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Gilbert Fredrick Meyer passed away at his home, where he was surrounded by family, on May 27th 2019. Gilbert, Gil, Pop, or Poppy, was born on September 13th 1930, a second son to Werner and Pauline Meyer while they resided in Erie, Pennsylvania.

He graduated from Harbor High School, (Ashtabula, OH) in 1948, and he worked on Great Lakes steamships shoveling coal before joining the USAF that same year. He was assigned to the Fairfield-Suisun Air Station (Later to be renamed Travis AFB) and he met the love of his life soon thereafter. He and Laura Mae Poff were married on September 20th 1950, and Gil graduated from gunnery school a year later in 1951. He was then assigned to a B29 squadron where he flew on numerous missions during the Korean War. In 1952, Pop separated from the Air-Force and joined the local IBEW180, from where he would eventually retire.

Gil was preceded in death by Laura, who passed in March of 1990, and also by his brother Ken in 2016. Gilbert and Laura were blessed with four rambunctious boys who have all survived them: Dave (Valerie,) Ken (Joann,) Jeff (Nancy,) and Scott (Debbie,) all who afforded them eight grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. In his retirement, Poppy enjoyed a daily breakfast at Putah Creek Café while reading his newspapers. When physical limitations set in, he was resigned to having his food and news intake at home, but there he was accompanied by family to share in his mornings. A wise, selfless and compassionate man. Gil was a voracious reader, but would drop his book in an instant should one need a hand or an ear. Poppy lived and taught many what unconditional love truly is. He was loved immensely and will be missed with equal fervor. A celebration of life will be held at Jeff and Nancy’s on July 13th 2019 at 4:00pm, those who knew Gilbert are all welcome.

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