Carl Henry Meyer
Carl Henry Meyer, 93, of Reed City, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at his residence.
He was born on Feb. 19, 1919, in Evart, to Ezra Meyer and Edna Elizabeth Rueffer. Carl was raised in Evart on what is now a centennial farm and graduated in 1938 from Evart High School. From 1941 to 1945, he served his country honorably during World War II in the U.S. Army as a member of the 124th Cavalry. His detachment of the MARS Taskforce, known as “Merrill’s Marauders,” was engaged in pitched battles behind enemy lines with much larger Japanese forces throughout India, Burma and China, following the Burma Road.
On Nov. 25, 1948, he married Dorothy Wilson, of Reed City, who survives. He was employed with the Osceola-Lake Soil Conservation District for 20 years until his retirement in February 1981. Carl loved horses and farming. In 1960, he was a founder of the Michigan Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol. He was also a founding member of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Posses, of which he was a charter and active member for 53 years.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Louise Meyer, of Reed City; sons, Chuck (Laurie) Meyer, of Reed City, and Clark (Tom Bowen) Meyer, of Comstock Park; daughters, Sally (Jim) Pennington, of Howell, Mindy (Lloyd Rich) Rogers, of Chase, and Julie (Chris) Homan, of Reed City; brother, Elden (Peg) Meyer, of Evart; grandchildren, Craig (Linda) Meyer, of Bath, Melissa (Paul) Gagacki, of Plymouth, Cortney (Ben) Robertson, of LeRoy, Nyssa Meyer, of Big Rapids, and Jake Meyer, of Reed City; and great-grandson, Matthew Gagacki, of Plymouth.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ezra; and mother, Edna; sisters, Irene (Robert) Wilcox, Lucille (Joe) Rogers and Iva (John) Dage; son, Craig Meyer; and grandson, Matthew Pennington.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City, with the Rev. Dawn Pooley officiating. A visitation with Carl’s family will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Osceola Township Cemetery in Evart across from Spring Hill Camp.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hospice of Michigan or St. Ann’s Lake County Senior Services. Donation envelopes will be available during the visitation. The online obituary may be viewed and condolences offered at www.pruittlivingston.com.