Mr. Arthur “Art” Neil Meyer of Miami, Okla., passed into eternity and was greeted in Heaven on Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at the age of 83 years. Art was born Jan. 31, 1924, in Oshkosh, Wis., to his parents, Frank and Myrta Meyer. He took Miss Shirley Gippner as his bride on Oct. 17, 1946, in Kansas City, Mo. He and Shirley have made Miami their home for 60 years.

Art served his country faithfully in the United States Army Air Force as a young man. He was employed for over 30 years at King Press in Joplin, Mo., where he retired as plant engineer. He had many hobbies some of which included woodworking, fishing and gardening. Art's greatest trait was his giving spirit. He was a deacon in First Baptist Church for many years where he taught Sunday School and served as an RA Director. He dedicated over 20 years of service to The Gideons International program where he most recently served as the Memorial Bible Chairman. Other organizations that meant a great deal to Art where he volunteered tirelessly were the Hearts and Hammers Program and the Meals on Wheels Program. Although Art had many hobbies and accomplishments in his life, his greatest joy was his family.

Even though Art is no longer with us, his memory will be honored through his family and friends which include, his wife, Shirley, of Miami; one son, Bob Meyer and his wife, Linda, of Broken Arrow, Okla.; one daughter, Patty Chandler and her husband, Jay, of Tulsa, Okla.; and one sister, Mayme Totta of Carlsbad, Calif. The grandchildren are Craig Meyer of San Antonio, Texas, Mary Chandler of Tulsa, Okla., and Cara Meyer of Broken Arrow, Okla.

Art is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one granddaughter.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, First Baptist Church of Miami with Pastors Rick Longcrier and Joe Don Olds officiating. Interment will follow the service at Glen Abbey Cemetery. The memorial services are under the direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Gideons International.

Viewing times are Monday, Dec. 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., closed Dec. 25, and Dec. 26 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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