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      IL State Representative Rich Myers dies Wednesday

      Illinois State Representative Rich Myers' chair is draped as tradition dictates in the US House of Representatives. / courtesy: Illinois Statehouse News

      The following is the obituary for Richard "Rich" P. Myers: State Representative Richard "Rich" P. Myers, 62, of Colchester, passed away peacefully with his wife and daughter by his side at 8:55 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at McDonough District Hospital.Rich served as State Representative since 1995. He was born on December 27, 1947 in Macomb, the son of John and Martha Myers. He married Christine Sims on August 9, 1975 in North Henderson, Illinois. Rich and his wife, Chris, have a daughter, Alison and a son (deceased), Nicholas.Rich graduated from Colchester High School in 1966 and earned a B.S. in Agronomy from Western Illinois University in 1973. He farmed the family farm for 29 years before becoming a full-time legislator. Rich served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was an active member and elder of the Scotland Trinity Presbyterian Church.During his farming career, Rich was active in the Farm Bureau organization, serving in various capacities at the local, state, and national levels. He served 12 years as a member of the Board ofDirectors of the Illinois Farm Bureau. During that time he represented the Illinois Farm Bureau on the Board of Directors of Interstate Producers Livestock Association, U.S. Meat Export Federation, and numerous other agriculture related organizations.Representative Myers served several years as minority spokesperson of the Appropriations-Higher Education Committee and was a strong advocate for increased funding for the state's public colleges and universities, and for the state's community college system. He also served on the Agriculture and Conservation, Higher Education, State Government Administration, Elections and Campaign Reform, and Renewable Energy Committees. Rich also served as a member of the Passenger Rail Caucus, a group of legislators advocating for continued and expanded Amtrak servicethroughout the state.Representative Myers was co-chair of the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, a bi-partisan legislative commission of members from both chambers. Their responsibilities include forecasting state revenue projections, oversight of employee insurance programs, and conducting hearings on proposed closure of state facilities.Beyond Illinois, Representative Myers served as co-chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee of the Midwest Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. The Midwest Legislative Conference is a regional organization of legislators covering 11 mid-western states and 3 Canadian provinces.Rich is survived by his wife, Chris; daughter, Alison; mother Martha; brothers Donald (Sue) Myers, Charles (Ann) Myers; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Nicholas; father John; and brother, Wendell who died in infancy.Memorials can be made to Scotland Trinity Presbyterian Church, the McDonough District Hospital, and the Representative Rich Myers Agricultural Scholarship at Western Illinois University.

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      Funeral Arrangements:

      The Myers family will receive friends at a visitation for State Representative Rich Myers from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday at the Scotland Trinity Presbyterian Church, 14950 North 900th Road in Macomb.

      A Memorial Service will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the University Union Grand Ballroom on the Campus of Western Illinois University.

      Burial will follow at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Mt. Auburn Cemetery is located in the north side of Colchester on the west side of the road to Argyle Lake.

      To Leave Condolences visit online at www.jonesmortuaryfh.com or www.dodsworthfh.com------

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      A long time servant of the Tri-States has died.

      Illinois State Representative Rich Myers passed away.In March, Myers revealed that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and had been undergoing treatments for several months.Rich Myers was first elected to the Illinois House in 1995.Born in McDonough County in 1947, Myers was a farmer and businessman by trade.He graduated from Colchester High School in 1966 and WIU in 1973.Myers also served 6 years in the U.S. Army Reserves.He leaves behind his wife, Christine and one daughter, Alison.Rich Myers was 62-years-old.

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      Funeral Arrangements:

      The Myers family will receive friends at a visitation for State Representative Rich Myers from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday at the Scotland Trinity Presbyterian Church, 14950 North 900th Road in Macomb.

      A Memorial Service will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the University Union Grand Ballroom on the Campus of Western Illinois University.

      Burial will follow at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Mt. Auburn Cemetery is located in the north side of Colchester on the west side of the road to Argyle Lake.

      Click here for more on the arrangements and to read the full obituary.

      Senator John Sullivan Eulogized Representative Rich Myers in the Senate on Thursday. You can watch that on YouTube here. Myers was honored with a moment of silence.

