Eugene F. Meyer

Born: Tue., Jun. 23, 1942
Died: Fri., Feb. 12, 2021


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Fri., Feb. 19, 2021
Location: Pittsfield Location

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Fri., Feb. 19, 2021
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

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Eugene ‘Gene’ F. Meyer, age 78, of Pittsfield, IL passed away Friday, February 12, 2021 at his home. Gene was born on June 23, 1942 in Benton, MO to Ben and Lorena Essner Meyer. He and Kathy Shipley were married on June 11, 1994 in Pittsfield, IL and she survives.

Gene attended St. Denis Catholic School and then graduated from Thomas Kelley High School in 1960. He served his country in the United States Air Force for four years. After his honorable discharge, Gene went to work for GTE/Verizon and retired after thirty-six years. During those years, Gene was a single father to his two daughters and two sons. He was not only loved by his own children, but all children were welcome in his home. He never missed a sporting event, taught them to fish, and how to drive. The family always looked forward their annual vacation to the family reunion in Benton, MO. Gene was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He was a past commander of the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152 from 1982-1983 and served as commander from 1983-1984. Gene was President I WIGPAC and a board member of IGGVA. Gene began growing wine grapes in 1999 and enjoyed making wine and gardening. He loved to cook and bake, especially Chex mix and baking cookies at Christmas to share with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy; daughter, Lisa (Mark Grigiski) Meyer of Riverton, IL; sons, Jeff Meyer of Beardstown, IL and Rob Meyer of Riverton, IL; stepchildren, Brandi (Terry) Gratton of Pittsfield, IL and Troy Dawdy of Lincoln, IL; brothers, Tom (Peggy O’Steen) Meyer of Elsberry, MO and Charlie (Ronnie) Meyer of Jacksonville, IL; sisters, Marie (Carl) Rankin of St. Peters, MO, LaVerne (Anwar) Zubairi of Conquitiam, BC, Helen (John) Schreckengerg of Cahokia, IL, Margie (Bob) Stull of Benton, MO, Carolyn (Tom) Schumacher of Benton, MO, Bernadette (Wayne) Landis of Scott City, MO, Jane (Joe Werner) Meyer of Riverside, IL, Eileen (Dwight) Gates of Cape Girardeau, MO, and Denise (Bob) Walton of Kenneth Square, PA; grandchildren, Brittany (Cord Knight) Meyer of Springfield, IL, Brooke Gratton of Pittsfield, IL, Christopher Gratton of Pittsfield, IL and Declan Dawdy of Lincoln, IL; mother in law, Anna Bell Dawdy of Detroit, IL; brothers in law, Gary (Melissa) Shipley of New Berlin, IL, Bobby (Barb) Shipley of Winchester, IL, Larry (Jennifer Hogan) of Jacksonville, IL and Bruce (Jody) Shipley of Winchester, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Lorena Meyer; daughter, Laura Meyer; sister, Rita Mansell; brother, John Meyer; and father in law, Lewis Dawdy.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, February 19, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pittsfield, IL with interment following at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield, IL. Memorials are suggested to be made to Knights of Columbus. Online condolences may be left to the family at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Eugene's memory to the following organization:

Knights of Columbus #2967

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Dorothy and Roger Yaeger
   Posted Tue February 16, 2021
Kathy, so very sorry to hear about Gene's passing. We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Jim Ewers
   Posted Tue February 16, 2021
I spent many years on the IGGVA Board with Gene and we always got along grandly at any grape-grower / wine-maker function. He was reserved, respectful and had the kindest soul. My condolences to the family, he was truly a good man and will be missed

Mark Lounsberry
   Posted Tue February 16, 2021
For all of Gene's family, I would like to express my sincere condolences at the loss of this kind and good man. I met Gene in the late 90's when we both were beginning our journey into the grape and wine business in a state where corn and soybeans were king. He learned what it took to be successful and worked hard to accomplish it. He was a good business partner when I purchased grapes from him and a good friend to me. I always appreciated his down to earth approach to life and I will miss him. You can all be proud of the man that he was.
I can see him tending his vineyards in heaven. But in Heaven there will be no insects or pests or storms to ruin any of it. God Bless him.

Linda C Smith
   Posted Tue February 16, 2021
Kathy, I am so sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If you need anything please let me know.

Diane Hahn
   Posted Tue February 16, 2021
My condolences to your family. Gene was a terrific person and someone I always looked forward to saying Hello to at IGGVA events and meetings. I am glad he was honored at.our last annual conference. He will be missed. Diane Hahn and family

Phyllis Workman (KayWalker)
   Posted Tue February 16, 2021
Eugene and I were classmates at Kelly High School. At one of our class reunions, he brought some of his good wine for us to sample. May he Rest In Peace and God bless his entire family.

Dennis & Debbie (Cawthon) Galbreath
   Posted Tue February 16, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in the coming days. God Bless! Dennis & Debbie

LaVerne and Anwar Zubairi
   Posted Tue February 16, 2021

we offer our thoughts and prayers

Jaime Weinant
   Posted Wed February 17, 2021
Kathy - I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Regina Morrison
   Posted Wed February 17, 2021
I had the privilege of serving on the IGGVA board with Gene a few years ago. He was always so friendly! Sending our thoughts & prayers to your family during this difficult time.
Brett & Regina Morrison
StarView Vineyards

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Wed February 17, 2021
Kathy and family, I am thinking of you in your sorrow and send my condolence. Gene always seemed one of the good guys. I pray the love of family and friends, your faith in God, and pleasant memories will comfort you.
My most Sincere Sympathy, Bonnie

Bob and Kathleen Dunn
   Posted Wed February 17, 2021
We are so sorry to learn of your loss of Gene, such a kind and friendly person. Please accept our sympathy and prayers.
Bob and Kathleen Dunn

Darwin and Lisa Feenstra
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
My dad, Roger Burbridge, worked with Gene for the telephone company and the guys were all such good friends, we came to know them and their families. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Darwin and Lisa (Burbridge) Feenstra

Brenda Logan
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
So sorry to hear of of Gene's passing. He was a great guy to work with at the IGGVA activities. I always enjoyed seeing Kathy & Gene at the annual conference.

Bob Willis
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
Man oh man...this was such a surprise to learn. I have but a few people I can say “ I admire” and Gene was among that short list. Thought several times about stopping in as I passed by your exit on see what Gene called “ the flavor of the week “ was .....but never enough time is there?
Well he won’t be replaced. And he will certainly be missed by all that had the opportunity to meet him. My condolences to you all.

Karen Ideus
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
Kathy, so sorry for your loss. I remember first meeting him when I taught at Higbee, and the involvement he had as a father with his own children and I'm sure with your two as well. Sending prayers to you and your family. Miss seeing you also. Bob and Karen

Phil and Molly Shaw
   Posted Fri February 19, 2021
We send our deepest condolences to you and your family.
We sure will miss his smiling face and his gardening and wine making advice!
Our love and prayers to you all.
Phil and Molly Shaw

Donald & Janie Guthrie
   Posted Fri February 19, 2021
Kathy, sending our thoughts & deepest sympathy to your & your family. You have some good memories to treasure. God be with you at this time.

Debbie Wright
   Posted Mon February 22, 2021
Kathy and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. He was such a good man and dad. My condolences.

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