OAKLAND CITY — Ever wary of obituaries reading like resumes of a person's life, Mike requested that this be written simply. So, simply stated, Mike died of cancer of the brain on Jan. 7, 2019. He was 64 years old.
The backyard naturalist, music enthusiast, self-described grill master, early adopter of the craft beer movement, grassroots lobbyist, and life long student of the zen of motorcycling was born in Princeton on Jan. 16, 1954, the eldest son of Albert “Ab” and Lois “Jean” Meyer. He was educated in Pike County public schools and went on to earn an AS degree from Vincennes University.
In 1979, he was married to the former Roberta Gaines at Temple Hills near Stendal, Indiana. They have one child.
Until his retirement from the workforce in the early-2000's Mike held a litany of jobs, none of which defined him. He was also a Boy Scout Leader for several years and truly relished his role.
In 1983, Mike discovered a cause that would shape the rest of his life and represent his true calling. For the last 36 years, Mike was a member of ABATE of Indiana, dedicated to protecting the freedoms of all bikers. In that same spirit, Mike was also a member of the Motorcycle Rider's Foundation and the American Motorcyclists Association. In his long tenure with ABATE, Mike served as in many capacities including, but not limited to; Founding Director of Region 13, Motorcycle Safety Instructor, LINC Director, Director of the Tour Indiana Program, and route coordinator of the Rides With The Governor during the Daniels, Pence, and Holcomb administrations. Of all of these, he took the most pride from “just being seen” around the Statehouse in Indianapolis, being a part of the process and doing the right thing for his fellow Hoosier motorcyclists.
Not only did Mike talk the talk, he walked the walk, putting hundreds of thousands of miles on his motorcycles throughout the years.
Mike leaves behind his mother Lois “Jean” Meyer, wife Roberta Meyer, brother Larry “Sly” (Kay) Meyer, son Aaron (Leslie) Meyer, and one grandchild, Rayna Hicks. He is also survived by three aunts, several cousins, nieces, a nephew, and great-nieces and nephews.
Mike was predeceased by his father Albert “Ab” Meyer and brother Eric Meyer.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lamb-Basham Funeral Home in Oakland City, Indiana.
A celebration of the life of Mike Meyer will be held at the same location Sunday, Jan. 13 at noon. All times are Eastern. All are invited to re-tell, in goodwill, the stories that Mike no longer can. Immediately following will be procession and burial at Barrett Cemetery near Mike's home outside of Stendal, Indiana. Family and friends may send messages of comfort to www.lambbasham.com
Donations in memory of Mike Meyer may be made to the family. All motorcyclists are encouraged to join or renew their membership to ABATE of Indiana to continue the fight for freedom to which Mike was so dedicated.