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Henry Meyer

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Sept. 4, 1922-Aug. 20, 2008

Henry Meyer, 85, of Brookville, Fla. -- a summer resident of rural Audubon -- died Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at St. Mary's-Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes.

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Henry Meyer was born to Henry C. and Louise (Christman) Meyer on Sept. 4, 1922 in Queens County, New York, N.Y. He was a graduate of Newtown High School in New York City.

Following graduation, Henry worked in the accounting department of a bank in New York City. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps, 1942-45. During his time with the Army Air Corps, he flew 30 bombing missions over Germany with the 8th Air Force, 94th Bomb Wing. He was proud of his service to his country and had many stories to tell about his time in the service.

While stationed in Grand Forks, N.D., with the Air Corps, he met Thelma Fagerlie, who was a substitute teacher for a class that Hank was taking. Upon his discharge from the service, he returned to New York City, where he joined the police department. Hank married Thelma on Aug. 5, 1946 in New York City.

Following 25 years with the police department, Hank retired in 1970 and operated an independent painting business, from which he retired in 1980. He and Thelma then spent their winters in Brookville, Fla., and their summers in rural Audubon. Thelma died June 13, 2006.

Hank enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing and band music. He was a member of the New York City Police Band, the New York Shrine Band, the Newport-Ritchie (Fla.) Band and the Ulen (Minn.) Centennial Band. He was known for his loyalty to his family and friends

Surviving Henry are his son, H. Christopher (Julie) Meyer of Andover, Minn.; a daughter, Linda (Donald) Nielsen of Daytona Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Thelma, Hank was preceded in death by a brother, Fred.

Memorials are preferred to St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in rural Audubon, with the Rev. Roy Noel officiating. Interment will be in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.

Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. Online registration is available at the funeral home's Web site, www.daviddonehower.com.

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