We, the family of John, ask that you know these words from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, “that [we] do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” This was John’s legacy to his family through the gospel that he so faithfully shared with them as well as the congregations he served throughout his life. It is this truth to which we cling through faith in our risen and ever-living Savior, Jesus Christ.
John Peter Meyer was born in West Allis, WI on Feb. 13, 1937 to Arnold and Mildred (Albrecht) Meyer. He was reborn as a child of God through holy baptism at Woodlawn Lutheran Church in West Allis, WI in February, 1937 and confirmed his faith in May, 1951 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI.
He attended Northwestern Preparatory School and Northwestern College in Watertown, WI. He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI in 1963 and entered the pastoral ministry in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. He faithfully served as a pastor of congregations in Eau Claire, MI, Hillsboro, WI, Decatur, GA and Holiday, FL. He semi-retired to part-time ministry at St. Paul Lutheran, Mauston, WI and St. Luke Lutheran, New Lisbon, WI from where he eventually fully retired after almost 50 years of serving God’s people with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.
In 1961, John united himself in marriage to Annette Hoge of Milwaukee, WI at Grace Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. John and Annette were married for 53 years and four months. They were blessed with two children: son, Jonathan, his wife, Faith and their four children, Caleb (Anna), Seth, Erin, and Lydia; as well as their daughter, Kathryn Hannon, her husband, Timothy, and their children, Sean and Samantha. John’s first great-grandchild is due in early January, 2015. John was preceded in death by his Parents and older brother, Arnold. He is survived by his younger brother, Mark (and wife, Carol), his younger sister, Mildred (and husband, Roger Woller), and nieces and nephews.
John entered his eternal rest on Dec. 3, 2014 with Annette at his side. He was ready and willing to face the end of his earthly life peacefully and securely trusting in his Savior Jesus whose life, death, and resurrection purchased his own eternal life in heaven.
Visitation with the family will be held at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church (517 Grayside Ave., Mauston, WI 53948) on Friday, Dec. 26 from 4-7 p.m. The Christian funeral service will be held at the same location on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. A lunch will be hosted by St. Paul following the service.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials can be given in his name to the St. Paul land purchase fund being used to acquire property for a new mission congregation in Adams-Friendship, WI. John was himself a home missionary and was very much in support of this effort.
The family would like to gratefully acknowledge the faithful care of the pastoral staff St Paul Lutheran Church in Mauston, the wonderful staff and friends at Marquardt Village in Watertown, family and friends of the Meyers who have supported John and Annette during these past years and the Picha Funeral Home.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26) We are sad for our temporary loss, but we rejoice that because Jesus lives, John also will live!
Picha Funeral Home, Elroy, Wisconsin