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Randall William Meyer, Jr.

August 31, 1938 ~ May 14, 2018 (age 79)

Randy Meyer’s long journey of discovery ended in Columbia, MO, May 14, 2018 after a brief illness.  He was 79 years old.  Randall William Meyer, Jr. was born August 31st, 1938 in Boonville, MO, the only child of Randall William Meyer and Sylvia Meyer.  Randy led a life of loyalty, devotion, love and service – to his family, to his friends, and to the never-ending quest for knowledge.  After graduating from Boonville High School in 1956, Randy’s inquisitive nature led him to Westminster University, where he graduated with honors in 1960.  That year, he married the love of his life, the former Carol May Robinson, who survives him.  Together, Randy and Carol followed the path of learning to Washington, D.C. and George Washington University, where Randy earned a master’s degree in international relations.  While there, Randy and Carol welcomed to the world their only child, Paula Lynleigh, who also survives, along with her husband Jerry Murphy.  With Master’s in hand, Randy led the young family back to his beloved Missouri in 1963, where he was Dean of Men at Drury College in Springfield.  In 1966, Randy returned to Mid-Missouri, where he earned his doctorate at the University of Missouri, and spent the remainder of his working years at Columbia College as an administrator and instructor, from where he retired in 1988.  There was no retirement for Randy’s love of learning, as he spent the rest of his days exploring history, particularly the Pacific Theatre of World War II.  He researched and wrote extensively on that topic, particularly from the point of view and in the voice of Charley, Carol’s cousin Charles Ray, who was a sailor in the Pacific Fleet.  Randy also traced his roots back to colonial America, and joined the Sons of the American Revolution in his later years.  He leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends, and a legacy of love and kindness.  A funeral will occur at Calvary Episcopal Church in Columbia on May 17, 2018 at 11am.  Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity close to your heart. Online condolences may be left at: Randall William Meyer, Jr. always wanted to know more, and now all is revealed to him.

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