Lawrence H. Myers of Davenport, Fla., left his earthly home on Jan. 8, 2019 to join his wife, Janyce Y. Myers, in Heaven after a brief illness.
He was born on Feb. 26, 1932 and for most of his life, had been an educator in the Iowa Public School System. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army for his service during the Korean War, he obtained his bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State College in Marysville, Mo. He received a master’s degree from Northeast Missouri State College in Kirksville, Mo., and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) from the University of Iowa in Science Education.
Lawrence started his career education in Albia, teaching chemistry at Albia High School. In 1968, he moved to Muscatine, where he taught chemistry at Muscatine High School until his retirement in 1993. His classes were popular in high school, especially at Christmas time, when all students were able to make homemade peanut brittle in class.
After their retirement, his wife and him moved to Naples, Fla., to enjoy their time together. He decided that he was still interested in teaching, so he became an adjunct professor at Edison Community College in Ft. Myers and in Naples, teaching chemistry classes. After a couple of years, the drive between Naples and Ft. Myers was more than he desired, so he retired from teaching for good.
Not wanting to sit around, he joined the staff of Pelican Bay in Naples as a tram driver. He thoroughly enjoyed his time as tram driver, taking residents from their condos to the beaches of Naples.
A need to have a hip replaced necessitated his retirement from driving the tram. Not to stay down, he decided to write a book, detailing the brave men that served in the Civil War from his home county, Monroe County of Iowa. After his book was published, he was present at a book signing at Restoration Days in Albia.
Following publication of that book, he decided to write another book and had it published, this one detailing all the patches of the various Army units in World War II. After that book was completed, he wrote another book, going back again to the Civil War, with the emphasis this time of those who served from Muscatine County.
Prior to his death, his was working on another book about World War II.
In addition to writing, he was an avid aviator. While in Muscatine, he built two airplanes from the ground up, rebuilt a 1943 Piper Cub that had been wrecked in Michigan, as well as rebuilding another airplane, before he decided to turn in his wrench. He also owned a private plane with a group of others in Muscatine.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Janyce; and his parents, Chauncey and Goldie Myers. He is survived by brothers Ronald of Earlham, , Keith of Bonita Springs, Fla.; son Jeffrey of Davenport, Fla.; and grandchildren Sarah Schafer of Milan, Ill., and Joshua of Bettendorf.
No funeral or memorial services will be held. The body was cremated. Burial will be a later date in Oak View Cemetery, Albia.