Robert A. Meyer, 84


Robert A. Meyer, 84, of West Bend died on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at the Lighthouse of West Bend. He was born on April 16, 1928, in Brooklyn, N.Y. 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, N.J., 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 masterís degree in engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and became a professional engineer (P.E.) in 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 Childrenís 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 member and past commodore 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, Ill.; six grandchildren Kelly (Chris) Lang, Kara (Corey) Petzold, Ben and Adam Meyer and Christopher and Elizabeth Carrano; two great-grandchildren Evan Lang and Grace Petzold; three step grandchildren Melissa (Nick) Mueller, Andrew (Anna) Sawyer and Eric Sawyer; one step-great-grandson Noah Mueller; one brother-in-law Robert (Mary Lou) Kaempfer of Surprise, Ariz. and West Bend; and 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 4-6 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at 6 p.m. at the church with Masonic services 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.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com. Bobís family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Robert Gibson, Jeanine Schroeter, Dr. Sullivan, Amber, Amanda and the entire Lighthouse of West Bend staff for being so caring and compassionate.