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William O. Meyer II

June 29, 2017
Lake Placid News

William O. Meyer II died peacefully at home on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

He was born in Buffalo on May 20, 1928, to William Lawrence Meyer and Dorothy James Northrup. He grew up in Buffalo, but his family would always travel to Wilmington to spend their summers in the Adirondacks.

His family started the Meyer Wagonworks Company in the late 1800s, building horse drawn wagons designed to deliver ice and perishables throughout Buffalo. In the early 1900s, the company was redesignated as the Meyer Body Company and they specialized in building refrigerated truck bodies for the Buffalo area until the 1990s. After completing his tour of duty as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he went back to work in the family business with his father at Meyer Body Company.

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In 1972 he moved his family to Wilmington, where he purchased Steinhoff's Sportsmans Inn with Phyllis Devlin, Joseph Dugan, and Elizabeth Dugan. Most people in town knew William as the owner/proprietor of Steinhoff's Sportsmans Inn from 1972 through 1999. One of the best storytellers around, he could be found there every day helping people forget their problems with a joke or a story. He had a memory for events in his life that was unmatched and his ability to recall those memories, his wit, and his skill as a conversationalist will be missed.

An avid Golfer, he organized a golf tournament each summer for Steinhoffs Sportsmans Inn with many friends and family to encourage interest in the sport. He was able to continue playing the game that he loved with his friends, children, and grand-children until he was in his eighties. As his grand-children grew up, he could always be found on the Lake Placid school sidelines supporting his grand-children's Soccer, Hockey, and Baseball games.

Although he would always be ready to brag about his children and his grand-children's accomplishments, he never talked about his own family background. William was the 2nd great grandson to the patriarch William James (1771 to 1832) of Albany and the 2nd great grandson to William Jenkins Worth (1794 to 1849) of Hudson (for whom Fort Worth, Texas was named).

He is survived by his sons William O. Meyer III and his wife Lisa of Wilmington, Michael F. Meyer and his wife Nancy of New Milford, Connecticut, Jeffery R. Meyer and his wife Barbara of Wilmington; his daughter Laurie M. Morrison of Park City, Utah; his cherished grandchildren William L. Meyer and his wife Alainna of Verona, Timothy Meyer of Lake Placid, Ryan Meyer of Wilmington, Morgan Meyer of Wilmington, Jack Morrison of Park City, Utah, Alex Morrison of Park City, Utah, Lacey Meyer of New Milford, Connecticut, and Emma Meyer of New Milford, Connecticut; his great-granddaughter Aubree Meyer of Verona; and numerous nieces and nephews across the country.

He is predeceased by his sister Bertha Meyer; his brother Lawrence Meyer; and his sister Dorothy Dann.

Strong-willed, independent, and a storyteller to the end, William will be greatly missed by family and friends alike.

Calling hours will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15 at Thwaits-Zaumetzer Funeral Home in AuSable Forks and will be followed by a memorial service. A private burial with family will be held later at Haselton Cemetery.

 
 

 

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