      Rep. Myers was an outstanding legislator and a friend. He always kept his family, his district and our state as his top priorities and represented them exceptionally well. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during their time of grief.

      - Rep. Tom Cross, Illinois House

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      With wife Chris, and daughter Alison by his side, State Representative Rich Myers passed away Wednesday evening. The 62-year-old Myers had been diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year. A state lawmaker for 16 years, Myers had recently been re-elected as State Representative of the 94th District and was optimistic about his recovery and courageously fought the disease to the end. The family is requesting privacy during this difficult time. Funeral arrangements for Representative Myers are pending and details will be forthcoming.

      - Statement from Rich Myers website

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      "We very much feel the loss of Rich Myers. He was instrumental in taking our students to Springfield where they had the opportunity to meet speakers who are influential in state government, tour the capitol building and visit the two legislative chambers," said WIU Honors College Director Bill Knox. "In addition to many other ways, we will miss Rich for volunteering his services to enrich the academic experience of students in the Centennial Honors College." Click here to read the entire press release from Western Illinois University.

      - University Relations, W.I.U.

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      Today I share in the sadness of many as we learned of the passing of Representative Rich Myers. Rich was a good man who served the people of Illinois for many years with a servant TMs heart. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Rich fought a courageous battle against cancer with his wife Chris and his daughter Alison at his side every step of the way. They are in my prayers, and I offer my condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.

      -Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

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      Representative Rich Myers gave us sixteen years of public service. Rich was a gentleman, a legislative partner, and a true public servant to his constituents. It is with great sadness that I mourn his passing.

      Despite our political differences, Rich and I worked together well. We partnered in sponsoring legislation. We sent out joint press releases and joint letters. We talked about problems; we worked together to understand issues; and we worked together to come up with solutions. I saw, firsthand, how dedicated he was to his constituents. Our legislative districts are, geographically, the largest in the state. Rich traveled extensively to see situations first-hand and participated in innumerable meetings.

      Besides representing the interests of many towns and counties, Rich was a strong supporter of Western Illinois University. He was a dedicated alumni and a strong advocate of education.

      For sixteen years, Rich served his constituents and touched many lives, including mine. He was a good man who truly made a difference. He was my friend and I miss him already.

      I offer my deepest sympathies to his wife, Christine, and his daughter, Alison.

      - State Senator John Sullivan (D " Rushville)

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      "I've known Rich for years, before he was in politics, we grew up in the same church. Rich has been a very dedicated statesman. He always considered his constituents before any other. It would take you just a few seconds to realize that Rich is an honest man, he is a Christian man, he has great integrity and credibility and we as a community are definitely going to be at a loss."

      -McDonough County Republican Central Committee Chairman Mary Brookhart

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      "Rich was great to work with for the city and of course I've known him for a long time before. It's just a loss it really is. Genuine. He was just genuine and a gentle person, but he really loved to listen to people, to find out their ideas and wh at was going on and was there a way taht he could help to make something better and he was always that way."

      -Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead

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      "He was a respected statesman in the area. He was the go-to guy in agriculture, in higher ed, he was the spokesperson for our party in higher education, appropriation and just the committee in substance. People just went to him with issues about those areas. We've just lost a great person, this illness just came at a fast speed to him, he fought it courageously and it wasn't perhaps in the last few days that he could see that maybe this battle wouldn't be won. It's just that short, he felt confident that he could serve his district well and I appreciate that his district supported him and his legacy will continue and I know that we'll have a strong representation in the future."

      -IL Representative Jil Tracy (R) 93rd District

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      Western Illinois lost a champion and Amtrak lost a friend in the passing of Illinois State Representative Rich Myers. The Colchester Republican served his district with distinction since 1994. He worked closely with Amtrak Board Chairman Tom Carper of Macomb to maintain Amtrak service on our oldest continuously operated state-supported corridor. Four years ago, he made certain Western Illinois was included in the expansion of Amtrak service in his state. The operation of the Amtrak Illinois Zephyr since 1971 and the Amtrak Carl Sandburg since 2006 are testimony to Representative Myers' vision of a vital Western Illinois region. He will be missed in his home state and beyond.

      - Amtrak

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