Clarence “Bud” Meissner, 93
Milton, Fla. Clarence Raymond “Bud” Meissner, age 93, a longtime resident of Milton, Fla., passed away on Feb. 16, 2015.
The funeral services were held on Feb. 24, 2015, at Pleitz Chapel, First Baptist Church, of Pensacola, Fla., the Rev. Barry Howard officiated. Burial followed at Barrancas National Cemetery with Military Honors.
He was born in Elmore, on Nov. 28, 1921. He was one of seven children born to the late Ernest Meissner and Bertha Richter Meissner, and was raised in the Lutheran faith. He attended the University of Minnesota and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942, where he served as a fighter pilot in WWII aboard the U.S.S. Essex Carrier and later on the U.S.S. Leyte. He was a member of the Night Fighter Squadron and received several commendations including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal Philippines, and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. After his 22 years of service, he retired at NAS Whiting Field in Milton. After retirement, he started his own business, Marble Craft, Inc. where he worked for 50 years in remodeling and new construction.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed boating, deep sea fishing, hunting, and gardening, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family. He was a very kind and compassionate man with a beautiful smile, a keen sense of humor, and never had a harsh word to say about anyone. We are thankful for the 93 years of life God gave him. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. We have a lifetime of memories that we will treasure always.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Gloria; daughter, Linda (Roger) Clubbs; son Scott (Connie) Meissner; four grandchildren, Jessica, Ewert, Heather (Tony) Chandler, David (Rebekah) Clubbs, and Christopher Meissner; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Bev) Meissner and Roger (Donna) Meissner; and two sisters, Edna Martin and Carol (Rod) Nelson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Elmer; sister, Elaine; and daughter, Pam.