Elmer H. Van Meter


Elmer H. Van Meter, 95, retired National Zinc Co., executive and area resident since 1919, died at the family residence, 103 w. Ninth, Dewey, at 9:45 am. Friday following extended illness. 

Funeral services for Van Meter will be 11 am Tuesday in the Dewey First Assembly of God Church, of which he was a longtime member. The Rev. Wendell Fields and Rev. Bill Benefiel will be the officiants. Full military rites will be accorded Van Meter at the graveside by the James H. Teel American Post No. 105.  Committal prayers and interment will be directed in the Memorial Park by the Arnold Moore Funeral Service. 

Van Meter was born near Berryville, Ark. On Feb. 27, 1892, to William Harrison and Sarah (Smith) Van Meter.  When he was 4 years old, he moved with his family to Wagoner, where he spent his early life.  He received his education in Wagoner and Caney, Kan., schools.  During World War I, he enlisted in the US Army and following his honorable discharge in 1919, he came to Bartlesville where he began his longtime employment with National Zinc Co.  He married Ruth Ann (Turner) Napier on May 24, 1924, in Wagoner, and they made their first home in Bartlesville. 

The following year they moved to their farm south of Bartlesville.  In 1941, they moved to Dewey.  Van Meter retired as pottery foreman of National Zinc in 1947, and they continued their residence in Dewey.  Mrs. Van Meter proceeded him in death in Dewey on December 2, 1980. 

Van Meter will lie in state in the Drawing Rooms of the Arnold Moore Funeral Residents where friends may call for visitation until he is removed for services Tuesday. 

Survivors include one son, Trenton Van Meter, San Jose, Calif. One daughter, Mrs. Rosalie (Van Meter) Gorham, Dewey, two grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and one sister, Mrs. Bertha Stout, Muskogee. He was proceeded in death by four sisters, five brothers, one grandson, and one great great grandson.

From Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise - January 31, 1988


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