SIKESTON -- Robert Edward Meyer, 83, died at 7 p.m. Jan. 11, 2009, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
Born Oct. 13, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, to the late Charles H.W. and Cora Margaret Bingenheimer Meyer, he was a 1943 graduate of Cape Central High School and then attended Southeast Missouri State Teacher's College. He served during World War II in the Merchant Marine from 1944-1946 in the Pacific Area. From 1947 until his retirement in 1972, he was employed as a field supervisor in sales for Standard Oil Co. In 1972, he went into business in the A.B.E. Home Center and Wholesale Supply in Sikeston. In 1982, he sold the interest in business and started a new business in Sikeston and Cape Girardeau, Meyer Supply Co.
He was a member of the Delta Counties Bank Board and was instrumental in starting a new bank in Sikeston. He later was instrumental in starting the Alliance Bank in Cape Girardeau and Sikeston, where he served as a board member.
He was a member of Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian Church from 1958 until the present where he served as an elder. He was a chairman of local men who helped secure a new Elks Lodge in Sikeston and was a charter member of Sikeston Elks Lodge No. 2319. He had been a life member of the Sikeston Kiwanis Club where he had over 40 years of perfect attendance and was a past lieutenant governor. He was also a life member of the Sikeston V.F.W.
On Sept. 6, 1948, at Caledonia, he married Mary Louise Wilcox and she preceded him in death on May 30, 1987. On Nov. 26, 1988, at Sikeston, he married Sue Miller Glenn, and she survives of the home.
Other survivors include: three sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Avis E. and Anna Marie Meyer of St. Louis, Charles H.W. and Beth Meyer and Dennis O. and Reba Meyer of Cape Girardeau; two daughters and one son-in-law, Mary Beth and Mark Fluegge of Cape Girardeau and Jill Smith of Memphis, Tenn.; one stepson and daughter-in-law, Mark and Dea Glenn of Dexter; nine grandchildren, Chelsea M. Deiters, Stephanie A. Meyer, Christopher C. Meyer, Mark E. Wyatt, Tracy A. Wyatt, Jordan E. Fluegge, Merritt M. Fluegge, Garrett M. Smith and Mycah L. Glenn; and six great-grandchildren, Blake Wyatt, Jake Wyatt, Jack Wyatt, Miranda Wyatt, Alex Deiters and Ellen Deiters.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Carl G. Meyer; one stepson, Mike Glenn; and one grandson, Jason Wilcox Meyer.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today at Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian Church located at Allen and Wakefield in Sikeston. Funeral services will be held at the church at 1 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Mr. Tom Bass and the Rev. John Goodwin, pastor of Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian Church, officiating.
Burial will follow at Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau under the direction of Blanchard Funeral Chapel of Sikeston.
Active pallbearers will be: Don Pratt, Jack Lopp, Roger Sherman, John Mobley, George Parker and Bill Priday.
Honorary pallbearers will be other members of the Sikeston Kiwanis Club.
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Memorials in his honor may be made to:
Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian Church
Allen and Wakefield
Sikeston, MO 63801
American Cancer Society
201 N. New Madrid
Sikeston, MO 63801