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Coach Ronald "Ron" Shaw Meyer

Obituary for Coach Ronald "Ron" Shaw Meyer

February 17, 1941 - December 5, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 76

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MEYER, Ronald Shaw
(COACH RON MEYER)

Coach Ron Meyer, age 76, passed away suddenly on December 5, 2017. Services will be at Tarrytown United Methodist, Austin, Texas at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Reception following immediately at Fellowship Hall.

Ron joined his Heavenly Father on Tuesday while playing his beloved game of golf, experiencing a fatal aortic aneurism. He leaves behind his loving wife of close to fifty years, Cynthia Osborne Meyer (Cindy), their children and grandchildren.

Born on February 17, 1941 in Columbus, Ohio to Mary Harsha Meyer and George Meyer, he and his siblings Victor Meyer (Sandra), Trish Meyer, and Karen Sue Meyer grew up in Westerville, Ohio where Ron was proud to achieve his Eagle Scout award while in high school.

Attending Purdue University, Ron first earned a Bachelors in 1963, where he played defensive back for the Boilermakers. In 1962 he was awarded Academic All-Big Ten as well as the Noble E. Kizer Award. 1n 1963 he earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor. He then earned a Masters of Education in 1965. He began his coaching career in 1964, joining the Indiana high school ranks by coaching at Penn High School in Mishawaka. Moving on to college ranks, Ron served as assistant coach at Purdue from 1965-1970, where his last team won the Rose Bowl. Next, he was honored to serve as an assistant coach and scout for Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys where the team won the Super Bowl and Meyer received his Super Bowl ring. His head coaching career started with the Running Rebels at the UNLV (1972-1974).

Coach Meyer was best known for his time as head football coach for Southern Methodist University (1976-81), the New England Patriots head coach (1982-84), and head coach for the Indianapolis Colts (1987-1990.) He was named AFC Coach of the Year by taking the Patriots from a losing record to a winning one in a single year. Later with the Indianapolis Colts, Meyer led the '87 team to its first divisional title in over a decade. That season he was awarded AFC Coach of the Year for the second time. Other career highlights, include inspiring the Pony Express, the famous 1982 Patriot's "snowplow" game against the Miami Dolphins, and once again coaching Eric Dickerson at the Indianapolis Colts. Between coaching jobs and in later years, Meyer served on national television as a CNN analyst and Sunday morning commentator.

Ron was a terrific person and was well loved by everyone who met him. He had a charismatic and wonderfully engaging personality. He loved playing golf, swimming in his pool, playing cards with his buddies at the club, sharing stories and laughing around the dinner table enjoying fine wine and great food. He loved history and was always deeply moved by the dedication of our Armed Forces. He was an avid sports fan and on any given Sunday, after church with Cindy, you would find him watching or attending the best games: from the NFL to local Little League baseball. He will be dearly missed by his entire family and the many friends who loved him. He was a wonderful father and mentor to his four children, many grandchildren and large extended family where he was lovingly known as "Big Poppi". He is survived by his wife, Cindy, children Ron Jr. (Kim), Ralph (Cherie), Elizabeth Petersen (Gary), and Kathryn Markey (Jeff).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Ron Meyer Scholarship Fund at Purdue University: The John Purdue Club, Mackey Arena, 900 John R. Wooden Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2070

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  • In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Ron Meyer Scholarship Fund at Purdue University: The John Purdue Club, Mackey Arena, 900 John R. Wooden Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2070

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