William O. Meyer II died peacefully at home on June 17, 2017.
He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 20, 1928, to William Lawrence Meyer and Dorothy James Northrup. He grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., but his family would always travel to Wilmington, N.Y., to spend their summers in the Adirondacks. His family started the Meyer Wagonworks Company in the late 1800's, building horse drawn wagons designed to deliver ice and perishables throughout Buffalo, N.Y. In the early 1900's, the company was redesignated as the Meyer Body Company and they specialized in building refrigerated truck bodies for the Buffalo area until the 1990's. 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.
In 1972 he moved his family to Wilmington, N.Y., 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 Steinhoff's 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 grandchildren until he was in his eighties. As his grandchildren 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 grandchildren's accomplishments, he never talked about his own family background. William was the 2nd great-grandson to the patriarch William James (1771 - 1832) of Albany, N.Y., and the 2nd great-grandson to William Jenkins Worth (1794 - 1849) of Hudson, N.Y., (for whom Fort Worth, Texas was named).
He is predeceased by his sister Bertha Meyer; his brother Lawrence Meyer; and his sister Dorothy Dann. He is survived by his sons, William O. Meyer III and his wife Lisa of Wilmington, N.Y.; Michael F. Meyer and his wife Nancy of New Milford, Conn.; Jeffery R. Meyer and his wife Barbara of Wilmington, N.Y.; and his daughter, Laurie M. Morrison of Park City, Utah. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, William L. Meyer and his wife Alainna of Verona, N.Y.; Timothy Meyer of Lake Placid, N.Y.; Ryan Meyer of Wilmington, N.Y.; Morgan Meyer of Wilmington, N.Y.; Jack Morrison of Park City, Utah; Alex Morrison of Park City, Utah; Lacey Meyer of New Milford, Conn.; and Emma Meyer of New Milford, Conn. In addition, he is survived by his great-granddaughter, Aubree Meyer of Verona, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews across the country.
Strong-willed, independent, and a storyteller to the end, William will be greatly missed by family and friends alike.
Calling hours will be from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, at Thwaits-Zaumetzer Funeral Home in AuSable Forks, N.Y., and will be followed by a memorial service. A private burial with family will be held later at Haselton Cemetery.
Published on June 22, 2017