Fred Or­ville Meurer, age 96, passed away on Oct. 28, 2019, in Verona, Wis.

Fred was born on June 1, 1923, in Milwaukee, Wis., to C. Fred and Clara (Burckhardt) Meurer.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Audrey Cauley Meurer.

He is survived by their three children, Kathy (Tom) Eimermann of Stillwater, Minn., Tom Meurer of Cushing, Wis., and Todd (Holly Dowling) Meurer of Verona; five grandchildren, Tim, Jill, Brent, Cauley and Cullen; and seven great-grandchildren, Wade, Malorie, Mitchell, Jayne, Nolan, Ashley and Avery. 

Fred played football and wrestled at Washington High School in Milwaukee, Wis., before serving as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.  During the war he navigated all types and models of aircraft across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

He married Audrey, his high school sweetheart, in San Marcos, Texas, in 1944.

After the war ended, he earned a mechanical engineering degree at UW-Madison.

He went on to work as a salesman for a number of firms in the transportation industry before becoming president of Wisconsin Wheel & Rim Inc. in Wauwatosa, Wis. 

Fred and Audrey spent the first years of their retirement living on Planting Ground Lake near Three Lakes, Wis., where Fred was able to enjoy boating, fishing and hunting. These years were truly the highlight of their lives. They embraced the Northwoods community and made many wonderful friends.

In 1999, they moved to the Madison, Wis. area to be closer to their children and grandchildren. 

Fred was an honest and honorable man. Our deepest hope is that he and Audrey are together again.

The family would like to thank the caring staff at Legacy–Noel Manor in Vero­na, and special thanks to his private caregiver, Kolleen Bakkum. In addition, St. Mary’s Adult Day Center enriched Fred’s life during his final years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at 600 Highland Ave. J5/1 Mezzanine, Madison, WI 53792 or at   

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Cress Funeral & Cremation Service, 3610 Speedway Rd.,  Madison, Wis., (608) 238-3434.