JOSEPH A. MEYERS
February 14, 1923 - February 19, 2014
Joe was born Feb. 14, 1923 in Wilkes-Barre, PA to Joseph and Annie Moyer Meyers. He lived his early years there, graduating from Elmer L. Meyers High School in 1941. During WWII he served in the Army Air Corps and flew 50 missions as a B-17 Ball-turret gunner in the European Theater. His plane was shot down over the Mediterranean near Italy where they were later rescued by a Navy Submarine Chaser. He flew flight "51" on a B-17 a few years back as a gift from his family. He loved his country and was proud to defend it, asking nothing in return.
While stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base, he met Zelda G. Esslinger and they were married March 9, 1944 in Wiles-Barre, PA. They moved to Boise, Idaho where he worked as a tool and die maker before joining the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1978.
During his lifetime he was a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, the Idaho Outdoor Association, the U.S. Postal Workers Union, and many Square and Round Dance Groups. Joe never met a "stranger", he loved a good joke, singing, playing games, music and dancing. He was part of a singing quartet and a square dance caller and round dance caller for many years. He spent many hours volunteering at the Idaho State Veterans Home with the "old boys". He was a "7's Hero" in 2006.
He took special delight in his grandchildren, teaching them hunting and fishing, and motorcycle riding.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Zelda in 2000 and a special grandson, John Meyer in 1987. He was also predeceased by his parents and siblings - the last of the "family".
Joe is survived by his 3 children, sons, Joseph A. Meyers II and wife Frances of Bend, OR; Nick Meyers and wife Victoria of Boise; and daughter, Elizabeth Meyer and husband Joe of Nampa. Also surviving are 6 grandsons and 1 granddaughter, 7 great-grandsons and 3 great-granddaughters, as well as many nieces and nephews.
His family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to
or the Wounded Warrior Project.
A viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m., on Sunday, February 23, at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, with a graveside service at Dry Creek Cemetery on Monday, February 24, at 3 p.m. There will be a gathering of friends and family following the service at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel Gathering Center.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Feb. 22, 2014