Albert George (A.G.) Meyer, 91, a well known and respected businessman in Sparta for over 40 years passed away from an extended illness on November 11, 2008 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Tim Sartore in Gainesville, GA surrounded by loving family members.
A.G. was born January 19, 1918 in Ensley Center, MI to Albert G. and Janie Meyer. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1937 where he had been President of the Senior Class and a member of the championship basketball team. A.G. married the former Viola Christine Feldt of Greenville on July 17, 1941 prior to reporting for active duty in the U.S. Army. He served overseas in and around Italy during WW II. He returned to Sparta after receiving an honorable discharge in 1945 where he later began a business partnership called Carlson & Meyer with the late Harry Carlson. They became a Firestone Tire distributor and then opened a Marathon Service Station. Later A.G. and Harry became jobbers for Marathon. In 1948 A.G. began a 40-year service of snow plowing for the local churches, the village parking lots, and most of the village businesses and factories.
During his lifetime A.G. was very active in the Sparta community serving as a member of the American Legion Post 107 for more than sixty years; a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars until that chapter disbanded; and an active member of both the Sparta Lions Club and the local Chamber of Commerce. In 1971 A.G. was elected to the Sparta Village Council, and in 1980 he was invited to serve as a member of the board of directors of the Independent Bank. For over fifty years A.G. marched in the Sparta Memorial Day Parade and placed flags at the gravesites of fallen veterans until his health finally prevented that activity a few years ago. Over the years A.G. has been honored with the following awards: Lion of the Year in 1959; Honorary Rotarian of the Year in 1979; Grand Marshall – Sparta Town & Country Days in 2005.
A.G. loved the community of Sparta and gave back to the community over the years through generous donations of real estate, time, and money. Antics and happy times shared with his friends and his coffee shop group created many happy memories for him during his lifetime that he loved to relate to others. And he and his wife, Viola, had over 50 years of friendship and wonderful times with members of their potluck group friends. A.G. also attended the Sparta United Methodist Church during their lifetime in Sparta.
A.G. leaves behind his loving wife of 67 years, Viola, and three children who adored him, William C. Meyer and his wife, Cheryl, of Sparta, Linda K. (Meyer) Sartore and her husband, Tim, of Gainesville, GA, and Richard A. Meyer of Gainesville, GA.; five grandchildren, Shawn and Kristina (Meyer) Morton of Sparta, Josh and Elizabeth (Meyer) Boroff of Belding, Brad DiFiore of Atlanta, GA, Todd and Heather DiFiore of Roswell, GA, and Angela DiFiore of Oakwood, GA; six great-grandchildren, Amber and Alexandria Morton, Dominic and Dylan Boroff, A.G. DiFiore and Zachery DiFiore; brother-in-law, Bernard Cooper of Greenville, MI; numerous nieces and nephews; close friends from his coffee shop group, potluck group, and dear friends, Fern and Roger Alberts and Bill VanLyon, and special adopted daughter from Sweden, Jannika Roeck Hansen. A.G. was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Janie Meyer; his three brothers, Cecil, Dana, and Loan Meyer, and his three sisters, Crystal Stark, Lucille Day, and Lillian Ellerick; mother and father-in-law, Nora and Oluf Feldt; and sister-in-law, Arlene Cooper.
Visitation for this kind and gentle husband, father, grandfather, and friend will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 14 at Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be conducted at 11 a.m. at the Sparta United Methodist Church. Military Honors at Graveside with The Kent County Veterans Honor Guard will be held at Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers family requests that donations be made in his honor to the Sparta Library or the Sparta Historical Society. Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home, Sparta.