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Rick Meyer, 67, of Columbia died at his home October 10, 2023 following a final diagnosis of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in August 2023. He was born Richard (Rick) Allen Meyer on January 12, 1956 to Don and Doris Meyer in St. Louis, Missouri. Rick moved with his family when he was 3 years old to Rolla, Missouri where he lived until a move to Boone County in 1985.
After graduation from Rolla High School, he worked at Firestone Tires doing a bit of everything at the store and in the repair shop there. He oversaw the Bandag’s Retreading business at Firestone where tires from 18-wheel semis were given a renewed life. He also volunteered for the Rolla Rural Fire Protection District for years, a rewarding job he certainly relished. In Columbia he worked as a Security Officer at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics. Rick was the 3rd shift Supervising Officer for years until his retirement in 2017. After retirement he worked part time as a driver for KIA where he found enjoyment and new friends.
Rick always had a heart for caring and investing in children. He worked as a Playground Supervisor at both Parkade and Shepard Elementary Schools in Columbia. At Shepard he was also a Paraprofessional where he worked with students who had learning disabilities. He found that work to be especially meaningful, satisfying and rewarding.
He had many hobbies and interests including, but not limited to bowling, fishing, and hunting. Reloading ammunition began as a hobby but became a passion. He reloaded the ammunition for his many different guns, “just to be on the safe side”. Rick will be remembered for his willingness to help his family and friends anyway he could. Whether it was a car that needed minor repairs, a home repair or installation, a driveway that needed to be shoveled, a ride to or from someplace, Rick was ready to help. One of his favorite memories were the Mission Trips to Mississippi and Louisiana after Katrina that he took with other members of Alive In Christ Lutheran church. Back at home, he would talk about the great needs of the people there and his desire to help return the cities closer to a pre-hurricane state. Whatever the need, Rick would do his best to meet that need for his friends and family.
He was preceded in death by son, David Meyer; parents, Don and Doris Meyer; in-laws, Walt and Corinne Pankow; and brother in-laws, Rick Pankow and Pat Davidson.
Rick is survived by his wife, Val Meyer; daughters, Rachel (Benny) Bennison and Crystal (Matt) Arellano; and son, Chris (Molly) Meyer; grandchildren Andrew, Alex and Austin Bennison, Ian, Tucker and Willow Arellano and Theo, Harrison and Eloise Meyer; siblings, Don (Leannette), Judy and Mike; and in-laws Brenda Davidson, Craig (Peggy) Pankow and Linda Pankow, as well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
As per his wishes, a cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for March 23, 2024.