Michael "Mike" F. Meurer
Michael “Mike” F. Meurer, age 63 of Edwardsville, IL, formerly of Collinsville, born August 28, 1948 in East St. Louis, IL, passed away at 5:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA.
He graduated from Collinsville High School in 1966 and Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville (B.S.) in 1973.
Mike worked in the Insurance Industry in Claims Management for over 35 years. He was retired from Fireman’s Fund and after retirement he worked for Marathon Administrative Services Company in O’Fallon, IL as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was the past President of the Collinsville Rotary Club, member of the VFW Post #5691, American Legion Post #365 both of Collinsville, Collinsville Knights of Columbus, former Collinsville City Council member from 1993 - 1997, Kahok basketball and football announcer, and former Director of the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce. Mike also served as Master of Ceremonies for the Collinsville Italian Fest and the International Horseradish Festival. He was a Vietnam army veteran and served with the 25th infantry division of the US Army and earned the Bronze Star Medal.
After returning from service in Vietnam, Mike began attending SIUE where he became a member of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, the first organization recognized on the Edwardsville campus. The APO’s were well known for their many service projects and assistance in helping the fledgling campus grow in stature and reputation.
By 1970, Mike and several of his APO fraternity brothers decided they would like to add a social component to their fraternal experience and began researching social fraternal organizations with a national presence. They found the opportunity they were looking for, a balance of social camaraderie and service to the community, in Sigma Pi Fraternity. In the spring of 1971 Mike became a founding father of the Sigma Pi Colony. One year later on April 8, 1972, the Delta Omega Chapter of Sigma Pi became the first Inter-Fraternity Council Fraternity at SIUE and Mike was soon elected president by the brotherhood.
Always the leader, Mike continued to support the fraternity after his graduation from the university by playing an instrumental role in the establishment of the 90th Meridian Alumni Association of Sigma Pi. Among many of Mike’s lifelong friends, some of his closest are the brothers of the Delta Omega Chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity.
Mike pursued a lifelong passion for auto racing, having worked as Track Announcer for numerous racing venues throughout Southern Illinois and Missouri. Over a span of forty years, he called the action at over 2000 racing events. At the time of his passing, he was the Track Announcer at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, IL and Federated Auto Parts (I-55) Raceway in Pevely, MO. Mike was known by the racing community as “The Talker Guy”, and was considered one of the premier announcers in the country. He also hosted 270 episodes of the St. Louis Motorsports Review television show.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Bernice nee Diaz Meurer, and a step-mother Virginia Meurer.
He is survived by his wife, Tina Kassing Meurer, whom he married October 25, 2005; son, Robert (Meghan) Meurer of Edwardsville; daughter, Christy (Kris) McClusky of Maryville; three grandchildren: Cole, Kendall and Kamdyn McClusky; sister, Pat (Mike) Niel of Collinsville; Step-Sister, Jan (Mark) Eversmann of Collinsville; two nieces: Sara (Bob) Toth of Collinsville and Lindsay Eversmann of Collinsville; nephew, Jared Eversmann of Collinsville.
Visitation will be 2PM to 9PM Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 North Center, Maryville, IL 62062.
Funeral mass will be 11am Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 207 Vandalia, Collinsville, IL 62234 with Fr. John Beveridge officiating. Burial will be in Valhalla Cemetery, Belleville, IL.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5 Schiber Court. Maryville, IL 62062 or the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.
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