William C. "Bill" von Meyer

  • Born: May 12, 1937
  • Died: June 3, 2020
  • Location: Pendleton, South Carolina

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory

108 Cross Creek Road
Central, SC 29630

duckett@robinsonfuneralhomes.com
Tel. (864) 639-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family


William (Bill) Carl von Meyer passed away on June 3, 2020 at the Rainey Hospice House in Anderson SC. Bill was born in Detroit, Michigan, the youngest of three boys, and soon moved to Sidney, Ohio where he exceled in adventuring, academics, and golf. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University, The University of the Pacific, and Purdue University culminating with a PhD in Plant pathology and genetics.

He worked for Rohm and Haas, an international chemical firm, in Philadelphia initially managing the research lab. Bill holds over 30 patents related to plant pathology, fungicides, and agricultural treatments developed while at Rohm and Haas. This work laid the foundation for modern agricultural practices, giving farmers the means to control pests and feed the world. Bill moved on to lead Rohm and Haas's international division from London where he traveled extensively and expanded the impact of his innovations covering crops ranging from bananas to tea.

Bill moved to Charlotte, NC as a Director of Research developing "green" methods for reducing explosive hazards and expanding safe animal health treatments. He moved to Madison, Wisconsin as a Vice President of Research for one of the first genetic engineering companies where he led advanced research teams, including five Nobel scientists, helping them take ideas from the lab bench to the viable products.

Bill and Nancy started Fairview Industries in Middleton Wisconsin, where Bill turned his focus to non-GMO, farmer focused products. At Fairview he developed corn plants that could fend off diseases and molds and an increased yield variety he termed "Spo Maize". Bill and Nancy moved with Fairview Industries to South Carolina where Bill continued to develop his new corn varieties and explored natural disease treatments.

He loved music and played the piano by ear. Golf was a lifelong game for Bill. He so enjoyed being on the course, seeing his playing partners improve, tinkering with golf gadgets, and always improving on some aspect of the swing, the club, or the ball. Hiking and football were also great passions for Bill. He lived a full and vigorous life, bringing happiness and love to all who knew him.

Bill was a dreamer. When the rest of us are thinking about mowing the yard, Bill was thinking about making a grass variety that didn't need to be mowed.

Bill is survived by Nancy, his wife of 38 years, Andy, his beloved dog, a loving extended family, and a multitude of friends and the best neighbors.

In lieu of flowers, if you are moved to do so, Bill's favorite animals were elephants.
Elephant Sanctuary PO Box 393 Hohenwald TN 38462

For those preferring a local charity
The Hospice Rainey House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson SC 29621

A visitation will be held Saturday, June 13th from 3-4:30 at the Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, 108 Cross Creek Rd., Central. The family will receive guests at a drop in at 404 Westminster Dr. Pendleton, SC 29670 starting around 5:00 pm.

Neighbors will be at the home during the visitation.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Nancy, I never met Bill but you married him so he must have been a special person. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure you have great support around you helping you through this sad time.

Posted by Dave O'Hara - Medford, OR - Friend   July 08, 2020

Dear Nancy, Our thoughts and prayers are with you on behalf of your WLIA family.

Bill was a wonderful person. I remember our fun dinner at the Goose Blind restaurant in Green Lake many years ago.

We are here for you and look forward to seeing you again in Wisconsin.

Posted by Ann Barrett - Wild Rose, WI - Friend   June 12, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Bill and I had many pleasant chats as he tended the corn patch behind my house. He was a sweet, kind, and intelligent man. I just wish I had known him better. Prayers and healing thoughts for Nancy and the rest of his family.

Posted by Pam Patterson - Pendleton, SC   June 12, 2020

Nancy, So sorry to hear of your loss. I never met Bill, but I remember you telling me about his work in genetics. I see where he enjoyed golf and I know that is one of your passions as well. Thanks again for all you did for Manitowoc County when you were in Wisconsin.

Preston Jones/Retired Manitowoc County Register of Deeds

Posted by Preston Jones - Two Rivers, WI - Friend   June 10, 2020

Hi Nancy, So sorry to hear about Bill's passing. It sounds like he, with you, had a great life. We miss you in Wisconsin and hope we see you soon.

Posted by Mike Koutnik - Eagan, MN - Friend   June 10, 2020

Nancy, So very sad to learn of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories of Bill bring a smile to your face always.

Posted by Brian Braithwaite - Fond du Lac, WI - Friend   June 10, 2020

Sending heartfelt sympathy and comfort to you Nancy. There is peace in the memories - share them often. In friendship and caring.

Posted by Paula Cummings - Stevens Point, WI - Friend   June 10, 2020

Heartfelt love and prayers are with you Nancy. Bill is forever with us all.

Posted by The Lucas Family - Antigo, WI - Friend   June 08, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of Bill's passing but knowing he is in a better place brings a bit of solace. Bill led a life of purpose with a focus on making the world a better place and he certainly left it better than he found it. A life well lived! Bill will be missed of course but his memory and great times linger forever with all the people he has touched. Perhaps Bill is debating football with Woody right now. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you Nancy in this difficult time.

Posted by Stu and Christy Davis - Columbus, OH - Friend   June 08, 2020

I learned last night that another good friend had passed. Though, anticipated...it's always a bit of a moment when you hear it has occurred. A nice guy...had some pretty good wine every now and then...and always a friend. He came to Pendleton in time to know my dad well...so, that gave him tenure. He made a mark for himself deep enough to have etched his life on all of us and he made it possible to miss him. I swear...God, bless him...they don't make them much like Bill anymore.

Posted by Alton Finley - Pendleton, SC - Friend   June 07, 2020

Dear Nancy, Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time

Posted by Barbara Blake Geiy - Sidney, OH - Classmate   June 06, 2020

Bill has been an old friend since we were in 4th grade. That makes it some 74 years. He will be missed by many of his Sidney High School Class of 1955 classmates. I shall miss his many notes and e-mails. Until we meet again "old friend". Take care and God bless.

Posted by Rita Kendall - Minster, OH - Classmate   June 06, 2020

My condolences. So sorry for your loss. Your memories keep Bill in your heart.

Posted by Nancy Johns Bowers - West Bend, WI - Classmate   June 06, 2020

Bill became one of the golf girls and we so enjoyed his presence and good humor. His bright intelligent star has faded from this life and I am saddened he is gone but have such wonderful memories of our outings together. Save a tee time for me on the other side.

Posted by Kathie Gahagan - Maricopa, AZ - Friend   June 05, 2020

I'm so sad for your loss. A partner of 39 years is a very precious thing to lose. Take care old friend and hang in there.

Posted by Ronna Scott - BRIER, WA - Friend   June 05, 2020


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