Funeral services for retired Maj. Gen. Stewart Meyer, of Harker Heights, will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Killeen. Burial with full military honors will follow at 3 p.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.
Mr. Meyer died Dec. 31, 2012, at Metroplex Hospital. He was born April 14, 1921, in El Paso, son of an Army brigadier general who fought with General Pershing along the Mexican border.
He led a full, rich and heroic life. He served God, the nation, his family and his community with honor and energy. He earned the respect and love of all who met him.
Mr. Meyer graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in the war-shortened class of 1943 in January 1943 and soon deployed with the 3rd Armored Division to the European Theater of Operations.
In service to the nation, he served in combat in three wars, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, earning the Silver Star for gallantry, Purple Heart for wounds, five Bronze Stars and numerous other awards.
In World War II, he led men in combat across France and into Germany. Among his most traumatic experiences, he once said, was rescuing the prisoners in a Nazi death camp. It still brought tears to his eyes more than 60 years later.
In his career of 36 years, he also served at the Pentagon, and as commander of the Operational Test Command at West Fort Hood. His final assignment was as commander of the Ballistic Missile Defense Command.
After his retirement, he served as a community leader in many organizations. He was mayor of the city of Harker Heights from 1993 to 1997 when he was the catalyst for modernizing the city.
He was senior warden of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, president of the Kiwanis Club, vice president of the Central Texas College Foundation, chairman of the Fort Hood Retiree Council from 1984 to 2001, and a member of the Rotary Clubs of Harker Heights and Killeen Heights.
He was particularly proud of organizing the Get Out the Vote Committee in 1986, encouraging citizens to get involved in their communities. In recent years, he also enjoyed presiding over the Annual Founders Day Banquet of the Heart of Texas West Point Society as the “Oldest Grad.”
Mr. Meyer’s military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with V device, and five oak leaf clusters, Air Medal (16 awards), Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Germany), National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with five campaign stars, United Nations Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Senior Parachutist Badge, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identity badge, General Staff Identity Badge.
His wartime combat campaigns included Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Vietnam Counter Offensive Phases II, III, VII, TET Counteroffensive 1969 and Sanctuary Counteroffensive.
He was a man of deep religious beliefs and ironclad integrity. He was a strong believer in his Christian faith and in the ultimate power of prayer.
Survivors include Mari, his beloved wife of almost 33 years; three daughters, Ann Parker and her husband, Jerome, of North Carolina, Margaret Surdyk and her husband, Thomas, of Virginia and Catherine Meyer-Seligman and her husband, Steven, of Connecticut; three stepsons, Luis Jac Morton and his wife, Janiva, of Texas, Parker Meyer and his wife, Deanna, of Florida and John Morton of Texas; and a stepdaughter, Leslie Green and her husband, Brady, of Texas.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements. Offer condolences at www.crawfordbowersfuneralhome.com.