Jerome J. "Jerry" Meyer, Sr.

  • Born: August 6, 1935
  • Died: August 5, 2018
  • Location: Dubuque, Iowa

Behr's Funeral Home

1491 Main Street
(563) 582-3297
Dubuque, IA 52001
Tel. (563) 582-3297

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jerome J. "Jerry" Meyer Sr., age 82, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:15 a.m., on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jerry's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Jerry's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of service at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jerry was born on August 6, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Bart and Lucy (Tench) Meyer.

Jerry grew up in Dubuque's North End and graduated from Senior High School in 1953. He joined the Navy in hopes of seeing the world, and eventually was stationed in Lake Michigan, where he met his future wife, Anita. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting, especially his trips to Wyoming with "the guys". Later, he gave up hunting and took up golfing, sometimes playing seven days a week. On August 17, 1957, he married Anita Elaine Kubitz, and they were married for over 50 years, raising 4 children together. Jerry was proud of the fact that he worked at "The Pack" for 38 years, especially in the "good ol' days", when it was a great place to work, having spent a majority of the time in the beef cooler or freezer. Jerry had been active in the Knights of Columbus as a Fourth degree Knight. In more recent years, he was a member and helped out at the local Moose Lodge Family Center, especially when his friend, Gordy Neumann, was tending bar or putting on a meal. Jerry and Anita traveled widely, often with their good friends, Gordon and Rosemary Neumann and Bob and Bobby Rogan, having visited too many places to list! In addition to the many other friends they made along the way. After they both retired, Jerry and Anita became "snowbirds", following Anita's brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Wanda Kubitz, down south to Florida. The warmer weather agreed with Jerry and after Anita passed away in 2008, he moved to Florida full-time, where his circle of friends continued to grow. In recent years Jerry started going for morning walks and doing crossword puzzles, staying healthy and keeping his mind sharp, and also took up reading thriller novels. In Florida, he was active in the Loyal Order of Moose and the VFW. In recent months, Jerry returned to his hometown of Dubuque, Iowa, where he enjoyed the best Midwestern steaks, Iowa cut pork chops, sweet corn and garden fresh tomatoes. He was fortunate enough to enjoy a few Maker's Mark Manhattans and to say goodbye to friends and family.

Those left to cherish Jerry's memory include

his children,
Jerome J. Meyer Jr.,
William T. Meyer,
Jolene A. (Emmett) Young
and Keith R. Meyer, all of Dubuque, IA;

4 grandchildren,
Jason (Stacy) Meyer, Bart (Katie) Meyer, Jessica Young and Christopher Young;

3 great-great grandchildren,
Wesley, Elayne and Quinn Meyer;

his siblings,
Teresa Pluym, Dubuque, IA,
Robert "Bob" (Joyce) Meyer, Maron, MO
and John (Marian) Meyer, Dubuque, IA;

a sister-in-law,
Debbie Meyer, East Dubuque, IL;

and several nieces and nephews.

In death, Jerry is reunited with his parents; his loving wife, Anita Meyer; 3 sisters, Eileen (Richard) Breese, Alice (George) Mootz and Armella (Cyril) Grassel; a brother, Mark "Bud" Meyer; and a brother-in-law, Richard Pluym.

Jerry, and his family, would also like to give a very special thanks to the nurses at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kristin, Stephanie and Stacy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted and donated to Jerry's favorite charities.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jerry was a great friend. I was married for 53 years when I lost my husband. I felt like my life was over. Jerry talked to me about being able to move on, he said you know Charlie would want you to be happy I know my wife didn't want me to be by myself and I was lucky enough to meet Boots.Thank you Jerry. I have met a wonderful man Jim. Rest in peace my friend you taught me to go on living.

Posted by Sue Conner - Buckhead Ridge, FL - Friend   August 08, 2018

when we all were at "cottage" down by the farm, with Uncle Jerry cooking on the grill. and playing ball.

Posted by Alan Mootz - Florence, MO - Family   August 07, 2018

So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. My mother, Betty Deatherage, always spoke so highly of him and the love they shared for each other. He will be missed by her and all the friends in Okeechobee.

Posted by Connie Brown - Brandon, MS - Friend   August 07, 2018

Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Meyer family from myself. May
God be with you in your time of sorrow. "Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord" Psalm 31:24

Posted by Lynn Gibson - Dubuque, IA - Family Friend   August 07, 2018

Teresa, Bob & John... I'm so sorry for your loss!

Posted by Bev Ford(Link) - Dubuque, IA - Family   August 07, 2018

Prayers for families and friends. Trapper and I and several people from Buckhead Ridge Florida will miss Jim. Glad we have lots of great memories. He will forever be in our hearts .

Posted by Darlene and Bill Brown - Buckhead Ridge, FL - Family Friend   August 06, 2018

How blessed we were to have known both Jerry and Anita, and that they chose Buckhead Ridge, FL to visit and then for Jerry to retire to. He not only became our very close friend he became as an older brother and definitely became as family to us. Jerry shared many stories, experiences and learned advice from them that have made an everlasting impact on us. We have already missed our trips with him since he returned to Iowa, (one we joked of as our "experience", our frequent sharing of social activities and a few adult beverages. Most of all we have already missed his being with us Even our home has memories, visible of his presence as with any family member. He will always be in our hearts, minds and memories. What an awesome, down to earth, honest, straightforward person. He was a special friend and shall be missed deeply. To his family, we share in your loss. To his son Bill, you have served your parents with dignity, pride and respect ~ God Ble!
ss you, they did a superb job of raising and teaching you. Our condolences, Steve and Bonnie Booth

Posted by Steve and Bonnie Booth - Okeechobee, FL - Friend   August 06, 2018

Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. During this difficult time may you be comforted by fond memories and loving words; like those found at Isaiah 57:15.

Posted by P L    August 06, 2018