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Tobias Funeral Home - Beavercreek Chapel

3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd, Dayton, OH

OBITUARY

Richard LeRoy Meyer

February 10, 1930May 22, 2020

Meyer, Richard LeRoy passed away under hospice care at home Friday, May 22nd after long illness. Born on February 10, 1930to the late Earl Joseph & Bertha Mae (Streacker) Meyer. Richard is preceded in death by his wife, Janet Marie (Eckley), grandson, Jack Andrew (son of Greg & Jenny),brother, Norman and his wife Marcia (Bowers) Meyer, sister-in-aw Joan and her husband Robert Zimmer and their son Robert ZimmerJr.,brother-in-law Edward and his wife Shirley (La Mar) Eckley and brother-in-law John Eckleyandhis son Tony. Richard is survived by son Greg and his wife Jenny (Pesch) and beloved grandchildren Emma Marie and Samuel Gregory, son Thomas. Also survived by brother Robert and his wife, Barbara (Mitchell) Meyer, brother-in-law, Clarence Anthony Eckley (Jr) and sister-in-law Barb(Ready) Eckley (widow of John),cousin Shirley Miller of Celina, Ohio, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews and friends. Richard's father Earl died in 1937 when Richard was only 7 years old. Richard's mother Bertha struggled to care for her sons and maintain full-time employmentto support her household. While her devotion to her family was unquestioned, for the good of all concerned she enrolled her sons in foster care with the St. Joseph Orphanage in Dayton. The boys lived at the orphanage and attended the orphanage school during the week and were reunited with their mother on weekends. Richard enrolled at Chaminade High School graduating in 1948. During his high school years, Richard held various part time and summer jobs which included work at the Rike-Kumler Company department store in downtown Dayton and the grueling work of repairingrailroad track in an around Dayton. It was also during high schoolthat Richard met and courted Janet Marie Eckley. Upon graduation, Richard was employed with the City of Dayton working for the Parks and Recreation department on a maintenance crew. In March 1951 he was inducted to the Army and assigned to the Color Guard, 3rd Infantry Division and stationed at Ft. McNair in Washington, DC. Richard served in the Army for 2 years being transfered to the Army reserve in March 1953 and then completed his military service with an Honorable Discharge in February 1957. Upon returning to Dayton in 1953, Richard resumed his employment with the City of Dayton. On May 16, 1953 Richard and Janet were married at St. Anthonyparish in Dayton. While working for the Parks Department Richard began studying plumbing and pipe fitting. He was accepted into the apprenticeship program and transferred to the city's Water Department, After completing his apprenticeship and examinations he attained his Journeyman's license. He continued his study of plumbing and attained his Master Plumber's license in 1966. In 1957 eldest son Gregory was born and in 1962 son Thomas. Richard was an avid gardener and also bee-keeper. He enjoyedmany hours with his sons in his garden and orchard teaching them how to care for vegetables and trees and bees. He also enjoyed fishing, taking his family on summer vacations with Janet's brother Ed and wife Shirley and their children on the shores of Lake Superior. Richard was active in the life of Immaculate Conception Parishcounting the weekly collections, volunteering to work at Friday night Bingo. Richard also volunteered his time and talent by assisting the maintenance staff of ImmaculateConception parish and his brother-in-law Ed Eckley at Ascension Parish with plumbing and heating repairs. He also served on the fund raising committee for the building of Carroll High School. After retiring from the City Dayton with 30 years service, Richard continued working in his own plumbing and heating business in Belmont and surrounding neighborhoods. Richard enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren Emma and Samuel, especially attending many soccer, volleyball and basketball games.The family wishes to thank the many dedicated medical professionals who attended Richard, Dr. Joel Sorger and staff of Wellington Orthopaedic, Dr. Binh Nguyen and staff of Tri-Health Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jocelyn Wang and staff of Tri-Health Infectious Disease, Dr. Guy Savir and staff of Dayton Physicians Network, Dr. William Randall and staff of Dayton Senior Care Advantage, nurses and therapists of Gem City Home Healthcare, nurses, therapists and staff of Village at The Greene, nurses, therapists and staff of Heartland of Beavercreek, doctors, nurses,patient care technicians and therapists of Bethesda North Hospital, Robert Kleine, RPh and staff of CVS Pharmacy (1300 Wilmington Ave).The family is also grateful for the extraordinary care and assistance of CrossRoads Hospice incaring for our Mother Janet during her long illness and for our Father Richard. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Glen at St. Joseph (www.glenatstjoseph.org) or St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 830 Bowen St., Dayton, Ohio 45410. Family and friends are invited to attend a social distancing walk through visitation from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2020, at the Tobias Funeral Home-Beavercreek Chapel,3970 Dayton-Xenia Road at Grange Hall Road. Graveside services and interment will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020, at Calvary Cemetery, 1625 Calvary Drive, Kettering, Ohio 45409 with Father Gregory Konnerman presiding.

Services

  • Visitation with Social Distancing

    Sunday, May 31, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, June 1, 2020

  • Interment

    Monday, June 1, 2020

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Michele Meyer LoBiondoq

May 29, 2020

Tom, Greg and family --
I am so sorry for the loss of your father, particularly so soon after your mother's passing, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

I am sure it is difficult to process the passing of both of your parents so closely together. While I will not be able to attend the service, please know that I am thinking about you. Your parents were wonderful people, and while I know that they will be missed here, they are together now for eternity.

Your cousin, Michele

Please reach out to me if you need anything:
michele.lobiondo@yahoo.com

Matthew Meyer

May 28, 2020

Dear Cousins,
I am sad to hear about the passing of your father and the recent passing of your mother too. I remember the kind words your father spoke to me when my father and his brother passed so many years ago. Please accept my sincere sympathies for your loss.

Beth Ryan

May 28, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of my Uncle Dick. Both he and Janet were lovely people. I take solace in knowing they both passed so closely together. Now in heaven together forever, no more pain or suffering. To my cousins, know that I have your families in my heart and thoughts. Prayers go out to you.

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