Stuart Meyerhans, 94, formerly of Middlebury, died peacefully Feb. 20, 2011, at Hartford Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Meyerhans was born in Weehawken, N.J., April 20, 1916, the son of the late Alfred Frederick and Ethel Opdycke Meyerhans, formerly of Cheshire.

He graduated from Crosby High School in Waterbury in 1933 and received a bachelor of science in industrial engineering in 1940 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., where he was editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, a member of Delta Tau Delta, and a member of several other clubs and sports teams.

Mr. Meyerhans lived in Middlebury from 1959 to 1984, moved to Westerly, R.I., and returned to Connecticut in 1996.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from April 1941 to January 1946. He graduated from officer candidate school as a second lieutenant and trained an engineering company at Camp Edwards on Cape Cod.

He went to Army Command and General Staff School and then went overseas to join the First Cavalry Division in Australia. In 1944, he became commanding officer of the 492nd Engineer Base Equipment Company. He recently participated in the Veterans Oral History Project.

Mr. Meyerhans was a CPA with the firm of Meyerhans, Meyerhans and Leidel. He owned and was COO of Sega Sand and Gravel in New Milford, BrenMeyers Art Shop in Southbury and Tapawingo Ski Area in Woodbury and was president of Roehr-Somma Corporation.

Mr. Meyerhans was a founding member and second president of the Jaycees in Waterbury and a member and secretary/treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Waterbury. He was a member of Euclid Lodge AF & AM, Scottish Rite 32nd degree mason and Sphinx Temple of Hartford.

He was a member of the Country Club of Waterbury, the Waterbury Club and the First Congregational Church of Waterbury.

He took part in many productions of the Middlebury Light Opera Company.

Mr. Meyerhans loved the theater, played the piano, and had a passion for sports and a lifelong love of golfing, boating, swimming, softball and bowling. He was an avid bridge player and chess player.

He served on the South Windsor Senior Advisory Council. He enjoyed photography, traveled extensively and had many hobbies. He was the heart and soul of his family and is remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Mr. Meyerhans is survived by his wife, Nancy, to whom he was married for 63 years; his son, Steven and his wife, Marilyn, of Fairfield, Maine; his daughters, Sara Hannegan and her husband, Bob, of Sandwich, Mass., Joan McDougal of Yarmouth, Mass., Tracy Oates and her husband, Paul, of South Windsor; daughters from a former marriage, Laurie Becker and her husband, Roman, of Nekoosa, Wis., and Dorothy Olander and her husband, Kenneth, of Friendsville, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brother, Robert, his sister, Katherine Thomas, and a son, Alan Frederick.

Mr. Meyerhans' funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today (Friday), Feb. 25, at Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Road, South Windsor, followed immediately by a gathering in the church's community room. Burial will be private in Pine Grove Cemetery in Waterbury.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Meyerhans Scholarship Fund at the First Congregational Church, 222 West St., Waterbury 06702.

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