Former Kenai resident Edmund "Ed" Helphrey Meyer died Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at his home in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He was 79.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Meyer was born Sept. 15, 1925, in Spokane, Wash., and grew up in Seattle. He served in the U.S. Army through World War II. Following his discharge after the war, Mr. Meyer returned to the Seattle area where he married his wife, Peggy Anderson, on Dec. 6, 1946.
They brought their family of six to the Kenai area in March 1959, homesteading and building Strawberry Road. The family operated Granite Rock Dairy Farm on the homestead and delivered fresh milk door to door in the mid-1960s. Mr. Meyer had many occupations including carpenter, school bus driver, truck driver for Tachick and Mukluk Freight Lines and for Bayless and Roberts during pipeline days. He drove a truck to Prudhoe Bay in one of the earliest CAT trains for Tennessee Miller prior to construction of the Hickel Highway route. He also fished commercially in the 1970s for Kenai Packers.
Mr. Meyer was a member of the Kenai Elks Club, Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Kenai Police Reserves. He retired as a real estate broker in 1988. After retiring, he and his wife traveled extensively throughout the United States in their RV.
"Dad inspired all with his incredible skills, willingness to accept challenges and his sense of adventure. He enjoyed meeting people and sharing experiences. He loved all of his family, especially Peggy, and will be greatly missed," his family said.
Mr. Meyer was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund Mourot and Ethelyn Helphrey Meyer; and his brother-in-law, James Anderson.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Peggy; his six children and their spouses, Edmund A. and Kathy Meyer, Lynette "Lyn" Kennedy, George "Alan" Meyer, Stuart "Sam" and Elaine Meyer, Bart and Ginny Meyer, Gayle and Duane McIntire; 14 grandchildren, Carese Boyd, Tye Sumpter, Lee Sumpter, Robert Meyer, Erin Kennedy, Austin and Orson Meyer, Tessa Bayhi, Daniel Meyer, Eric and Kevin Meyer, Michelle Lammers, Marie McIntire; nine great-grandchildren; his beloved aunt, Georgia Culbert; his beloved sister, Janet Moen; sister-in-law, Dorothy Brookover; seven nephews and five nieces.
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