Born: April 16, 1928
Died: April 14, 2013
Robert A. Meyer of West Bend died on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the Lighthouse of West Bend at the age of 84 years. He was born on April 16, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Alfred and Catharine (nee Ries) Meyer.
He attended school in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School. He then went on to graduate from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ where he played lacrosse and sailed.
For two years during the Korean Conflict, he served with the United States Army. Following his discharge, he moved to Wisconsin where he had spent many summers at Big Cedar Lake. He then earned his Master's degree in engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and became a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Wisconsin.
On May 7, 1955, he was united in marriage to Patricia A. Kaempfer at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Bend.
Bob worked at Amity Leather Products, and later for Will Ross, Inc. He then became employed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin as a facilities engineer, from where he retired.
As an active resident of the community, he was a member and past president of the West Bend Jaycees, the West Bend Noon Kiwanis Club and the Washington County Historical Society, member and past commodore of the Cedar Lake Yacht Club and a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States-Wisconsin Commandery. Additional memberships include the West Bend Masonic Lodge #138 F. and A. M. (Free and Accepted Masons), Scottish Rite-Valley of Milwaukee and Tripoli Shrine Temple AAOMS (Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine). He also served on the Washington County Landmarks Commission. In addition to coaching little league baseball in West Bend, he bowled, played basketball and golfed in his younger years.
As a member of St. James Episcopal Church, he participated in many aspects of the parish and was a lay reader.
Survivors include his wife Pat; four children Laurie (Tom) Wagner of West Bend, Bob (Sandra) of West Bend, James (Gayle) of Mequon and Ann (Ken) Carrano of Gurnee, IL; 6 grandchildren Kelly (Chris) Lang, Kara (Corey) Petzold, Ben and Adam Meyer and Christopher and Elizabeth Carrano; 2 great-grandchildren Evan Lang and Grace Petzold; 3 step-grandchildren Melissa (Nick) Mueller, Andrew (Anna) Sawyer and Eric Sawyer; 1 step-great-grandson Noah Mueller; 1 brother-in-law Robert (Mary Lou) Kaempfer of Surprise, AZ and West Bend; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Alfred Meyer and mother Catharine Meyer-Hazelwood.
The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation on Wednesday, April 17 at St. James Episcopal Church from 4 until 5:45 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at 6 p.m. with Masonic Rites to follow. Private burial will be in Washington County Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to St. James Episcopal Church, the Washington County Historical Society or the West Bend Baseball Association.
Bob's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Robert Gibson, Jeanine Schroeter, Dr. Sullivan, Amber, Amanda and the the entire Lighthouse of West Bend staff for being so caring and compassionate.
The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. On-line guestbook and condolences available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.