Joseph D. Meier, 85, died on Nov. 1, 2022, at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Born on Oct. 24, 1937, in Newark, New Jersey, to Joseph B. and Katherine E. (Cameron) Meier, he was a Chicago Public School teacher for approximately 38 years. He loved Jesus, faithfully prayed for almost 40 people each day, and was a Jehoshaphat of his generation. He was a plant whisperer, he was a masterful gardener, and his plants seemed to really love him. He easily made friends with people and called a Wednesday Journal columnist on a regular basis to give his personal and comprehensive slant on local issues.

He married Irma Betty Dau on Aug. 5, 1967. She died on Feb. 7, 2022. He will be deeply missed by his daughter Lisa Meier of Columbus, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his brother, John C. Meier, and his sister, Lois Meier.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 12 at Roberts Funeral Home in Wooster, Ohio, followed by interment at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Online tributes may be made at

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Israel Ministry,

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