Henry F Meyer

Age: 74 years, 7 months, 7 days


DOB: March 18, 1859
Beecher, IL USA

DOD: October 25, 1933
in a hospital, IL USA

Son of Claus and Dorothy (nee Lemke) Meyer

Brother to: Annie (Henry J. Dohse), Mary D. (John Krech), Fred (Mary Ellen O’Brien), John C, Emma (J.F. Krege) Meyer

Husband of Melsina Catharina Louise (Feine) Meyer, married July 18, 1896 at St. John UCC
(Editor’s note: Melsina was married to Ferdinand Engelking circa1886.
 Four children were born to this union. Ferdinand died on Dec. 22, 1894)

Father to: Heinrich, Augusta and Harry H. Meyer
(Editor’s note: Heinrich and Augusta both died in infancy; only Harry grew to adulthood)

Stepfather to: Sophie Engelking (Henry Farrenkopf), Anna Engelking (Emil G. Dierking), Carl F. Engelking (Helena S. Peters) and Frederic W. Engelking (Bertha Boicken)

October 26, 1933 – Beecher Herald


Death takes 2 - Henry F. MeyerThe death of Henry Meyer occurred at the Chicago Heights hospital, Tuesday, at about midnight. Death was caused by a complication of ailments. Mr. Meyer was 72 years of age and had been living in retirement since moving to the village some years ago. Funeral services, it is understood will be conducted, Saturday, by Rev. C Nauerth at St. John’s Church, and burial will be in the mausoleum.

(Editor’s note: the second person “Death took” was Miss Viola Dierking, daughter of Emil Dierking, age 21)


Henry F. Meyer obitHenry F. Meyer was born in the neighborhood of Beecher, March 18, 1859, to Claus Meyer and his wife Dorothy, nee Lemke. He entered in holy wedlock with Mrs. Melsina Engelking, July 18, 1906. Three children were born to this union, of whom, two died in infancy; one son, Harry, survives to mourn his loss. There are also two stepsons, Carl and Fred Engelking, and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Sophia Fahrenkopf, with their families. His wife and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Emil Dierking, preceded him in death two years ago. Others mourners are two sisters and one brother. He had been living on a farm east of Beecher for most of his life with the exception of the years from 1903-1914, when the family lived in Harvey. On account of the failing health of Mrs. Meyer and his own physical ailments the family moved to town about four and one half years ago. This change improved his health greatly while the illness of his wife developed into great seriousness. Recently his old ailment appeared and quickly developed into “uremia”. He was taken to the hospital, Monday afternoon in much pain. He passed away, Wednesday morning, at 12:25 p.m. at the age of 74 years, 7 months and 7 days.

The funeral services took place, Saturday, at St. John’s Evangelical Church of which he was a member. Burial was made in the mausoleum.

Mr. Meyer was one of our pioneer citizens, who by his steady, aggressive toil and upright character had won the esteem of the whole community.

Henry’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Wife: Melsina C. (Fiene) Meyer
Son: Harry H. Meyer
In-Laws of step-son (Carl F. Engelking) Martin C. Peters & Friedericka (Barmann) Peters
Brother & Sister-in-law of step-son (Carl F. Engelking): Rudolph F. Peters & Elizabeth (Eckhoff) Peters
Brother & Sister-in-law of step-son (Carl F. Engelking): William Peters & Helen (Wehling) Peters

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Fiene, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening,


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