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Robert E. Meyer

December 14, 1918 November 11, 2019
Robert E. Meyer
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Robert Ernest Meyer, age 100, of Canada Creek Ranch, died at home on Monday November 11, 2019 just about a month short of his 101st birthday. The son of Karl and Freda (Bergmann) Meyer, Robert was born on December 14, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York where he was raised and eventually graduated from the Pratt Institute of Engineering. Blessed with 55 years of marriage at the time of her death in 1997, Bob married the love of his life, Eileen Anderson, in Brooklyn on July 4, 1942. He later married Willabelle Clark and after her death, Joan Johnson.

Proud and patriotic, Bob wanted to serve his country so he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. During his time with the U.S. Navy, Bob and Eileen lived in several places throughout the United States, their three children were born, and Bob ascended in the ranks becoming a Full Navy Commander. After the Korean War Bob moved the family to Michigan where he took a job with General Motors working as a mechanical engineer, joined the Navy Reserves, and was placed in charge of the Navy battalion located at the Detroit Armory. After 25 years with General Motors, Bob retired and moved from Shelby Township to his home at Canada Creek Ranch.

Civic-minded and very involved in community, Bob was a longtime member of the Lions Club, Masons, Shriners, the Board of Directors at Canada Creek Ranch, and American Legion Post 0201. He loved golfing with the guys, watching games shows, and adding to his incredible collection (started in 1942) of Lionel trains. He loved the beauty and solitude of the woods, living at the Ranch, and helping anyone in need. Well-liked, Bob was very friendly, easy to talk with, and had a kind heart. Truly an amazing man, Bob remained active - golfing until he was 97 years old and collecting donations for the Shriners until he was 96 years old. His great outlook on life, his love for his family, friends, and fellow man, and his enthusiasm for living each day to the fullest touched our hearts and will remain fondly in our memories of Bob.

Surviving Bob is his wife, Joan Johnson-Meyer of Canada Creek Ranch; son, Robert Ernest Meyer, Jr. of Canada Creek Ranch; and daughters, Elizabeth “Bette” (Robert) Bartley of Shelby Township and Canada Creek Ranch and Barbara Vago (Carl Sens) of Sterling Heights; as well as nine grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and several great, great grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen; his second wife, Willabelle “Willy”(2009); brother, William Meyer; and sister, Lillian Cates.

Cremation arrangements are in care of the Chagnon Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at the Canada Creek Ranch House next spring. Those planning an expression of sympathy please consider a donation in memory of Bob to Shriners Hospital for Children at or to the Canada Creek Ranch Endowment Fund.

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Event Information

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contribution

Canada Creek Ranch Endowment Fund

Shriners Hospital for Children


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