Retired Army Colonel Warren J. (Bud) Meyer of Satellite Beach Passes Away Aug. 21 at Age 94

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was a volunteer at Holmes Regional Hospice

Warren J. “Bud ” Meyer of Satellite Beach, Florida, a retired Army colonel, died on August 21, 2018, at the age of 94. He enlisted in the Army in 1943 at Camp Dodge, Iowa. A 30-year veteran, he went up through the ranks from private to colonel. During World War II, served in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands, South West Pacific Theater.

BREVARD COUNTY • SATELLITE BEACH, FLORIDA – Warren J. “Bud ” Meyer of Satellite Beach, Florida, a retired Army colonel, died on August 21, 2018, at the age of 94.

He was born in Normal, Illinois on November 1, 1923, the first son of Arthur L. and Mae (Reeves) Meyer. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Marie J. “Billie” Meyer of 72 years.

He enlisted in the Army in 1943 at Camp Dodge, Iowa. A 30-year veteran, he went up through the ranks from private to colonel. During World War II, served in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands, South West Pacific Theater.

He met his wife, Marie J. “Billie” Meyer, while attending an officer candidate school, in Brisbane, Australia. When the war ended, he was part of the Army of the occupation of Japan, stationed in Nagoya and Yokohama. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

Other assignments included: Hqs, U.S. Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany, Office of the Dept of Army Inspector General, Washington, DC, CO, 13th S&S Bn, Uijongbu, Korea and served on the Army General Staff (Logistics), the Pentagon.

He graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft Leavenworth, Kansas. His decorations and service medals included: the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 bronze stars, Philippine Liberation Medal, Army of Occupation Medal & the Korean Service Medal. He retired in 1973 with just over 30 years active duty.

In 1974, he came to Brevard County, settling in Satellite Beach. He was active in community affairs, serving on city and county boards and committees. He was a volunteer counselor at the Retiree Activities Office, PAFB, Florida and a volunteer at Holmes Regional Hospice. He enjoyed music and sang with the PAFB Protestant Choir for many years.

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He liked working on beautification projects (planting and caring for trees and shrubs), in the 400 block of Jamaica Blvd. He was a life member of both the national and local chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. Also, a member and volunteer at Our Club Health and Fitness Center, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida.

He is survived by his son, John R. Meyer and daughter-in-law, Wendy Gelbart, Bellevue, WA, brother, James E. Meyer and sister – in law, Beverly J. Meyer, Minonk, IL and many nieces and nephews in both the USA and Australia.

For over 30 years, he had a close and loving relationship with Rowland and Selvi Thaver, He considered Rowland and Selvi, as his adopted son and daughter and their son, Dr. Christopher Thaver, as his “adopted grandson”.

The family would like to thank nurse Lenora Edwards, Health First Private Duty, for her loving care over many months, who he considered her “like his adopted daughter.” The family would also like to thank all of his doctors. Special thanks go to Doctors Shankar and Badolatol and nurses, aides, and radiation team members at the Cancer Care Center of Brevard. May God richly bless each of you.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, September 11 at 10 a.m. at Patrick Air Force Base Chapel II, located at 84 Harrier Avenue, Satellite Beach, Florida 32937. A committal service with military honors will be held in Troyer Cemetery, McLean County, approximately 9 miles west of I-39 Hudson, Illinois turnoff.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Bud Meyer, be made to Cancer Care Center of Brevard, 1430 S. Pine Street, Melbourne, Florida, 32901. Online condolences may be left at beachfuneralhome.com

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