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Jack A. (Capt, Usnr Ret.) Meyer

1932 - 2019
Jack A. (Capt, Usnr Ret.) Meyer Obituary
Jack A. Meyer (CAPT, USNR Ret.)

Montgomery - Jack A. Meyer (CAPT, USNR Ret.)-"The man about campus with a part in everything." So reads the 1949 Review for Sacramento (CA) High School about Jack A. Meyer, whom our Lord called home Monday evening, 14 January 2019, surrounded by his wife of 62 years, children, and their pastor.

Jack was born 14 April 1932 in Sacramento, the second of two children born to Stanton H. and Melicent Golda Meyer. His family divided his childhood years between their home in Sacramento and a second home in Lake Tahoe (CA), where the family operated a summer resort on the south shore.

After graduating from high school, Jack attended the University of California-Berkeley, where he graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1954. Between June 1954 and June 1957, he served as a supply officer on board the USS Onslow AVP-48 and, later, the USS Firedrake AE-14. Jack demonstrated his brilliance as a Naval officer by navigating a courtship of and marriage to Ensign Dorothy Dabbert, Navy Nurse Corps, of West Chicago (IL) on 5 May 1956.

After leaving active duty in May 1957, Jack began a dual career with The Procter & Gamble Company and the U.S. Naval Reserve, while Jack and Dorothy began a joint career of raising a family.

P&G transfers took them from Sacramento (1957) to Cincinnati (1964) to Chicago (1966) to Sycamore Township (OH) (1976). At P&G, Jack progressed through various assignments and retired from P&G in August 1993.

In his parallel career, Jack served in the Naval Reserve for 30 years before retiring in 1987. Upon his retirement, he served another 12 years as a Blue and Gold officer in Greater Cincinnati, interviewing high-school students for U.S. Naval Academy appointments on behalf of Ohio's members of Congress. He was inducted in to the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2009. Until his death, Jack remained an active member of the local chapter of MOAA (Military Officers Association of America).

Wherever Jack was planted, he was, in effect, "the man about campus with a part in everything." Whether in his role as devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather; congregant and school-board member at St. Peter's Lutheran Church and School (IL); Little League umpire and team manager; as member, elder, liturgist, committee chair, and project coordinator at Messiah Lutheran Church (OH); as MOAA member; as member of a committee at Twin Lakes of Montgomery; as P&G employee; and as USNR officer, you knew Jack was present, engaged, and—invariably—inserting himself aggressively. He led a profoundly meaningful life, and he had an overwhelmingly positive effect on the lives of all who came in contact with him.

In Jack's final years, he and Dorothy moved to their final home at Twin Lakes at Montgomery in December 2015.

Jack was preceded in death by his brother, the Reverend Robert S. Meyer. Jack is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his three children, Patrice Martinez, Scott, and David (Michelle); his eight grandchildren, Nicole Vide (Joe), Matthew (Renee), Capt. Ryan, USMC (Hailey), Rachael Laurin (Capt. Jon, USMC), Chloe, Tess, Ethan, and Luke; and eight great-grandchildren.

On Monday, 21 January 2019, a visitation will be held at 10 am and a church service will follow at 11 am—both at Messiah Lutheran Church, 10416 Bossi Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45218. A burial service at Oak Hill Cemetery will follow the church service. A reception at the church will follow the burial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Messiah Lutheran Church or to the Twin Lakes Benevolent Care Fund (9840 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati OH 45242).

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Arrangements by Spring Grove Funeral Home-Tri County, 11285 Princeton Pike, Springdale.
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Jan. 18, 2019
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