15 Jan Rest in Peace, Jim
James Winston Meinke was born on July 1, 1935 in Nechanitz, Texas, the son of D.J. and Anita (Matejowsky) Meinke. He graduated from Round Top-Carmine High School and served in the U.S. Army from April 9, 1958 until receiving his Honorable Discharge on April 5, 1960. He obtained the rank of Specialist 4 after completing four additional years in the United States Army Reserves. James was united in marriage to Marilyn Alice Saegert on July 9, 1960 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings. They were blessed with three children, Paul, Dean and Michelle. James was a longtime barber having owned and operated Reagan Square Barber Shop in Austin for many years. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Austin where he had served as head usher, head elder and congregational president. He was also a member of the Sons of Hermann Lodge #154 in Paige, Texas. James enjoyed hunting, fishing, telling stories and spending time with his family.
James passed away the evening of January 11, 2016 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, D.J. & Anita Meinke; his wife of 54 years, Marilyn Meinke; his father-in-law, Alwin Saegert and two brothers-in-law, Ernest Radenz and Winston Boettcher.
James is survived by three children, Paul Meinke & his wife, Rachel of Giddings, Dean Meinke & his wife, Valerie of Waldeck and Michelle Merka & her husband, David of Austin; six grandchildren, Stephanie Meinke & her friend, Evan Kubicek of Norman, OK, Stacy Meinke of San Marcos, Catherine, Colton and Cari Meinke all of Waldeck, and Ashley Merka of Austin; his mother-in-law, Olefia Saegert of Paige; his sister, Deanna Radenz of Waldeck; his sister-in-law, Annette Foerster & her husband, Charlie of Lincoln as well as several cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 North Jefferson, La Grange, Texas 78945 or to the charity of one’s choice.