PEORIA - William A. Meissner, Ph.D. of Peoria, Ill., died at 7:20 a.m. on Monday, June 4, 2012, peacefully at home surrounded by his family.
He was born Nov. 14, 1939, in Chicago, Ill., to Edward C. and Lois E. (White) Meissner. He married Barbara K. Buszin on Aug. 2, 1964, in St. Louis, Mo.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara of Peoria, Ill.; children, Alice (Keith) Mueller of Shelby Township, Mich., Catherine Easley of Peoria and William W. Meissner of Hollywood, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Jacob and David Mueller and William Easley; and brothers, Edward (Rowena) Meissner of Somerset, Ky., and the Rev. Bruce (Dorcas) Meissner of Algonquin.
Dr. Meissner graduated from George Roger Clark High School in Whiting, Ind. He received his Bachelor of Arts in speech, drama, and English from Valparaiso University; his Master of Arts in speech pathology and audiology from Northern Illinois University; and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in audiology from the University of Oklahoma in 1970.
Coming to Peoria in 1970, he was the director of audiology at Zeller Zone Center, and in 1977 he became the director of audiology at Peoria Ear, Nose and Throat Group and retired from there in 2002. Over those years, he was consultant in audiology to PARC and named Professional of the Year by them in 1985. He served on the Central Illinois Orofacial Anomalies Team and was a professor in the Department of Pediatrics of The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.
Dr. Meissner was a member of the following professional and scientific societies: the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Acoustical Society of America, a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (formerly Academy of Dispensing Audiologists), Illinois Academy of Audiology, the Peoria Area Speech, Hearing and Language Association and the Illinois Speech Language Hearing Association. He was a licensed audiologist and hearing aid dispenser.
In addition to his professional activities, he served as chairman of the local chapter of the March of Dimes and the Zeller Zone Center Federal Credit Union. He sang in the Lutheran Choir of Peoria, the Philharmonic Chorale, the Bradley Community Chorus, the Sanctuary Choir of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Peoria Bach Festival Choir.
In his spiritual life, he was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, was active in many of its programs serving on various church boards and committees, being a communion assistant and lector and was a founding member of and active participant in Trinity's Lutheran WATCH ministry. It was his privilege and joy to be a faith mentor to nine young men of the congregation over the past 17 years.
Bill was well known for his sense of humor and his commitment to family and church.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Peoria. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at church. The Rev. Mark Nelson will officiate. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Peoria or to the donor's choice.