|Birth: ||Jan. 31, 1913|
|Death: ||Jul. 12, 2009|
Myron Wise Floersheim, 96, passed away July 12, 2009, in Alpharetta, Ga.
Myron was born January 31, 1913, in Springer to Carl and Cora Wise Floersheim, just after New Mexico became a state. His birth certificate actually reads that he was born in the "Territory of New Mexico." His grandfather, Solomon "Sol" Floersheim, migrated from Germany in 1879 and arrived, shortly thereafter, in Trinidad, Colo. He worked there a brief time and then moved on to the Territory of New Mexico, where he became a prominent pioneer settler in the northeast corner of the territory. Sol established the Jaritas Ranch east of Springer and set up mercantile stores in Springer, Roy, Ocate and other small communities in the area. In Springer, Sol donated the land on which the First United Methodist Church stands to this day. There is still a stained glass window bearing his name in honor of the donation. The history of the Floersheim family in New Mexico is chronicled in the book, Guts and Ruts, by Floyd S. Fierman. There is also an extensive exhibit in the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe.
Myron graduated from Springer High School in 1929 as valedictorian in a class of eight. He attended the University of New Mexico before transferring to the University of California in Berkeley where he graduated in 1933. Myron spent the next eight years working in Philadelphia, Pa., and then San Francisco, California.
He married Viola Rose May 18, 1941, in San Francisco, and returned to Springer where he joined the family business, Floersheim's Mercantile.
In October 1943, Myron joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Hancock in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945. After the war, Myron returned to Springer where he again joined his father and younger brother, Carl Jr., in operating the family business. During his years in Springer, Myron was an active member of the Lion's Club. In 1954, he joined the New Mexico National Guard and served with the Springer Unit until 1967. In 1967, Myron, Viola, and youngest son Russell relocated to Atlanta to join their other sons, Richard and Robert. Upon moving to Georgia, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves and retired from the Reserve in 1973 after completing 20 years of military service. Myron also continued in the grocery business until he retired.
Myron was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Cora Floersheim, his wife Viola in 1971, a niece, Suzanne Floersheim, and a nephew, Mark Floersheim.
He is survived by three sons, Richard of Gainesville, Ga., Robert (Betty J.) of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Russell of Woodstock, Ga. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Marci (Jeremy) Silverman of Dunwoody, Ga., Bruce (Shannon) Floersheim of West Point, N.Y., and Todd (Laura) Floersheim of Triangle, Va. There are also seven great-grandchildren. Other survivors include two brothers, Stanley (Rita) of Sandy Springs, Ga. and Carl (Lynn) of Albuquerque. Also surviving are three nephews, Steven Floersheim, Kurt Floersheim, Scott Floersheim, and several great nieces and nephews, as well as other extended family members.
In 1972, Myron married Avis Smith in Atlanta, Ga. She preceded him in death in 1992. He is survived by one stepdaughter, Susan (Jack) Hanna, and two step-grandsons, John and Phillip.
In 1993 Myron married Grace Gray in Roswell, Ga. She preceded him in death in 2004. He is survived by one stepson, Gary (Carol) Gray and two step-grandsons, Kurt and Jeff.
Memorial services will be held Aug. 1 in the Sunrise Chapel at Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery in Sandy Springs, Ga.
Cora Floersheim (1888 - 1985)
Viola Rose Floersheim (1918 - 1971)*
Stanley Floersheim (____ - 2014)*
Myron W Floersheim (1913 - 2009)
Arlington Memorial Park
Created by: L. Garcia
Record added: Mar 28, 2010
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