Jackie Ray “Jack” Meyer, 81 of Fredericksburg, VA died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at Mary Washington Hospital.
Jack was raised on a farm 4 ½ miles South East of Russell, Iowa, on the Blue Grass Road. He accepted the Lord in his youth while under the ministry of Rev. Archie Beals at the First Baptist Church in Russell. He was active in basketball and the local 4-H club. After graduating from Russell High School in 1951 he joined the Navy and served there for four years during the Korean War as an electronics technician on board the aircraft carrier Shangri-La.
He was a graduate of Iowa State University in Electrical Engineering and served in the Minnesota State legislature from 1967 to 1969. He then became the Director of the Cincinnati Transit Authority for several years before moving to the Washington, DC area to serve on a number of electrical engineering projects as a civilian for the Walter Reed Hospital and the U.S. Navy. At the time of his retirement he was involved in solving electromagnetic interference problems on mine sweepers and guided missile cruisers.
Survivors include his wife, Betsey Ann Meyer, Two daughters, Deborah Meyer Burget (Craig} of Fairmont, W. VA., and Ruth Meyer (Matt Belval) of Vacaville, CA; son Benjamin Franklin Meyer (Michelle) of Evans, GA; two brothers, John Meyer of Chino Valley, AZ, and Robert E. Meyer of Sebring, FL; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Raymond Meyer, and his parents, Raymond E. Meyer and Florence A. Meyer, both of Russell, IA.
The family received friends the evening of Dec. 4, at Covenant Funeral Services, Fredericksburg, VA.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Spotswood Baptist Church in Fredericksburg. Internment was held on Monday, Dec. 8, at the Quantico National Cemetery.
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