In memory of

James W. Meister

July 17, 1927 - April 7, 2020
From: Lake View, IA
James W. Meister

James W. Meister

Born: July 17, 1927
Died: April 7, 2020
Age: 92
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Jim W. Meister, age 92 of Lake View, IA, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at Loring Hospital in Sac City, IA. James William Meister was born on July 17, 1927, to parents Edward and Elizabeth (Heller) Meister, in Lake View. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wall Lake, IA, and was a life-long member there. Jim attended Viola Township No.1 Country School and then began farming with his father on their farm in Lake View in the mid 40’s. Jim was inducted into the United States Army in January of 1952 and served in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in December of 1953.

   On February 15, 1954, Jim married the love of his life, Mary Ann Grote, in Arcadia, IA. This union was blessed with six children: Ray, Mary Lou, Ron, Rick, Monica, and Rod. Together, they farmed many acres of land along with raising cattle. Harvest time was Jim’s favorite time of the year. It was, after all, a family operation which meant a lot of hours spent together. Jim loved his family and was so very proud of each and every one of them. Let’s not forget though, just how proud he was of his 8N Ford tractor....even the cows recognized it coming down the lane and would greet him. His grandkids will surely continue to enjoy rides on grandpa’s tractor.

   Throughout the years, Jim and Mary Ann enjoyed traveling to many places. Together they had a lot of fun with friends on their occasional casino bus trips. Jim also enjoyed playing cards, especially poker and euchre with his special neighborhood friends.

   As Jim’s health was slowly failing him, his loving heart was surely not. The day he left his earthly body to rest eternally in God’s care, he had gone on what would be his last ride around the countryside with his daughter, Monica. They first drove to the cemetery to visit Mary Ann’s grave. Next they went around the lake and then finished by driving around the section to take a look at the farm ground. They returned home after such a beautiful day and it was then that Jim was rushed to the hospital. He missed Mary Ann greatly and it gives all of his family so much peace to know that he was now able to spend Easter Sunday with the love of his life. Jim will be dearly missed by all knew and loved him. May he rest in peace in the comfort of God’s loving arms.

   Survivors include his children: Ray (Mary Jo) Meister of West Des Moines, IA, Mary Lou (Jim) Dopheide of Carroll, IA, Ron Meister (special friend Jean Lamaak) of Pomeroy, IA, Rick (Jackie) Meister of Lake View, IA, Monica Meister of Lake View, IA, and Rod Meister of Lake View, IA;  16 grandchildren: Melanie Meister Lenius, Christina and Jonathan Meister; Justin and Jason Dopheide and Lisa Knebel; Matt, Sarah, Nathan, and Aaron Meister; Joshua, Jacob, and Jared Meister; and Blake, Teegin and Nick Meister; 18 great-grandchildren: Brecken Lenius, Madi and Charli Dopheide, McKenzie Knebel, Micah Mitchell, Jack Dopheide, Coy, Emerson, Harper, and Trice Meister, Keyah Sease, Laila, Hadley, Errett, Keely Meister, Madelynn, Connor Linton, and Noah Meister.  Other survivors include his sister, Delores Thompson of Lake View, IA; brothers-in-law: Arnie (Marilyn) Grote of Wall Lake, IA, Mike Grote of Moville, IA, Walt (Kathy) Grote of Wall Lake, IA; sisters-in-law Ruth Meister of Lake View, IA, Luella (Bob) Wilwerding of Defiance, IA, Lois Grote of Wall Lake, IA and Sharon Grote of Fonda, IA; many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

   Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Meister; parents Edward and Elizabeth Meister; parents-in-law Anton and Loretta Grote; brothers: Raymond Meister, Darrell Meister, and Dale Meister; brothers-in-law: Tony Grote, Roger O’Tool, Shorty Thompson, and Leo Grote; sisters-in-law: Lillian Meister and Janet Grote; granddaughter Holly Meister.

PRIVATE Family Mass of the Christian Burial
10:30 a.m., Tuesday
April 14, 2020
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Wall Lake, Iowa

 A Celebration of Life gathering for James to be held at a later date. In the weeks/months to come, please check back here for updated service information.

