Keith Meissner, Longtime Auctioneer

AVERILL PARK, N.Y. — Keith R. Meissner Sr, 60 of Thais Road, died Friday, December 13, at his home as a result of trying to save his horses during a barn fire. Through his efforts, he was able to save six of his cherished horses.

Born in Albany, he was son of the late Francis A. Meissner and Mary Phillips Meissner and beloved husband of 40 years to Dolores Doin Meissner. He was a lifelong resident of Averill Park.

Keith worked in the auction and antique business for more than 30 years and was an auctioneer and owner of Meissner’s Auction Service in New Lebanon for more than 25 years.

He was a member of the New York State and National Auctioneers Associations and of the Grafton Trail Riders. Keith was a cowboy through and through — from caring for them to riding them, he loved his horses.

Survivors in addition to his wife include his sons, Keith Meissner Jr, and his wife Jennifer, and Robert Meissner, both of Averill Park; his grandchildren, Sophia and Aiden; his siblings and spouses Frank and Jane Meissner of East Nassau, Judy and Michael Coomes of Baldwinsville, Diane and Michael Caldwell of Averill Park, Bruce Meissner and Eric Meissner, both of Averill Park, Gary and Wendy Meissner of Schodack, Terry and Deborah Meissner of East Nassau, and Timmy and Riann Meissner of Averill Park; Edith Meissner of West Sand Lake, and many nieces, nephews, and great- nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Francis Meissner.

Funeral services were held December 18 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in West Sand Lake with Reverend James A. Hulihan, pastor, officiating.

Contributions in memory of Keith R. Meissner Sr may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson NY 12534. For a private family guest book, visit

At Renningers’ season opener in April 2009, Keith Meissner posed with a large horse race wheel. Meissner’s Antiques, New Lebanon, N.Y. File photograph.


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