Charles C. Myers valued education, in part, because he had to quit school after 10th grade to help support his family in Dubuque, Iowa.
When his business acumen made him millions, he shared with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Dubuque.
His gifts created a legacy that survives him.
Myers, 79, died Aug. 31 at the Omaha home he shared with his wife of 61 years, Alta “Romona” Myers. He had Parkinson's disease, said granddaughter India Bodnar of Omaha.
In 2004, Myers and his wife gave UNL $5 million for the North Stadium project. The Myers Performance Center for Student-Athletes in the stadium houses the strength complex, locker rooms and training facilities. His support of the Huskers dated to the Bob Devaney era.
The couple also gave $5 million to the University of Dubuque in 1998 for a new library, the Charles C. Myers Library. They gave additional money for the Charles and Romona Myers Center in Steffens Hall.
UNMC received a donation for research and education into liver disease, the specialty of Dr. Michael F. Sorrell of UNMC. Charlie Myers and Sorrell were longtime friends.
Myers made his money through the businesses he founded, owned and operated.
In 1963 in Omaha, he started Superior Insulation, which was renamed Superior Industries Inc. He also owned and operated Freezer Services, a cold storage warehouse firm. He had offshoots of these businesses in other states, Bodnar said.
He sold his combined businesses — Myers Group — in 1998.
Myers had myriad interests.
“He loved cars new and old; the faster the better,” his granddaughter said. “His favorite words were 'mash it,' ” meaning step on the gas pedal. Speeds of 120 mph to 140 mph weren't unknown to him, she said.
He also collected antique cars. His grandsons drove them Wednesday in his funeral procession, she said.
“He loved to fly,” Bodnar added, and his favorite was his Cessna Citation CJ3.
Myers received an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Dubuque in 1993 and was a lifetime member of the school's board.
The Nebraska Football Hall of Fame presented him with the Clarence E. Swanson Memorial Award in 1993.
Myers also was a longtime member of the Masons and Tangier Shrine Temple of Omaha.
Besides his wife and granddaughter, his survivors include daughters Denise Connerley of Omaha and Brenda Myers of Mesa, Ariz.; son Gary Myers of Omaha; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.