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Allen Howard Meyer

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Allen Howard Meyer, age 94, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2020 in Chicago. A true family patriarch, Allen was the loving husband for 68 years of Suzanne, née Novak; father of Lynn (Peter) Gutzmer, Chuck (Carla) Meyer, Nancy (Robert Knight) Meyer, and the late James Meyer; grandfather of Steven (Leslie Bubel) Gutzmer, Danielle Meyer, Andrew Gutzmer, and Jonathan Meyer. Great-grandfather of Samuel Gutzmer. Son of the late Nathan and Bess, née Rubenstein, Meyer. Brother of the late June Becker. Cousin, uncle and friend of many. A life-long Chicagoan, Allen attended Nettelhorst School and Senn High School. He graduated from Harvard University and Northwestern University Law School. Served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service as a Lieutenant from 1945-47 during the post-WWII occupation of Japan. Practiced law in Chicago from 1951-2014. Longtime member and past board member of Temple Sholom of Chicago. He served in leadership positions with the American Legion Post No. 1183 (Chicago Nisei Post) and fought for justice for Japanese Americans, and received the Congressional Gold Medal. Innumerable hobbies included coin and stamp collecting, cartography, genealogy, and horse racing, and he was a voracious reader. A wonderful role model for all those whose lives he touched. Donations may be made to Temple Sholom of Chicago or The Selfhelp Home Chicago. A private graveside service will be held. For Zoom video access, contact a member of the family or Lakeshore Jewish Funerals, 773-625-8621

Published in Chicago Tribune on July 8, 2020.
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