Wayne Charles Meyer, the son of DeLoris MarVene (Fair) and Melvin Charles Meyer, was born July 8, 1955 in Adams County, Nebraska. He departed this life on July 16, 2019 at the Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney, Nebraska at the age of 64 years, and 8 days.
Wayne grew up in Webster County and received his formal education attending the Trinity Lutheran Church School – Blue Hill NE., Blue Hill Schools, and then Red Cloud High School where he graduated with the Warrior class of 1973. On September 17, 1973 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from basic training he was assigned to Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii as an Electronic Communications and Cryptographic repairman and in 1975 was promoted to Sargent and then later to Staff Sargent. During his time in the Air Force Wayne stated that he flew over a Million Miles as he served in many locations including Hickam for Seven years, Edwards Air Force base in California, and traveled overseas to the Philippines, Japan, Okinawa, Taiwan, Guam, South Korea, and Germany. His two marriages were blessed with three children including a daughter Patricia Lynn; sons, Shawn Khristian, and Rodney Wayne. In 1982 while on assignment in Augsburg, Germany Wayne was involved in a car accident and sustained serious injuries including Brain Stem, Head, and Neck Fractures with him staying in a Coma for approximately 1.5 years. Once stabilized and able to travel he was transported back to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC with his Mom by his side. On May 9th, 1983 he received his Honorable Discharge and was 100% Service Connected with Traumatic Brain Disease. He later spent time at the Veterans Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA and then in 1984 moved to the Greenery Rehabilitation Center in Boston, MA. In 1988 he was transferred to the Veterans Hospital Nursing Home Care Unit in Grand Island and since 1998 has lived at the Grand Island Nebraska Veterans Home and in February 2019 moved to the new Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney.
Wayne possessed a number of interests and hobbies during his school years including playing Baseball, Football, Wrestling, Band, FFA, Hunting, and later working on his Cars in his spare time. Since his accident and time living at the Veterans Home he participated in many Field Trips, Horse Races, Husker Football, Shopping, watching TV Game Shows, Movies and Golf, utilizing his Dyanvox Communication Device to play games and jokes, and making MANY Ceramic Gifts for his Family at Christmas. He especially enjoyed the Family visits, Birthday picnics, and Christmas celebrations. Wayne always maintained a sense of humor and developed many friendships with Residents and Staff at the Vets Home, he will be missed!
Preceding him in death were his parents; his grandparents Julius “Dude” & Minnie (Muhleisen) Meyer, Johnie & Elsie (Sidlo) Fair; and a grandson Bladen Ashton Meyer.
Left to treasure his memory are a daughter Patricia Sattler and husband Tim of Lincoln NE., sons Shawn Meyer and wife Sarah of Hastings, NE., and Rodney Meyer and wife Amber of Kingsland, GA.; Brothers Keith “Butch” Meyer and wife Leah of Red Cloud, NE., and Craig “Red” Meyer and wife Pam of Lincoln, NE.; Aunt Bev Meyer of Blue Hill, NE., Uncle Ron Schriner of Cowles, NE.; Grandchildren Leightyn Ansley Meyer & Brekkyn Ladoux Meyer from Hastings, NE. and Ariana Isabele Meyer, David Mathew Meyer, & Emmelyn Grace Meyer from Kingsland, GA.; nephews Jerrod Meyer, Drue Meyer, Cole Meyer, and niece Tess Meyer, along with numerous cousins, other relatives and friends.
In lieu of Flowers the family requests that Memorial donations be made in Wayne’s memory to the Cowles American Legion #116, Red Cloud American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #238, or the Red Cloud Zion Lutheran Church.
Funeral services will be held Saturday 10:00 a.m., July 20, 2019 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Red Cloud with the Rev. Ronald Kuehner officiating. Interment with military honors will be at the Red Cloud Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Friday, 9:00 a.m - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to service time at the church.
Williams Funeral Home
241 West 4th Avenue
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970
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