Robert Meyer, 1934-2017

Published 12:03 am Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Robert James Meyer, 83, of New Richland died on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Rochester. Funeral services for Robert will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church in New Richland. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bonnerup-Friedrich Funeral chapel, 217 W. Division St. in New Richland, and again one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will be in St. Peter Cemetery in rural New Richland.

Robert Meyer

Robert was born on Jan. 23, 1934, and raised by his parents Alfred and Grace (Buschow) Meyer near Matawan. He attended Freeborn High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955.

On Feb. 23, 1957, he married Lorraine Dusza at First Congregational Church in New Richland. They made their home in New Richland and raised five children.

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Robert started his trucking career hauling grain for local farmers and eventually became an over-the-road truck driver with six million miles under his belt. He loved listening to the music of Elvis Presley on his radio.

In his free time, Robert enjoyed watching NASCAR, football, “Gunsmoke,” and “Bonanza.” He loved spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren’s events. He was also a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his children, Randy (Gail) Meyer of Edina, Kris (Loren) Schlaak of New Richland, Mike (Barbel) Meyer of New Richland, Steven (Tanya) Meyer of Wells and Traci (Chris) Prindle of Rochester; grandchildren Jeff Saude, Michelle Meyer, Tre Meyer, Kelsey Meyer, Destinee Meyer, Shyann Meyer, Jesse Meyer, Wyatt Meyer, Alex Prindle and Kyle Prindle; great-grandchildren Aria Meyer and Niah Meyer; sister, Mary Thorson; and sisters-in- law, LaVonne Meyer and Marilyn Meyer.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine; parents Alfred and Grace Meyer; and siblings Lois Lobb, Jean Bartness, Joan Besser, Richard Meyer and Jerry Meyer.