Charles Meyer

Obituary of Charles Meyer

Charles Phillip Meyer, of Las Vegas, NV and Dixon MT died peacefully at home on Sunday, November 26, 2017. He was the second son of Fred H. and Zelda M. (Cantine) Meyer and was born in Cherokee, Iowa, on October 7, 1942. He grew up in Quimby, Iowa where he received his K-12 education, graduating high school in 1961. He attended Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, for one year and in 1962 he joined the United States Air Force. After training was stationed in England. He was selected as outstanding Airman of the Quarter for the European Division of the Air Force. In 1966 he was discharged from the Air Force and and returned to LeMars, Iowa, to finish his bachelor's degree with majors in History and Sociology.

Upon graduation he was lured to Montana with stories of hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors where he began teaching elementary school in West Yellowstone, Montana. During the summers he attend Western Montana College, now the University of Montana-Dillon to earn his permanent teaching license. In 1972, he moved to Charlo, Montana, to teach. There he met his soul mate, and best friend, Agnes Herak, and they were married on May 31, 1974.

In 1975 he joined the United States Army and worked as tanker, reenlistment NCO, and recruiter. The family was stationed in Erlangen, Germany, Spokane, WA, Kaiserslautern, Germany and Fort Lewis, WA during his time in the Army. While stationed in Germany the first time he completed his Masters of Education with Emphasis in Counseling Degree from the University of Southern California. In 1979, his daughter, Nichole was born at Fairchild AFB in WA , her sister, Julianna, joined the family in 1982 also born at Fairchild AFB.

Chuck retired from the US Army as a MSG in 1991. He reentered the teaching field and taught at Lone Rock School in Stevensville, MT and Ennis, MT. He retired from teaching in 1996. He returned to Charlo and managed the Charlo Café. In 1999 he and his wife moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where his in-laws had wintered for many years to spend time with his mother-in-law, Viola Herak. While in Las Vegas he worked for the First National Bank of Marin.

He retired completely in 2001. He maintained residency in Montana and lived there summer through fall where he could fish, hunt, and drive for hours on backwoods roads. In the winter and spring he lived in Las Vegas with his wife who spent summers in Montana with him. Chuck died of kidney cancer. His dry humor, love of life, and sense of adventure will be missed by all who loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Agnes Herak Meyer; his daughters Nichole Herakmeyer Wood (Matt) of Marine on St. Croix, MN and Julianna Herakmeyer Elverud (Justin) of Dixon, MT; eight grandchildren: Evan and Addie Wood and Colin, Charlie, Dylann, Trip, Cash, and Ryann Elverud; and two brothers Bob Meyer (Carolyn) of Naples, Florida and Jim Meyer, of Quimby, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Zelda Meyer.