Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Dr. Richard “Dick” Meyer

Dr. Richard Elmer “Dick” Meyer, 93, of Romeoville, IL, and formerly of Quincy, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2018, in Naperville, IL.

Dr. Richard Meyer | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, ILDick was born July 21, 1925, in Quincy, Illinois, the oldest of two children to Elmer Herman and Mary Ellen Loder Meyer. On September 24, 1949, he married Marian Rasmussen in Milwaukee, WI. They met at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago, where she was the department head for Occupational Therapy, and Dick was doing a medical clerkship with Northwestern Medical School. They were married for 61 years. She preceded him in death on May 27, 2011.

He was a graduate of Quincy High School, and Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, for his pre-medical education. He later graduated from Northwestern University Medical School, and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where he served his residency in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Meyer served in the United States Navy during WWII and the Korean War as a Lieutenant in the Medical Corps.

The Meyers moved to Quincy, Dick’s childhood home, in 1955, when he accepted a position as Ophthalmologist at the Quincy Clinic.

Dr. Meyer was a member of: Blessing Hospital Medical Staff, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Illinois Association of Ophthalmology (where he served as Treasurer), Adams County Medical Society (where he served as president), Illinois State Medical Society, American Medical Association, Board of Directors of Good Samaritan Home, Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ (where he served on the council), First Union Congregational Church, Golden K Kiwanis Club (where he served on the Board of Directors), Quincy Y.M.C.A. (where he served on the Board of Directors), and the Quincy Country Club.

Dr. Meyer is survived by five children: Judith Crowther; Richard Bruce Meyer (Margaret); Karen Christie (Carl); Dr. Roger Meyer (Mary Jo); and Jeffrey Meyer (Janet). He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, and a nephew and numerous nieces.

In addition to his wife, Marian, Dr. Meyer was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Carolyn Long.

Dick’s family is grateful for the tender loving care administered by the staffs at Senior Star, The Springs at Monarch Landing, and Angels Grace Hospice.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019 at First United Methodist Church (1032 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, Illinois)

A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Quincy Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made to Quincy Public Schools Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, Parkinson Research Foundation, American Cancer Society, or Angels Grace Hospice.

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. Dr. Meyer was a dear family friend and one of the nicest people we have ever known. He was always extremely thoughtful in his communication, pausing a moment before responding, taking the time to hear what was said in the most caring, compassionate way My parents considered Dr. Meyer to be their very best friend, and we feel fortunate to have enjoyed his company every time we came to town. Our most heartfelt condolences to the Meyer family. I am sure our parents are having a wonderful reunion up there in heaven!

  2. Sorry for your loss. Remember our backyards looking at each other. Your dad was a great neighbor dad and a wonderful doctor that took care of our needs. Prayers for comfort.
    Vicki Cory Blackwell

  3. Dear Bruce and family,
    I am sorry for your loss. Our parents are so important in our lives; it is difficult to say goodbye. With heartfelt sympathy, Jan Stock Neher

  4. I have known Dr. Meyers since he tested my eyes the first time when I was 6 (over fifty years) I still remember the time I wanted to get wire rim glasses as they were the “in thing” and a bit pricy so he told my Mom that he would not charge for the exam if she let me get them. I was forever a fan of Dr. Meyer even to this day.
    Patty (Bartz) Bauer

  5. Nothing can prepare us for loss. Gods word the Bible gives us comfort, it provides hope. “There is going to be a resurrection.” (Acts 24:15) God will restore life to those who have died, and they will have the prospect of living forever in paradise on earth. This is a promise from God, which we can have confidence in because he “cannot lie.” (Titus 1:2) May this hope comfort your greiving hearts. I am sorry for your loss.

  6. When my dad was injured in WW2, Dr. Meyer took care of him for years and never sent him a bill…When my brother was killed in an accident in 1968, Dr. Meyer was the only doctor who didn’t send my family a bill…He told my mom he just couldn’t when my brother passed…He opened QMG for my wife and I on Christmas morning in 1980 to calm my families fears when my daughter had a problem with her eye…He sent me a note after my dad passed in 1996 to tell me he was always proud to help my dad because he thought my dad was a war hero…He was so soft spoken and humble…Peace to his family …Dr. Meyer was hero of mine too…

  7. What a genuine, soft spoken, great eye doctor. I had many appointments with him in my teens getting hard contacts which at that time was the best to start out with. Had a few abrasions on both eyes & then went to soft contacts. A total difference & so pleased he figured out the issue. He always made me smile. A few years ago I saw him at the YMCA and said, “Hi Dr. Meyer” and he smiled and looked at me a few seconds and said “your JoJo.” We had a nice chat about the good old days at Quincy Clinic on 14th Maine and his nurse Trudy. He also talked about our dad & asked how he was doing. I thanked him again for saving dad’s one eye back in 1973. Great eye doctor & genuine person. RIP

  8. Dear Meyer siblings,
    Always enjoyed time spent at your house when we were growing up. Your parents were always so nice, and your dad had a kind, gentle way about him. So sorry for your loss. Hope you can enjoy all the wonderful memories during this holiday season. Fondly,
    Debby Cashman

  9. Dr. Meyer was such a caring man. My father was retired and my mother still worked when my father had cataract surgery. My dad was too nervous to put the eye drops in every day so Dr. Meyer would come by on his lunch hour and put the drops in for my dad. We were so grateful for his thoughtfulness. My deepest sympathy to the family.
    June Bryant Lahrman

  10. Judy and family, I have many wonderful memories of you and your family. Your father was one of most kind and gentle spirits in our community. I held him in high regard. My condolences.

  11. What a pleasure to cross paths with Dr. Richard Meyer and his remarkable family! He was a genuinely kind and caring person. We send our sincere condolences, God’s Blessings and best wishes.

  12. Very few people come into your life and touch your heart the way Grandpa Meyer touched ours. We will speak his name often and keep his memory with us always.
    Raymond, Diana and family

  13. Dear Meyer Family,
    Thinking of you and remembering a truly nice man.
    Dick & Pat Wentura
    Quincy, IL

  14. Dick was a such a nice man. We had great family times as neighbors on Oak Street. So sorry for your loss but Dick is at peace and with your mom.
    Maureen McLaughlin Schuering

  15. I couldn’t have asked for a greater father in law or patriarch for my children and grandchildren. .

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