Robert Henry Meeder

RIPLEY – Robert Henry Meeder, 83, of 10492 West Side Hill Road, 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 a 1947 graduate of Sherman Central School, and was a U.S. Army veterans of the Korean War. He witnesses the world’s first thermonuclear explosion as part of Operation Ivy on 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, who 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.

Born in Ripley, N.Y., on March 21, 1929, a son of Mervin and Clarice (Hewitt) Meeder, he is survived by 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. Also surviving is a sister, Mary (Allen) DeGray of Baltimore, Md.; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his parents and beloved wife, Vida, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Biekert; and two brothers: John and Hewitt.

The family will receive friends at the Mathews Funeral Home, 104 W. Main St., Ripley, N.Y., on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 5-7 p.m., and on Friday, Feb. 15, from 5-7 p.m.

A memorial service will be held at the Ripley Baptist Church, Ripley, N.Y., at 2 p.m. Feb. 16, with the Rev. Donald Eggleston officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church of Ripley, N.Y., 9869 East Side Hill Road, Ripley, NY 14775; or the Regional Cancer Center of Erie, 2500, W. 12th St., Erie, PA 16505.