Biography: James "Jim" Meister, 89, of Bucyrus passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at the Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine of an apparent heart attack and his death was unexpected. Jim was born July 21, 1928 in Liberty Township to the late Otto Samuel and Hulda E. (Kurtz) Meister. He was married Dec. 23, 1951 to Virginia (Riedel) Meister who survives. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Robert and John as well as an infant sister.
Jim is also survived by children Marlene (Chuck) Siefert of New Washington and Tim (Nancy) Meister of Bucyrus; grandchildren Shane (Kate) Siefert, Anissa Siefert, and Krystal (Ian) Mason; great-grandchildren Braden and Megan Siefert and Cecelia Mason; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim was a longtime auctioneer in the Bucyrus area. He graduated from Holmes Liberty H.S. in 1946 and from the Reppert School of Auctioneering in 1947. He was a lifelong member of Good Hope Lutheran Church and had served on the church council. He was an avid lifelong member of the Crawford Antique Farm Machinery Association. Jim served on the Crawford County Fair Board for 18 years and was the superintendent of speed. He served in the U.S. Military for two years and was a member of the American Legion Post #405, New Washington.
Jim enjoyed attending steam engine shows and sold tractor literature for 25 years. He also loved harness racing and enjoyed these events at many county fairs. Jim spent the winter months of his retirement years in Florida where he had many friends. His most recent winters in Ohio were spent putting puzzles together and framing them for his family to enjoy.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am in the Good Hope Lutheran Church with Rev. Renee Ahern and Gene Luidhardt S.A.M. officiating with burial to follow in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home on Wednesday from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The family suggests memorials be made to the Church Steeple Fund or the Crawford Antique Farm Machinery Association. Expressions of sympathy can be left at www.munzpirnstill.com