Norman R. Meyers, 93, of Findlay passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Blanchard Valley Hospital after a short illness.
Mr. Meyers was born on October 12, 1925 in Pioneer, Ohio to Hoy Atlee and Florence Elizabeth (Kaiser) Meyers. He Married Marilyn Ann Smith on February 1, 1953 and she survives. Also surviving are a son, Gregory Elliot (Beth) of Findlay and a daughter, Jane Ellen (Jamie) of Grand Haven, Michigan; grandchildren Laura Christine Wensink (Jeff) of Indianapolis, Indiana, Lisa Elizabeth Meyers of Columbus, Ohio, Michael Kenneth Meyers of Chicago, Illinois, and Blake Norman Shultz of New Haven, Connecticut; and great-grandchildren Cecilia Ann Wensink and Sawyer Elliot Wensink of Indianapolis, Indiana. A younger brother, John Stuart (Barbara) Meyers of Findlay also survives. An elder brother, Frederick William Meyers, predeceased Norman, and Frederick's wife Marian survives.
Mr. Meyers was a 1943 graduate of Pioneer High School. Following graduation, Mr. Meyers attempted to enlist as an Air Force pilot. Since he was 17 at the time, he needed parental consent to complete his enlistment, which he unsuccessfully secured. Shortly thereafter, upon reaching 18, he was drafted into the Marine Corps, entered boot camp at Camp Pendleton in San Diego and was deployed to the Pacific Theater, spending 18 months on the island of Kwajalein. Since he was musically accomplished, playing both the clarinet and alto saxophone, he was assigned to the Fourth Marine Air Wing Band. Ultimately this band performed with Bob Hope's USO shows which toured the Pacific Islands entertaining troops during the last two years of WWII.
Upon his return after WWII, Norman enrolled at Bowling Green State University, graduating in 1950 with a degree in Business Administration. At Bowling Green, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and led the fraternity choir. He was gifted with perfect pitch.
Following work in Buffalo and Cincinnati, Norm joined Ohio Oil Company in 1953, a career which lasted until his retirement from Marathon Oil in 1985.
Mr. Meyers was involved in a number of civic and fraternal organizations, including United Way, Chopin Hall, The Blanchard Auxiliary, BPOE #75, and was a Hancock County Election Board volunteer. Mr. Meyers was a past Exalted Ruler and secretary of BPOE #75 and a member of its Home Association. He and Marilyn were also actively involved with Sycamore Springs Golf Course.
Mr. Meyers was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for over 65 years where he had served as a Deacon.
Norman was loved dearly by his family and friends. With his relaxed manner, easy smile and subtle and quick wit, it was a joy to be with him. He was a model for the true gentleman, and he and Marilyn were blessed with many close friends who supported a deep and meaningful social life for many years.
Norm and Marilyn spent retirement together enjoying family, travels here and abroad, and many winters in Destin Florida. Their 66 years of marriage are a testament to how two people's lives can truly act as one. Theirs worked so well practically, efficiently, and happily. Norm and Marilyn have been, and continue to be, an inspiration to their family.
Norm's family would like to give a heart felt thanks to the nurses, staff and doctors at the BVH ICU for their fine care of Norman.
Visitation for family and friends of Norman will be held from 2-6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019 at KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME 500 Lima Ave Findlay, Ohio. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church 2330 S. Main Street Findlay, Ohio with Pastor Jessica Commeret Myers officiating. Committal service will follow at the First Presbyterian Church Columbarium with military rights by the Hancock Veterans Memorial Squad.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, or BPOE #75 Building Fund 900 W. Melrose Ave Findlay, Ohio 45840. in Norman's honor.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.