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Lt. Commander James Russell Meyer

Lt. Commander James Russell Meyer (U.S. Navy retired) died Friday, May 31, 2013, at Bay Pointe Medical Center in Olongapo City, Philippines, after a short illness.

He was born April 6, 1934, in Ottawa, Ohio, to William A. and Elsie Unterbrink Meyer.

A 1950 Belle Center High School graduate, he joined the U.S. Navy the following year at age 17.

In 1959, he was selected to participate in the NECEP program and was sent to Miami University of Ohio. While attending Miami, Jim was promoted to chief petty officer.

After graduating from Miami in 1962 and attending OCS, Jim was commissioned as ensign. He reached the rank of lieutenant commander before retiring from the Navy in 1977 and settling in Oak Harbor, Wash.

Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman, earned his real estate broker’s license, built several lakes on his properties in Washington and loved to travel, especially the last several years living in the Philippines.

He is survived by four daughters, Cynthia McGrath of Lynnwood, Wash., Darsi (Ken) Hilgendorf of Los Angeles, Melanie Meyer of Seattle and Stacy Meyer of Oak Harbor; grandchildren Luke, Stephanie and David McGrath of Lynnwood; and three sisters, Pauline (Jerry) Staton of Mansfield, Miriam (Art) Shellenbarger of Huntsville, and Donna Lansing of Maineville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

At Jim’s request, his body will be cremated. There will be a celebration of life service at a later date in Washington.

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