John H. Meissner

John H. Meissner

New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, USA
Death 5 Jul 2010 (aged 85)
Upland, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Drexel Hill, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Monticello Mausoleum
Memorial ID 54644708 · View Source
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The Delaware County Daily Times (, Serving Delaware County, PA


John H. Meissner, 85,
Founder/owner Meissner Chevrolet/GEO/Oldsmobile; World War II vet
Thursday, July 8, 2010

John H. Meissner, 85, founder and owner of Meissner Chevrolet/GEO/Oldsmobile Inc., a longtime resident of the Glen Mills section of Edgmont Township, died July 5 at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland.

Born in New Philadelphia, Ohio, Mr. Meissner had been a resident of Glen Mills since 1979.

A World War II veteran, Mr. Meissner served in the Navy in both the Pacific and European Theaters.

After the war, he entered the Naval Reserve and retired from the Navy in 1975 after more than 32 years of service.

Mr. Meissner founded Meissner Chevrolet with his wife, Mary Louise, and his sons, Dave and Doug, in 1978 in Glenolden. The dealership moved to Philadelphia in 1990 and added Oldsmobile and GEO franchises in 1992.

The dealership was sold in 2008, but he and his sons continued to operate Meissner Auto Sales in Glenolden.

During his career, Mr. Meissner won many national sales awards.

He was a member of the Chevrolet National Dealer Council, Pennsylvania Zone, the National Automotive Dealers Association DEAC President's Club, the Auto Trade Association-Pennsylvania Board of Directors, National Automotive Dealers Executive 20 Group Chevrolet, the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association and the GMAC Dealer Council-Pennsylvania.

Mr. Meissner was first employed as general manager of Pine Belt Chevrolet in Lakewood, N.J., serving there for 20 years.

He was a retired commercial pilot and was licensed for both single and multi-engine planes.

Mr. Meissner was a member of the Rotary Club of Chester Pike for 29 years and was a member of the Springhaven Club in Wallingford for 20 years.

He was a longtime member of Princeton Presbyterian Church, and a member of BPO Elks USA for 57 years. A Mason, Mr. Meissner was a member of Durand Lodge 179 F&A.M. for 38 years.

Mr. Meissner was known as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Friends and family remembered him as a true gentlemen and friend.

He was the husband of the late Mary Louise Meissner, who died in 2002.

He was the son of the late John W. and Grace Baumer Meissner.

Survivors: Sons, David Meissner, Douglas Meissner, both of Media; sisters, Jane Hall of Portland, Ore.; Margaret Smith of Minneapolis, Ruth Armstrong of Speedway, Ind.; five grandchildren.

Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Princeton Presbyterian Church, 933 Baltimore Pike, Springfield.

Visitation: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, Norwood, and 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Burial: Monticello Mausoleum at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill (With military honors.)

Contributions: The American Cancer Society, 1615 West Chester Pike, Suite 102, West Chester, PA 19382.


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