Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

John F. Meyer

John F. Meyer, 81, passed away peacefully on January 26, surrounded by family and loved ones at Blessing Hospital. Born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, John was the oldest son of Lothar Karl and Helen Penny Meyer. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nora Meyer, his brothers Robert, Richard, Albert, and his sister Penny.

John Meyer | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home ~ Quincy, IllinoisLovingly remembered by his wife, Lynn Swanstrom-Meyer, and his three daughters, Susan Shantz (Philip), Ann Meyer-Savignon (Daniel), and Debbie Meyer (Mike Busch). Also cherished by his stepchildren Donnie DeBoer and Eric DeBoer (Jeannie). Grandchildren and step-grandchildren include Aaron, Laura, Madeleine, Nicolas, Bridget, Quinton, Nolan, and Jeffrey Gage. He is also fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

John graduated in 1959 from Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska, and soon discovered his love of teaching. He taught at St. James Lutheran School for eight years and also served as principal at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Kewanee, Illinois.

John also had a passion for farming, and developed successful dairy herds both in Toulon, Illinois and on the Moorman Manufacturing Research Farm in Mendon. He was very proud of his accomplishments in this field.

His many and varied hobbies have included camping, traveling, biking, golfing, drinking coffee, and of course gardening. In addition, he also always treasured spending time with his family.

Memorial Service: 11:00 am on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Rev. Timothy A. White officiating.

Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

Memorials: Trinity United Church of Christ or the Alzheimer’s Association

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Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

  1. Lynn, so very sorry to hear about John. My family and I send our love and prayers to you and your family. He was a kind man. Love, Joy Holford Nelson and family

  2. Lynn, So sad to hear about John’s passing. I had always loved seeing him at are reunions and enjoyed my conversations with him. We had a shared interest in open heart surgery and I appreciated his words of encouragement. You two seemed very happy together and very much in love. No words can express what you must be feeling and only the Lord our God can comfort you. I have no doubt John is in Heaven and I will put you on our prayer list at my life group. Know you are thought of and he is missed by this Texan. God Blessings be with you.

  3. Lynn,
    John and you were both blessings during the times that I spent with you. Thank you both. You are and will be on my mind.

    Best.

  4. Dear Lynn, Rod and I were saddened to learn of John’s death and are celebrating with you a life well lived. He was such a nice man and certainly a welcome addition to our Morton High School Class of ’63 spouses. We so enjoyed getting to know him at the reunions. I know, as patriarch of your large extended family, he will be missed greatly. We pray for all of you, that you feel God’s arms gently around you all during the particularly sad times. And during the joyful times in the future, may you feel John’s angels all around. Our love, Rod and Elaine (Wenninger) Collins

  5. Mr. Meyer was my track coach in grade school at St. James Lutheran school. He was a very kind and caring person….except when he pushed us to to our best. But we needed that to improve. Prayers to the family.

  6. I am so sorry to hear of your loss – John will certainly be missed. I worked with him at MoorMan’s when he was involved with the TQM training. Not only was he a gentle, caring soul, but he also had some profound insights into others’ behaviors. He taught me a lot about just being yourself, and about kindness in general. Farewell, John

  7. LYNN…JOHN WAS SUCH A NICE MAN AND I KNOW HE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY. I KNOW YOU TWO SHARED LOTS OF HAPPY MEMORIES….I HOPE IN ALL OF YOUR DIFFICULT MOMENTS AHEAD THAT YOU WILL FIND THESE MEMORIES WILL BE ABLE TO STRENGTHEN YOU…KNOW THAT YOU AND JOHN ARE BOTH IN OUR PRAYERS…

  8. We are so sorry to hear about John’s passing. We will miss not seeing him every Monday.
    Our prayers are with both of you.
    Tom and Marilena Frier

  9. There are no words to express how sorry me andMom are at the loss of John. John was a sweet, kind and loving soul. I love you Lynnie and Johns family has our sincere sympathy. I will never fotget when I first met John, I put my hand out to shake his hand. He pushed it to the side with a huge smile and said “I am a hugger!”
    I will miss that smile and his hugs. Prayers to you all.

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