FORESTVILLE: Nelson R. Meadows, 84, of Rt. 39, Forestville, died Thursday, February 5th, 2015, at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a short illness. He was born in the Town of Arkwright, on April 13, 1930, the son of the late Walter W. and Emma (Watrous) Meadows.
He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1948 and a graduate of Alfred State College with an Associates Degree in Diesel Mechanics. Mr. Meadows served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and received the Combat Action Ribbon in 2000. He worked as a Welder Repairman for the Ford Stamping Plant, Woodlawn, for 35 years, retiring in 1989. Mr. Meadows was a 60 year member & Past Commander of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville, Life member & Past Commander of Sheridan VFW Post #6390, member of Sheridan United Methodist Church, where he was member & past Treasurer of the Men’s Club for many years, member of Darwin’s Health Club, Fredonia and the National Wildlife Turkey Federation. He was an avid hunter, bowler & golfer, was very dedicated to the Forestville & Sheridan Communities and was a strong supporter of the local Republican Party. Mr. Meadows enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Jeanette (Bishop) Meadows of Forestville, whom he married on April 15, 1989 in the former St. John Bosco RC Church, Sheridan, three daughters, Nancy (Marty) Schmidtke, of Saline, MI, Diane (Dale) Niederhauser, of Morgantown, WVa, Polly (Colin) Butler, of Oswego, two step daughters, Deborah (Don) Kron, of Cheektowaga, Diane (Mike) Rafan, of Fredonia, a step son, Stephen (Julie) Foster, of South Dayton and a sister, Lena Dix, of Forestville. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, Jimmy Russell, Michael (Megan) Schmidtke, Lisa Schmidtke, Jake (Amy) Niederhauser, Audrey (Cutler Holland) Niederhauser, Amy (Jeff) Stanislaw, Brian (Greg) Kron, Jason Kron, Brittany (Brad) Kron, Logan Foster, Lyndsay (Nick) Foster, Carson and Dawson Rafan, 4 great grandchildren Kodiak Holland, Lona Foster and Andrew & Mattie Stanislaw. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his 1st wife, Virginia (Yonkers) Meadows, 3 brothers Walter J. “Corky” Meadows, Willis “Dutch” Meadows, Charles Meadows and 2 sisters, Emma Van Valkenburg and Agnes Hilton.
Friends are welcome to call Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, from where Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Bruce M. Ellis, pastor of the Forestville Wesleyan Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Sheridan Center Cemetery, where Military Graveside Services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestivlle.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, PO Box 492, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390, Rt. 20 Sheridan, NY 14135. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.