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Henry William Meyer Jr.

October 11, 2021 | 6 comments

Henry W. (Bill) Meyer was born on June 6, 1933 to Henry, Sr. and Alvena Meyer in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He was the second child of three.

At age 10, Bill shined shoes for the Camp Mc Coy servicemen and had a paper route for the La Crosse Tribune. He also set pins at a local bowling alley and worked for the La Crosse Laundry by driving truck and cleaning rugs. Bill attended Lincoln School and graduated from Central High School in 1951. Bill voluntarily joined the U.S. Air Force and served from 1952-56 with tours in Korea and Japan during the Korean War. He married the love of his life, Yvonne (Vonnie) (West) Meyer, on 11-28-1958. He was a life member of the American Legion and VFW. After his military service time, he worked as an apprentice electrician in Hokah and Rochester, Minnesota. He went on to earn a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics and a Masters Degree in Audio Visual Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He went on to become a school teacher and taught mathematics at Mindoro High School and Pittsville High School, and the last 26 years at Columbus High School and the Marshfield Public Schools. Besides teaching, he coached both boys’ and girls’ basketball. His efforts culminated in the Marshfield High School girls’ basketball team competing in the Wisconsin State Tournament in 1977. Bill retired from teaching in 1990. Bill had the privilege of owning and operating the Chili Corner Club and Ballroom outside Chili, Wisconsin, from 1972-76. He and Vonnie in retirement traveled the world and attended three Olympics; Montreal in 1976, Los Angeles in 1984, and Atlanta in 1996. They also visited Europe, the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand. Bill and Vonnie moved from Marshfield to Holmen, Wisconsin, in 2016 and on to Onalaska, Wisconsin in 2018. Bill would summarize his adventures by saying, “I did it my way!”

Bill is survived by Vonnie his wife, Gina (daughter) and John Frick of Caldwell, TX, Mark (son) and Meg Meyer of Stevens Point, WI, four grandsons (Jacob and Jason Frick) of Austin, TX; (Matthew and Max Meyer) of Stevens Point, W., three great-grandsons (Madden Huskerson) of Austin, TX; (Nathaniel and Levi Meyer) of Stevens Point, WI, one great-granddaughter (Charlie Grace Frick) of Austin, TX. and many other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older sister, Bonnie. He has one living sister, Bernadine (Meyer) (Brey) Wirth of New Braunfels, TX.

Bill went to heaven to be with his Lord and Savior on October 10, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made in Henry Meyer’s name to Lewis Valley Lutheran Church : Po Box 167 Mindoro, WI 54644



  1. Pat McHugh

    My dear former high school Phy Ed teacher in Holmen – I am so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. He and you are in my prayers. I’ve thought of both of you so often since the two of you attended our class reunion, but I didn’t know how to contact you. Please contact me at my email below if you can. God bless you always. 🙏
    Pat McHugh

    • Gina Frick

      Thank you

  2. Bob Lightfoot

    Vonnie and family, so sorry to hear of Hank’s passing. I have so many fond memories of you two. Stopping at Chile Corners on the way to a gig, you guys dancing to our music—was it the Lindy—JH band playing at state tournament cuz the SH was committed elsewhere, and of course spending many years of our teaching careers together. You will be in my prayers.

    • Gina Frick

      Thanks Bob, It was probably the jitterbug 🥰
      Fun times at the Chili Corner ❤️
      On Friday before he passed mom and dad sang Sing in the rain. It will be a fond memory too. 😍

  3. Autumn Ater

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you all dearly. He was a funny, sweet & kind man who raised an awesome daughter and son! God bless Vonnie and the rest of the family as you all heal on this journey.

  4. Pastor Alyssa Mitchell

    Prayers to you dear Meyer family! May the love of God and the promises given to Henry in his Baptism, promises that we will all enter into someday surround you and bring you peace!


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