James “Jim” A. Meetz, 66, passed away on June 26, 2017

James “Jim” A. Meetz, 66, passed away at his home on June 26, 2017.
His family will gather with friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, led by Pastor Wade Graber, all at the First Baptist Church in El Dorado.  Burial will be in the Walton Cemetery.
Jim was born on July 28, 1950, in Newton, the son of Harry and Gladys (Koch) Meetz.  Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from his beloved Kansas State University.  He worked in the cattle industry and spent many years embracing the challenges of that industry. He retired as the feed lot manager at Lane County Feeders. Jim was the past president of the Kansas Livestock Association, served on the Board of Directors of the National Cattlemen’s Association, and several other agricultural associations.  He was an avid K-State alumni and a brother of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Jim enjoyed golf, running, coaching his girls’ softball teams, and cheering on the Cats.  More recently, he enjoyed singing with the First Baptist Church choir in El Dorado.  Jim was united in marriage to the former Barbara Smith on Sept. 24, 2011 in Wichita.
His loving family includes: his wife Barbara of El Dorado; children, Lindsay (Andy) Beckman of Olathe, Megan (Gage) Zierlein of Marysville, and Jenny (Shawn) Cross of Overland Park; grandchildren, Alexis, Logan, Gavyn, Olivia, Lucy, Kanon, Riggs, Addison, Braiden, Ethan and Samuel; siblings, John (Margaret) Meetz of Wichita, and Betty Youk of Durham.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother in law Gaylen Youk.
Memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be directed to the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association Foundation or to the Harvey County 4-H.  Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Jim at www.carlsonkirbymorris.com.