Brian Myers Van Meter

July 29, 1952 ~ December 16, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old

Brian Van Meter Obituary

Brian Myers Van Meter passed away Friday, Dec. 16, 2023, after a battle with Neuroendocrine cancer.


He was born July 29, 1952 in Charleston, West Virginia, to Harry D. Van Meter and Bonnie J. (Paden) Van Meter.


Brian graduated from Perkins High School in 1970, continuing his education at University of Mount Union for one year, and then finished his degree at Ohio University with a BS in Education in 1975. Brian took a year off school to travel to the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, then staying a year in Europe playing basketball for Universität's Sportsclub München Basketball. After graduating, his first job was at Southwood Racquet Club becoming the General Manager.


He married his wife of almost 36 years, Sharon (Burris Kohlmyer), on Jan. 13, 1981. His profession moved them nine times in those 35 years. Brian was a well-known and Prominent Asset Manager for some of the largest real estate companies in America. He and Sharon were known for their ability to create value at whatever asset or assets they managed. He retired and bought a condo in Lenoir City, Tennessee. He was bored, so he called a friend that owned Zermatt Resort in Midland, Utah, and went to work as a bellman. He said it was the most fun and rewarding job where he met some special lifelong friends. He and Sharon purchased an RV intending to travel, then she became ill and they moved back to Lenoir City where she passed. In 2017, he reconnected with a high school friend and after a two-year long distance relationship, he moved back to the Sandusky area with Vicki (Anderson) Kinney, a widow as well.


In our short six years together, I admired the person Brian was. He had a huge generous heart, made me smile every day, and we just enjoyed being together. He kept in touch with so many cherished friends, always sending cards and making calls. His highlight every week was getting together with his friends to play pinochle. He always had an aquarium, cats, dogs, birds, ferret, and probably more I don't know about. He loved his animals. He will be dearly missed by so many.


Brian is survived by Vicki; her children, Michael and Melissa Leimeister and Nathan and Jessie Kinney; special cousins; and an aunt in Hillsboro, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sharon; and brother, David Van Meter.


A visitation was held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Sandusky, Ohio. Per Brian's request, he will be cremated and buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro, Illinois, near his wife and parents. A graveside service will be planned for a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist, 214 E. Jefferson St., Sandusky, Ohio, 44870, Humane Society of Erie County, 1911 Superior St., Sandusky, Ohio, 44870, or one's favorite charity.

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