George R. Meyer, 93, of Plainview, died on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, St. Mary’s campus.
George Richard Meyer was born on April 14, 1925, in St. Peter, Minn., to William and Inez (Goldberg) Meyer. He went to Washington High School in St. Peter. In July 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. George was a Squad Leader in the Combat Infantry and served in the Northern France, Rhineland and Ardennes campaigns. He received the Distinguished Service Cross Medal, three Bronze Stars and several other Decorations and Citations. He was discharged in June 1945.
On September 21, 1946, he married Margaret Holan from Chicago, Ill., at St. Peter Catholic Church in St. Peter, Minn. The couple first lived in Winton, Minn., where he started his career with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In July 1948, he took a position at the Whitewater Wildlife Refuge where he was manager. George helped establish the Richard Dorer Pools and Hardwood Forest and was also involved with the establishment of the wild turkey population in Southeast Minnesota. George was instrumental in keeping the Monarch House from being destroyed. He retired in 1983.
He was a Boy Scout and 4-H leader. In 1984, the couple moved to Harrison, Ark., and then returned to Minnesota in 1992. His hobbies were fishing, hunting and horseback riding. He led many horseback rides including one with Gov. Al Quie. He participated in the 2009 Honor Flight.
George is survived by his wife, Margaret, of Plainview; children, Joan Jensen of Altura, James (Donna) Meyer of Florence, Ariz., and Deborah (Bob) Scherbring of Altura; grandchildren, Mark (Sheri) Jensen, Chad Jensen, Shane (Jackie) Jensen, Jamie Meyer, Jason (Jen) Meyer, Erin (John) Scholla; 17 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Carol Peterson, of St. Peter, Minn.; brothers-in-law, Thomas (Irene) Holan of Winona and Richard Holan of Onalaska, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Donald and Glen Meyer; and one grandson, Jeffrey Jensen.
His Funeral Mass will be on Monday, July 30, at 10 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Elba with Father Tim Biren officiating. Burial will be at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery. His visitation will be on Sunday, July 29, from 5-8 p.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home, 57 3rd St SW, Plainview, Minn., 55964, is assisting the family with arrangements; 507-534-2003; Schadandzabelfuneralhomes.com.