Frank Albert Meyer, the son of Albert and Ada (Zimmerman) Meyerwas born in Marathon, on May 8th, 1921. They lived on the family farm three miles west of Marathon. He attended Marathon schools until he enlisted in the United States Army during WWII on Oct. 9, 1942 and served in France. He was wounded and discharged on Nov. 23, 1945. While stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., he met and married Violet Brown of St. James, Mo. They resided in Marathon for approximately 65 years where they raised their three children; Jerry, Linda and Billy. For over 17 years Frank was a long haul semi truck driver. Frank is best known for owning and operating the Meyer Brothers Garage in Marathon along with his brother Leo. They operated this garage from 1967 until his retirement. Frank also drove the Marathon school bus for many years. Frank enjoyed reading, wood carving, collecting and shooting guns, gardening and spending time with his family and friends. Frank is survived by his wife Violet, of Marshalltown; children, Jerry Meyer of Des Moines; Linda Barish and her husband, Richard, of Cement City, Mich. and Billy Meyer and his wife, Eileen, of Centrailia, Ill. his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Chad Meyer, David Meyer and Allison Meyer of Des Moines; Jason Barish of Emeryville, Calif.; Nicholas Barish and his wife Sarah of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Benjamin Meyer and wife Lisa of Knoxville, Tenn.; Amy Gardner and husband Don of Omaha, Neb.; Barry Meyer of Clinton Township, Mich.; Cindy Meyer of Omaha, Neb.; and Eric Meyer of Centrailia, Ill. Great-grandchildren are Shea and Toby Meyer of Des Moines; Benjamin and Madelyn Violet Barish of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Abbygael Meyer of Centralia, Ill.; Jacob, Josh and Jillian Gardner of Omaha, Neb.; and Xavier Royer of Omaha, Neb., former resident of Marathon, a sister, Iva Boothby of Spencer, and sister-in-law Nellie Meyer of Sioux Rapids. Frank is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Leo, Don, George, Joseph and two sisters, Myrtle Christensen of Oregon and Evelyn Brown of Rolla, Mo. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be sent to: Iowa Veterans Home Hospice at 1301 Summit St, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158.
Graveside services will be conducted on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at the Poland Township Cemetery at Marathon. Military Graveside rites will be conducted by the Marathon America Legion Post.
The Sliefert Funeral Home of Albert City was in charge of arrangements.