Obituary: Edward Gustav Meyer, 91, of Center

Posted: Jul. 1, 2019 3:33 pm

Edward Gustav Meyer, 91, of Center, passed away at 11:35 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2019 at Tri County Care Center in Vandalia.

Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. Friday, July 5, at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Center. Reverend Scott Salo will officiate. Burial will be at Center Cemetery in Center. Full military rites will be conducted by the Emmette Shields American Legion Post #55. The James O'Donnell Funeral Home is in Hannibal is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Mr. Meyer was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Dudley, to Robert E. and Edna Schuknecht Meyer.

He was married to Betty Lou Cole on Oct. 15, 1950 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hannibal. She preceded him in death on Sept. 22, 2017.

Survivors include children, Charlotte Meyer of Leawood, Kan., Merrill Meyer (Janet) of Portland, N.D., Pamela Roy (Rick) of Center, Kimberly Hanson (Wayne) of Bella Vista, Ark. and Regena Reinsel (Rick) of Lee's Summit; seven grandchildren, Erin Meyer, Brian Swon, Lesa Phillips, Christopher and Anthony Hanson, Ryan and Reanna Reinsel; three great-grandchildren, Mia LouAnn Phillips, Rylan Reinsel and Jace Barton.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Betty.

Edward was a veteran of the United States Army.  He served his country proudly during World War II and the Korean Conflict.

Professionally, Edward was a livestock and grain farmer. He also had a seed cleaning business, Garst Seed Cleaning. He trully enjoyed farming and showing his livestock. His specialty was Yorkshire Hogs. Edward enjoyed duck, pheasant, goose, mushroom and deer hunting. He and his wife Betty were avid travelers. Together, they traveled many places, including Hawaii, Portugal and Mexico. They also enjoyed going to Branson, where they enjoyed country music shows. Edward was an avid reader, especially non-fiction historical novels about our presidents. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and very much enjoyed watching the Cardinals games. Edward was very supportive of his children and loved spending time with his children, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He attended Our Savior Lutheran Church in Monroe City. Edward was an active Lutheran, reading his daily scriptures and his Bible. His Military Bible protected him during WWII and the Korean War and he always said he wanted the Bible to take him "all the way." He and his father helped build the Lutheran church where his funeral services are being held.

He will always be remembered by those who knew him for his kindness, work ethic and his willingness to help those around him.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Loving Care Hospice.

Pallbearers will be Christopher Hanson, Anthony Hanson, Brian Swon, Curtis Phillips, Glenn Everett Manley and Jace Barton.

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