Mickey Meyer, age 85, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013, at Valley View Care Center, Houston, Minn. Mickey was born August 29, 1927, to George and Meta Roda Meisner in Wykoff, Minn. His parents divorced when he was young and his mother married Louie Meyer, who treated him as a second son.
He graduated from Wykoff High School and enlisted into the United States Navy in May of 1945, serving three years on the aircraft carrier USS Saipan. After his discharge, he attended Hamlin University in St. Paul, Minn. Mickey entered the restaurant business by first purchasing The Victory Café, renamed Mickey’s Cafe in Preston, Minn., then moving to Winona to purchase Lang’s Bar from his brother, Ray, which he ran for 26 years.
He was a partner in the Williams Hotel Annex Bar & Restaurant with Verna and Ray Meyer and Virginia Torgerson. Mickey and his brother and sister later ran the Hiawatha Bell excursion boat. He then added and opened up Warehouse Liquor to his many adventures. On to bigger things, he purchased and ran Valley High Country Club in Houston, Minn., from 1978-1999. During his retirement, he resided at the Heritage Court apartments in Houston, Minn.
He was a coin collector and helped form the Winona Coin Club in 1955 and the Winona Clown Club. He was a longtime member of the American Numismatic Society, American Legion Club, Masonic Lodge #18 & 32nd and a member of the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Houston.
He married Marlys McKenzie in 1953; through this union a son, Steven, was born. They were later divorced and he married Alta Trimm Michalowski in 1980, she passed away in 2005.
Mickey will be long remembered for his many adventurous stories, his bike riding through the streets of Houston and the friendships he made through the years.
Mickey is survived by his son, Steven (Kathy) Meyer, grandchildren: Karissa (Ryan) Pecinovsky of Crystal Minn., Nicole Meyer (Justin Johnson) of Crystal, Minn., Brent Banicki (Samantha Ernst), Winona and Brad Meyer (Jamie Richter) of Sun Prairie, Wis., great-grandchildren: Aviana, James and Jaxson Pecinovsky, a sister-in- law, Delores Schroeder of Spring Valley, Minn., nieces Candace Gordon, Pamela (Jacob) Dahl, Susan Schroeder, nephews Joel (Mary Beth) Schroeder, Bill (Patty) Schroeder. Special partners-in-crime Joan Van Gundy and Jeri Virock and many other special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Verna, brother, Ray Meyer, and wife, Alta.
A Christian memorial service will be offered at the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Houston, Minn., Saturday April 27, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Private burial will be in Wykoff.
As Mickey would say “what a party.” “Be good to one another and enjoy life as I did. God Bless you all and I do look forward to seeing you all again.” “Here’s looking at ya kid.”