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Richard N. Meier
Richard (Dick) Norman Meier, 85, passed away peacefully at home at his farm in Macungie, PA on December 11, 2021. He was a lifetime partner, companion & spouse of Richard Yeakel, Jr., celebrating 45 years together in May 2021.
Dick was born to Heinrich William Meier and Anna Meisch Meier, in Pittsburgh, PA. Dick attended Pottsville High School, Pottsville, PA, where he participated in Cappella Choir, Sketch Club and Allied Youth. He was also Co-Editor of the school newspaper, President of the Student Council, and Member of the National Honor Society. After winning a scholarship to attend the University of Delaware, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 1958. During his time at the University of Delaware, he was active in student government and was a member of Tau Beta Pi, National Honorary Engineering Society, and Sigma Phi Epsilon, Social Fraternity. Dick also served as class president and dormitory president. Dick was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps and was designated as a distinguished military student.
Dick was awarded a one year scholarship for study in Germany and began graduate work at Heidelberg, Germany. Dick was previously employed at the Engineering Design Division of E.I. DuPont de Nemours Company, Wilmington, Delaware. Upon returning to Pennsylvania, Dick taught thermodynamics and chemical kinetics at Lafayette College in Easton, while completing his Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University.
Dick had a long and distinguished career in engineering and management at Air Products in Trexlertown, PA. Retiring in 1986, he turned to a second career in real estate development in Macungie, PA. Additionally, Dick served as a member of the Longswamp Township Planning Commission in Berks County for 25 years, including time as Chair.
A lover of travel, restoration, animals (horses & dogs), and genealogy, Dick will be remembered for his jovial spirit, charisma, generous heart, and the enthusiasm and love of life he shared with his wide circle of family, friends and colleagues.
Dick and Richard, together took great joy in renovating their beautiful historic farmhouse, and caring for their gardens, often hosting picnics, dinner parties and on rare occasions, weddings for those closest to them. Dick traveled extensively, in the United States, Europe, Japan and Africa. In particular, he loved to visit extended family in Germany, and explore their heritage.
In addition to Richard, Dick is survived by nine nieces, nephews and their spouses, as well as great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews, and first and second cousins from Germany. He is also survived by Richard’s family. He is pre-deceased by his brothers, Ralph W. Meier, and Henry C. Meier.
A Celebration of Life is planned for spring of 2022. Arrangements by Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home, Allentown, Pa.
Gifts in Dick’s memory to Good Shepherd Rehabilitation in Allentown, PA at www.goodshepherdrehab.org