Eldon Meyer


NAPOLEON -- Eldon W. "Elde" Meyer, 85, of Napoleon, Ohio, died Thursday, January 3, 2013, at the Henry County Hospital.

He was born on August 22, 1927, in Defiance to the late Herman H. and Emma (Scheele) Meyer. On June 28, 1952, he married Elaine (Schwiebert) Meyer at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon. Elde established the Meyer Insurance Agency, Napoleon, in 1954, and worked there through its evolution into the Meyer-Badenhop Insurance Agency. He turned the business over to his son in 1992 and worked there until 2002.

He was a faithful member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon, where he served on its school board, several building committees, and was treasurer and assistant treasurer.

He was a United States Navy Veteran serving in World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Bert G. Taylor American Legion Post 300 and past commander of the Post 300 Honor Guard, which performed military funerals for his fellow, departed servicemen and women. He was also honored to participate in the 2011 Honor Flight.

Elde was a devoted fan of the Cleveland Indians and Browns, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Napoleon Wildcats. He loved to follow his grandchildren and great-grandchildren's sporting events. He was an avid golfer and bowler. He loved to travel and camp.

He is survived by his loving wife, Elaine; sons, Joe of Napoleon, and Phil of Los Angeles; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Honemann; and brothers, Wilmer and Lawrence.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon. Interment will follow at Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance, where military honors will be accorded by the Napoleon Joint Veteran's Post. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4-8 p.m. at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Napoleon, and Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church.

The family suggest memorials be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at www.rodenbergerfuneralhome.com.

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