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Joseph D. Meyer

March 11, 1932 ~ October 28, 2022 (age 90) 90 Years Old


Joseph D. Meyer, age 90,passed October 28, 2022. He was born and raised in Aurora, the son of Willard and Anzia Meyer.  In 1950, he graduated from Aurora High School.  He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. In his early career he owned Dan’s Bar. The later purchased the Gangplank on Highway 50.   He  continued his career in restaurant management with Federated Department Stores  at H & S Pogues downtown, managing the restaurant.

During his retirement he could be found at the Motorpool peddling cars among other junk.  It was the spot where all his cronies would stop and visit throughout the day attempting to solve the world’s problems. More importantly, it was Farmer’s Fair central for the Meyer family.  

Dan was a true townie.  He was born on 5th Street, raised his family on 4th Street, ran a bar (along with some poker playing) on 2nd Street and managed the Caboose on the corner of George and Importing Streets.  He knew everyone in town and was always willing to help anyone in need.  The greatest gift he gave his children was the example he set with helping others.  

Dan was the ultimate story teller. He was funny and his cast of characters came from his years in the bar business.  You might have heard his stories dozens of times but would still laugh yourself to tears listening to him retell it.  It’s been said that a few  of his kids were blessed with the Meyer sense of humor.

Dan was a life long member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.  He was also a member of the Aurora American Legion and was active with the Korean War Veterans.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Tom Meyer, and his grandson, Billy Backman, daughter-in-law Amy Meyer and his son-in-law John Klein. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Patricia Meyer (Bennett).  Six children, Theresa (John), Joe (Paula) Meyer, Lori (Bill) Backman, Patrick (Amy)Meyer, Anna (Dale) Downey, Stacy (Angela) Meyer.  Nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.   

Per his request, there will be no services.   In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to the Amy Iron Meyer’s Foundation or to Loving Hearts Hospice, 23986 Stateline Road, Unit 102, Lawrenceburg IN 47025.

On a final note, Dan loved “the boat” and was a frequent visitor with either his side kick Johnnie or Joey.  Last week he made his wishes known to everyone that he was “ready to cash in his chips”.  And he did.  Book ‘em Danno! You lived a blessed life!


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