Alexander Funeral Home-West Chapel

2100 West Illinois Street, Evansville, IN


Jesse Lee Meier

September 19, 2001March 13, 2020

Jesse Lee Meier, 18, of Evansville, IN passed away Friday, March 13, 2020. He was born on September 19, 2001.

Jesse was a senior at FJ Reitz High School. He was on the Reitz Bowling Team and bowled since he was eight years old. He was a bowler with Franklin Lanes Youth Bowling from a very young age. He was an avid birder and member of the Evansville Audubon Society where he was a board member. Jesse led hikes for several organizations and he participated in numerous citizens science projects. One special project he helped gather data for was the Indiana Marshbird Monitoring Program for the DNR. He was a very gifted musician and played multiple instruments.

He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Pamela Cox and Carol Meier.

Jesse is survived by his parents, Bob and Mary (Cox) Meier; brothers, David Allen Meier (Alycia Olson), and Josh Handegard; grandfather, Ron Meier (Linda); aunt, Kim Meier.

A Celebration of Life Service for Jesse to take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Evansville Audubon Society care of Richard Vernier, Treasurer, 580 North 350 E. Princeton, IN 47670.

Condolences may be offered at www.AlexanderWestChapel.com.


  • A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


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Tiffany Soliday

March 31, 2020

There are so many memories with Jesse I could chose to share, and there isn’t a single one I can think of where he didn’t make me or anyone around him smile. Jesse taught me so much... including the stages of grieving, though he left out how long it can take... I will never forget the moments we shared, and I don’t think anyone could after hearing his silly voices, philosophy, knowledge... Every time I hear a bird I’m ready for his never ending facts about it's identity, until I realize I won’t this time... Rest easy Jesse. I will always love you.

Trace Fulton

March 20, 2020

I didn’t know Jesse for very long I met him near the beginning of this school year when we tried out for the play Wait Until Dark together and ever since me and him have been best friends i hope he’s in a better place and is happier now❤️ R.I.P. Buddy fly with the birds

Katlynn Hassel

March 20, 2020

I met Jesse through our friend David, I had only hung out with him a few times but when I did we all always had an amazing time. He always knew the answer when I couldnt figure something out. You had a sense of humor that was just so clever, if that makes any sense. You were like the dad some nights just making sure everyone was okay. We all got really close. Ill never forget all the late night hangs and ill never forget you man, it was too soon man too soon🌺💛

Audrey Lewis

March 18, 2020

I have known Jesse for over 10 years. He was a camper when I was a zoo teen, and the younger brother of one of my best friends. I used to carry little Jesse on my back when he would get tired at Mesker Zoo. I stayed with him for a week while Bob and Mary were out of town and got to experience being a band mom for a week. David and I roomed together for a while and Jesse would come over any time there was a wrestling event. Jesse was a friend, a loved one, and family to me much like the rest of the Meiers. My condolences go to them in these incredibly hard times.

Vicky Whitaker

March 18, 2020

I met Jesse at the Evansville bird club. We would talk about all the birds we had seen and what our life list was at. I will never forget when he would come up to me before the meeting or during a break and ask what new birds I had and then tell me what new bird he might have. I will never forget that little boy who was excited to get out there and find those birds with his dad.

Brandon Geppner

March 18, 2020

Most morning and afternoons we would play pokemon and shiny hunt together. Sometimes I would get one and sometimes he would get one. But mainly him. He was always a fun going guy, he always made people laugh even if they were tired,mad, or even sad. One morning I was super tired and I don't even remember what it was he said but I just busted out laughing. And it woke me up alright.

Kennedy Salts

March 18, 2020

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve seen Jesse, but that never stopped me from think about him or hoping he was doing well anytime I saw a cool bird. When I knew him he was a sweet little boy who liked Nyan cat (he was so excited when showed him my Nyan cat game on my phone) and couldn’t wait to show off his binder of Pokémon cards any chance he had. It was the little things like this that made me adore that little boy and I always hoped he’d grow into an exceptional young man - which is very clear that he did. His love of nature and his efforts toward nature is a gift of its own.
My heart breaks for the Meier family and I hope that Jesse has found his peace and I hope his family can find peace as well. Jesse will never truly be gone, he’s in the flight and the wing beats of his favorite birds and he lives in the hearts and memories of those who loved him most.

Ashlei Roberts

March 18, 2020

It broke my heart to hear about Jessie, he was always one to make everyone smile whether through a game or a joke or even a hug he was there and I’m sure he’s up there somewhere smiling and laughing playing cod or cards against humanity or uno and watching over the rest of us guiding our ways for the better may he Rest In Peace and my condolence to the family.

Kathy Brown

March 17, 2020

To The Meier Family,
My heart breaks for you all. I am so sorry. Jesse was such a sweet young man. He always walked in my office with that amazing smile. I will keep you in my prayers and his smile in my heart.

Kathy Brown
Reitz Bookstore Manager

Sandra Spence

March 17, 2020

Although I didn’t get to spend much time with Jesse, it was obvious to all that his knowledge of birds, their plumage, habitat, and songs/calls was magnificent. On the hikes he led, he was the first to see and ID the birds, and he gladly answered any questions. As a young, athletic man, the slowness of many older birders, myself included, must have been frustrating, but I never saw Jesse demonstrate any impatience. We will all miss him.