Ralph Meier

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Ralph Meier, 90, of Centralia, IL, born April 16, 1931, in Hoyleton, IL, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Breese, IL, surrounded by family.

Ralph was a truck driver for Valley Steel and was a member of the Teamsters union. A member of the Shriners and Masons, Ralph was a U.S. Army veteran, serving with the military police.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frankie, nee Black, Meier; his parents, Otto C. and Myrtle, nee Thouvenin, Meier; a daughter-in-law, Debra Meier; two brothers, Charles (Mary) Meier and Leon (Mary) Thouvenin; a sister, Ruth Meier; a sister-in-law, Lorene Meier; and a nephew, Donald R. Meier.

Surviving are two sons, Gary Meier of Patoka, IL, and Tracy (Leigh) Meier of Elizabethtown, PA; a daughter, Mary (Mike) Etheridge of Hoffman, IL; eight grandchildren, Chris Meier, Laura Meier, Alex (Grace) Meier, Casey Meier, Kara (Curt) Bach, Mike Jr. (Erin) Etheridge, Michelle (Brandon) Pieron, and Justin (Shannon) Etheridge; 14 great-grandchildren, Ashton, Brenden, and Kamryn Pieron, Gwen, Olivia, Elise, Grace, and Luke Etheridge, Aubrey, Maddox, and Jaxon Etheridge, Conner Newkirk, Zach Bach, and Dominic Newcomb; four brothers, Ed (Kate) Meier, Clarence Meier, Earl (Carolyn) Meier, David Meier, many nieces and nephews; and many beloved family members in Georgia whom he cherished.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Cremation services were held and a private family burial will be at a later date.



3 Comments on Ralph Meier

Joel and Becky Wessel said : Guest Report Mar 21, 2022 at 3:33 PM

Gary, Mary, and Tracy: We were sad to hear of your fathers passing and would like to offer our sincerest condolences to you and all of the Ralph and Frankie Meyer family. Your folks were great neighbors to have in our little Hoffman neighborhood. I don't remember ever hearing a cross word from either of them in spite of the shenanigans we used to come up with and I'll never forget them or those happy childhood years. Rest in Peace Ralph Meier.

  • Hoffman
  • Illinois
Bill Stull said : Guest Report Mar 20, 2022 at 10:57 AM

Bill Stull (Willy) said he is sorry to here about Ralph. Talked with him many times in Valley trailer shop. Really nice guy...

  • Sandoval
  • Il.
Jenny Sheets said : Guest Report Mar 16, 2022 at 9:31 PM

Gary, Mary, Tracy, & the extended Meier families. My deepest sympathies to you all during this difficult time. There are few words that do Uncle Ralph justice. Loving, kind, and funny are just a few. He was one of the best individuals I know. I have been blessed to have had him in my life. I will truly miss him.

  • Augusta
  • Ga

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