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Richard J. Meyers, 91, retired from Federal Meats

May 20, 1928 – Aug. 17, 2019

Richard J. “Dick” Meyers, who had a long career in the retail meat business, died Aug. 17 in his Hamburg home after a lengthy illness. He was 91.

Born in Westfield, he was a 1946 graduate of Westfield Academy and Central School, where he played basketball and football.

He began his career as a meat cutter in the J&L Meat Market in Jamestown and bought the business when the owner retired. When the business closed in the 1960s, he worked as a salesman for Keene Pittsburgh-Erie Saw Co., now Kasco.

After moving to Hamburg in the late 1960s, he returned to meat cutting at Federal Meats, working primarily at stores in the South Shore Plaza and the Village of Hamburg, with occasional stints at shops in the Abbott Road Plaza and Southgate Plaza. He also dressed deer for hunters. He retired when he was 80.

Active as a lay leader at Assembly of God churches in Westfield, Jamestown and East Aurora, he served for many years as a greeter and communion server at the Tabernacle in Orchard Park.

He took part in several short-term church mission trips to Romania and Honduras. He also volunteered at the Tabernacle’s food pantry until 2016.

In retirement, he was an avid gardener.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, the former Grace Peckham, who was a substitute teacher in Hamburg; two sons, Richard J. Jr. and Stephen; two daughters, Janice Piper and Linda Carman; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Tabernacle, 3210 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.

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