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January 16, 2019

12/18/2018 7:30:00 AM
Walter Leon Meyer

My favorite people call me Grandpa. Those are the words on the favorite shirt of Walter Leon Meyer. Walter took great delight in his role of Grandpa, the Man, the Myth, the Legend. He especially enjoyed this role as the grandchildren became teenagers and he could share some of his more colorful stories and jokes with them. Walter was born Oct. 4, 1940, in Rhinelander, to Donald and Dorothy (Krause) Meyer. He enjoyed his role of big brother to Donna (Clifford) Kluber and Georgene (Fred) Laska. His deep love for his parents and sisters was evident in every story he told of them. Walter enjoyed pitching in the Babe Ruth League, the American Legion team, the Rhinelander Hodags and the Township of Starks team. After graduating from Rhinelander Union High School in 1959, he played football for the Rhinelander Red Dogs. His stories of these games, bus rides and post-game celebrations were some of his best; especially the one where the Red Dogs played the Marquette prison team, during a time of leather helmets and no face masks! He described it like a scene right out of a movie! Walter retired from the Rhinelander Paper Company in 1998 after 39 years of friendships, jokes and work he took great pride in. Walter volunteered at the Oneida County Senior Center, the Military Support Group and everywhere else that needed volunteers. Walter enjoyed camping, riding his motorcycle and watching vintage snowmobile and motorcycle racing. Walter loved his country and took great pride in having voted in every election he was eligible to vote for. He was a lifelong card carrying member of the American Motorcycle Association, United Paperworkers International Union, Rhinelander Hodags 62 Club and a longtime regular blood donor to the American Red Cross. But his greatest love was the love of his life, Maxine. Walter married Maxine Joyce Libby on Sept. 28, 1963. Their life together was 55 years of hard work, laughter, travel and deep love and admiration. Maxine was born on Feb. 12 and Walter lovingly referred to her as his "forever Valentine". Together they had a son, Corey Michael. They were a very active family, camping, traveling, fishing and helping everyone in the neighborhood. Walter was very proud of his son and told him daily that he loved him. Walter made sure everyone in his life knew that they were loved and appreciated. To have met Walter meant you had a friend for life. Walter did not tell any of us how to live, he showed us through how he lived his life. Caring for Walter during his illness was our honor and privilege. We love him so deeply. Walter was a man of strong faith and enjoyed attending Saturday evening service at Zion with his sister Georgene. Jesus welcomed Walter into his heavenly home on Dec. 13, 2018; relieving him of his pain and suffering from metastatic bladder cancer. He passed from this earth under the wonderful care of Ascension Hospice and Bell Tower with his beloved Maxine holding his hand.

Walter is survived by his forever Valentine, Maxine, son Corey (Jennifer) Meyer, grandchildren Terrin (Emily) Meyer, Christopher Leon Meyer, Cassandra Meyer and Melanie Monnot; his sisters, Donna and Georgene; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. A private family celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Everyone who remembers Walter is asked to celebrate his life in their own way, raising a glass of your favorite beverage would be quite appropriate. Instead of flowers, Walt asks that each of you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone in his name. You may leave your private condolences for the Meyer family at The Carlson Funeral Home(715-369-1414) is handling the arrangements for the Meyer family.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2019
Article comment by: Charles Smith

Always enjoyed seeing wally ride his bike on the roads by Lake Thompson.
Lake Thompson Association sends there prayers to Wally's family.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Article comment by: Janet Baer

Wally was a dear man and a good friend. He will be very much missed. Condolences to Maxine and family.

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