Christopher James Meyer passed away at his home Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at the age of 40 after battling cancer. An Open House Celebration of Life will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 at the American Legion Newton Post 111, 1101 W. Fourth St. S. Memorials in memory of Chris may be made to his family. Online condolences may be shared at pierschbacherfuneralhome.com.
Chris was born Oct. 20, 1976, in Waterloo, to Dobbie and Barb Taft Meyer. He attended school in Grundy Center until the fourth grade and Tama until the seventh grade. He then moved to the Chicago area where he graduated from high school. After high school he enlisted in the United States Marines serving from 1995 until 1999. He was very proud to be a Marine, and very loyal to his brothers and sister in the service.
Chris was married to Nicole Murdock June 18, 2011. He worked in the information technology field for several years, last working for JELD-WEN. Chris was such a people person and decided he needed to get away from IT for a while so he bartended at the Scoreboard in Newton, and DJ’d with a dear friend for a couple years. Everybody loved him and the charisma he radiates, he certainly excelled. He ended up back in the IT field for the kids so he could be home every night with them.
As everyone knows he was a devoted Chicago Bears fan to say the least. Probably one of the most loyal Bears fans ever, he even talked Nicole into a Bears themed wedding. Chris and Nicole renewed their vows Sept. 9 because while Nicole loved their wedding, Chris knew she wanted a rustic wedding so with the help of friends and family, he made sure Nicole had the wedding she always wanted.
He was a dedicated Chicago Blackhawk fan as well. His humor was one of a kind to say the least; he could brighten up any situation, literally. He was incredibly devoted to not only Nicole and his kids, but also the best kind of friend anybody could want. He was a true inspiration to so many people with his fight and determination, he took on multiple treatments, knowing they likely wouldn’t work because he wanted to watch their kids grow, and he always did it with a smile. Their story touched many lives. People often said they hope to find a love like theirs. His love for their families, especially the children was never tainted by cancer. The family motto became “cancer doesn’t define us, love does.” He was humble, he was compassionate, he was kind and he was hilarious. You couldn’t be in a bad mood around this man.
Chris was preceded in death by his father, Dobbie Meyer; his stepfather, Jim Koth; and grandparents, Jim and Gladys Taft and Bud and Edna Meyer.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Nicole Meyer; his children, Jaxson and Piper; his mother, Barb Koth of Tama; stepmother, Karilyn Meyer of Colorado; siblings, Shayla (Kevin) Thomas, James (Stephanie) Koth Jr., Tina (Chris) Popielar and Becky Koth; his uncle, Gary Meyer; and 13 nieces and nephews; along with his mother-in-law, Sharla (David) Murdock; and brothers-in-law, David (Tiffany) Murdock, Curtis Murdock and Jacob (Lacey) Murdock; and many relatives and friends.