Rev. Dr. William (Bill) F. Meyer passed away peacefully at the age of 78 on Friday, February 1, 2019.
Bill was born to Reverend Frederick and Melinda (Christian) Meyer on April 17, 1940 in Glendive, Montana. Raised as a preacher’s son Bill gained the wisdom of knowing God’s love and sharing it with those around him from an early age.
A lifetime servant of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Bill graduated from Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, IN in 1962; earned a Master of Divinity degree in Old Testament Interpretation from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO in 1966; and earned a master’s degree (1968) and PhD (1974) in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin. He served as Assistant Professor at Concordia Seminary, Springfield, IL; Dean of Administration and Associate Professor at Concordia Lutheran College, Austin, TX; Vice President of Editorial for Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO; Assistant Treasurer, LCMS and Executive Vice President, LCMS Foundation; and the CEO of the Board for Higher Education, overseeing 10 colleges and two seminaries, which he led to form one Concordia University System.
Bill is survived by his wife, three daughters, and six grandchildren; his four sisters: Louise and husband Rev. Thomas Spahn of Beach Park, IL; Laura Dinda of Austin, TX; Linda Berryhill of N. Liberty, IA; Laverne and husband Ron Kelderman of Cedar Falls, IA; two brothers: Wayne Meyer and wife Shirley of Tripoli, IA; and Werner Meyer and wife Becky of Waterloo, IA; sister-in-law Janet Meyer of Walburg, TX; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Reverend Frederick and Melinda Meyer of Readlyn, IA; brothers Walter Meyer of Walburg, TX and Winfred Meyer of Ogden, UT; and sister Lorene Meyer of Denver, IA.
A celebration of life worship service will be held at Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church 9590 E. Shea Blvd. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3:30 p.m.
Memorials in Bill’s honor may be made to the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Foundation and Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota.