Rev. James Erwin Meimerstorf, 63, of Bartlesville, died at 8:20 P.M. on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville.
Memorial services for Rev. Meimerstorf will be held at 10 A.M. on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the St. Luke's Episcopal Church with Rev. Dr. T. Lee Stephens officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory.
The Meimerstorf family will receive guests at a reception on Friday evening from 6 PM until 7 P.M. at the Stumpff Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established and those who wish may send their contributions to the Oaks Indian Mission, ATTN: James E. Meimerstorf Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 130, Oaks, Oklahoma 74359.
Rev. Meimerstorf was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas on December 29, 1949 the son of Louis Erwin and Anna Georgine (Hennig) Meimerstorf. He grew up and received his education in Fort Smith where he graduated from high school in 1967. He then attended St. John's College in Winfield, Kansas, Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the Concordia Seminary in Exile in St. Louis, Missouri.
He was married to the former Sheryl Ann Moberly at Grove, Oklahoma on June 3, 1979. He served as the editor of the Grove Sun Newspaper and was also pastor of a Lutheran church there. In 1990 he became Pastor of the Faith Lutheran Church in DeQueen, Arkansas until 1994. He served as Pastor of the Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bartlesville from 1994 until 2010. Since that time he has served as an interim pastor, mostly in Ponca City and was also active as a bus driver for the Bartlesville Schools. He loved photography, loved to tie flys and fly fish, woodworking and leather working.
Rev. Meimerstorf is survived by four children, Jennifer Jean Meimerstorf of Oakland, California, Matthew Louis Meimerstorf of Oklahoma City, Mark James Meimerstorf of Missoula, Montana and Elizabeth Ann Meimerstorf of Bartlesville, one sister, Carol Meimerstorf of Lowell, Arkansas, one brother, Mickey Meimerstorf and wife Pam of Tulsa, brother-in-law, David Polnick of Abilene, Texas, an uncle, James Hennig of Cape Girardeau, Missouri and an aunt, Mildred Burgess of Little Rock, Arkansas, five nieces and nephews, Benjie and Kimberly Polnick, Julie and Casey Wilson, Erin and Jackson Coco, Lindsey and Nick Jones and Heather and Drew Wilkerson, and two great nephews, Creighton Polnick and Griffin Polnick. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Ann Polnick.
Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.