On Monday, May 15th, 2023, John Walter Meyer, of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, our loving son, brother, and uncle passed away at the age of 63 at St. Paul Elder Services. John was born on July 16th, 1959 in Green Bay, Wisconsin to John and Priscilla (Patty) Meyer. He was the oldest of five children, a fierce protector of his younger siblings, dedicated to their well being and supporting them in all they did. Words that family, co-workers and friends used to describe John are loving, giving, humble, holy and self-less. He enjoyed playing sports and was a Packer fan who waited almost 30 years for his season tickets just to turn them over to family members a few years later. He was the ultimate cheerleader who showed up to motivate and provide advice to everyone around him who asked. John had the ability to walk into any situation and quietly shoulder the worries of those around him, a supporter to his core who wished only for others to BE HAPPY. These qualities showed up to all who knew John throughout the years. John graduated from U-W Whitewater and In his young adult life, he took to the road as a truck driver, meeting all sorts of people across the country, returning with incredible and outrageous stories to share. Later, he returned to college and achieved a nursing degree, which he was very proud of. He applied his skills at Theda Clark in Neenah, Wisconsin in the behavioral health inpatient unit. John spent the majority of his nursing career working at St. Paul’s, Elder Services, serving and caring for people in their most vulnerable states. When John retired due to health concerns he became a resident of St. Paul’s Villa. There he found yet another family to love and share stories with. Many of the staff and residents alike have shared how John was their supporter, cheerleader and encourager in their work and life situations, expressing the humble man they knew as kind and giving, creating joy in his community there, as well as running the popular Packer pool. John volunteered in the lunch room welcoming people in and was even known to say the meal prayer. John was truly blessed to have two families, one he was born into and one he was adopted into (at St. Paul Villa) where he was loved very much. He will be missed by many. If heaven is our best thought we can imagine, we are sure John is laughing with friends, bowling a 300 with his grandpa and walking dogs on the sunny beach there.
Our hearts are sad, but we rejoice because John is no longer in pain, but is living in the glory of Heaven. Peace John! Until we see you again someday.
John is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Walter and Myrtle Schmidt, and Ruthell Hubbard Schmidt Rickaby and his paternal grandparents Walter and Mary Meyer. John is survived by his parents John and Patty Meyer, his siblings Molly (Mark) Scarallo, Kathy (Roy) Verstegen, Kara Meyer and Michael Meyer; eight nieces and nephews (Lexi, Jacob, Paulette, Monica, Anthony, Marie, Abigale and Aubrey) as well as 13 great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral celebration of John’s life will be held at St. Paul Elder Services Chapel at a date yet to be determined.