BENSON - James H. Meismer, 72, of Benson, Ill., passed away at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke, after a courageous battle against brain cancer.
James was born on Aug. 27, 1941, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Lewie and Virginia Overton Meismer. He married Sandra Meinhold on Nov. 4, 1967, in Roanoke, Ill.
He leaves behind his wife, Sandra; their two daughters, Leanna (Mark) Barnard of Champaign, Ill., and Holly (Darrick) Knapp of Benson; his two grandsons, Cole and Cy Knapp, who were his pride and joy; one brother, Lewie Lynn Meismer of Peoria; and two sisters, Collette (Bill) Colburn of Naples, Fla., and Vicki (Roger) Rocke of Peoria.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A U.S. Air Force veteran, Jim honorably served his country. He was a member of the Benson American Legion Post 454, where he had served as commander.
Jim worked for Caterpillar for 31 years, retiring in 1998. He then worked for Craig Wright and Associates in Metamora for 10 years.
As God planned, Jim passed from his earthly life a faithful, loving husband, father and grandfather.
He loved being outdoors in God's creation. He was an avid hunter and he loved to fish and hunt for mushrooms. He also enjoyed wood carving and hand carved many ducks and birds. He will be remembered as a great storyteller and one who had a very helping heart.
Jim was a faithful member of St. John Catholic Church in Benson, where funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11. Father Paul Meismer will officiate. Visitation will be held today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, prior to the services at the church. Burial with military rites will be in Clayton Township Cemetery in Benson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke, St. John Catholic Church in Benson or the Benson American Legion Post 464.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnsonharris.com.