John Joseph Meyer, 85, of Syracuse, died Aug. 22, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society in Syracuse. John was born on Sept. 16, 1927 in Avoca to George and Theresa (Sand) Meyer.
He graduated from Avoca High School with the Class of 1946. He joined the United States Army on Jan. 19, 1951 and served his country during the Korean War. He was in the I Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He received the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star, the United Nations Service Medal and a Purple Heart during his time of service. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 18, 1952.
John married Helen Amelia Prigge on May 14, 1952 at St. Paulinus Catholic Church in Syracuse. John farmed for most of his life and had also worked at the Nehawka Coop for 25 years. He was a member of St. Paulinus Catholic Church in Syracuse and the Syracuse American Legion.
John loved the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed walking. He walked four to five miles every day. His biggest love though, was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
John is survived by his children: Mike Meyer of Louisville, Dennis Meyer and wife Teresa of Tecumseh, Cindy Meyer of Lincoln, Scott Meyer and wife Cindy of Bloomington, Ill., and Judy Hopper of Nebraska City; nine grandchildren: Steven Meyer, Eric Meyer, Crystal Gibson, Jennifer Hopper, Matt Hopper, Vanessa Hopper, Nick Meyer, Brian Meyer and Keith Meyer; four great-grandchildren: Romeo Hopper, Carter Gibson, Evan Meyer and Jayden Hopper; siblings: Loretta Linhardt of Omaha, Merle Meyer of Nehawka, Carroll “Whitey” Meyer of Avoca, James Meyer of Avoca, and Richard Meyer of Weeping Water; other family and friends.
He was preceded by wife Helen Meyer and siblings: Donald, LeRoy, Ralph and Hubert Meyer.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 26, at St. Paulinus Catholic Church in Syracuse with Fr. Michael Stec celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow at Park Hill Cemetery in Syracuse.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Sunday at St. Paulinus Catholic Church followed by the family greeting friends until 8 p.m.
Memorials may be given to St. Paulinus Catholic Church.
Remembrances may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com. Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.