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January 11, 2023

William Steven Meyer, 75, of Hamel, Ill., passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. He was born Jan. 9, 1947, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Wilbur and Lucille (nee Meyer) Meyer. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Jennifer Meyer-Ashauer. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Amy (Pohlmann) Meyer; daughters Julie (Aaron) Fish and Billie (Guy) Robinson; six grandchildren, Ethan, Morgan, and Peyton Ashauer, Meila and Willow Robinson, and Gabriel Fish; and a sister, Sue (Larry) Torbeck. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

He was baptized, confirmed, and married at St. Paul Lutheran Church, attended St. Paul Lutheran Elementary School, and graduated from Edwardsville High School. He met his wife, Amy, at a church youth gathering and they were married in June 1967.

Bill was drafted into the U.S. Army in June 1966 and completed one tour of duty in Vietnam. During this time, he selflessly defended his fellow soldiers and country as a door gunner on a Huey helicopter with the 195th Assault Helicopter Company, the "Thunder Chickens" Gun Platoon. He was proud to serve his country and continued to support the military and the USA throughout his lifetime. Bill stayed in touch with his military comrades and enjoyed annual Special Operations Association events.

Upon returning from the Vietnam War, Bill began to work with his father selling insurance and real estate. He became a certified insurance counselor. He enjoyed building a home and family with Amy. His interests were expansive and varied from tractor pulling, camping, boating, cars, and attending school events with his children and grandchildren, to business and community service. For nearly 50 years, he enjoyed trips to Wisconsin during the winter months for snowmobiling with family and friends. More recently, he especially enjoyed sharing his loves with his grandchildren and experiencing all they loved as well.

During his lifetime, Bill strived to improve Hamel and the surrounding communities by serving in various positions, boards, and committees, including, but not limited to: Hamel Police Chief, Hamel Village Board member, Mayor of Hamel, and Madison County Board Member District 3. He served as an elder at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel. He was the secretary/treasurer of Hamel Mutual Insurance Company and president of W.S. Meyer & Associates Inc. He served as an Illinois Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Board Member and Hamel State Bank/First National Bank of Staunton Board of Directors member. He was also a dedicated member of the Special Operations Association for Vietnam Veterans.

Bill will be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather, a loyal friend, a community servant, and a lifelong Christian.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel. There will be no visitation prior to the service. The church will open for seating at 9 a.m. and the memorial service will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Live Stream will be available on St. Paul Lutheran Hamel Facebook page & Family and friends are welcome to stay for a luncheon following the service in the school gymnasium. Per Bill's request, interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of one of the following memorials: St. Paul Lutheran School (supporting facility maintenance at his childhood school) or the George C. Morten Special Operations Association Scholarship Fund (which awards scholarships to children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of military personnel who are SOA members or persons KIA and/or MIA). Memorials may be mailed to Williamson Funeral Home, 108 W. Henry St., Staunton, IL 62088. Checks should be made out to "St. Paul Lutheran School" or to "SOA Scholarship Fund."

Condolences may be left online at http://www.lesicko or Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston and Williamson Funeral Home, Staunton, are in charge of arrangements.

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