Earl Elmer Meyer, 97, of Palmyra, passed away at 12:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at his home.

Earl Elmer Meyer, 97, of Palmyra, passed away at 12:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Rev. Steve Barker will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra.

Friends and family are invited to Earl’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel.

Earl was born Jan. 18, 1920, in Adams County, Ill., to George Frederick and Cora Louise Kuhn Meyer.

He was married to Dorothy L. Lehenbauer on June 4, 1950, in West Ely. She preceded him in death November 10, 2007.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Rundle (Tom) of Menomonie, Wisc. and Sharon Webster (Charles) of Palmyra; four grandchildren, Chris Webster (Megan) of Columbia, Ill., Justin Webster of Palmyra, Lyndsey Rundle of Richfield, Minn. and Ashley Rundle of Shoreview, Minn.; and two great-grandchildren, Aubree Webster and Jace Webster, both of Palmyra.

Earl was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruth Fountain, Myrtle Hoehne and Bernice Degard; one brother, Floyd Meyer; and nieces and nephews, Mary Frances Chapuis, Darrell Hoehne and Margaret Lillard.

Earl graduated from old Washington Grade School in Palmyra, in 1933.

Professionally, Earl was a farmer. At the age of 13, he started farming to take care of his parents and younger sister. He would milk cows on one legged stools and plow with two horses and a walking plow. After 44 years, he retired from farming in December 1977, and started working at the Palmyra R-1 School as a groundskeeper. He enjoyed working at the basketball games and mowing the grass. At age 85, Earl retired from the school district.

Earl enjoyed woodworking for many years. He taught his grandsons woodworking in 4-H. Earl had quite a talent and made over 100 hand-turned lamps as gifts throughout the years. He was a member of the Marion County Farm Bureau, the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA), the St. Louis Sanitary Milk Producers and Mid America Dairymen.

Over the years, Earl took many trips and thoroughly loved to travel, especially the countryside. He visited 46 states, several Canadian provinces, and Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Most of all, Earl cherished the time he was able to spend with his family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Palmyra Nutrition Center or Earl and Dorothy Meyer Trade and Tech. School Scholarship Fund, checks made payable to Sharon Webster.

Pallbearers will be Chris Webster, Justin Webster, Kenneth Meyer, Gary Kuhn, Carl Lillard and Randy Martin.

Honorary pallbearers will be Hardee's "Old Farts" Coffee Gang, Rodney Kuntemeyer, Bob Lillard and Raymond Martin.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.com .