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Obituary: Fernando Reinhard Meyer

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When Fernando (Fred) Reinhard Meyer passed away quietly, January 29, 2002, he left behind a legacy of service and an inspiring saga of the American dream come true.

Fred was born Sept. 10, 1922, in Wettingen, Switzerland to Hans Jakob Meyer and Ines Ferrari Meyer. As much as he loved his homeland, he wanted what America could bring him more and he seized the first opportunity that would bring him to this nation.

In 1950, Fred worked on the Lake Geneva Dam and met noted philanthropist, Joseph Rosenblatt. Rosenblatt offered to sponsor his entrance in the United States and give him a job as a machinist with EIMCO. Fred accepted and entered the United States in 1951.

His job brought him to Salt Lake City where he would meet not only the woman of his dreams, but also his destiny. In Salt Lake, he joined the Swiss Chorus Edelweiss, a group that still showcases the native music of Switzerland today. He met Agnes Schmid, a staunch LDS woman with an even stronger testimony. Initially she rebuffed his advances but when Fred embraced the gospel of Jesus Christ, the two formed a bond that would last 48 years on earth and into eternity. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple May 21, 1953. Together, Fred and Agnes lived the American dream.

Fred left EIMCO in 1957 to strike off on his own. He formed Holladay Plumbing and Heating that year and his business thrived until Fred retired in 1990. His final projects include beautiful fountains at the Hansen Planetarium, St. Mark's Hospital and Utah State University.

Not only did America bring Fred Meyer great riches, it also brought him a strong family and countless friends.

Fred is survived by sons, Scott Gaudenz Meyer and his wife Suzanne, Hans Karl Meyer and his wife Merilee, and daughters Linda Ines Brown and her husband James, Joyce Agnes Aramburu and her husband John, and Heidi Margrit Ingham and her husband Scott, he also has 11 grand- children.

Through out his life Fred was a champion of the down trodden. He helped those no one would help.

Those who knew him best don't even know all of the lives he touched. He was also active in the Boy Scouts of America. He'll also be remembered for his love of gardening and his prize winning endive lettuce and beefsteak tomatoes that he could keep growing into the dead of winter.

He'll be known for living his dream.

He told unbelievable stories of his work with Swiss aid organizations in World War II.

He loved to share his knowledge of history and of how the world worked. He gained this knowledge through love of travel. He spoke four languages fluently. Fred loved his homeland to his death, but he may have loved his adopted home even more. He staunchly supported the LDS Church and the nation, even defending America against verbal attacks from his friends back in Switzerland. Fred served as a great example to his children and to all those around him. He died suddenly and many of us didn't get a chance to say goodbye. But we will always honor you with our lives.

We know that's how you would have wanted it.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, his wife's parents, Gaudenz and Menga Schmid and his brothers, Hans Sergio Meyer and Edwin Meyer.

He is also survived by his sisters, Wanda Meierhofer of Aarau, Switzerland and Erna Meyer of Zurich, Switzerland.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 1, 2002 at Valley View 8th Ward, 4032 South 2300 East at 12 noon. Friends and family may call Thursday at Holladay Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 Highland Drive from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to services at the church.

Interment Holladay Memorial Cemetery.