Neil Meyer

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Neil Elmer Meyer, 84, of Monona, Iowa, died Thursday, July 16, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. He was born on May 29, 1931, in Postville, Iowa, to Eldo and Beatrice (Backhaus) Meyer. He graduated from Elkader High School in 1949.

On March 14, 1953, Neil was united in marriage to Virginia Eilers in Dubuque, Iowa, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church with Reverend Swarbrick officiating. To this union five children were born. He was a devoted husband and father.  

As a lifelong crop and livestock farmer, Neil worked diligently on the family farm located east of Monona. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing bridge with friends and neighbors, watching his children and grandchildren with all of their 4-H and sporting activities, and traveling in the camper with his beloved wife, Gini.

Neil was a faithful servant to his community. He was a 4-H leader and served on many boards: the Three Rivers Farm Service Board, the Giard Township Trustees, the Luana Savings Bank Board of Directors, the Monona City Council, and 12 years as a Clayton County Supervisor. Through his service he gained the respect of many.

Neil and Gini were longtime faithful members of The Living Faith United Methodist Church. He was a loving, devoted, faithful, and humble servant. He will be so greatly missed.

Neil is survived by his five children: Jill (Jim) Fuhrman of Volga, Brian Meyer (special friend, 

Debra Brainard) of Monona; Lynn (Paul) Jones of Harpers Ferry; Larry Meyer (fiancée Anne) of Manchester; and Amy (Kert) Johnson of Coralville; 14 grandchildren: B.J. Fuhrman (Jolie) of Johnston; Leah Zwanziger (Alec) of Strawberry Point; Nicholas (Elsie) Meyer of Monona; Shannon (Wyatt) Dodd of McGregor; Phillip (Amanda) Meyer of Monona; Jared (Carrie) Jones of Charles City; Amanda (Stuart) Bloxham of Waukon; Hannah Jones of Fremont, Nebraska; Stuart Jones of Waukon; Lexi Meyer of Minneapolis; Brett Meyer (friend, Sheena) of Rochester; Heidi Meyer of Elgin; Isaiah and Elena Johnson of Coralville; 19 great-grandchildren: Drew and Lauren Tegels, Aidan, Charlotte, and Olive Meyer, Willem, Sullivan, Jefferson, and Maetta Dodd, Jack and Jessa Meyer, Emily, Jacob, Sean, and Audrey Jones, Claire and Grant Bloxham, and Peyton and Layla Meyer; sister, Shirley (Retired General Charles I.) McGinnis of Williamsburg, Virginia; sister-in-law, Muriel Meyer of Arlington, Virginia; and half-sister, Rena Malek of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

Neil was preceded in death by his wife, Gini, and his daughter-in-law, Debbie Meyer; brothers, Lowell Meyer and Bruce (Jane) Meyer; and his parents, Eldo and Beatrice Meyer.

Visitation was Sunday, July 19, 2015, from 2-7 P.M. at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Monona, Iowa, with a one-hour visitation before services at the church on Monday.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 20, 2015, at Living Faith United Methodist Parish, Monona, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Hopes as the officiant. Burial followed at the Monona Cemetery, Monona, Iowa.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, Iowa assisted the family with the arrangements. Condolences csn be left with: www.graufuneralhomes.com

 
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