Richard J. Myers, age 88, passed away peacefully at his home in Black Point, Lake Geneva, WI, early Monday morning, April 9, 2018. He died from complications of Parkinson’s disease, which he battled with the same strength, will and dignity that he approached all things that mattered in life. His wife of 64 years, Mary, was at his side to the end, an example of love, resiliency and companionship—a continuing inspiration to us all.
Richard was born in Elgin, Illinois on February 26, 1930 to Frank Myers and Ethel Udelhoven Myers. He married Mary Tyrrell, also of Elgin, on August 28, 1954. They built a loving family and life together, while living in Evanston, Nashville, Chicago, Wilmette and Lake Geneva. Richard deeply valued education, attending Elgin Community College, Illinois State Normal, and George Peabody College/Vanderbilt for his graduate work in History and Education. He taught generations of students at Northbrook Jr. High, St. Viator, and Loyola Academy, all in the Chicago area, his excellence recognized with teaching awards. Richard believed that hard work was both a necessity while raising a family of 7 kids, and ennobling to the individual. He often worked 2 or even 3 jobs at same time, and he never passed up an opportunity to put somebody else to work on group “projects”. Passionate about social and economic justice, Richard proudly marched for civil rights, and was arrested for it in the 1960s. Richard also believed in balancing work, education, family and sports, so a game of hoops, a water-ski, a run, a tennis set, a swim or a walk rounded out his day.
An intensely private individual, Richard would probably not want any notice of his passing, but as a historian, he would recognize the importance of the individual making their mark on the historical record. A man of integrity, commitment, energy and love, Richard will be deeply missed by his family, friends and neighbors.
Richard was preceded in death by two of his children, Robert Myers and Jeanne (Allis); his parents, and his brother William Myers. He is survived by his wife Mary; children, Patty (Richard Nelson), Charles (Nancy Olson), Kathleen (Mark Feddersen), William (Elizabeth Dennison), and Thomas (Anne Snyder); grandchildren, William, Ashley, Jeffrey, John, Carl, Lora, Mary Margaret, Laura, Ryan, Tom, Lian, and Anna; sister Nan Fischer; as well as nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
The family will hold a private gathering for immediate family members. He will be buried in the Tyrrell/Myers family plot in Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin, IL. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to or participating in a cause for social, health, or economic justice, or do a project!
Derrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Myers family with arrangements. To sign the online guest registry click Guest Book.