Robert Arthur Meiering (Bob) | Roswell Daily Record

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Robert Arthur Meiering (Bob) died in the early morning hours of April 1 at his home, Four Chair Farm in the Animas Valley. He was a much loved man for his many wonderful traits. His kindness, creative and loving nature and gentle, caring manner touched everyone he met.

Born January 24, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the eldest son of Arthur and Agnes Meiering. During the war, the family moved to Roswell, New Mexico, so her father could work for the postal service. New Mexico played a pivotal role in the war, and Arthur Meiering’s job at the post office was part of the war effort. Bob attended elementary and secondary school at the small Catholic school Saint Peter’s where he graduated in 1956. Bob liked to say that he finished fifth in his class, sometimes omitting the fact that there was only 5 students in the class.

From an early age, Bob embraced the game of golf. His talent for the game led to a full scholarship to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque playing for Lobo’s golf team. The golf coach put him in a roommate with another up-and-coming golfer, Guy Wimberly. These two roommates and teammates have become best friends. During his time at UNM, his talent for the game grew. He won the Skyline conference championship in 1957, 1958, 1959. In 1959, he showed his leadership qualities by being elected team captain.

He was also a member of Sigma Chi and maintained deep and close friendships with members of the golf team, as well as his fraternity brothers, until his death. While attending college, he met Barbara Olinger, who was the “sweetheart of Sigma Chi”. They married and had three sons together, Mark, Patrick and Chris. Their marriage then ended in 1980.

Bob and his best friend Guy Wimberly became business partners and were awarded the contract to manage the Arroyo Del Oso golf course by Pete Domenici in 1968. Together, with a handshake, they formed an extremely successful partnership spanning 36 years. Over the years in business, they formed a golf management company, New Mexico Golf Limited; together they grew the business and ran a number of courses in Albuquerque and later Santa Fe. During these years they received numerous awards from Sports Illustrated and the PGA, for the excellence of their efforts to make golf a sport for all. Bob was also singled out as one of the top teaching pros and Pro Shop dealers in the country.

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In 1987 he met his beloved Lesley Gannon and they were married 9 years later on January 2, 1996. Lesley’s two boys, George and Gerry Stewart, lived with Bob and Lesley, on CR 250 in the beautiful Animas Valley, where Bob became the “President”. Through a series of inspirations, Bob began placing four different colored chairs in the front lawn, often theming the chairs to reflect family, local and world events.

He will be missed by all who knew and loved him and by those who only knew him through his ever-changing chair exhibits, with themes including the Olympics, Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, the Iron Horse , a birth in our family and many others. .

He is survived by his beloved wife Lesley Gannon Meiering, his sons and stepsons: Mark & ​​Martha Meiering, Patrick & Mindy Meiering, Chris Meiering & Kim Milligan, George Stewart, Gerry & Lea Stewart, his grandchildren children Davis & Adrianna Meiering, Dallis Meiering, and Drake Stewart, his sister Ruth Beardsley, his brother Mark Carl Meiering, his sister Anne Enquist and many nieces and nephews, extended family and wonderful friends.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Columba’s Catholic Church, Durango, on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., followed by Christian burial rites at Greenmount Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Hospice of Mercy or St. Columba’s School.

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