Robert Lee Meese
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77, of Wilmot, went home to be with his Lord Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. He was the only child born to Ralph and Hazel (Maxwell) Meese on Easter Sunday, April 21, 1935 and had lived his whole life in the Village of Wilmot. Bob graduated from Beach City High School in 1953 and was appointed postmaster of Wilmot by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 where he served for 34 years. At the time, he was the youngest postmaster in the United States. He served in the US Army from 1958-1960 at Ft. Gordon, GA as a base postal clerk. He was the financial secretary for the Greenlawn Cemetery for 30 years and was in charge of the Memorial Day program at the cemetery. He also served as the president of the Wilmot Water Board for ten years. He was a member of the Wilmot Fire Department for 50 years and served as the cashier for the Sunday ham dinners in later years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and served as the secretary for the Sugarcreek Valley Farm and Game Club for 30 years. He was a member of the Wilmot United Methodist Church.
In 1990, he married Marcella (Donner) Wald, who survives. Also surviving are children, Michael (Tracy) Meese of Dover, Molly Romig of Massillon and Melissa (Steve) Clements of Canton; stepchildren, Kimberly (David) Brown of Apple Creek and Rev. Matthew Wald of Wooster; grandsons, Cody Beard and Kevin (Karla) Clements; and granddaughters, Mallory, Hope and Lexie Wald.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Wilmot United Methodist Church with Pastor Scott Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Wilmot. Friends may call on Tuesday, one hour prior to services. Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton is handling the arrangements. A memorial website has been created by the funeral home and may be accessed at www.spidellfuneralhome.com where you may share a memory or sign the guestbook. Memorial contributions may be made to the Village of Wilmot, Wilmot, OH 44689.
Published in The Times Reporter on Dec. 31, 2012