Kenneth H. Niemeyer, 83, Columbia, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.

Mr. Niemeyer was born Sept. 15, 1928, in St. Louis to William C. Niemeyer and wife Olinda C., nee Schwerdt.

He married Margaret R. Rennick April 3, 1953, in Washington. He served in the U.S. Navy for three years which included one year on the aircraft carrier USS TARAWA.

Mr. Niemeyer was a longtime member of Missouri United Methodist Church. He retired as associate dean from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, concluding 38 years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, Columbia; one son, Russell W. Niemeyer and wife Pamela J., Hobbs, N.M.; two grandsons, Kyle W. Niemeyer and Michael J. Niemeyer, both of Hobbs, N.M; one brother-in-law, Robert F. Rennick and wife Mary, Jefferson City; one sister-in-law, Juanita Rennick, Washington; numerous cousins; nieces; nephews; colleagues; and friends.

Mr. Niemeyer was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother-in-law, James W. Rennick.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 2, at Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia.

Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia.

Memorials to the Niemeyer Lecture Fund College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., or College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association, Kenneth H. Niemeyer Scholarship Fund in care of CVM, University of Missouri, 1600 E. Rollins, Columbia, MO 65211 are preferred. Tributes can be left online at

The family was served by Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia.