James Paul Meyer
James Paul Meyer, 68, of Solon passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Funeral Mass was Wednesday, July 9, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery where full military rites were conducted by the Solon American Legion. Visitation was Tuesday, July 8, at the church, with a 4 p.m. parish vigil. Brosh Chapel in Solon is in charge of arrangements.
James was born Sept. 17, 1945, to Paul Joseph and Mary (Brezo) Meyer. He graduated from Solon High School in 1963. Following graduation, Jim worked at Weyerhauser in Cedar Rapids until joining the United States Army in October, 1965. He served in the Vietnam War as a clerk typist from October 1966-September 1967. Jim came home and worked at Dearborn Brass in Cedar Rapids and his true passion of farming. Jim was united in marriage to Joette Ann Krall on Sept. 20, 1974, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City. They raised one son, Matthew.
He began working for the Solon Schools in 1984 as a bus driver and custodian. Jim took over the head custodian position at Lakeview Elementary in 1993. He enjoyed the time spent with his family and friends as much as he could. He loved being with his son, especially seeing him marry Carrie, even if it was when he was hospitalized at the U of I. Sitting on the deck at home with Joette with a cold beverage and talking the night away, as well as Hawkeye football and meeting Coach Ferentz, Solon Spartans, where he would watch his “adopted” grandson Kolby Melsha play football, Washington Redskins, NASCAR racing, fishing and family time at the Krall pond, were all important parts of Jim’s life. He was a great supporter of the community, and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church as well as the Solon American Legion. Jim was a kind and gentle soul with a hearty and infectious laugh. He will be greatly missed.
Jim is survived by his wife Joette; his son Matthew (Carrie) Meyer; his sister Judy (Jim) Shulista and a brother-in-law Mike (Candy) Krall, all of Solon; sister-in-law Kris (Don) Murphy of West Branch; mother-in-law Rita C. Krall of Iowa City; grandchildren Carmen, R.J. and a baby granddaughter expected in October; nephews and nieces Scott (Karen) Shulista and their children Brandon and Aaron, Darin (Jenny) Shulista and their daughter Brooke, Kurt Shulista and his children Makayla and Brayden, Angela (Mike) Klinkkammer and their children Lexi, Aly and Eli, Luke Murphy, Jeremy Krall, Jamie (Cory) Gebel and their daughter Rylan, and Jodie Krall.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a father-in-law, Joseph H. Krall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family to be donated to the Solon Fire Department or to the Solon American Legion.
The family would like to thank the hard working doctors and incredible nursing staffs at both St. Mary’s Mayo, in Rochester, and UIHC for their tender loving care and kindness for Jim.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.