Helen Meyer, 93

Helen Louise Meyer, 93, of rural Wabash, died at 6:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester.

She was born Jan. 23, 1920 in Huntington County, to Conrad and Glennie (Elsea) Bechtold. Her mother, Glennie, died when Helen was four weeks old, and her father had nine other children in his care. She was raised by her aunt and uncle, Thomas E. and Ora (Garber) Bechtold.

Helen was a 1937 graduate of Chester High School. She married Raymond C. Meyer in Wabash County on May 11, 1941; he died April 7, 2002. Helen retired in 1980, from the billing department at General Tire in Wabash. She was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church, Wabash County, and a member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary, and a member of the VFW Auxiliary, both of Wabash.

She is survived by three children, Kay L. Meyer of Wabash, Ray Allen Meyer of Warsaw, and Roger L. Meyer of Wabash; nine grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren and 4 step great great grandchildren. Rozella Bechtold and Madalyn Bechtold of North Manchester also survive her. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rebecca Sue Smith, who died in 2005 and her granddaughter, Michele Wilhelm, who died in 2012, 4 brothers and 6 sisters.

Funeral services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash, on Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Randall Webb officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia. Friends may call 2-8 pm. Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Salem United Methodist Church.

The memorial guest book for Helen may be signed at

Posted on 2013 Feb 27