James Walter Meech

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
James Walter Meech

James Walter Meech, age 62, passed away Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 with his wife, kids and close friends near, on his farm home near Fort Scott, Kan., after a battle with Gliosarcoma brain cancer. Jim was born April 18, 1957 in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Dennis Walter and Estella E. (Gier) Meech.

He married Marita Miller on Sept. 8, 1984 in Fort Scott, Kan. They have two children, which he was extremely proud of: Elizabeth Marie Meech and John W. (J.W.) Meech.

As a young adult, Jim worked in the mechanic shop at Midwestern Distribution, Charlie Griffiths Cattle and also hauled cattle for Bob Walrod at Fort Scott Livestock on weekends. Over the years, he enjoyed pulling his International 1966 farm tractor at local tractor pulls and was proud of his kids competing in pedal tractor pulls when they were young at the local, state, national and international levels. Jim beamed with pride when he talked about his kidsí horse and rodeo accomplishments. Farming was deep in Jimís blood. He was a very successful farmer, as his spent his entire life farming and ranching in Bourbon and Linn Counties.

Beginning after his graduation in 1975 from Fort Scott High School, Jim worked with his family on Triple M Farms until his dadís passing in 1992. From 1992 to 2012, Jim was a partner in Meech Brothers Farms. Since 2013, Jim worked/operated Jim Meech Farms with his wife, Marita.

Jim is survived by his wife, Marita, of the home; daughter, Elizabeth Meech, Borger, Texas, and son, J.W. Meech, Canyon, Texas; mother-in-law Venita Miller, Kincaid, Kan.; paternal aunts, Itha Jean and husband, Harold Turntine, and Jewell Ross, Topeka, Kan. Maternal aunts, Lela Ann Gier, Fort Scott and Geneva Gier, Girard. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis W. Meech and his paternal grandparents, Juell Walter Meech and Elsie May Finney Meech, and uncle Billy G. Meech. Also, his maternal grandparents, Oscar and Lizzie Goff Gier and Aunt Opal Gier, Uncles Charles and Merle Gier.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, 2 p.m. at the Schneider Funeral Home, Pleasanton, Kan. Burial will be in the Glendale Cemetery near Hammond, Kan. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6, 2019 at the Schneider Funeral Home in Pleasanton, Kan. The family suggests contributions to the Jim Meech Farmers/Ranchers in Health Crisis Fund. On line condolences for the family can be left at . Arrangements Schneider Funerals, Pleasanton, KS.