Father Joe Dillinger
Deacon Butch Stone
Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 10:17 AM
“So sorry to hear about Jimmy. So glad his last day was full of the things he loved: riding, talking and being with family. He was such a friend to so many, he loved visiting. He was so proud of his family. He also truly enjoyed farming, it was great to have a neighbor like him. I am so glad that he will get to join his true love in heaven.”
- Donna Schafer
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 12:09 PM
“Thinking of you all this morning, wish we could be there. Itís never easy to say goodbye no matter what age they are. But Mary Ann and Jim lived a wonderful life together, and touched many of us through the years. I have many wonderful memories hanging out at there house, working there never seemed like work because it was always fun and adventurous. I agree with Julie Jimís laugh just always made you smile and no one will ever be able to make chicken like Mary Ann. They both worried about everyone elseís well being more then their own. We have all lost a wonder couple with hearts of gold, but it is awesome to think they have been reunited in heaven!”
- Jason, Joan and Family
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 12:09 PM
“I am thinking of each and everyone of you. Let the great memories you have bring some comfort in the days ahead. Jim is surely smiling down reunited with MaryAnn. Prayers to all. May he rest in peace. ”
- Diane K Brincks
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 12:08 PM
“My sympathy to the Meister family on the loss of your wonderful Dad, Jimmy. I will miss his visits at the feed store when he would come in and fill me in on what was going on with all of you. And ,of course, he wanted to know what was all going on with the Poens! I am sure he will be deeply missed by you all. ”
- Mary Poen
Monday, April 13, 2020 at 2:42 PM
“Sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. Always enjoyed talking with him Albert & Jim could visit on many different topics. Had a lot in common Blessings to your families .”
- Albert Shirley Ohden
Monday, April 13, 2020 at 2:42 PM
“My sympathy is extended to All Of you, the loved ones of Jim. Though it's been years, I can still see the twinkle in his eyes and hear the fun in his laughter. Keep your Good Memories Close in your hearts. ”
- Janet Schultz
Monday, April 13, 2020 at 2:42 PM
“Vern and I are so sorry to hear about Jim. He is now with Mary Ann. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Vern and Mary Bruening
Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 1:38 AM
“Sorry to hear about Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Hard time with all this virus stuff, all of you keep safe and well.”
- Alan & Mary Meistet
Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 1:38 AM
“Ray, Mary Lou, Ron, Rick, Monica, and Rodney,
We are so very sorry for the sudden loss of your dad. His laugh is one I will never forget. Always a happy, kind person. Your dad and mom were some of the hardest working people I know. Both will be dearly missed. Praying for strength and comfort to you all during this time. Know we will be thinking of you Tuesday. Hugs to you all.

- Kent and Julie Robinson
Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 1:02 PM
“Our youngest son got to see his great uncle go past our place on his last drive with Monica and he shared with us how it appeared Jim was enjoying his ride with Monica and as he followed them down the road to head to his grandparents he remembers Jim's face in the mirror looking around and again enjoying the ride never would have expected the last time he would see him but we are thankful he got to have a great day and be with our aunt and his wife MaryAnn again. Bless you heart Monica to help take care of him at home as that is where he enjoyed it the most. We had nice visits with them on our delivers with homemade jams, pickles and baked items. We also got thank you's from Rod and Ray on bringing them canned items and baked goods. I know they really enjoyed it as Jim and MaryAnn would make a phone call in return to say how they enjoyed the items. Not only family but they where good neighbors, we always knew when Jim needed help outside we could hear Jim yell for MaryAnn and she was good help. We will miss seeing Jim go on his tractor rides and show up in our yard. We also where thankful we could help out as neighbors when my parents corn stalks flooded their ditch from a bad rain, and we got the call to clean it up and if the mower did not work we where around to help them out, and family hard times we where able to be there in minutes to sit with them. I will always remember the verbal thank you's and the smile of appreciation from both of them. ”
- Bobenmoyers
Friday, April 10, 2020 at 10:09 AM
“So very sorry to see Jim go. Also so glad that he is with Maryann again. They were inseparable the last several years. Miss seeing them in Church. Our condolences to all his family.”
- Joe and Stephanie
Friday, April 10, 2020 at 10:05 AM
“Such a blessed man to have such a great family. We are so sorry for your loss and pray God's peace and blessings on the Meister family.”
- Earl and Janet (Lucht) Hanson
Friday, April 10, 2020 at 10:05 AM
“Cathy and my thoughts and prayers go out to Ray, Mary Lou, Ronnie, Rick, Monica, and Rodney. To have lost both parents in such a short period of time is heartbreaking. Jim was one of my favorite Uncles and I will always treasure those memories, especially as a child. I think it was so neat that he was able to make yet one more visit to Mary Ann and take one more ride around around the lake and the farm. The fact that Jim lived on that farm pretty much all of his life is a story in itself. RIP Jim.”
- Denny and Cathy O'Tool
Friday, April 10, 2020 at 10:05 AM
“Sending thoughts prayers & hugs to all of Jim's family”
- Berdell & Marilyn Jeschke
Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 5:23 PM
“We will always remember Jim's smile every time we saw Jim. He had a way of making a person laugh as he was always so positive and cheerful. He always acknowlged us and that in itself made us feel good. We will miss you and consider ourselves lucky to have known you and Mary Ann. God Bless!”
- Arnie & Barb Woerdehoff
Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 3:17 PM
“Dear Ray, Mary Lou,Ron,Rick, Monica & Rod We are sorry for your loss not only of your father Jim but also the loss of your mother is such a short period of time. We will keep them and you in our prayers this Easter. The Bohnenkamps”
- Jeff Bohnenkamp
Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 1:55 PM
“Our deepest sympathy.”
- Mary & Carl Snyder
Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 12:15 PM
“Our sympathy to all of your family. Hold onto your fond memories.”
- Don and Donna Tjaden
Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 12:15 PM
“Our deepest sympathies to all of Jim's family”
- Mark and Tami Auen
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