RIPLEY - Robert Henry Meeder, 83, of 10492 W. Side Hill Rd., Ripley, N.Y., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Hamot Medical Center surrounded by his family. He had been in failing health recently.
Bob was born in Ripley, N.Y., on March 21, 1929, a son of Mervin and Clarice (Hewitt) Meeder. He was a 1947 graduate of Sherman Central School and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He witnessed the world's first thermonuclear explosion as part of Operation Ivy over Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands in 1952. One of Bob's great pleasures was square dancing, and this is how he met his future wife Vida Marcella Urso, whom he married on Oct. 9, 1955. He retired from the Electric Materials Company after more than 38 years of service in 1986. A man of great faith, he was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Ripley, serving as a trustee until his death.
Bob is survived by his five children, Deanne (Bobbie) Vaughn of Westfield, N.Y., Loren (Marydawn) Meeder of North East, Pa., Lynette West of Portland, N.Y., Katrina (Robin) Turner of Cary, N.C., and Eric (Pamela) Meeder of Roswell, Ga.; a sister, Mary (Allan) DeGray of Baltimore, Md.; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Robert Henry Meeder
In addition to his parents and beloved wife, Vida, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Biekert; and two brothers, John and Hewitt.
The family received friends at the Mathews Funeral Home, 104 W. Main Street, Ripley on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Friday, Feb. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. A memorial service was held at the Ripley Baptist Church, Ripley at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, with the Rev. Don Eggleston officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church of Ripley, 9869 E. Side Hill Rd., Ripley, N.Y. 14775; Regional Cancer Center of Erie, 2500 W. 12th St., Erie, PA 16505.