CHADWICK – Edward G. Meier was a patriotic, compassionate and hardworking man. He died after a brief illness at the age of 82, on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the Carroll County Good Samaritan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mount Carroll.
Ed was born May 5, 1932, the son of Fred and Edith (Lott) Meier in Pearl City. He attended Lanark High School before enlisting in the United States Army. Ed proudly served from 1957 to 1959 in Miesau, Germany and served another 2 years in the Reserves, where he earned the rank of sergeant. Ed married Inez Miller on July 28, 1956, in The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.
After he was discharged, Ed hauled milk for Chadwick Swiss Cheese from 1961 to 1973. Ed then worked for Herb Tautz Excavating in Chadwick until 2001. Most recently, Ed worked for Chadwick Oil and Ag until officially retiring in 2011.
Ed was a charter member of the Chadwick Lions Club and previously served two terms on the Chadwick Village Board. Ed was a member of the Christian faith, which started in the Nora Community Church. Ed and his wife, Inez, attended several different churches in the area.
Ed was passionate about agriculture and loved everything to do with farming. He enjoyed scrapbooking, collecting toy model tractors and collecting and restoring peddle tractors. Most of all, Ed loved spending time with his family and friends.
Ed will be dearly missed by his wife of 57 years, Inez; three children, Dawn (Michael) Johnson of Chadwick, Gary (Mary Lou) Meier of Milledgeville, and Judy (Thomas) Weber of Lanark; 10 grandchildren, Brooke Johnson of Polo, Abby (Andrew) Sturtevant of Chicago, Christopher (Amber) Meier of Milledgeville, Brittany (Jeremy) Haas of Dallas, Kaitlin (John Byvick) Weber of Lanark, Kara (Tyler Giedd) Weber of Lanark, Tyler Weber of Lanark, Matthew (Amanda) Weber of Kodiak, Alaska, Andrew (Rie) Raum of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Jaime Raum of Polo; three great-grandchildren, Makayla Meier, Jase Meier and Alexa Haas; one sister, Lucille (LaVerne) Buske of Warren, and a special childhood friend, LaVerl (Mary Catherine) Kempel of Mount Carroll.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Iona Mosley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll. The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will take place in Chadwick Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Chadwick Lions Club or the Chadwick American Legion. Visit www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com to share in Ed’s life.