Clyde E. Meeks
March 20, 1929 – Sept. 15, 2021
Funeral services for Clyde Meeks, 92-year-old Buffalo resident who passed away Sept. 15 at his home in Buffalo, Wyoming, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8 at the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Pastor Paul Gilbert officiating. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery immediately following the funeral with the U.S. Air Force and local American Legion and VFW in charge of military graveside services. Donations in Clyde’s memory may be made to the VFW in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at harnessfuneralhome.com.
Clyde Earl Meeks, Jr, was born on March 20, 1929 in Earlsboro, Oklahoma, to Clyde Earl and Cassie May Meeks. He grew up and received his education in Glover, Oklahoma, and graduated from Glover High School in 1947. After high school, he attended Murray State School of Agriculture in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, where he received an Associate in Science on May 16, 1949. He continued his education and was planning on teaching when he decided instead to enlist in the United States Air Force in 1951. In both 1952 and 1956, he represented the Air Force at Eisenhower’s inaugurations in Washington D.C. During his career in the Air Force, he achieved the rank of Major and piloted many missions, including missions during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. He flew several types of planes but his favorite was the B-52 Bomber.
Clyde was married on June 6, 1954 in Idabel, Oklahoma, to Elizabeth Ann Bass and soon made their home in Austin, Texas, where he was stationed with the U.S. Air Force. In 1958, they moved to Hamilton AFB in Novato, California. In 1959, they moved to Barksdale AFB in Bossier City, Louisiana. In 1965, they were transferred to Carswell AFB in Ft. Worth, Texas. In 1969, they transferred to Shepard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas. In February 1971, Clyde retired from the Air Force and they moved to Buffalo, Wyoming, where Clyde resided until the time of his death. Clyde worked in a variety of jobs until 1976, when he began working for the United States Postal Service. Initially, he served as a substitute postal worker but then moved into running a rural route which he continued until he retired in 1991. Clyde was a member of the VFW and enjoyed taking photos of local scenery, beekeeping, traveling with his beloved wife Betty and gardening.
Clyde is survived by one son, Clyde E. Meeks, III and his wife Clarissa of Mapleton, Kansas; two daughters, Lisa Horrell and her husband Robert of Overland Park, Kansas, and Lori Sims and her husband John of Gloucester, Virginia; three grandchildren, Anne, Tess and Jake. Clyde was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Betty.