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Obituary for Kenneth W. "Ken" Meyer, Sr.

Kenneth W. “Ken” Meyer, Sr., 84, of West Salem and formerly of Sauk City, Wis., passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Mulder Health Care Facility, West Salem.


He was born March 14, 1928, in Sauk City, Wis., one block west of the Wisconsin River, to Rolf and Lorene (Littel) Meyer. Ken worked at Badger Ordnance Works between Baraboo and Sauk City, Wis., before being drafted into the United States Army in 1950. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict until being honorably discharged in 1952. In 1953, Ken married Helen Wall. They lived in Tucson, Ariz., while he attended Arizona State University. In 1954 they moved to Oshkosh, Wis., where Ken was employed with Columbus Pharmaceutical and also owned a used car lot with Leo Metzler. Ken moved to Onalaska, Wis., in 1960, working as a pharmaceutical salesman for Pfizer Company. He and Helen later divorced. On August 4, 1967, Ken married Julianne “Judy” Shanesy and she preceded him in death on May 26, 2008. Ken was a salesman at Pischke Motors, West Salem, in their downtown location and retired after the move to the Hwy. 16 location, with 30 years of service. He was a longtime member of the Berg-Hemker-Olson American Legion Post 51 of West Salem and he and Judy enjoyed volunteering at their June Diary Days Barbeque.


Survivors include three sons, Kenneth “Ken”, Jr., of Pioche, Nev., Robert (Vicki) of West Salem, and Mark Meyer of La Crosse; one son-in-law, Keith Gilbertson of Shakopee, Minn.; 5 grandchildren, Jason and Holly Meyer of Las Vegas, Nev., Kelli (Jim) Caulum of Rockland, Wis., Jennifer (Zacry) Pierce of Sparta, Wis., and Morgan Meyer of West Salem; one great-grandson, Warren Caulum; one sister-in-law, Barbara Meyer of Prairie du Sac, Wis.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.


In addition to his wife, Judy; Ken was preceded in death his parents; his daughter, Susan Gilbertson; his daughter-in-law, Tracey Meyer; and his two brothers, Paul Meyer and Dr. Charles Meyer.


In accordance with Ken’s wishes, his body will be cremated and there are no services being planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to a charity of the donor’s choice. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (Jostad Chapel), West Salem, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at