Fred William Meyer 1946-2011
YUMA, Ariz. — Fred William Meyer, 87, passed on to his heavenly reward, June 7, 2011, at his home in Yuma, Ariz., surrounded by family.
He was born May 28, 1924 on the family farm south of Ellinwood, the oldest child of Fred and Dena (Siefkes) Meyer. He married E. Louise Grow May 8, 1946, and later married Wanda Keys Hejny, January 8, 1977.
Fred graduated from Ellinwood High School in 1941. He was employed by the Ellinwood public schools for 48 years as business manager, activity bus driver and school board clerk. He was a 34-year member of the Ellinwood fire department and served as secretary-treasurer. He was a 50-year member of the Ellinwood United Methodist Church, a 30-year member at Great Bend Assembly of God, and also the Oasis Church of Yuma.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda, of the home; five children; Marlene Coble and husband Gary, Tucson, Ariz.; Joyce Riedel and husband Darrell, Yuma, Ariz.; John Meyer and wife Elaine, Great Bend; Nancy Tucker and husband David, Ellinwood; and Norma Robl and husband Lawrence, Ellinwood. Four brothers survive — Milton, Ellinwood; Richard, St John; Donald and Robert, both of Garden City. He left behind 22 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and four step-sons. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Mildred Meyer Pauls, his former wife, and three grandchildren.
Fred gifted his body to the LifeLegacy Foundation, contributing to the advancement of Medical Science and Education. An informal celebration of life is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at the First Baptist Church, south of Ellinwood.
A memorial has been established to the Fred W. Meyer Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations may be sent to 110 W 7th Street, Ellinwood, KS, 67526.
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 3, 2011