Stephen Patrick Meier Sr., 85, Army vet, worked for RCA, enjoyed traveling, photography, fishing

By on May 4, 2016

Stephen Patrick “Pat” Meier Sr., 85, of Lititz, passed away at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center on Friday, April 29, 2016.

He was the loving husband of Marjorie Lloyd Meier, to whom he was married for 57 years. Pat was born in Richmond, Ind., to the late Carl Henry and Johanna (Shinn) Meier.

Pat earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Earlham College, Richmond, in 1952 and started to work for RCA in Marion, Ind., that same year. He was drafted into the Army in 1953 and served at Edwards Air Force Base in California and Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico until 1955. Pat experienced the ride of a lifetime sitting in the nose of B-50 Superfortess when the pilot flew into and below the rim of the Grand Canyon.

After being honorably discharged, Pat returned to RCA and worked for the company for 41 years as technical liaison for sales of color picture tubes, eventually coming to the Lancaster plant. He traveled extensively for RCA, having visited every continent except Antarctica.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the RCA Retirement Association. Pat loved traveling, photography, hunting, and fishing. Known for his warm smile, sense of humor, hearty laugh and commanding voice, Pat was always a presence in the room. He was a most hospitable and kind person who was gifted at making friends and strangers feel welcome. Pat loved to recite limericks and tell stories and jokes.

Surviving Pat are his wife: Marjorie; their five children: Dr. Stephen P. Meier Jr., companion of Amy Foster, of Lititz; Joseph D. Meier, husband of Dr. Kathy Ke, of Sewickley; Anne M., wife of Greg Pryzbylkowski, of Lancaster; Carl E. Meier, husband of Denise, of Gilbertsville; and Catherine Meier Grumbine of Fincastle, Va.; and 11 grandchildren of whom he was very proud: Francis, Joanna, Kaitlyn, Jack, Patrick, Marjorie, Helena, Anne, Ryan, Eva, and Nicole.

Pat was preceded in death by his siblings: Carl Meier and Barbara Eadler.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. James Catholic Church, 505 Woodcrest Ave., Lititz, on Tuesday, May 10, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. James O’Blaney as celebrant. Viewings will be held May 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, and at the church on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. The Holy Rosary will be prayed 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will take place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Labre Indian School, 1000 Tongue River Road, Ashland, MT 59003; or St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School, 25 Navarre Blvd. West, Thoreau, NM 87323.

To place a condolence online, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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