David L. Meyers, 79, of Maple Park, woke to celestial grace after passing away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012.
He was born on Sept. 10, 1932, in Sheldon, Wis., the son of Clarence “Clare” and Ann (Warchalowski) Meyers.
David grew up in Sheldon, Wis., and attended local schools. During school, David played and lettered in baseball, basketball and boxing.
Shortly after graduating from Tony High School in 1950, David faithfully served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. When he returned to civilian life in 1953, David and his brother, Dan, both tried out and eventually played minor league baseball. David was a pitcher with a nice knuckle ball, and Dan played second base for Superior Blues, a minor league team for the Chicago White Sox.
David met the woman he would eventually marry in Ladysmith, Wis. Sandra “Sandy” McKnight caught his eye and soon his heart. Following a whirlwind romance, David and Sandy were united in marriage on Sept. 10, 1955. They began their new life together in Ladysmith and welcomed home a daughter, Kimberley, a year later before moving to Aurora, where Jim made the family complete.
After 40 years of memories, David and Sandy moved to Maple Park in 2001.
David’s hands were made for working, and they served him well for over 20 years in the construction trade. Later he would spend 20 more as a custodian for School District 204 until his retirement in 2001.
David was a member of the Barber Greene Hunting and Fishing Club, where he not only caught wildlife but a few tall tales as well.
In his younger years, David enjoyed gardening and took his children asparagus and mushroom hunting. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman—passions that he passed on to his son Jim. Summers always brought baseball, whether he played himself as a young man, coached his son’s Little League team or later as “Pops,” when he played softball alongside his son until his late 50s. No matter where he played, his word was law and his opinions were always right, no matter whether you were a player, spectator or even umpire. He watched his beloved Chicago Cubs with the fervor of a number one fan and lived and died with each win or loss.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Sandy; two children, Kimberley Meyers and Jim (Cindy) Meyers; two grandchildren, Alayna and Alicia Meyers; one brother, Dan Meyers; his mother, Ann Tainter, as well as his fishing and hunting buddy, Frank Wood.
He is preceded in death by his father, Clare Meyers.
Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate his life followed visitation at 5 p.m. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.
A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “David Meyers Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.