Richard (Dick) Eugene Meyer, 89, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 24, 2022, at his home in San Antonio, Texas with family by his side.
Dick was born on August 12, 1933 in Girard, Kansas. He was the son of John C. Meyer and Martha Pearl (McWilliams) Meyer.
He attended elementary and junior high school in Girard and after his family moved to a farm north of Hepler, Kansas, he graduated high school in Hepler. Being such a rural community, there were only 13 students in his graduation class of 1951.
In the fall of 1953, Dick joined the United States Army where he spent most of his time stationed in Japan. Upon release from the Army, at the end of the summer of 1955, he enrolled and attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. While attending college he met and fell in love with his soon to be wife, Ardath Payne.
During his second semester of his senior year, he quit college because he had not taken two of the required, first semester freshman courses of Fine Arts and Music Appreciation. For anyone who knew him, knows these two courses were not his favorite subjects and of no interest to him.
After leaving college, he went to work for the Atomic Energy Commission at Bendix Aviation Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri.
On August 6, 1961, Dick and Ardath Elaine Payne were united in marriage at the Trinity United Methodist Church of Kansas City, Kansas.
Shortly after, in 1962, he began working in the engineering department for W.S. Dickey Clay Manufacturing Company in Pittsburg, Kansas. In 1963, he also returned to Pittsburg State University to complete his bachelors’ degree in Industrial Technology. He majored in Math, Drafting and Poly Science.
After graduation, Dickey Clay transferred Dick to their plant in Texarkana, Texas to serve as an engineer. While in Texarkana, Dick’s sons, Douglas and Kevin were born.
In 1973, the family transferred to San Antonio, Texas where Dick was named the plant manager for Dickey Clay in Saspamco, Texas, just outside Elmendorf.
Dick left Dickey Clay in 1984 to become a “problem solver” for Acme Brick Company in McQueeney, Texas. Almost immediately after being transferred to the McQueeney plant, Dick was sent to the Bennett plant for a year to help train new plant manager and problem solve while his family stayed in San Antonio. The next number of years, Dick spent on the road between several Acme Brick locations in Texas and then returning as plant manager in McQueeney.
In August of 1992, his life was turned upside down when a severe car accident took Ardie’s life and left him seriously injured.
After recovering, he accepted the position of Regional Production Manager with Acme Brick, overseeing production plants in Texas and Louisiana, as well as regional mining.
Dick “retired” from Acme in 1999 at the age of 66 and continued to work for them as a consultant for another year.
In January of 2001, he met a fiery redhead, Joan Tucker, who would become his second wife. They lived in San Antonio for about a year and a half and moved to her hometown of San Angelo, Texas in June of 2003.
In August of 2016, Dick lost Joan due to complications from a stroke. He remained in San Angelo for a few months after her passing but decided to return to San Antonio to be near his family.
Dick and Ardie had many long-lasting friends and neighbors while living in San Antonio. They enjoyed their Friday night dinners with a group of friends they met through their sons’ sports leagues, many parties, vacations, trips to the river property or just hanging out at the house.
Dick never met a barbeque grill or smoker he didn’t like. If you came for dinner, you had better come hungry, because the food was endless, and delicious.
After moving to San Angelo, Dick made more long-lasting friends and continued his love for entertaining and barbeques. He also joined a “breakfast club” that met every Saturday morning with friends (no wives allowed).
Dick is survived by his son Douglas and wife Carol, his son Kevin and wife Shanna, his grandchildren, Arlene, Mason and wife Tam, Garret, William and wife Audrey, Brooke, and Nicole and fiancé Marcus Laurel. Great-grandchildren, Ryan, Benjamin, Kynlee, Camden, Hudson, Emmerson, Olivia and Reece.
His nephews and nieces, John and Sue McClintick, Shari and John Robertson and their children and grand-children.
Long time care giver and beloved friend, Maria Acosta.
He is also survived by his two furry friends, Tia Marie and Vinegar Joe.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Ardath Meyer and his second wife, Joan Motl Tucker Meyer.
His parents, John C. and Martha P. Meyer, his sister and brother-in-law, Rhoda and Bill McClintick and infant brother, John C. Meyer.
Services will be held at Schertz Funeral Home, 2217 Roy Richard Drive, Schertz, Texas 78154
Friday, December 9, 2022
Interment will be immediately following the service at Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum, 17501 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, Texas 78266
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the charity or organization of your choice.
Pall Bearers Honorary Pall Bearers
Mason Meyer Nicole Meyer
Garret Meyer Camden Meyer
William Meyer Hudson Meyer