MEYER, William Armistice "Bill". Age 91, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary M. (nee Martin) Meyer on January 21, 1950; his wife preceded him in death in 2003. William and wife were both born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bill was born to William Meyer (Wilhelm Aubermann) and Gertrude (nee Tomlinson) Meyer. Bill is survived by his children: William A. (Marianne) Meyer, Kevin A. (Diane) Meyer, Michele A. Hon, Holly A. (Russell) Pattinson, and Christopher M.A. Meyer; his twelve grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and cousins in Australia and Canada. He will also be missed by his friends in many states.
Bill retired from the City of Cincinnati Building Department, his 2nd family, the US Army (Command Sergeant Major served 39 years), and West Chester Zoning Department.
Mass of Eternal Rest will be held at St. Gabriel Church, 48 W Sharon Rd., Glendale, OH 45246 on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 10:30 AM.
Burial will be alongside his wife, to follow at St. Mary Cemetery, 4020 Pleasant Ave, Hamilton, OH 45015. A reception will follow the burial at Fairfield VFW Post 1069, 465 Patterson Blvd Fairfield, OH, 45014.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the VFW Post 1069, 465 Patterson Blvd, Fairfield, OH 45014 http://www.vfw.org/; St. Gabriel Church, 48 W Sharon Rd., Glendale, OH 45246; Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597 Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597 https://hospiceofcincinnati.org/donate/ or of your choice.
In retirement Bill loved traveling, history/museums, military events, fishing & boating, camping, western & army movies, having fun at Oktoberfest festivals, dancing, sharing meals with family and friends, a good cigar, playing cards and games especially on the back porch while enjoying backyard campfires. A good haircut was military style. Bill was a strong willed, proud, private, independent, great man and father. Bill married Mary (Mamie) in 1950 and they had 5 children, William, Kevin, Michele, Holly, and Christopher.
Bill’s passion was fishing and teaching the family to fish for the big one! The winter months were spent in the warmth at South Padre Island, Texas each year. Oktoberfests were a requirement, rain or shine and the chicken dance and the polka were his favorites.
Bill’s second family was the military. Bill joined out of High school and served over 39 years, ending rank Command Sergeant Major. Bill never spoke about his military service and when asked would redirect the conversation and shut it down. Bill has many military certificates, awards and earned the Legion of Merit. At age 51, in his group category he was the fastest soldier in the battalion, completing the “four mile forced march” in 40 minutes, 06 seconds; that was his style and determination. The most recent paperwork found recognized Bill as a member of the 15th Psychological Operations Battalion (POB), Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bill did it his way to the end. Summing it up, Bill’s philosophy during retirement years was to live life enthusiastically, “I’m alive”, keep learning (primarily technology), and keep moving forward. Bill enjoyed the simple things in life, always looking for a good laugh, enjoyed a good cigar. Once was strong, independent, strictly disciplined, and then became fragile, gentle, outwardly loving, and emotional through the years.
Bill’s life was a success. It’s time to move on to the next chapter. Bill lived life to its fullest and will be missed!
Anybody can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a DAD! My dad was in my corner. Dad, you mean the world to me, I realize more and more how lucky I am, and have always been to have a dad as wonderful as you. Thank you, Dad, for giving me the hard love that made all the difference throughout my life. - CMAM
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