By HDN Staff
INVERNESS Donald George Meyer, 88, Havre, died Saturday, March 11, at a Havre hospital of natural causes.
Memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Inverness. A luncheon will follow.
Graveside services with burial of ashes will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Highland Cemetery in Havre.
Meyer was born July 18, 1911 in St. Joseph, Minn. to Michael and Rose (Pfannenstein) Meyer. They moved to Montana while he was an infant and homesteaded near Inverness.
Meyer grew up on the family farm and was educated in Inverness, graduating from Inverness High School in 1929. He began working with his father in the farming and machinery business. They owned and operated the International Harvester dealership and the Conoco Service Station and bulk fuel business in Inverness. It was a partnership they called Mike Meyer and Son.
Meyer married Florence Inez Soderholm in Hingham on June 19, 1933. They made their home in Inverness.
In 1945, Meyer was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to Inverness.
Meyer also sold insurance. In 1955, he turned the Conoco business over to his son. He sold his interests in the International Harvester business to Marias Equipment in Chester in 1959. He continued to farm and live in Inverness until 1981.
The Meyers moved to Havre and opened North Central Insurance Agency where he specialized in crop and hail insurance. He eventually sold the business and worked part time for Koefod Agency in Havre.
Meyer was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus at Inverness. He was a life-member of the Havre Elks Lodge and was active in Havre Eagles Club. Years ago, he served as a board member for Sacred Heart Hospital.
Meyer loved riding horses in his youth and was a member of the Inverness Saddle Club. He played basketball on the Inverness Cardinals state championship team.
Meyer's hobbies included fishing, bird hunting, bowling and cards. he enjoyed country western music and square dancing. He was an excellent mechanic. His family nicknamed him "Minute Man," because of his frequent remark, "I'll be with you in just a minute."
Preceding Meyer in death were his parents and four sisters: Ione, Alda, Adelaide, and Inez.
Survivors include his wife, Inez, of Havre; son, Darryl Meyer of Great Falls; daughter, Fay Wolfe of Chester; sisters, LaVern McFadden of Great Falls, and Claudette Alex and Eileen Han, both of Inverness; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Memorials are suggested to the Assisted Living Apartments Foundation in Chester or the Hi-Line Health Foundation in Chester.
Arrangements are by Rockman Funeral Chapel in Chester.