He was born in St. Louis, where he graduated from St. Louis University with bachelor's and master's degrees in education. He was a teacher, coach and counselor for 16 years, and elementary and secondary principal in the St. Louis public schools for 25 years. He also officiated basketball and football games in the St. Louis area. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant. During the summer he supervised on the St. Louis playgrounds and for 12 years was a director of boy's camp in Bemidji, Minn. He was a member of Lakewood Methodist Church.
Survivors include two sons, R.W. "Bill" Meinhardt, of Joplin and Mark Meinhardt, of Springfield; a daughter Georgann Vehmeir, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.