Paul C. "Duke" Meyer, 83, Madison, died Sunday, March 6, 2016, at 10:45 a.m. at his home.
The loving son of Clement J. and Clara Doehla Meyer entered this life Dec. 22, 1932, in Fort Wayne.
He was raised there and was a 1950 Central High School graduate. Duke received his bachelor's degree in physical education and industrial arts from Ball State University and a master's degree in vocation education and principal's license from Indiana State University. Duke was inducted into the United States Marine Corps in January 1953 and served honorably as a drill instructor until being discharged Jan. 22, 1960.
On June 18, 1955, Duke was united in marriage to Jean E. Bossmeyer at the Presbyterian Church, Muncie. This happy union of 61 years was blessed with three sons, David, Kyle Warren and Roger. They moved to Batesville and lived there until moving to Madison in 1959.
Duke taught industrial arts for five years at Batesville High School. He then spent the next 36 years teaching industrial arts, driver's education and the co-op programs at the Madison Consolidated School System. He also served as assistant principal at Madison Consolidated High School for four years. Duke coached basketball, football, track and wrestling for 27 years and was proud to have started the wrestling and football programs.
He was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma and served the Kiwanis Club of Madison as secretary for 10 years and president for four years. Duke also held membership in the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association and Resurrection Lutheran Church. Duke was proud of all the certificates, plaques and noted awards he had received in his coaching and teaching career. Duke believed in the students he taught and coached and encouraged them to strive for the best they could be. He was knowledgeable of all sports and enjoyed conversing with anyone about sports.
After retirement, he enjoyed working as a driver for Craig Toyota, Madison, for five years. Duke was one of the original members of the SkillsUSA Indiana Executive Board so after years of service, the executive board established a special award named after him and presented to an adviser every year who is in good standing and represents Duke's character.
Duke will be missed by his loving sons, David Meyer and his wife, Shelly, Franklin, and Roger Meyer and his wife, Regina, Martinsville; grandchildren Sam, Sarah Lucille, Jordan, Olivia, Nicholas, Brittani and Corban; and great-grandchild Kayne Duke Burton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, who died April 4, 2015; son Kyle Warren Meyer, who died in 1964; brother Jim Meyer; sisters Jean Buuck, Carolyn Miller and Donna Scheumann.
Friends may call Thursday, March 10, from 4-8 p.m. and Friday, March 11, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. services conducted by Pastor Jim Scroggin at Morgan & Nay Funeral Center, 325 Demaree Drive, Madison.
Jefferson American Legion Post 9 will conduct a final salute at 11:30 a.m. there, then a graveside service with full military honors at Fairmount Cemetery, Madison.
Memorial contributions may be made to SkillsUSA, American Heart Association or American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be posted at www.morgan-nay.com.
Published on March 9, 2016