Charles Meyer Jr. passed away on January 4, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. Charles, also known as "Chuck" or "Sonny," was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico on January 8, 1930 to Charles Meyer Sr. and Eloisa Meyer. He attended high school and college in Las Vegas, New Mexico and later joined the Army. He worked for the El Paso Natural Gas Company in Arizona for 30 years and recently celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary with his wife, Eda Mae Meyer. Charles' passion was square dance calling and was a caller for 50 years throughout the Valley and Sun City.
Charles was preceded in death by his sister, Connie Chouinard. He is survived by his sister Marian Ackerman from Las Vegas New Mexico, brother Julius Meyer from Albuquerque New Mexico, wife Eda Mae Meyer, daughter Marilyn Kim Meyer, son Chris Meyer, and his daughters and their husbands, Tracy and Chris Frost and Terrie and Manny Marroquin. Chuck had four grandchildren, Laysie Valdivia and her husband Zach, Matias Marroquin and Antonio Marroquin, and Nick Frost, as well as two great-grand-children, Kash Valdivia and Dezmon Valdivia. He is also survived by his dog, Bossy. Chuck's humor and good nature will be missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, the family request any donations be made to APDAParkinson.org or mailed to American Parkinson Disease Associaton Parkinson Plaza, Staten Island, NY 10305 Attn: Nancy Braun
Thank you for coming, today we honor Chuck Meyer by profoundly feeling and expressing our loss, but also by remembering what an amazing person he was, and who has played a unique and special role in all of our lives. He lived his life to the fullest and touched so many people during his time here with us. We all have memories that we will carry with us - memories that defined my Dad, memories that we will all always hold dear.
Allow me to share some of the special memories that we, my sisters and brother, have of our Dad: He was a father that taught us about how important family is - he was the happiest when was surrounded by his family. He had a very strong work ethic and taught us about how to go after our dreams and work hard for it He lived a principled life he didn't waiver from right and wrong He taught us to have compassion for others To have fun, laugh and enjoy each other
Our father was much more than our father, he was a grandfather, a great grandfather, a brother, an uncle, a godfather, a husband that worked hard to provide for his family, a friend and a square dance caller which soon turned into his passion. He had many great friends through his life as a caller, some of you are here today to celebrate his memories with us. When we were little we thought of him as a singer, he made a few of his own records and he would practice in his music room, and we all enjoyed watching him sing because we knew how much he loved it. Before the teenage years hit we also square danced in one of his clubs.
I know it was a love of his as he would sing parts of a song in the hospital and loved to listen to music. So you know he is up in heaven calling and singing.
He always had a spirit of life and fought to the very end. He had his tough moments but always managed to crack a joke. We will cherish the memories and I know he is watching over all of us and showing us uplifting signs when we need them the most.
He came to my house and we played basketball and he was so tall that he could dunk.
You were always able to crack a joke and make me laugh no matter what the situation was. Love you so much!!
A strong but quiet man. I had a lot of respect for him. He always called me bigfoot. I loved helping him around the house and doing things for him. He always had a list for me when I came to town. I love and respect him deeply.
Chris Frost - Husband to Tracy (Daughter)
I am going to miss you Dad. You were a great father. Father, Mom might let me have one of your cowboy hats. I will always wear it . I love you Daddy a whole bunch and I am really going to miss you!!
Your daughter, Kim
Our deepest condolences and we are with you in spirit. We love you.
The Mortara Family
He was always very kind to us, with a great smile on his face. He'll be missed.
Letty, Primrose, Cat & Franki (Manny's family)
I remember coming to Phoenix and staying with Uncle Sonny and Aunt Eda Mae. Both of them were so nice and kind. When the time came for me to leave I didn't want to go because it felt like my new home because of how kind they both were to me.
I remember Uncle Sonny racing down 4th Street with a carload of kids with his younger brother Julius racing in the next lane with a carload of kids...and laughing saying, "Oh, he's crazy," and let his little brother win.
One simple fact that every time I saw him it was a kind word and question of what I was up to and just his kindness overall... and of course how he would tease me about the "pool" incident with that smile of his. I will miss him.
I love you so much great grandpa. I loved the memory of when we would all hang out in the living room while you sang music.
As a square dance caller, Chuck always made sure everyone would get the calls. If anyone needed help, he would stop calling to help. He was very friendly to his dancers and made you feel welcome. You could always tell he was a family man. He will be missed.
Thanks for the good times.
Honest. Very patient teaching. Never embarrassed anyone!
Always so gracious and patient with new classes. You were always at your best with a mike in your hand and a floor full of dancers.
What a patient, kind soul who had a great sense of humour. We have lost such a great Square Dance Caller not only a wonderful human being, a great blessing.
The first class I took with Chuck, he was very friendly. After I got to know him better, I enjoyed his sense of humor.
I remember my cousin as a very friendly cousin, who I did not meet until he was in his 70's. It was a joy to meet him and be a part of square dance calling. My father Jesse spoke so highly of him. What a talented man! God bless him.
Gladys Ann Meyer Adams
I always remember when I graduated from college I came to Phoenix to visit my uncle. I went to see him square dance call and he introduced me to the audience and said he was very proud of me that I graduated from college. This really touched my heart.
Chuck loved his music room, he was passionate about calling and always so proud to show us his chops.