Kenneth “Ken” William Meyer, 84, passed away on September 22, 2023, in his home and surrounded by love, after a short battle with cancer. He was born on August 1, 1939 to William and Rose Meyer in Verdi, MN. After graduating from high school in 1957, Ken served 10 years in the US Navy, much of his time spent aboard the USS Oriskany, an Essex-class aircraft carrier. After his military service, Ken moved to Minnesota with two of his three children and pursued a civilian career in the HVAC industry and worked 30 years for Commercial Air and The Egan Companies. He met his lasting love, Cecilia “Sally”, in the early 1970s and they were married on January 12, 1974. They lived in Maple Grove, attended Shephard of the Grove LCMS, and were active members of their community.
After “retiring” in 2001, Ken and Sally moved to Pequot Lakes, where he was engaged in several community organizations and served in a range of capacities including but not limited to treasurer at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and his lake association, finance officer, adjutant, Past Commander, and color guard for the American Legion, and dedicated counselor and mentor for the young men at Legion Boys State. He was passionately involved with local and state politics and was committed to the success of the local Red Cross Blood Drive. When he wasn’t serving, he was playing. He never tired of hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, camping, or simply enjoying happy hour with friends. The impression he left on the Lakes Area and beyond will be long-lasting.
Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Sally; parents; and sisters, Marilyn (Paul) Herman and Norma (John) Ayres. He is survived by his sister, Marlys (Carroll) McDowell; his three children, Monica (Laura Thompson) McMillan, Byron (Judy) Meyer and Lisa (Ashworth Payne Jr) Meyer; and one grandson, Chance Meyer.
For those wishing to say farewell or pay tribute to Ken, a service will be 11:00 AM on Friday, September 29, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church followed by a Celebration of Life at the American Legion Post #49, both in Pequot Lakes, MN. Burial will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Tunnels to Towers or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.