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Richard Frey Myers, 85, died Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at his home near Protem, Missouri. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Richard (Dick) was born February 1, 1931 in Hammond, Indiana. Dick graduated from Lincoln High School, Cambridge City, Indiana, in 1948. He attended Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, earning a B.A. degree in Biology and Geology in 1952. He then attended Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, graduating with a M.S. degree in Ornithology in 1954. After serving 2 years in the U.S. Army as a Preventative Medicine Technician and receiving an honorable discharge in 1956, he began his pursuit of a Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Missouri, Columbia. In 1959 he accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Zoology at Central Missouri State College, Warrensburg, Missouri. While balancing the demands of teaching, family, and farming, he also completed his PhD degree in 1964 with a Doctoral Thesis titled "Ecology of Three Species of Myotine Bats in the Ozark Plateau". In 1967 Dick accepted a position as Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Missouri Kansas City. While teaching at UMKC, he traveled to Bangladesh as part of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Summer Science Program where he instructed Bangladeshi students in the art of biological field-collecting techniques. In 1973 Dick accepted a position with the National Weather Service as the Director of the National Weather Service Technical Training Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He served the Nation in this position until March 1991, after which he and his wife retired to their home in Taney County, Missouri.

While attending Earlham College Dick met his future wife, Esther Joyner. On June 6, 1951, Dick and Esther were married under the auspices of the Clear Creek Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quakers) at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. After accepting the position at Central Missouri State College, Dick and Esther settled on an 87-acre farm south of Warrensburg, Missouri, where they focused on work, family (2 boys and 2 girls), and remodeling their vintage octagonal house. The entire family enjoyed outdoor activities and frequently accompanied Dick on his bat research spelunking and Outing Club trips in southern Missouri. In the summer of 1967 they sold the Warrensburg farm and moved to Raytown, Missouri. As a relief from suburbia, the family frequently went on camping trips in the Ozarks, the Rocky Mountains, and spent several Christmas vacations in places like Padre Island, Texas, and Big Bend, Texas. When the two boys left for college, Dick, Esther, and the two girls moved to a more rural neighborhood in southern Kansas City, Missouri, where they had space for a large garden, a native tall grass prairie, an orchard, and kept honey bees and hens. After Dick's retirement in 1991, they moved to the 640-acre farm in Taney County, Missouri, where they build their own comfortable home. The last 25 years have been filled with landscaping their farm with native flora, raising beef cattle, tree farming, lease hunting, and enjoying visits from family and friends, and especially grandchildren.

Richard was predeceased by his wife, Esther Lee Myers and parents Robert Carl Myers and Helen Frey Myers. Dick is survived by his fiancée Judy Heider, children, James Robert Myers (Diana), Nathan Cebren Myers (Julie Nelson), Susannah Myers Bandish (Drew), and Laura Myers Wittman (Craig), and grandchildren Liatris Myers, Rosa Myers, Reed Wittman, Ian Myers, Jessie Myers, and Kate Wittman. Dick also is survived by his brother Robert Allen Myers and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home, Forsyth.
Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home
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15945 U.S. Hwy 160
Forsyth, MO. 65653
(417) 546-6250
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Mr. Richard "Dick" Frey Myers
February 1, 1931 - January 24, 2017