Willard Meyer

Willard Meyer, age 85, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.

Memorial Services will be Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 1:30 P.M. at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon. Rev. David Brower officiating. Graveside Services will be Wednesday, at 12:30 P.M. at East Lawn Cemetery, prior to the Memorial Service.

Visitation will be Tuesday, from 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.

Willard Meyer was born on May 18, 1926 in Sheldon, Iowa. He was the son of Gerrit and Catharina (Van Bochove) Meyer. He lived his youth in rural Sheldon where he attended Lynn Township #1 Country School in Sioux County.

Willard was united in marriage to Nellie Janet Engeltjes of Sheldon, Iowa on February 21, 1951 in Sheldon. They lived in rural Sheldon, Primghar, and rural Hartley before moving back to rural Sheldon where they farmed and milked cows. Willard loved to give the grandchildren rides on tractors. Willard sold seed corn for Sar and Fontanelle for many years. He also enjoyed showing ears of corn at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa and watching his grandchildren show calves at local calf shows. Willard retired from farming in 1999. He was employed by Northwest Iowa Landfill, retiring in 2008.

Willard and Nellie enjoyed traveling to the Black Hills, Michigan to visit family, and Avoca, Iowa for the Music Fest. In the last years they enjoyed watching their children and grandchildren participate in mini-rod tractor pulls in Northwest Iowa. He also enjoyed his friendship and daily visits with Gil DeGoei.

Willard will be remembered as a loving, quiet and reserved person.

He was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sheldon.

On December 21, 2010, Nellie and Willard entered Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon. Nellie passed away on March 4, 2011. Willard passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.

Those left to cherish his memories are his children: Gary and Judy Meyer of Granville, IA, Loren Meyer of Sheldon, IA, Dwayne Meyer of Spencer, IA, Charlyn and Brian Woelber of Sheldon, IA; 7 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters: Anna and Henry Boender of Sibley, IA, Alice and Peter Faber of Grand Rapids, MI, Nelvina and Keith Larson of Grand Rapids, MI, and Joan Koel of Primghar, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and sister-in-law: Edward and Marion Meyer; one sister and brother-in-law: Wilma and Alvin Van Kley; and one brother-in-law: Julius Koel.

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