Harvey Burton Meyer

June 28, 1931January 4, 2021

Harvey Burton Meyer, Colonel (Ret) of Creve Coeur passed away on January 4, 2021 at Missouri Baptist Hospital. Harvey Meyer was born in Peoria, Illinois to Katherine and Herman Meyer on June 28, 1931 and grew up in St. Louis. He worked a variety of odd jobs starting at the age of eight that enabled him to attend higher education with the help of both academic and tennis scholarships.

Harvey graduated from Washington University with both a BA and a Doctor of Jurisprudence. On January 28, 1954, he married his college sweetheart, Elizabeth Ann Oberdorfer. He completed a 25-year Army career as a lawyer in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, achieving the rank of Full Bird Colonel. Along the way he attended numerous advanced military schools culminating with Command and General Staff College credit. He was awarded a Legion of Merit as a Major for service at the Army Aviation Command.

Upon retirement he maintained a small private law practice specializing in helping businesses compete for government contracts. He had a lifelong passion for table tennis, belonging to clubs in both the US and Europe, winning numerous tournaments, and playing competitively into his 70's. He attained the rank of grand master in bridge. He was a life member of the American Bar Association, Shaare Emeth Temple, and the JCCA Health Club.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Elizabeth, son Samuel Meyer (Pam Gwaltney), daughter Suellen Meyer (Ralph) Koppel, grandchildren Julie Ann (Joshua) Goldman, Michael Meyer, James Koppel, and great grandchildren Jason and Rebecca Goldman. He will also be missed by his beloved sisters, Theo Meyer and Eileen (Alan) Fleischer, brother-in-law Hans (Marcia) Oberdorfer, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A private funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 6th at 2:00 PM at Jefferson Barracks National Military Cemetery. Please visit for Live Stream Link. A virtual shiva will be held on Thursday, January 7th at 5:30 PM. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.


  • Private Graveside Service Available via Live Stream at 2:00 PM CT

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021


  • Shiva via Zoom

    Thursday, January 7, 2021



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Hans and Marcia Oberdorfer

January 10, 2021

Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Harvey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Lori Ginsparg

January 8, 2021

Our sympathies go out to the entire Meyer family. We know this is an extremely difficult time. Uncle Harvey will be greatly missed. May his memory be a blessing and bring a smile to your face.

Hugs and Love,
Lori, Ari, and Aaron

Neal and Aralyn Neal and Aralyn Rosenberg

January 7, 2021

So very sorry for your terrible loss. He was such a special man.
Neal and Aralyn

Fleischer Alan

January 6, 2021

I fondly remember his endless store of jokes from Nacho Cheese to tales of Chaim Tusk. The world is made a better place by memories of those that bring joy and cheer to the world.
Anne and I will miss Uncle Harvey but we celebrate his life.

Sandy Melnick

January 5, 2021

Our deepest condolences to the family. May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing.