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Dr. Delbert H. Meyer

August 28, 1926 - February 26, 2017

Delbert H. Meyer, age 90, a resident of Naperville, IL since 1970, formerly of Highland, IN, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017 at his home in Naperville. He was born August 28th, 1926, in Maynard, IA. 

Devoted husband of the late Florence “Bunny” Meyer (nee Mathiesen) whom he married on August 6, 1949, father of Kurt (Kay) Meyer of Gurnee, IL, Tom (Jean) Meyer of Gainesville, GA, John (Dallas) Meyer of Friendswood, TX, Mike (Claudia) Meyer of Brunswick, OH and Sue (Rob) Labicane of San Jose, CA, admired grandfather of Kevin and Kristen Meyer; Kelly (Darin) DeNeal, Beth (Keith) Malone, Jeff and Mark Meyer; Mallory (Frank) Juarez, Brian, and Matthew Meyer; Hannah Meyer, cherished great-grandfather of Eleanor and Elijah DeNeal, son of the late Henry and Frieda Meyer (nee Bartels), and brother of Evelyn (the late Lauren) Wedeking of Waverly, IA.

Coming from humble beginnings on a farm in Iowa, Del attended a one room school house and then started at Wartburg College. After a stint in the Navy during WWII, he returned to Wartburg and graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry and went on to earn his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Iowa. Del worked for Amoco Chemical Company for over 38 years. In 1963, he invented the process for making purified terephthalic acid, for which he was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1992. He also holds 26 U.S. Patents, received the William M. Burton Award from Amoco, and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Wartburg College. Del was a longtime member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Naperville, and donated his time by leading Bible studies for incarcerated youth at IYC. He enjoyed traveling, singing, and card games and was an excellent golfer.

Del will be remembered as a man who led by the example of living his life according to his faith, with tremendous integrity, humility and generosity, and with great love for his family. 

Funeral Information

Visitation Thursday, March 9, 2017, 3:00-7:00 P.M. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville.

Additional Visitation Friday, March 10, 8:30-9:30 AM at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 815 S. Washington St., Naperville.

Funeral services will be held Friday, 9:30 A.M. in the church with Rev. Al Creighton officiating.

A reception will follow the service at the church.

Everyone will meet Friday, 1:30 PM at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL for committal services for both Delbert and his wife, Bunny and military honors.

 For more information, please call (630) 355-0213.

Donations Information

In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Water to Thrive,, P.O. Box 26747, Austin, TX 78755, (512) 206-4495.

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