Arthur William “Art” Meier, 90, of Granite City, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon.
He was born Oct. 7, 1924, in Granite City, a son of the late William Ernst and Emma (Keck) Meier. He married Billie Hope (Hartmann) Meier on May 1, 1954, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Granite City and she survives. Art retired from the Department of the Army on Sept. 9, 1977, and had also worked as an accountant with the Internal Revenue Service for many years. He had prepared income taxes for many families in the area for more than 50 years. Art was a member of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees. The United States Army veteran had proudly served his country during World War II and was the recipient of many medals and recognitions. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Granite City, where he was a member of the Lutheran Layman’s League and served as the church treasurer for more than 50 years. He had received his Master’s Degree in Public Works from Saint Louis University. Art was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed his days of bowling and playing golf. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife of 60 years, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Susan Fay and Rick Roentz of Granite City; one son and daughter-in-law, David Arthur and Elizabeth Meier of Northbrook; two grandchildren, Ryan Arthur Roentz and Abigail Rebecca Meier; many special nieces, nephews and cousins; extended family, his church family and many friends. In addition to his beloved parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Meier; and a sister, Helen Foehse.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. until time of funeral service at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at Concordia Lutheran Church, 2305 Grand Ave. in Granite City, with the Rev. Brian Feicho officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon with full military honors. Memorials may be made to Concordia Lutheran Church and may be accepted at the funeral home, www.irwinchapel.com.