Robert Michael MeyerMarch 15, 1928 ~ June 27, 2014 (age 86)
MADISON - Robert Michael Meyer, age 86, passed away on Friday, June 27, 2014, at St. Mary's Care Center after an extended illness.
Robert "Bob" was born in Madison on March 15, 1928, the youngest child of Edmund and Anna Meyer. Bob graduated from Madison West High School in 1946 and promptly enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. Bob served his country for 23½ years of active service with tours of duty in Korea, Okinawa and Viet Nam, retiring as a Master Sergeant. He was a charter member of the HMX-1 President's Helicopter Squadron and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal while on duty in Viet Nam. In May 2013, Bob participated in the Badger Honor Flight and was one of the first Korean War veterans to go. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1318 and a member of the Elks Lodge No. 410. After his service, Bob worked for the City of Madison Traffic Engineering Department as a supervisor for 20 years, retiring in 1990.
Bob married Tome Ubukata in Japan on Jan. 21, 1958. They were parents to son, Walter and daughter, Shirley. Bob was an active member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council No. 4527. Bob served as the Council No. 4527 Grand Knight in 1989. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, bowling and gardening. He was a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House from 1993 (when they opened in Madison) and was awarded a 20 year pin for his volunteer service there. Bob also volunteered with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.
Bob is survived by his wife of 56 years, Tome; his son, Walter (Stacie) Meyer; daughter, Shirley (Gary) Frank; five grandchildren, Julia, Kari and Bryce Meyer and Jessica and Derek Frank; brother, William; and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dolores Schweitzer and her husband, Clement Schweitzer; sister-in-law, Alice "Pete" Meyer; and niece, Patricia Bruns and her husband, Ernie Bruns.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CHURCH, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison, at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, with Monsignor Kenneth Fiedler presiding. Interment will be at the Sunset Memory Gardens, 7302 Mineral Point Road with Full Military Honors. Friends and relatives are invited to a luncheon immediately following the burial. Visitation will be held at JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road, Madison from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014, and also on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CHURCH from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.