John Meinen


December 8, 1958 - July 13, 2020


John Meinen, 61, of Mitchell, SD, died Monday, July 13, 2020 at his home in Mitchell. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, July 17, 2020 at Vivian Cemetery in Vivian, SD. A visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Thursday at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell with a 6:30 PM prayer service.

John Ernest Meinen was born December 8, 1958 to Robert “Bob” and Mary Ann Meinen (Sweeney) in Mitchell, SD. He attended grade school at Vivian Elementary, and High School at Stanley County in Fort Pierre.

John worked on the family farm near Bad River. He broke horses, and worked with Race Horses. He also worked at the Fort Pierre Livestock. Before John was married, he started work at the Coca Cola Bottling in Pierre, SD in 1980. Later he was transferred to the plant in Mitchell where he worked for over 30 years.

John married Cynthia (Cindy) Heckenlaible on September 6, 1980 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Highmore, SD. Their first son, Jeremy Meinen was born in Pierre on October 17, 1981. Their second son, Jared Meinen was born in Mitchell on January 9, 1984. John loved to spend time with his family and friends.

Working with horses was a passion of John’s. When John was in school, he competed in rodeos. After he was out of school, he still attended rodeos. His favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing, and attending auctions. John really enjoyed trail rides, and making new friends. After his health started declining, he started calling his family and friends on the phone.

John is survived by his wife, Cindy; two sons; Jeremy (Angela) Meinen and Jared Meinen; two brothers, Joe (Linda Sullivan) Meinen of Vivian, SD and Jeff Meinen of New Underwood, SD; three sisters, Joyce (Lance) Finch of Brooklyn Place, MN, Janice (Tom) Ringel of Brooklyn Park, MN, and Judy Meinen of Golden Valley, MN; nieces and nephews; Wade Briner, Traci Olson, Dean Ringel, Josh Pals, Jonell Pals, Kyle Meinen, Bob Klebsch, Brittney Heckenlaible, Roland Heckenlaible, Ethan Heckenlaible, Cody Heckenlaible; Dean and David Meinen and numerous other Cousins.

Preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Ronnie Heckenlaible; nephew, Jesse Klebsch; and friends, Joe Nesheim, Rick Decker, and Dick Blankenship.




Thursday, July 16, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, July 17, 2020
1:00 PM
Vivian Cemetery
Vivian, SD


Vivian Cemetery
Vivian, SD

Posted by Babby on July 16, 2020
So sorry to hear about John, My thoughts and prayers are with you. sending hugs.
Posted by Kathy Fetterley Miedema on July 16, 2020
Cindy so sorry for your loss I just watched the video it is a wonderful tribute
Posted by Maxine Dahl on July 16, 2020
My heart goes out to you at this time of great loss. The video is a beautiful tribute to John. May you Rest In Peace.
Posted by Mary Stadlman on July 16, 2020
Cindy, I worked at Taco Johns years ago, we always enjoyed our visits. May God be with at this sorrowful time.
Posted by Steven & Donita Nelson on July 15, 2020
Sorry to hear about John’s passing. He was such a good friend and I enjoyed helping him with repairs on his vehicles. He’ll be missed.
Posted by Boyd Dennis on July 15, 2020
Loved working with him. He had a great sense of humor!
Posted by Barb Dulaney on July 15, 2020
So sorry to hear about John I remember when I babysat the boys when you lived by the Church May God bless you all take care
Posted by Robyn Bartunek on July 15, 2020
I enjoyed the photos, good ride cowboy Rest In Peace.
Posted by Ken and Sandra Darling on July 14, 2020
John, my friend you will be missed terrible, John rest with God.
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