Alfred Landon Meiggs
September 14, 1936 - May 15, 2016
Salem, OR - Alfred Meiggs, the second youngest son of twelve children of Anna Roseltha and Isaac Edward Meiggs, went to be with Jesus peacefully in his home on Sunday, May 15, 2016. His niece Phyllis Flint White and nephew Leon H. White of San Diego cared for him the last 10 days of his life and helped him to pass comfortably. He was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Sylvia Stewart; his beloved sister, Helen Flint of Malden, Mass; brother, John Meiggs, Sr. of Garland, Texas and nine other brothers and sisters. He is survived by his sister Pauline Meiggs Lyons of Everett, Mass.; niece Phyllis White of San Diego, California; niece, Christine Meiggs Bird of Melrose, Mass.; nephew Alvin F. Flint, Jr. of Dunstable, Mass. and numerous nieces and nephews.
As a track star in high school, Al earned high grades. In 1953, he received his Associate’s degree in drafting/engineering from Chamberlain Jr. College, Boston Massachusetts. He served in the U. S. Army from 1956- 1959 in the DMZ in South Korea, visiting the area where his older brother, Richard Meiggs was killed. He worked in the drafting/engineering field as project manager for numerous air conditioning and heating companies in Boston, Massachusetts; San Jose, California; Spokane, Washington and Salem, Oregon. He was responsible for designing and installing systems in many well-known, high-rise buildings. Engineering design was his passion and he created the first software program for calculating high-rise requirements for heating and air conditioning systems.
Al enjoyed country music, reading, gardening, wild life—especially wolves, exercising, road trips and spending time with his friends and neighbors. Al’s niece, Phyllis was like a little sister to him, so he loved to tease and encourage her to obtain good grades, often tutoring her in higher math. He was very patriotic and a member of the American Legion, Defenders of Wildlife and Oregon Public Broadcasting. Al was also a generous contributor to many organizations. He enjoyed challenges in his work and every aspect of his life.
According to his wishes, Alfred was cremated and no funeral or memorial service was held.