Medical 05

Jeffrey Wayne Meyer

March 29, 1953 ~ February 12, 2021 (age 67)


Jeffrey W. Meyer of Appleton passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 12th, 2021. He was 67 years old.

Jeff was born on March 29th, 1953 in Neenah, Wisconsin to the late Joan Meyer. After graduating from Neenah High School in 1971 he enlisted in the United States Army where he began his medical training. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1978 and his Master of Science in Nursing in 1988, both at UW-Oshkosh. Jeff started his career at Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, first working as an LPN on the surgical unit, later becoming a registered nurse in the Emergency Department, and eventually becoming the Director of both Emergency Services and the aero-medical service. He continued his career at Aspirus Wausau Hospital as manager of the Oncology Department and finished his career at St. Claire’s Hospital in Weston as Director of Emergency Services. Jeff was a highly skilled and compassionate nurse who truly cared about his patients and his staff. He retired in 2017 to focus on his favorite job: being ‘Papa’ to his grandchildren.

He married the love of his life, Lori Ford, on August 9th, 1975. Lori and Jeff were best friends and dedicated to their family.  They raised two wonderful sons and Jeff was very proud of the men they became. Jeff was a devoted and hands-on husband, father, and grandfather. He loved teaching his sons to play baseball, to golf, and to fish. He was the dad that got into the pool for swimming lessons, stepped up when needed to coach or lead a scouting pack, and never missed a school concert or sporting event. He could never say no to his grandchildren, weather it was sledding in the cold, going to the park, or reading just one more story. He loved Lori with his whole heart, supporting her when she went back to Nursing school, and working together in equal partnership to raise their family.  He was the person we all called for help and advice, knowing that we could always count on him.

Jeff enjoyed the simple things in life: traveling, family dinners, and relaxing with a good book. When his children were younger, he saved all year so that the family could go ‘up north’ every summer. Later, he and Lori developed a love of Florida beaches in winter and for their 40th anniversary they fulfilled their lifelong dream of a Hawaiian vacation. Jeff loved to cook for his family and treated each gathering as a small celebration. He enjoyed watching the Brewers, Packers, and Badgers, and telling the referees they could do a lot better.

Jeff is survived by those who loved him most: his wife of 45 years, Lori Meyer, his son Andrew Meyer, his son Tobin Meyer and daughter-in-law Jen Meyer, and his grandchildren Nolan Meyer and Olivia Meyer. He is further survived by his stepfather Archie Hinahara, half-brothers Paul (Brenda) Hinahara and Doug (Juelaine Druckrey) Hinahara; brother-in-law Leigh (Karen) Ford; sister-in-law Lisa (Buzz) Storch; nephews Peter (Kristin), Dan (Sandy), and Jon (Bri); nieces Jen (Mike), Kerri, Jordan, Gabrielle (Nate), and Natalie; great-nieces Ella and Addy; and great-nephews Kyle and Ryan. Jeff was preceded in death by his mother Joan Hinahara, his grandmother Agnes Gawlick, and his mother-in-law Evelyn Ford.

The family wishes to extend thanks to Dr. Chopra and the nurses of the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center Appleton Emergency Department, to chaplain Benjamin Brandes, and to the first responders.

Jeff strongly believed in organ and tissue donation and we take comfort in knowing that he was able to give the gift of life and healing to others at the very end. Per Jeff’s wishes there will not be a funeral at this time. A memorial gathering will be held later this year. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund will be established.

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