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Richard A. "Dick" Meacham who passed away on Friday, April 29, 2011.

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Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church
 
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church

Obituary
A memorial service for Richard Allen Meacham, age 87, of North Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Newark and Heath, Ohio will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 76 E Main St., Newark, with Rev. Kathryn P. Clausen officiating. Following the memorial service, inurnment will be made at Wilson Cemetery with a Knight Templar graveside service. Friends may call at the church an hour before the memorial service.

Mr. Meacham died Friday, April 29, 2011 at Hope Hospice. He was born in Utica, Ohio on September 28, 1923 to the late Ralph and Clara Elizabeth (Walker) Meacham. He was associated with the Advocate Printing Company for many years and retired in 1985 from the composing room of the Dispatch Printing Company.

He was a 1942 graduate of Newark High School, followed by over three years of military service during World War II in the United States Army Air Corps. He served overseas in the Central Pacific Theater of Operations on the Island of Guam and was discharged as a Sergeant. He was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, serving various positions including Choir, Vestry Member, and Licensed Lay Reader. After retirement he spent the winter months in Fort Myers, Florida and moved there in 2006.

He was an active Freemason for more than 60 years, serving many offices in that fraternal organization. He was member and Past Master of Acme Lodge #554; Past High Priest of Warren Chapter #6; Past Illustrious Master of Bigelow Council #7; Past Commander of St. Lukes Commandery #34; Knight York Cross of Honour in Ohio Priory #18; 32nd Degree Mason in the Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus; also a member of Aladdin Temple Shrine; Charlemagne Conclave; Red Cross of Constantine; Past Preceptor of Galilean Tabernacle XXIII, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priest; Royal Order of Scotland; Frank Nicklaus Council, Allied Masonic Degrees. He was Past Sovereign Master of Heart of Ohio Council, AMD. In 1992-1993 he served as Grand Commander of Ohio Knights Templar. For this he was awarded the honors of Past Grand Commander, Permanent Voting Member of the Grand Encampment Knights Templar of the United States, Knight Commander of the Temple, Knight York Grand Cross of Honour, and Honorary Legion of Honor from Ohio Demolay. He was made an honorary member of numerous Commanderies in Ohio and of several Grand Commanderies of other states, including the York Rite Bodies of Florida where he participated in the work of those bodies. He was the Grand Representative from Ohio to the Grand Commandery of Florida. He was a founding member of City of Palms AMD and St. Bernard de Clairvaux, Red Cross of Constantine of Fort Myers, FL.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marion Ann (Gaunder) Meacham; two daughters, Beth Ann Meacham of Tucson, AZ and Marion Eleanor (Mindy) Meacham of Fort Myers, FL; a sister, Mrs. Lucille Peoples of Newark, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Knight Templar Holy Land Pilgrimage Fund or your local Hospice Organization.

The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.



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Mark Stickle

Mindy,

I am sorry for your loss. Thinking about your Dad certainly brings back memories of times long gone by: can it really be possible that it has been more than forty years since we hung out together in Forest Hills?? (No, it can't be possible; must be a math error!) Take care, and know that my thoughts are with you.

Mark Stickle

Donna (Bennett) Shepherd

Dear Beth, my condolences to you - I understand your feelings because I just lost my Dad in January. Thank God for our memories. God Bless you & your family, LHS classmate Donna Bennett.

maggie (marla) stickle

mindy,
i don't remember ever meeting your dad; but, i am so sorry for your loss. i do remember you mom, and of course, "the garage parties".
how time flies. hope you are well. i wish you and yours much comfort in the memories that you hold dear.
take good care.

Lise Lunser

Beth and family,
Sorry for your lose and having just lost a sister in Oct and a brother in April, I truly can understand the numbing feeling. Think of the wonderful memories and thank God that you had your dad for as many years as you did.
Beth, I went back to Lakewood and Harbor Hills a few years ago.Sally Nimocks Oldham had me stay with her and later came to Portland, Maine
where we had some fun together. Wish I could hear from you. My daughter Laura lives in Glendale, Arizona which is not far from you.
Will say a prayer for your dad tonight.
Lise Lunser

ol vern

WE HAVE MANY, MANY HAPPY MEMORIES OF DICK, AND VALUED HIS FRIENDSHP.
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ANN.
DOTTIE AND OL VERN FREEMAN

Linda Masters Martin

For Ann, Beth and Mindy, My sincerest condolences to you at this time. I thought a lot of your dad and husband. Makes me remember our days at Trinity with the choir, and other things we did. May God hold you in the palm of his hand and give you peace. Best regards, Linda

Sally Oldham

Beth and family, Please accept my condolences. Losing a loved one is never easy. My prayers are with you. Sally Nimocks Oldham, a Lakewood classmate

DWIGHT BENDURE,BUDDY

MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY,NHS 1963,PEARL STREET NEIGHBOR IN THE 1050s DWIGHT BENDURE IRVINE,CALIF.