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Richard Matthew Meeker

Richard Matthew Meeker, 57, of West Portsmouth, died Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at home. He was born November 14, 1962, in Portsmouth, a son of the late Richard Meeker and Phyllis Frasher Meeker, of West Portsmouth. He was a Navy Veteran and was employed as an Electrician at the VA Medical Center in Chillicothe. He is survived by two sons, Zach Meeker of Wheelersburg, Jonathan Meeker of Virginia Beach, Virginia, one granddaughter and numerous cousins. Funeral services will be held 3:00 P.M. Sunday, February 2, 2020, at F.C. Daehler Mortuary with burial at McKendree Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service. Military graveside rites will be performed by the James Dickey Post 23 American Legion. Please visit www.fcdaehlermortuary.com to leave condolences.

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Meeker was a great shipmate and always loved practical jokes! I remember when we were in the little gun locker on the forecastle. Laurie and I were a bit green as the water was a little rough. It was right after breakfast. You and the other guys made sure we noticed how we could see blue sky then ocean. The ship was doing a whole lotta up and downs way up in the front. As Laurie and I began to pale.... You decided to ask what was for breakfast then mentioned something about a greasy sausage served in a dirty ashtray!!! Lauries eggs were lost overboard soon after!!! Oh and my personal fave, we were way down in Mardet armory! It was you, grrrr I cant remember the other guys name. You, being in charge had me up in a crate painting up high. Then, being a goober, insisted I nudge over. Im busy painting and just moving over not paying attention to that... then I load up on paint and keep painting to which you insist that I move more. Ker plop! You two goobers had my right foot stepping right into that giant bucket of paint! I had haze gray halfway up my dungarees! My one boot was completely covered! Ive never seen two grown men laughing so darn hard! The trick then was figuring how to get my paint dripping self up that ladder that went several decks straight up into make berthing all while not dripping all over!!!!! Great memories Matt. Thanks for the great times and memories. Sheryl AKA Day

sheryl Binetti Feb 2 2020 9:33 PM

Matt, I am still in shock at hearing that you are no longer with us. I want people to know you sure knew how to play a practical joke. I will never forget when you "rigged up" my bed with a wire and connected it to a "zapper". I come flying out of the bed after a long weekend of duty because I thought there was a huge bug in my bed. You and Barb were laughing so hard. I sure wasn't. Yes I can laugh about it now. If only you were here for me to remind you of that story. From your shipmate off the Puget Sound to your roommate when in port RIP. Teri Russell-Krach (formerly Teri Russell)

Teri Russell-Krach Jan 31 2020 4:07 PM

Matt was a wonderful man, a true once in a lifetime friend. He will be forever missed by those that loved him. Wishing you all peace in your hearts, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

Lori Nelson Jan 31 2020 2:45 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Meeker

Jennifer Skaggs Jan 31 2020 1:55 PM