Jack Reid Meinke

Birth Date: 
Wednesday, March 18, 1931
Date of Passing: 
Sunday, January 2, 2022

WOOSTER – Jack R. Meinke, 90, of Wooster, Ohio went to be with the Lord on January 2, 2022 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Wooster.

He was born March 18, 1931 to Robert and Wanda Reid Meinke in Cleveland, Ohio.  He grew up in Cleveland where he met his wife, Marilyn Meinke at Fenn College.  They were married June 8, 1957 at the Baptist Church of the Master in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, by pastors from both of their churches.  They celebrated 62 years together with their family.  Marilyn went to be with the Lord on October 18, 2019.

Jack crafted a career in the electric utility industry working for the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company in Cleveland for 38 years.  He specialized in the development of automated engineering information systems and authored eleven technical papers.

Jack enjoyed his passions of faith, music and soccer which he shared and passed down to his greatest treasure, his family.

Jack served in many capacities serving the Lord during his life and most recently at the Wayne Presbyterian Church where he served as a ruling elder, director of the men’s choir, clerk of session and was a long-standing mission committee member.

Jack has a special affinity for small vocal groups.  He sang in a popular men’s quartet called the Deans Men in college which toured Europe and appeared regularly on local radio station WJW.  He also was an active member of several community choirs and church choirs and enjoyed sharing his voice, piano, guitar and stringed bass.

Jack was the co-founder of the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Soccer Club and coached community soccer with his kids for 14 years.

He also enjoyed tracing family histories with his wife Marilyn, and they shared a love of musical theater.  Jack’s theatrical credits include roles of Sir Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore, Ko-Ko in the Mikado and King Casper in Ahmal and the Night Visitors.

Surviving Jack are his four children David (Sherry) Meinke of Massillon, Ohio, Alan (Sherri) Meinke of Medina, Ohio, Jill (Albert) Rubinoski of Elyria, Ohio, Scott (Nena) Meinke of Lynchburg, Virginia.  He was always proud of the many accomplishments of his children, 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A memorial funeral services will be held on Saturday January 8th at 4 PM at Wayne Presbyterian Church, 7152 Burbank Rd., Wooster with Rev. Bob Meyer officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Masking is strongly encouraged.

Friends will be received one hour prior to the service at the church.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Those wishing to share a memory can donate in his name to the Wayne Presbyterian Church for their music program or Ohio Light Opera, c/o The College of Wooster, 716 Beall Ave., Wooster, Ohio 44691 (checks made payable to Ohio Light Opera).

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com

 

Memorial Contributions: 

Those wishing to share a memory can donate in his name to the Wayne Presbyterian Church for their music program or Ohio Light Opera, c/o The College of Wooster, 716 Beall Ave., Wooster, Ohio 44691 (checks made payable to Ohio Light Opera).

Visitation: 

One hour prior to the service

Service: 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday January 8th at 4 PM at Wayne Presbyterian Church, 7152 Burbank Rd., Wooster

Masks are strongly suggested

Condolences

Our sympathies to the Meinke family. Jack was a great neighbor, he gave a lot of his time and intellect to our community. We enjoyed his sense of humor and zest for life. We hope you find comfort in good memories of him.
-The Armstrong Family

To one of us he was a father, to the other he was a father-in-law, however, he was known as "dad" to both of us. He always was there for support and to offer words of advice. His knowledge of so many things will be missed as well as his ability to take a bad situation and see the good in it. You will be missed Dad but we will do all we can to keep your memory alive.

All the love, fond memories and sympathies to each of you my dear friends. It's so hard to lose our parents. I have such warm, loving and musical memories of "Dad" - and your entire family for that matter. I know that he is holding Mom in heaven now with such joy.
Much love, Bonnie & the Dinger Family

My sincere sympathy to the Meinke family.Jack was my second cousin once removed, and although we never met in person, we shared our love for family history and genealogy through emails and MyHeritage.I could tell by his meticulous research that he was passionate about getting all the details exactly right.He told me just a few months ago how he had just finished a 10-generation project and was working on finishing another one for his family members.He seemed generous with his time and was willing to help me, if he could, with offering family tree connections that would have taken me hours to find on my own.I have been trying to track down some information for him that he was stuck on.I will keep trying for him, and when I find it, I am confident Jack will know.I feel so sad to lose such an important person and fellow researcher of our family tree.Even though we were distant relatives, I have always felt the family connection we had.I know he missed his wife terribly, and I pray they are now reunited in the kingdom of God. Rest in eternal peace, dear Jack. I will miss our email chats.

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