Walter Henry Myer of Milford, Pa., dies at age


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Walter Henry Myer, a lifelong resident of Milford, Pa., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, with his loving family by his side after a life lived to the fullest.

Son of Walter B. Myer and Loretta “Gladys” Myer (Antener), he was born June 19, 1925, in Milford. He lived his whole life on Frenchtown Road.

Walter graduated from Milford High School in 1942 at age 17. Upon graduation, with World War II rampant upon the world, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, which at the age of 17 required your parent’s permission and blessing. He honorably served four years on the USS Tabberer as a Petty Officer Sonar Man First Class in the Pacific Theater of Operations until the defeat and surrender of Japan.

Following his service in the Navy, Walter attended Kutztown State College on the GI Bill, earning a teaching degree in mathematics. He taught at Milford High School until he accepted a civilian position as a physical scientist/mathematician with the Army at Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, N.J. Remaining a resident of Milford, he commuted with his car pool over 40 years until his retirement in 1989. It was in this carpool he met his wife, Janet, whom he married in 1957.

Walter loved Milford and never contemplated living anywhere else. He and Janet would build their own home adjacent to his parent’s farm and raise their children here, all of whom graduated from Delaware Valley High School. He was very active in his children’s lives as well as his grandchildren, four of whom lived across the road from their grandparents.

Walter was a dedicated volunteer member of the Dingmans Township Planning Board for 53 years, retiring in 2016.

Walter was an avid skier and ski instructor well into his 70s, until a knee replacement prevented him from skiing any longer. He loved sailing on Twin Lakes, participating many years in the Sunfish Fleet weekly races.

In his final years he was supported by several wonderful home health aides. The family would specifically like to thank Victoria Mundy, Alan Carey, and Robert Freer and dear family friend Beth Smith.

Walter is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janet M. Myer (Koenig); his children and their spouses, Eileen M. Rittenhouse (Myer) and husband, Todd Rittenhouse, of Westerville, Ohio, Christopher A. Myer and husband, John R. Benoit, of Newton, Mass., and Karen L. Sibalich (Myer) and husband, Jonathan Sibalich, of Milford; seven grandchildren, Erik C. Cordova, Ashley F. Davies (Cordova), Victoria A. Sibalich, Natalia E. Sibalich, Ariel P. Rittenhouse, Torin S. Rittenhouse, and Carter R. Benoit-Myer; eight great grandchildren; his brother, Gregory Myer; sister, Kathleen La Destro (Myer) and her husband, Salvatore; and sister-in-law, Lois Vicchiarello (Koenig); many nieces and nephews; and, last but not least, his beloved dog, Buddy, and cats, Ozzie and Harry.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pike County Humane Society at pikecountyhumanesociety.org or mail check to Pike County Humane Society, P.O. Box 255, Milford, PA 18337; or Hudson Valley Honor Flight, a volunteer organization supporting retired U.S. military veterans (https://hvhonorflight.com) or mail a check to Hudson Valley Honor Flight, P.O. Box 375, Walden, NY 12586 with “in memory of Walter Myer” in the memo line.

Family will receive friends at Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford, on Saturday Jan. 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. A prayer service will follow at the funeral home at 2 p.m. immediately followed by a celebration of Walter’s life at a location to be determined and announced at the memorial.



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