Charles “Billy Jim” Meinershagen
Charles E. “Billy Jim” Meinershagen, 91, of rural Blackburn, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at Good Shepherd Care Community in Concordia.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Concordia with Rev. Andy Mockridge officiating. Inurnment with military rites will follow at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. A visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers are Stanley Cook, John Purdy, Roger Gregory, Kurtis Gregory, Dr. Robert E. Pemberton and Harry Meyer Jr. Memorials are suggested to Good Shepherd Care Community or American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home. An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born May 15, 1927 in rural Blackburn, he was the son of the late Arthur William Meinershagen and Elizabeth Woods Meinershagen. Charles lived in the Blackburn area his entire life where he was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. He served in the United States Army and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Charles was a lifelong farmer and will be remembered in the local community as the “junk man”, having hauled tons of scrap metals through the years.
Survivors include one son, Bruce Meinershagen (Pam) of rural Mayview; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one brother, John Meinershagen of rural Blackburn; as well as other extended family members.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, William Meinershagen; and two sisters, Evelyn Kiso and Lorene Harms.