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Charles Richard Meyer, Sr.

September 11, 1945 — November 5, 2023

Indianapolis

Charles Richard Meyer, Sr. passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 78 years old.
Warmly known as Charlie to most of his large family and Chuck to many others, his most favorite name for many years was “Dad”. This was only surpassed by the title “Grampa Chuck” which he claimed proudly in 2010 when becoming a grandfather to Sabrina (12), followed by Charles III carrying on his name (11), and Crosby Meyer (8). 

Born in Cincinnati on September 11, 1945 to the beautiful Italian Maria Sabetta Ventre and his beloved German father Arthur G. Meyer, Chuck was the youngest of their five children (Arthur “Dutch” Meyer, Mary Carol Crouch, Gerald Meyer, and Geraldine Meyer) but loved being promoted to the role of big brother after Arthur’s premature passing and his mom’s subsequent remarriage. This brought him 4 younger siblings (Brenda “Cissy” Schupp, William Anderson, Marcia Kenner, and Melinda Anderson) and so many dear cousins, nieces and nephews.

Throughout his 78 years, Chuck faced many challenges that could’ve broken him but he continued to demonstrate resilience time after time. He shared stories from his time in an orphanage as a child that would break your heart along with childhood stories of bullying and financial hardship that would be shared matter-of-factly as Chuck was never seeking sympathy.

After attending Colerain High School in Cincinnati, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Florida. Following his short time in the military, Chuck had a career in corporate and airport security which he held until retirement.  Working for a retailer in Cincinnati, he met Becky (Johnson) Black and the two were married shortly after.  It was then in November of 1974 that his pride and joy, Charles Meyer II was born.  Though they divorced after a few years of marriage, Becky remained a dear friend and remarkable caregiver to Chuck through the end of his life. 

Prior to emphysema and chronic kidney disease limiting Chuck’s physical abilities, his favorite hobbies were golf and bowling. Though he appreciated the solitude of living alone, Chuck loved the social energy of being with people and would take any opportunity to catch up with friends out on the course.  At the bowling alley, he threw a mean left hook that made him hard to beat. 

Chuck was committed to his Christian faith and was so appreciative of the spike in online content that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. These Christian values contributed to his generosity. Despite humble means, Chuck gave freely and spoiled his family. There was no one who could make a dollar go further and he loved to give extravagantly and live simply.  

Chuck will be affectionately remembered as a loving father, grandfather, brother, cousin, uncle, and friend. He will be dearly missed by his family and we invite you to celebrate his legacy with us.

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