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Joe Meyer

Joe Meyer, 74, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, March 11 in his home near Fountain City.
   He was born Jerry Joe Meyer on October 7, 1938 in Richmond to Irvin S. and Helen S. Snarr Meyer. He graduated from Fountain City High School in 1956 and married the former Roma J. Mikesell on January 19, 1957.
   Joe farmed briefly in Bloomington, Illinois before moving back to Wayne County. He began working at Hayes Arboretum before switching to a position at Hayes Track and Appliance Co. in 1959. His career there took him from the drafting room to being the Vice President of Operations and part owner of the company. He invented four patented products related to railway track efficiency. Joe was a past associate member of the Railway Engineering Association and a lifetime member of the National Railway Contractors Association. After he retired in 2004, he continued to consult with Western-Cullen-Hayes.
   Joe farmed throughout his life and was an active member of many boards. He served 9 years on the Wayne County Soil and Water Board, 3 terms on the New Garden Township Advisory Board, 8 years on the Wayne County EDC, 13 years on the Eastern Indiana Development Board and 10 years on the Indiana Soybean Alliance. He was in his 9th year of service on the United Soybean Board and was currently involved with Chamber of Commerce Agriculture and Life Science Committees. He was currently serving on the Region 9 IVY Tech Board of Trustees and IVY Tech State Foundation Board.
   Joe’s work in the railway and agriculture industries took him to 28 countries. His first trip to China was in 1981 relating to railroads. His most recent trip to South China was to observe the harvesting of fish that were fed soybean protein. Joe also noticed how many of the bicycles and animal carts of the 1980’s had been replaced by Mercedes and Audis.
   Joe received the 2012 Agriculture Stewardship Award from the Wayne County Farm Bureau and was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 2011.
   Joe’s main interest was his family. He enjoyed spending time with Roma and working in many ventures with his sons as well as having his daughter nearby. He was proud to watch his grandchildren becoming useful and prosperous to their communities as they finished their studies and began their careers.
   Joe’s other interests included reading, machine tools, welding, woodworking, metal working, working on old tractors and following the livestock industry. He was an avid editorial and political writer who enjoyed enlivened discussions with old and new friends.
   Joe will be missed by his wife 56 years, Roma; daughter, Becky Owens, of Richmond; sons & daughters-in-law, Robert K. & Shelley Meyer, of Richmond; Steve Joe & Judy Meyer, of Fountain City; 4 grandchildren, Jon Meyer, Karman Meyer, Greg Meyer and Mike Meyer; 1 great-grandson, Wyatt Meyer; his special friend, Bennett Westjohn; and his faithful canine companion, Ellie B..
   Joe was preceded in death by his parents, 1 son, Michael Joe Meyer and 1 sister, Faye Waltz.
   A funeral ceremony will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 15, in the Historic Meeting House at New Garden, 1334 New Garden Road, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.
   Family & friends may gather for visitation from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City.
   Memorial contributions are strongly encouraged to the IVY Tech Foundation, 2357 Chester Boulevard, Richmond, IN 47374 or the Reid Foundation, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374.

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With my deepest sympathy. I remember watching Joe play basketball in the Fountain City gymnasium with Nelson Harrison in 1956.  Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Joe and Roma at the Fountain City Alumni Banquet for my 50th high school re-union.  He was a gentlemen's gentleman!  He will be missed.

Max Himelick Mar 17 2013 12:00 AM

Thinking of family and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Meyer will be greatly missed.

Eurika Bennett Mar 15 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Roma and Family,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences.  God bless you in these difficult times.

Though I grew up just down the road from you and Joe, I really didn't meet him until later in life during his international work with the soybean board.  It was a real pleasure to have a chance to talk with him and travel together in China.  I was happy to meet someone from my hometown while living so far away.  I was amazed at his energy, intelligence, and warmth.  He was a very humble man, but whose curiosity and caring for his community showed through.  When you meet such people in life you never feel that you are able to spend enough time with them in order to enjoy their company.

We are all fortunate to have had the priviledge to know Joe.  My condolences for your loss.

Mark Petry

Mark Petry Mar 15 2013 12:00 AM

So sorry to learn of Joe's passing. Athough we can't be there, your family is in our thoughts & prayers. May God give you comfort and a peace for the days ahead. With our deepest sympathy.

Marjorie & Fred Madden Mar 15 2013 12:00 AM

Steve, just read about Joe-Dick and I send our deepest sympathy. I know he will be missed by a great many people.  With all the things he was associated with, he touched many lives.
Our prayers are with you, Judy,the boys and your whole family-

Dick and Judy

Dick and Judy Hill Mar 15 2013 12:00 AM

Roma and family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Joe brightened my day every time I saw him. I am so glad that we formed a relationship during our time with Sister Cities. So many loved and respected him. Allthough, his heart was not strong enough his spirit is, and he will live on in your hearts. Many hugs.

Stasia Veramallay-Hodges Mar 14 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Roma, Linda, and the entire Meyer family:  My thoughts and prayers are with you today and the coming days ahead you will be facing after Joe's passing.  We all know he will live in your hearts forever as his presence was marked indelibly in the hearts of those who were lucky enough  to cross his path while here on earth.   I will always remember his contagious smile, laughter, and easy going manner.  He had such a positive impact on the community, and was always admired by my entire family.  My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you.  Love and prayers,

Sally Niewoehner Mar 14 2013 12:00 AM

I was very saddened to hear of Joe's passing.  I worked at the United Soybean Board in the office for 8 years and very much enjoyed working with and talking to Joe.  We had some great chats over the years, and I was always impressed by his sharp intellect, generosity and warm smile.  He never failed to mention his family and how proud he was of all of you.  Praying that your wonderful memories lighten the loss and sadness you must feel.

Heather Hales Cacanindin Mar 14 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Roma and family,
I was so surprised to learn of Joe's passing.  I've known Joe since he was on the EDC board.  I will always remember his smile and our conversations about life in Wayne County.  Joe was quite a treasure to our community and will be missed greatly.

Lisa Bates Mar 14 2013 12:00 AM

Joe was a wonderful gentleman and always a pleasure to talk with. Roma and family, you have my sympathy.

Roger Green Mar 14 2013 12:00 AM

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