Harry Messimer

Harry Lee Messimer

Friday, May 31st, 1929 - Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
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There is a tour bus leaving for Heaven and Harry is your driver. Harry Lee Messimer, 91, of Salem, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Harry was born on May 31, 1929, in Elizabethton, Tenn. to the late Amy and John Messimer. He proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. He drove a Greyhound bus from 1956 to 1988. After retiring from Greyhound, he drove for Abbott Tours for 24 years. He was a volunteer at the Virginia Museum of Transportation at which he created an exhibit of bus memorabilia and audio of stories from his driving experiences. He considered everyone he met as his friend.

He was an active member in American Legion Post 248, VFW, Republican National Committee, a 63-year member of Free Mason Dashell Lodge #238, Royal Arch Chapter 214, Masonic Knights Templar of Tennessee, and the Kazim Temple of Roanoke. He cherished the friends he acquired in his square-dancing days.

His surviving family includes his wife, Linda; his daughter and son-in-law, Marti and Steve Graham, their two daughters, and their one grandson; his son and daughter-in-law, Harry Lee II and Kelly Messimer, their six children, and their one daughter-in-law; his son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and April Messimer, and their daughter; his sister, Diane Long and husband, Ken; his niece and her husband, Kristy and Kevin Vaughn, and their children; his three step-children; and his three step-grandsons.

A celebration of Harry’s life will take place on Friday, October 2, 2020, at the CommUNITY Church in Salem, Va. A period of visitation will begin at 10 a.m. with the service beginning at 11 a.m. Pastor Dan Carawan will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the CommUNITY Church’s children’s ministry. Online condolences may be expressed at
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    CommUNITY Church
    1923 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Celebration Of Life

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 11:00am
    CommUNITY Church
    1923 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Dan Carawan
  • Interment

    Happy Valley Memorial Park
    2708 Elizabethton Highway
    Johnson City, Tennessee 37601
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Gail Platter

Posted at 07:01am
Linda, I'm so sorry to learn of Harry's passing. He was a very special fellow and will be missed. The contribution he made to the Travel Museum was so important and touched my heart. Much love and sympathy to you and his family. Gail Hamblin Platter

Susan Thurman

Posted at 01:34pm
Linda - We are so sorry to hear about Harry's passing. We enjoyed our time at The Roanoker getting to visit with you both. We will keep you and the rest of the family in our thoughts and prayers. Tommy Mullins and Susan Thurman.

Vickie Sword

Posted at 09:21am
Dear family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Harry was one of the sweetest men I've ever known. Please know that you are in our prayers.
Vickie Sword
Salem Senior Center

Dave Jeter

Posted at 07:13am
Linda, so very sad to hear of Harry’s passing. You are right the tour bus to Heaven certainly has Harry at the wheel. Always a pleasure to see you & Harry. Always knew my bus collection went to a great exhibit at VMT. Take care of yourself and know you are in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻😇🙏🏻

Dave & Phyllis Jeter

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