle Denise Meservey and her fiancé, Jay, of Goodman, Mo.; stepson, Trever Cartwright, of Portland, Ore.; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Jake and Debbie Cartwright, of Anaheim; sister, Ann Meservey, of Grass Valley; brothers Rock and Mike Meservey, of Sacramento; nephew, Curt Cramer, of Nevada City; niece, Misty Omans, of Redding; brother-in-law, Scott Cramer, of Nevada City; grandchildren Autumn, Ethan, Kimmi, Janae, Jordan, Justice and Jayden and numerous extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Madeline Meservey, and sister, Carol Cramer.

Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, with a graveside service to follow at Greenwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grass Valley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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