Bernard Lyle Meier

August 5, 1930June 4, 2018

Bernard Lyle Meier, 87, of Bowie, MD passed away June 4, 2018.

Bernard Lyle Meier was born to Edward Willard Meier and Ethel Mildred Schlam, on August 5, 1930 in Steelmanville, New Jersey. He graduated from Greenbelt High School in 1948 and received a Masters Plumber’s License in 1957. He married Shirley Stinchcomb in 1955 and they lived together in Greenbelt, then Berwyn Heights, MD. They moved to Bowie, MD in 1968. Together they raised three children.

He leaves behind as his legacy, 3 children: Lyle Meier (Catherine), Kelly Rhoads (Chip), and Arley Meier (Gina), as well as 6 grandchildren: Mitch, Rebekah, Stephen, Alicia, Nathaniel, and Ellen. He was preceded in death by Katie Reda, his granddaughter.

Barney was a Master Plumber, Gasfitter and Builder, until he retired in 1990. Barney’s passion was hunting, which he shared with his sons.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM, and on Friday, June 8, from 10AM to 11AM, with services to begin at 11AM in the Robert E. Evans Funeral Home – 16000 Annapolis Road Bowie, MD. Pastor Moses Sangha, will be officiating the ceremony. Burial will be at First Lutheran Church, 12710 Duckettown Rd, Laurel, MD.

The family would also like to thank Bowie Assisted Living for their love and care. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 8, 2018

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Pastor Ed and Jane Nicklas

June 9, 2018

Barney and Shirley are forever a part of our fond memories of First Lutheran Church. We mourn with the Meier family and all the people who loved Barney. But we treasure the time we shared together. Ed always loved going to Redskins' games with Barney. I never understood why Ed was pulling out of our driveway at 4:00 for a 9:00 Monday night game, but off he went to meet Barney or Kelly.
Thank you Barney for living your faith through your devotion to your family, your church, and anyone who was privileged to call you "Friend."
God bless the Meier family with peace, knowing that Barney is celebrating in heaven.
Pastor Ed and Jane Nicklas

Jane Hiller

June 7, 2018

My heart is filled with thanksgiving for Barney's witness to the faith with joy. Always ready to help and serve, I have special memories of helping with events at First Lutheran and his ready laughter. He was a mentor to many.

Colleen Ussery

June 6, 2018

Barney was a special man. He loved and cared for his family, worked hard and was always ready to lend a helping hand to others. He had the type of smile that came from deep inside of him and lit up his whole face. Fond memories of him will always include the family reunion parties at their house. Great food, music and laughter with Barney riding the kids around his trailer. He will be missed. Much love and prayers go out to the family at this time.

Pamela greenall

June 5, 2018

I met Barney about a year ago when his daughter-in-law Cathy asked if I could help Shirley with Barney. I truly love this family and enjoyed being there to be of some help. My fondest memory of Barney was his love of the Redskins and giving me grief because I am a Dallas fan! He made me smile in so many ways. I will always remember him with fondest memories. Plesse God take care of him snd his family. Rest in peace Barney...

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