DeLAND – William Bruce Meyer, 88, of DeLand passed away at 4:37 a.m. Wednesday (March 11, 2015) at his family residence.
Masonic Rites will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, followed by visitation from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at noon Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in DeLand Cemetery, Deland. The family is requesting casual attire.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family asks that memorials be made to the DeLand Fire Department, DeLand American Legion Post 102, Weldon United Methodist Church or to Faith In Action in Monticello.
William Bruce was born July 7, 1926, in DeLand, the son of Herman G. and Esther Louise (Diss) Meyer. He married Karen Ann Martin on June 8, 1971, in DeLand. She passed away on July 9, 2014.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Marlene Dean and Marjorie Meyer; daughter, Donna Meyer; and grandson, Ryan DelValley.
Survivors include his children, Curtis A. (Linda) Meyer of Monticello, Mary Margaret Morgan of Monticello, Esther Rochelle (Alan) Brubacher of Eustis, Fla.; stepchildren, Christi Lea (Gregory) Baker of Weldon, Carmella Glyn (Fred) Dalton of DeLand, Harriet Lynn Palombo of DeLand and John Lewis (Sue Hermann) Palombo of Deland; one brother, Bob (Betty) Meyer of Florida; along with several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
William Bruce worked as a foreman and linotype operator for Kowa Graphics until his retirement. He had also worked for the DeLand Tribune.
William Bruce served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Navy ordnance man but trained as a gunner on the PBY42A Tail gunner.
He was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner at the DeLand Masonic Lodge 812. He was a member of the Consistory, lifetime member of the DeLand American Legion Post 102 and the DeLand United Methodist Church until it closed, then transferring to the Weldon United Methodist Church.
His special interests over the years were winter trips to Myrtle Beach and Florida with his wife Karen, along with woodworking, golf, being the village mayor of DeLand and umpiring Little League Baseball.
The family would like to express their sincere "Thanks" to a wonderful caregiver, Diane Bushman, and housekeeper Annie Larrison.