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Jay Douglas Meester, son of Harold & Wava (Minor) Meester, was born March 1, 1954 in Grundy Center, Iowa. He was welcomed home by his older sister Pamela Jo.
Jay grew up on the Grundy County farm that his great-grandfather homesteaded in 1868. This farm has remained in the family and was recognized as a Heritage Farm at the 2018 Iowa State Fair. Jay had a love for horses from an early age and helped run the family farm starting at 9 years old when his dad was injured. He ran Cross Country before graduating from Grundy Center High School with the class of 1972. Following high school, he volunteered at the Cedar Falls Police Department, the New Hartford Police Department, was a Cedar Valley Emergency Volunteer, a storm spotter for the Black Hawk County E.M.A., and an E.M.T. for a private ambulance service in Waterloo. Jay trained horses and had a love for dancing. He taught country dancing in Cedar Falls.
Jay was united in marriage to Patricia Lynn (Pat) Odell on October 2, 1982, in Aplington, Iowa. Together they had four daughters: Holly Mae, Lacey Jayne, Briar Rose (stillborn), and Kelsey Marie.
Jay had a love for mechanics and "turning wrenches," and he turned this love into a career when he started working at Allis Chalmers and then moved to John Deere. He worked at dealerships in Grundy Center, Aplington, Colorado, and eventually Mount Ayr, Iowa, in 1986. In 1987, Jay and Pat opened Mount Ayr Tractor & Machine. Jay had a vast knowledge of tractors and lived to share it with others.
As his daughters grew up, Jay was active in their many pursuits. He welcomed their husbands into the family and loved his role as "Papa". His love of riding and training horses grew over the years. He was the 4-H Superintendent for the horse project from 1993 to 2018 and helped with the FFA Tractor restorations from 2012 to 2017. Jay was active in the United Baptist Presbyterian Church, youth group, and Ringgold Singers.
Jay passed away August 21, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Briar Rose.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Pat Meester of Mount Ayr, IA; daughters Holly Howell & husband Jeremiah of Mount Ayr, IA, Lacey Reed & husband Cody of Winterset, IA, and Kelsey Kinyon & husband Scott of Creston, IA; four grandchildren- Brodie Ann Howell, Collin Jay Howell, Callie Lynn Kinyon, and Rowdy Maverick Reed; sister Pamela Jo Meester of Aplington, IA; brothers & sisters-in-law; nieces & nephews, other relatives, and many good friends.
A memorial fund has been established in Jay’s name at the United Baptist Presbyterian Church.
Visitation: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Monday, August 27 at the United Baptist Presbyterian Church
Private Services & Burial: At a later date
In Lieu of Flowers: A memorial in Jay’s name at the United Baptist Presbyterian Church
Pat & Girls, I was deeply saddened to hear about Jay! I can't imagine how you all must feel. He was a jokester when I babysat for the girls. I won't forget getting dropped off at your house by the school bus to babysit then running the mile home afterward. Both of you made me feel like part of your family by inviting me to join you in dinner together many times. Thank you for sharing your lives! My prayers of comfort to the 4 of you during these tough times! Jody
Dr Jody England, DC Sep 3 2018 12:00 AM
Pat I can't believe Jay is no longer with us. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the kids. I have only good memories of you and Jay picking and dropping things off at my shop. I always learned something when talking to Jay about diesel and gas engines. Stay strong Pat. Rex from Midwest Cylinder Head
Rex Baker Aug 29 2018 12:00 AM
oh Pat...I'm so sorry to read of Jay's passing. I have such fond memories of Jay and you. please accept our condolences and may God Bless you and the girls during this very stressful and trying time.
Becky Pint Aug 28 2018 12:00 AM
Jay and I worked together at D and B Farmstore in Grundy Center after we graduated.. We had some great times working together. He will be Greatly missed.
Vernom Beenken Aug 28 2018 12:00 AM
Oh my Lacey, so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Even though I did not personally know him, I can see from the other tributes written that he was a very special man to his family and community. Peace be with you and your family in the days ahead.
Lynn Weiser Aug 27 2018 12:00 AM
Dear Pam, So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. It is tough to loose someone so close. George remembers when he came to his farm to look at a stallion. May you find comfort in the Lord during this time. Sherry Elliott and George Dinsdale
Sherry Elliott & George Dinsdale Aug 27 2018 12:00 AM
We share your grief. We look forward to seeing Jay alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection. " John 5:28, 29
Jim & Donna Adams Aug 24 2018 12:00 AM
Pat & Family: We're so sorry to hear of Jay's passing. I have many warm memories of the old days at Butler County Implement with the gang. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
Loren & Jodi Meyer Aug 23 2018 12:00 AM
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We have spent countless hours together between dance and drill team and shared many laughs, and rolling eyes of teenage girls!. His work ethic and dedication to the kids in our community won't be forgotten. He will be missed.
Robin & Randy and Family Aug 23 2018 12:00 AM
Pat Girls and Family So very sorry for your loss. Jay had so many talents and a great sense of humor. Don't know what we all would have done on the trip to Disney without him! Lots of good memories and good laughs. Will be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you close and give you comfort. Brenda Sue
Brenda S adams Aug 23 2018 12:00 AM