Don Meyer joined the love of his life, Arlene, in heaven on March 31, 2023. He was just days short of his 89th birthday of April 6th. Don had a love for life until the very end and cared deeply for the many friends and special people in his life.
He leaves many loving memories for his family who remain: Daughters - Lynette Ryan (Bill Wisdom) and Sandy (Dale) Oliver; Grandchildren – Danny (Jamie) Ryan, Daniel (Laura) Quering, Dustin (Melissa Alberico) Quering, Nicholas (Jessica) Ryan, Alexandra (Jason) Farbstein, Nick (Katy) Horst and 11 great-grandchildren; Brothers – Edward Meyer and Gene (Diana) Meyer and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves very special friends Bob and Michelle Sellers, Dale (Chrissy) Graeber and Clark (Beth) Horsely.
After discharge from the Army in 1958, Don spent most of his life in the farming industry. He and Arlene farmed for 28 years in Washington Township (Valparaiso). He was with Pioneer Seed Sales for 50 years, including working at the Pioneer plant. He lived by the motto “Service is My Business” and developed many close friendships with farm families that have crossed generations. He cared deeply about each and every one you.
Don was also passionate about the fair industry and 4-H. He served on the Porter County Fair Board for 49 years and was a part of the original team to move the fair to the new location at the Expo Center. He was honored to serve for 8 years as a director on the Indiana State Fair Board, a member of the Indiana Association of Fair, and the International Association of Fairs for 25 years. He treasured the many, many friendships he developed over the years.
Over the last 4 years he loved working at Specialty Food Group. When home he spent hours and hours maintaining his lawn with his beloved John Deere tractors – no other color green! He tackled every project with dedication to doing it right and tried to find ways to help those who needed it. He continued to work as if he was 60 years old until just a few months before his death!
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Arlene in 2015, his parents Alvin and Ruby Meyer and brothers Alvin and Warren.
A loving thank you goes to Pastor Keith White for his friendship to Dad and walking with us all through this journey to Jesus.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso. The funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Valparaiso Nazarene Church, 2702 E. Glendale Blvd, Valparaiso, with additional visitation from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice of NWI or Valparaiso Nazarene Church.
Papa was an amazing person, a wonderful Husband, a loving Father, an unconditionally loving Grandpa, and the hardest working man i ever knew. He will be missed, he will be remembered, he will be mourned, and he will be celebrated. He had a way teaching you life's most important lessons as a living example: love unconditionally, love fully, and love generously. I am proud to call you my Papa. -Danny Ryan
Rest in heaven Papa Don! You will be missed! Condolences to Lynette and Sandy! Love you both! Condolences to the family as well! -Adam Wisdom
Papa always accepted me as his grandkid, whether he wanted me or not. I was the tag along grandkid that he always made feel special, loved and cared for. I feel very grateful to have Alex share her Papa with me and lucky to call you all my family. The hole he leaves behind will not easily be filled, but the love and kindness him and Nana always showed is carried on in all of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sorry for the loss of this amazing man, grateful for the legacy he is leaving behind. -Erica
I’m so sorry for the loss and my family and your family got real close and still are as of today I remember Arlene doing my moms hair in the basement and me watching and visiting your parents home, -Ginger (reif) barr
I had the privilege to work with Don from 1982 to 1987. Don was very dedicated to helping his Pioneer customers. He was one of the hardest working Pioneer Sales Reps I ever had the honor to work with. He will be missed by so many people especially his daughters who he adored. -Jim Hopf
I am so sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose those we love. You have my deepest sympathy. May he Rest In Peace. -Phyllis Timbario, Green Tree, PA
Don was one of my dearest friends. I still remember the day I talked him into working at a Pioneer production plant. He was a mentor to me and I will miss him everyday. Peace My Friend, -Mark Lis
My heart stopped when looking thru the obits...just to read! Lynette and Sandy...I am so very sorry that I was unaware and could not be there for you. I lived him like a Dad! I am just so very empty and sorry. As I age, it starts to get harder as the people that were so important in our lives growing up.....pass away....pass on....die. It leaves such an empty place in each of our hearts and our world, as we knew it. I would love to see you both...soon! We need to talk, share, and just be together for a time. Please look me up...I am in Valpo! Love you both forever........-Chris Grose