SIKESTON - On Nov. 26, 2012, Peter Caverno Myers Sr., 81, died at his home in Sikeston with his family present.
He was born Jan. 4, 1931, in Racine, Wis., to the late Samuel Peter Myers and Margaret Morrill (Caverno) Myers. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
On Sept. 13, 1952, he married Mary Williamson, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two daughters and sons-in-law, Kristina( Myers) and Timothy Coppage Sr. and Gretchen (Myers) and Jonathan Maloyed of Matthews; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Jon E. and Sherry Myers of Catron, Peter C. Myers Jr. of Gun Barrell, Texas, and Joseph W. Myers of El Paso, Texas; 11 very special grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. whom he loved deeply. Also he is survived by two sisters, Margaret Megowen of Providence R.I., and Katherine Montgomery of New York City; and one brother, Bill Myers of Racine, Wis.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Judy Lay Myers.
He leaves behind special memories with many dear friends. Among those of whom their friendship he cherished were Lanie Black of Charleston, Don King of Sikeston and Lloyd Smith of Sikeston.
His love of agriculture, conservation and Southeast Missouri started as a young boy when he spent summers at his grandfather's farm near Canalou. After graduating from high school in Racine in 1949 and the University of Wisconsin in 1953, he served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant. He then began his career in agriculture in Southeast Missouri.
In 1966 he was named Outstanding Young Farmer by the Sikeston Jaycees, which lead to him being honored as the National Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year. He was a 4-H leader, Little League basketball and baseball coach, and a member of the Sikeston Jaycees, the Sikeston Kiwanis Club and the Scott County Republicans.
His dedicated service includes: Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Pork Producers, Missouri Delta Center and as commissioner with the Missouri Department of Conservation. In 1981 he was appointed assistant secretary of Natural Resources and later as chief of the Soil Conservation Service in Washington D.C.
From 1982-1989 he was appointed deputy secretary of agriculture during the Reagan Administration. In 1998 he felt privileged and honored to serve the people of the 160th district as their state representative in Jefferson City.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29,, 2012, at Trinity Gospel Church, 901 Davis Blvd., in Sikeston. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday Nov. 30 at Trinity Gospel Church with Len Meyers, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow with full military honors at the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Bloomfield under the direction of Ponder Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Tim Coppage Sr., Tim Coppage Jr., Sam Coppage, Danny Coppage, Mark Coppage, Jon Myers, Jon Eric Myers, Jay Myers, Jonathan Maloyed, John Ross Maloyed, Jerod Scott and Taylor Scott.
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The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to:
Adopt A Farm Family of America
PO Box B
Sikeston, MO 63801
PO Box 3000
Boone, NC 28607-3000
or other Christian charity of the donor's choice