Clifford Rodney Meyer
July 12, 1947 – August 20, 2020
Clifford Rodney Meyer, age 73, died unexpectedly on Thursday, August 20, 2020 in his residence. Clifford was born July 12, 1947 in Houston, Texas, the son of Rodney William and Mary Louise (Barker) Meyer.
Clifford graduated from Lamar High School, Class of 1965. Following graduation, he attended Sam Houston State University and earned a BBA. During his high school and college years, Clifford was a member of the ROTC and became a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon college graduation. During his time at Sam Houston State he was a member of the Lowman Rifles Precision Drill Team that competed against other military drill teams and was a color guard for the unit. After graduation, he went to Artillery Officer's School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In November of 1969 he was sent to West Germany in preparation for his entry onto the theater of the Vietnam War. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and was trained as a forward artillery observer and served in Vietnam from November 1970 to May 1971. Clifford said very little about his service, just enough to say he was helicoptered in and set down on the front line of the battle to call in artillery and air strikes to support American troops. He would be out in the filed without support except for a radio and single armed spotter.
Cliff returned to the United States and continued in service in the Army Reserves for 4 more years during which he was promoted to the rank of Captain in the Army Reserves. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Bronze Star Medal.
Cliff never married, lived alone, working at jobs that were satisfying to him and his needs. He lived in the same apartment from 1972 until the day of his death. Cliff's joy was in serving his church. He was a member of St. Luke's Methodist Church in Houston from 1959 until his death. He attended Sunday School and Church and was a volunteer as a camera man in the T.V. Ministry at St. Luke's. He also enjoyed being on the Alumni Committee at Lamar Senior High School and was part of the planning group for remodeling and expanding the campus to the point it is today. He was proud of his alma mater.
Cliff was preceded in death by his father, Rodney; mother, Louise; step father, Ralph; brother, Steve; and nephew, Nicholas. Surviving are his brother, Tony (Cathy); nephew, Gabe (Allison); great niece, Emily; and great nephew, Andrew.
Cliff was always cheerful, happy and loved t talk. He lived a quiet and humble life. He had few needs and fewer wants. He was an example of living the simple life with joy and love for God.
A service in remembrance of Clifford Rodney Meyer will be held 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 17, 2020 in the Chapel at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer RD, Houston, Texas 77027. He will be inurned at the Memorial Gardens of St Luke's. Cliff requested in lieu of flowers donaions be made to St. Luke's Methodist Church Memorial Garden General Fund in his honor.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ForestParkEast-FHC.com for the Meyer family.
Memorial Celebration of Life
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Reception to follow