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Father John 'Jack' E. Meyer dies at 65

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Father John “Jack” E. Meyer, age 65, of Chesterton, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2009 at Porter Hospital Valparaiso Campus.

Jack was born on November 9, 1943, the son of Leo M. and Elizabeth (Worstall) Meyer, both of whom preceded him in death.

He is survived by his former wife Kathleen Ann Kintzele of Chesterton; daughters; Jen Meyer (Partner Laura Shaw) of Houston, Texas, Kate Meyer (Fiancee Lt. Mitch Chmielarz) of Chicago, and Kirsten (Fabrice) Lespinasse of Antibes, France; one grandchild on the way, cousin Ann Moorhead of Morris Plains, N.J. and her son Robert Swersky.

Jack was preceded in death also by a sister.

He was the Parish Pastor for St. Francis Episcopal Church in Chesterton. He graduated from the University of Pittsburg and Valparaiso University School of Law. He served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam on the U.S.S. Arlington. Jack was the former administrative law judge for the state of Indiana and the current federal judge for social security administration. He also worked as Banjo the clown and was a piper for the Orak Shriners, a member of Calumet Masonic Lodge #379 F. & A.M., ski patroller for Pines ski lodge, an amateur harpist, painter and an award winning arc welder. He played in a blue grass quartet, was an amateur tap dancer, involved in theater, was a HOG member and avid motorcyclist and headed St. Francis bike club. He also was a former Valparaiso policeman.

Funeral services, Bishop Ed Little officiating, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 237 E. 1200 N., Chesterton. Cremation will follow services at Heritage Crematory, Portage.

A visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Friday, May 29, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton.

Memorials may be made to Porter County Cancer Society or the V.F.W. Post of the donor’s choice.

Posted 5/27/2009