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James Meincke Obituary

James R. Meincke, 72, of Lake City, peacefully passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.  
    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at First Lutheran Church in Lake City.  Pastor Tim Ehling will officiate and burial of cremains will follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Lake City.  Military rites will be conducted by the Lake City American Legion Post 110.  Visitation will be held at the church, on Saturday, from 10 a.m. until time of service.
    James Richard Meincke was born on Sept. 22, 1947 in Lake City to Richard H. and Lois M. (Betcher) Meincke.  He was raised on the family farm in the Mt. Pleasant Township and received his education in Lake City schools, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1965.  Jim entered the U.S. Air Force on March 15, 1966 and served until his honorable discharge on Jan. 14, 1970.  He was united in marriage to Sharron Steffenhagen on April 22, 1966 at Frontenac Lutheran Church in Frontenac.  They later divorced in 2009.  After his discharge from the Air Force, Jim returned to Lake City and took over the operation of the family farm.  He retired from farming in 1996 and went to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier.  Jim was united in marriage to Linette K. Meyer on Sept. 15, 2012 in Lake City.  He retired as a mail carrier on July 31, 2014.  He then drove school bus for Bluff Country Bus Service until September 2018.
    He was a member of First Lutheran Church, a charter member of the Lake City Lions Club and represented the Lions at the Minnesota State Fair every year, and delivered Meals-on-Wheels.
    Jim had many interests, but especially loved spending time with family and friends, golfing, hunting, fishing and dancing.
    He will be dearly missed by his wife, Linette, of Lake City; three sons, Jerry (Tammy) of Amery, Wis., Craig (Julie) of Northfield and John of Lake City; six grandchildren, Jessica, Katie, Derrick, Breah, McKenna and Dustin; five great-grandchildren, Tatum, Colton, Wesley, Able and Presley; three siblings, Daniel (Elaine) Meincke, Randy (Lori) Meincke and Mary (Jon) Gravenish, all of Lake City; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents.
    A Celebration of Life will follow the funeral at the Lake City Sportsman's Club from noon to 4 p.m.

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