James Meierotto

James J. “Jim” Meierotto, 97, of West Point, Iowa, passed away at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at the West Point Care Center in West Point.

He was born on November 3, 1926, in rural West Point, Iowa, the son of John Christ, Jr. and Gertrude (Stuekerjurgen) Meierotto. On August 8, 1953, he married Elizabeth Bernadine “Betty” Mansheim at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fort Madison. She preceded him in death on January 18, 1967. He later married Wilma Pauline (Winke) Boeding. She preceded him in death on January 10, 1998.

Survivors include his four daughters: Vera Hoppe of Wahoo, Nebraska, Carol (Chris) Sanders of Morton, Illinois, Teresa (Mark) Panther of West Point, Iowa, Paula (Ron) Mallicoat of North Brook, Illinois; two sons: William (Joyce) Meierotto of West Point, Iowa, Jerry Meier of Llisle, Illinois; step-son: Robert (Patricia) Boeding of Fort Madison, Iowa; eighteen grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren and sister-in-law Dixie Meierotto of West Point, Iowa. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives: Betty and Wilma; sister: Helen Baxter and brother: Carl Meierotto.

Jim was a 1944 graduate of St. Mary’s High School. He was a lifelong farmer, working hard first on his family farm then his own. He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, the West Point Knights of Columbus, he served on the Calvary Cemetery Board and was a past township trustee. Jim was a proud American Red Cross blood donor. He enjoyed arrowhead hunting after Spring plowing and driving country roads to see how tall the corn was growing. He also enjoyed friendly card games with refreshments and he especially appreciated a cup of coffee and conversation with his many friends at various coffee clubs. The grandkids loved his two different colored eyes and being treated to ice cream cones. His family was of utmost importance to him.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2024, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2024, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point with Father Dan Dorau as celebrant.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in West Point.

A memorial has been established in his memory for Calvary Cemetery or West Point Fire and Rescue.

Schmitz Funeral Home of West Point is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzfuneralhomes.com.