When a community loses somebody like Jim Meyer, it’s hard to believe those shoes can ever be filled by someone else.
Jim, also known as “Henrod,” died in February at age 62, leaving his wife, Marianne Meyer, and a daughter, Shanda Cullen.
Every year, the Reid family of Shepherd Hills Factory Outlets selects a special person or place to commemorate with a special event knife for the annual Case Celebration in the Ozarks in early September. Ida Reid is the company president, and her sons, Rod and Randy Reid, are vice presidents.
Jim Meyer has been chosen to be honored with the event knife this year.
He was a guy who raced through his days, packing in more business, more pleasure and more giving than any three average men, according to his family and friends.
“He just needed 27 hours a day to get in everything he wanted to do,” said Rod Reid. “”Between his work, the hunting and fishing, the basketball, the golf — you just name it — he needed a lot of hours in the day to get it all done.”
Jim Meyer once was an assistant trout hatchery manager at Bennett Spring State Park, then worked for Larry’s Sporting Goods for a number of years before opening his own business. He owned and operated Jim’s Wholesale Tackle Company of Lebanon for nearly 20 years.
Marianne Meyer met Jim through a teacher friend at work. They married on April 9, 1989. The qualities about her husband that she most remembers are his humor and his loyalty.
“He loved his God, family and friends, and his community. He was very loyal to the community,” she said.
Having this special Case knife made in his honor probably would have him speechless, she said. “This is such an incredible tribute to him. The Reids are wonderful people,” she said.
Longtime friend Ron Gray also noted Jim’s loyalty as a quality that helped define him. “If you were Jim’s friend, and you asked him to do something, there was no question. He would do anything for you. You could always count on him to pitch in and help, and you would do the same for him,” he said.
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