|5/16/2018 9:38:00 AM|
Ronald "Ron" Meyer, 73, of Windom died May 7, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service was Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Windom with Pastor Mike McInnis officiating.
Special music was provided by Deanne Steele, organist.
Reader was Chris Elzenga. Dave Meyer and Franz Boelter shared special memories.
Honorary bearers were Tom Loquai, Ed Maras, Mick Hurlburt, Jim Nesvold, Norm Stolle, Bruce Rhoda, Roger Elzenga, Mark Gauer, Lyle Riebe, Jack Kelly and Rich Elness.
Burial with full military honors was at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
Ronald "Ron" Meyer was born Aug. 27, 1944, to Arnold E. and Ellen Mae (Vogelsang) Meyer in Austin. He was baptized and later confirmed in Wells.
He received his education in Wells, graduating in 1962. He went on to South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., where he played football and baseball. Following his senior season of football, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears and played for the Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
After his NFL career, he returned to South Dakota State University and graduated in 1968 with his teaching degree.
He also became a member of the Army National Guard until 1972, when he was honorably discharged.
In 1967, Ron married Nancy K. Myers in Brookings, S.D. Ron taught for a short time in the Canistota (S.D.) School District before coming to Windom. In Windom, Ron was a physical education teacher and driver's education instructor for 33 years until retiring in 2001.
Recently, Ron became a resident of Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Windom, Ron served on the board of trustees and as an usher. He also was a 40-year member of the Windom Country Club and a member of the Wells High School Hall of Fame and Windom Athletic Hall of Fame, as a coach.
He enjoyed collecting Red Wing pottery, going to auctions, golf, sports, umpiring softball and baseball for 20 years, fishing, yard work and spending time with family.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Meyer.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Nancy Meyer of Windom; two sons, Chet (Julie) Meyer of Shakopee and Ryan (Sara) Meyer of Jordan; four grandchildren; two brothers, Dennis (Betty) Meyer of Waverly, Iowa; and Dave (Carmen) Meyer of Wells; and a brother- and sister-in-law, Mick and LaDonna Myers of Pipestone.