Dec. 9, 1925 — July 11, 2015
Rochus “Rocky” Meyer, 89, of Turner died July 11 in Vancouver, Washington.
He was born in Karlsruhe, North Dakota, to Michael and Helen Meyer. He joined the United States Marine Corps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He carried a 41-pound rifle called a BAR. He helped liberate the island of Guam and received a Purple Heart for wounds during the battle of Iwo Jima.
After the end of the war, Rocky and his family moved to Portland to find work. He served as the Corvallis Business Agent for the Carpenters Union and OR/WA Millrights. When he retired, he moved to Turner.
He loved to polka dance and wintered in Yuma, Arizona, for 25 years.
He is survived by his sons Robert Meyer of Aumsville and Patrick Meyer of Littleton, Colorado; daughters Karen Strangel of Ridgefield, Washington, Roxann Eaton of Tigard and Carmelita Augustine of Littleton, Colorado; brothers Herman Meyer of Portland and Leo J. Meyer of Clovis, California; sisters Johanna Matthews of Davisburg, Michigan, Helen Hovland of San Jose, California, Martha Gay of Bismark, North Dakota, and Sally Kasper of Fargo, North Dakota; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; three sisters, Maria, Catherine and Virginia; and four brothers, Leo, John, Wendelin and Michael.
A recitation of the rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Vancouver, Washington. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Reception to follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Association, Juvenile Diabetes Association or Multiple Sclerosis Association.