James W. Meckstroth, 84, of Elroy, Wis., passed away on Friday, March 15, 2013, in Tomah Memorial Hospital in Tomah, Wis.
He was born June 3, 1928, to Dr. Emil and Mary (West) Meckstroth in Dayton, Ohio. He grew to adulthood in Sandusky where he was a multi-sport high school athlete and elected to Sandusky High School Hall of Fame. He later graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in animal husbandry.
Jim married Jean Theibert on Sept. 29, 1951, in Sandusky. He was a cattle buyer for a large packing house for 10 years; he also was a salesman for Harvestore. In 1960, the family moved to a farm near Wilton, Wis., where they raised beef cattle. They sold their farm and moved to Elroy in 1980.
Jim was an avid sports enthusiast, fisherman, and bridge player. He enjoyed time at their cabins on Grindstone Lake near Hayward, Wis. He was a Tough-Man boxing competition judge and a corner man for Ed Thompson. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and Rotary Club. He was a Royal Bank board director and a former EKW School Board member.
Survivors include his wife, Jean, of Elroy; children, James (Patricia), of Cuba City, Wis., Mary Sue (Michael) McGroarty of St. Paul, Minn., Kurt (Jodeen), of Mequon, Wis., Michael (Eleanor) of Brisbane, of Australia, Martha (Michael) Hussey, of Columbus, and Patricia (Michael) Behan of Trempealeau, Wis.; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Joanne (Robert) Schneider and Mary Jane (James) Ritter and brother-in-law, Jude (Joanne) Theibert, all of Sandusky.
Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Picha Funeral Home in Elroy and from 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, until a funeral service at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elroy. A KC Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church. The Rev. Richard Dickman will officiate. Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Wilton. For online information go to pichafuneralhomes.com
Special thanks to grandson Tom Hussey, Genny Cousineau, Maureen Kouba, and Marcia for their wonderful home care and to Dr. Brandi Strong for her diligent care.