By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR – Veteran, volunteer and longtime resident John “Jack” Myers has been around the world, but city officials of Taylor, which he calls home, recognized him for his contribution to his hometown.
At the March 19 City Council meeting, Council Chairman Tim Woolley and Mayor Rick Sollars recognized Myers for his dedication, sacrifice and time spent on behalf of the city where he has lived since his family moved here from Toledo when he was 7 years old.
Recently, during his retirement, Myers served the 23rd District Court as an officer, and served as a volunteer in the Taylor Veterans Museum, which is currently housed in city hall.
Myers also filled a city council vacancy in 2017, served on the Farmers Market Board and volunteered as part of the Taylor Armed Forces Day Planning Commission.
In 1966, Myers was a member of the first graduating class of John F. Kennedy High School.
A military veteran with more than 21 years of service, Myer served more than 11 years in the U.S. Air Force and 10 years in the U.S. Army. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, and served for 63 days in Operation Desert Storm.
Following his military career, Myers served 22 years with the Romulus Police Department and seven years with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.
Myers and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 47 years. They have two daughters, Sally Villasenor and Robin Lenhart, and a son, James Meyers.
Woolley said Myers is a “tireless worker.”
“He’s been a commander of the VFW, he is as pro-veteran as you can get and he does anything he can to help people,” Woolley said.
Sollars said he can’t thank Myers enough for his service to Taylor.
“You’ve helped this city tremendously with your passion, your dedication,” Sollars said. “It is amazing how involved you continue to stay.”
The Myers recently announced they are moving to Florida soon.
“You know, I am going for health reasons, because I am allergic to snow and cold,” Myers said, triggering laughter.
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at [email protected])