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Veryl Meyers

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Veryl N. Meyers Naples, FL

Veryl N. Meyers passed away peacefully on May 30, 2014. Veryl was born in the small town of Arlington, IA on September 29, 1923, the fifth of six children. After the death of his father, Carl Meyers, when Veryl was only two, Veryl was raised by his mother, Vera Bates Meyers, but spent much of his time with his grandparents. Veryl graduated from high school at age 16, and went to work for the American National Bank in Arlington. In 1943 Veryl joined the 28th Infantry Division. In December 1944, Germany launched its last major offensive called the 'Battle of the Bulge' where American troops, including Veryl's platoon, were overrun by Germans. Veryl survived the Battle of the Bulge and continued fighting in Germany through the end of the war.

Veryl returned to the States and completed his undergraduate education at the University of Iowa, earning a B.C. in 1948. He then attended law school at the University of Michigan and received his L.L.B in 1951. He went on to establish the law firm of Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones where he practiced oil and gas law for many years and was regarded as the 'Dean of Oil and Gas.'

Veryl retired in 1994 and began to travel extensively with his wife, Shirley, including trips to France, Austria, and China. After spending several years dividing his time between Michigan and Florida, Veryl and Shirley became full time residents of Pelican Bay in Naples, FL, where Veryl took great pleasure in walking the beaches and observing the abundant natural wildlife in the mangroves. In addition to travel, Veryl enjoyed reading, was an avid golfer, and loved fishing, going regularly on fishing trips to Northern Michigan and Canada, and later deep sea fishing off the coast of Florida.

Veryl was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters, Babe, Reva, and Noreen.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Shirley; his children, Robert (Robin) Meyers of Pembroke Pines, FL, John Meyers of Grand Rapids, MI, and Margaret Meyers of Okemos, MI; stepchildren, Bill Marion (Candace) of State College, PA, Linda Engelskirger of Erie, PA, Suzanne Waldo of Wayland, MI; grandchildren, Lily and Abby Meyers, Cody, Logan, and Travis Waldo, Luke and Joshua Marion, Carson and Sara Engelskirger; Veryl's sister, Mickey Burri; brother, Don Meyers; brother-in-law, Rex Bates; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Veryl was a wonderful man and will be missed by everyone.

A graveside service will be held in Iowa at a later date, presided over by his children.

Memorial donations may be sent to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105.


Published in Naples Daily News on May 31, 2014
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