Robert J. Meyer

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BOTKINS - Robert J. Meyer, 89, of 409 N. Main St., passed away at 6:15 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at his home.

He was born on April 27, 1924, in Minster, the son of the late Frank and Mary (Schmitmeyer) Meyer. On Feb. 8, 1947, Bob married Florentine C. Eyink, who survives in Botkins. He is also survived by his children, Ron and Diane Meyer, of Botkins, Shirley and Nick Baldwin, of Cleveland, Dan and Dawn Meyer, of Botkins, Mary Lou and Lee Pitts, of Botkins, Lucy Meyer, of San Diego, Calif., Pat and Anna Meyer, of Botkins, and Robert A. "Bobby" and Sharon Meyer, of Botkins; 24 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren with two more on the way. He is also survived by brothers and sisters, Roman and Mary Meyer, of Coldwater, Urban and Eileen Meyer, of Minster, Marie Huelsman, of St. Henry, Rita and Stan Wuebker, of Minster, Dolores Vollmer, of Wyoming, and Jeanne Kempfer, of Minster; brother-in-law, Eugene and Peggy Eyink, of Arizona; sisters-in-law, Mary Etta Eyink, of Celina, and Mary Ann Eyink, of Cincinnati.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Vera and Lawrence Schmiesing and Esther and Ralph Frey; brothers-in-law, Ralph Huelsman, Bob Vollmer and Larry Kempfer; five brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Botkins. He served during World War II in the Merchant Marines. He dedicated his life to the Botkins community by being the caretaker of the Catholic cemetery for 55 years, was a charter member and past president of the Botkins Community Club, president of the PTA, school board member and president for 12 years. He was also a member of the Miami Valley Dairy Board and president of the Shelby County Farm Bureau, member of the Shelby County Right to Life and the American Legion.

His life's work and love was farming, family and his Catholic faith. He spent his leisure time fishing, card playing, reading, traveling, bartending and as an armchair stockbroker.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Botkins, with the Rev. Pat Sloneker, celebrant. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster, from 2 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.

Memorials donations may be made to Shelby County Right to Life, Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery and the Botkins Young Farmers Scholarship Fund.

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Published in Sidney Daily News on Aug. 30, 2013
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