BELLE FOURCHE | On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, our beloved Robert Henry Meyer went to be with Jesus. Robert was born June 21, 1937, in Newell, the son of Dave L. Meyer and Alma B. Meyer.
He graduated from Belle Fourche High School in 1955 at the age of 17. Soon after, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served his country well for a total of three years. While a Marine, he served as an Administrative Courier/Communication. In 1956, he was promoted to Meritorious Corporal. In 1957, he was promoted to Meritorious Sergeant. At the time serving as a Sergeant, Robert received a top-secret security clearance. He, as a Marine, had an unusual career; he was a member of a “good will” tour, whereby he spent time in Okinawa, Japan, British N. Borneo, Singapore, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) India, Pakistan and Hong Kong.
In 1956-1957, Robert was a guest of the American Ambassador at Bombay, India. He was a member of the Communications Radar Department of Marine Corps, Air Station in El Toro, CA, prior to his honorable discharge. Robert did not receive the GI Bill. Therefore, he had to be employed while attending college. This strong drive and work ethic to “get ahead” in life was to be so much a part of what made Robert who he was, throughout his life. Having said that, he held down two separate jobs throughout his college career. He was employed by U.S. Wool Testing Labs as well as U.S. Sugar Corp. After receiving his BA in business, he became cashier and controller at U & I Sugar at both the Belle Fourche and Idaho Falls, ID, locations.
In 1967, Robert entered the wool trade — a career which lasted 30 years. He pioneered the export of American wool to the United Kingdom, Mexico and South America, an endeavor which others were to follow. He was also a member of the U.S. Senatorial Committee, where he testified before the U.S. Senate in 1985, on behalf of the American Small Business and American Farmers and Ranchers. Robert was interviewed by the noted, late David Broder at the Washington, DC, testimonial.
During his career, he raised a family of five children: three boys and two daughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, infant Mary Jane Meyer and Dorothy (Bill) Thornburg, Edgemont; and son, Trent Meyer, Wamsutter, WY.
He is survived by his wife, LaRue (Clem) Meyer; four children: sons, ArLeigh Meyer, Gillette, WY, and ArNile Meyer, Belle Fourche, and daughters, CheRae (Dale) Fremont, Spearfish, and Marriott (Frank) Campagna, Billings, MT; five siblings, Elmer “LeRoy” Meyer, Amarillo, TX, David Meyer, Walt Meyer and Virginia “Ginny” (Lynn) Schmidt, Belle Fourche, Harold “Albert” Meyer, Rapid City; and 13 grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place, and a private family service is planned in May.
Donations, in his memory, may be made to the American Cancer Institute.