Gordon Meyer

Posted 5/1/24

Gordon Meyer, 89, of Dixon passed away on April 23, 2024 at his home.

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Gordon Meyer


Gordon Meyer, 89, of Dixon passed away on April 23, 2024 at his home.

He was born on June 28, 1934, in DuPage County, IL the son of Alfred and Hilda (Hartmann) Meyer, The family moved to rural Amboy when Gordon was ten years old. He graduated from Amboy High School in 1952 and served in the Army from 1955 to 1957.

Gordon farmed his entire life and continued to help his sons farm for many years after he retired and moved to Dixon. He is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Joy (Kerchner) Meyer, their three sons Rex (Lori) Meyer of Harmon, IL; Don (Paula) Meyer of Amboy IL; Alan (Sarah) Meyer of North Oaks, MN; son-in-law Ryan Hochgrebe of Blue Springs, MO; nine grandchildren Lindsay (Casey) Reuter, Ian Meyer, Avery Meyer, Eva Meyer, Paul Meyer, Maren Meyer, Elsa Meyer, Carmen Dieken, Heidi Hochgrebe; three great-grandchildren Lila, Jack, and George Reuter. Meyer is also survived by one sister Joan Kessel, three sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

Gordon is preceded in death by his first wife of nineteen years Fern (Nichols) Meyer, one daughter Robin (Meyer) Hochgrebe, three grandchildren Josephine, Austin, and Allison Meyer and his parents.

He was an active and charter member of the Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Dixon, where he served as chair of the church's stewardship committee for many years and as an Elder. He was a lifelong member of the Lee County Farm Bureau, active in the Cattle Feeders' Association, Maple Grove Drainage District, Farm Credit Board, and the Amboy Lions Club, where he was awarded the Melvin Jones Award. He also served as president and was Rose Day Chair for many years.

Meyer loved to travel and went on agricultural study trips to China, Brazil, and Argentina, and traveled for leisure to 10 other countries, and all over the United States, with Joy. He was proud of the fact that the teacher at the Welty School in Marion Township, Lee County, asked him to come early to school every day to start the fire with kerosene, corn cobs, and coal when he was in seventh and eighth grades, as the school had no heat or electricity. He also had to go outside and pump water for the group to share.

He was the last eight grader to graduate from the Welty School. Gordon enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, watching things grow, especially in his garden when he couldn't get to the farm as often anymore.

His favorite thing to do was ride in the combine or tractors during harvest the last years with his sons or grandson. He also enjoyed going to the "coffee shop" and visiting with new friends after retiring when he didn't go to the farm.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Tunnel to Towers Foundation (https://t2t.org) and Serenity Hospice and Home.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2024 at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2035 IL Rt. 26 Dixon, IL. and from 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2024. Funeral services will follow on Saturday April 27, 2024 starting at 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. David Andermann, pastor, and Rev. Ryan Hochgrebe officiating.

Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon. Arrangements by the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon.