James A. “Jim” Mezo of Cuba, Missouri was born Saturday, October 10, 1936 at McLeansboro, Illinois to John W. and Geneva (nee Deitz) Mezo and passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the age of 82 years.
Jim worked for Jewel Tea in St. Charles, Missouri for 30 years as a salesman. After retiring from sales, he went to work for Francis Howell School District as a custodian.
In 1999 Jim married Ginny Moore and they moved to Cuba, Missouri.
After moving to Cuba, Jim worked for the United States 2000 Census and for the last 18 years, Jim worked for the Crawford County R-II School District as a part-time custodian.
Jim was an avid sports fan, especially the St. Louis Cardinals. Jim attended many high school basketball games during his life-time and he coached baseball and basketball when his sons were young.
He was the ping pong and washer champion and he spent hours working on his yard.
He was a devout member of the Cuba Free Will Baptist Church and always attended every function there. Jim loved spending time with his dog Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Geneva Mezo; step son, Michael Scott Moore; and eight siblings, Bill and wife Carol Barker, Jean Necica, John Wilson Mezo, Mary and husband Lowell Martin, Ira B. Mezo, Lois and husband Troy Hooker, Tom Sempsrott and David Sempsrott.
He is survived by his wife, Ginny Mezo of the home; five children, Cyndi Surls of St. Louis, Missouri, Dan and wife Jan Mezo of Union, Missouri, Shari Mezo, Beverly Mezo and Steve Mezo, all of St. Louis, Missouri; two step children, Cindy and husband Jim Jordan of DeSoto, Missouri and Alan and wife Sue Moore of Troy, Missouri; six grandchildren, Tasha Mezo of St. Louis, Missouri, Adam Surls of St. Louis, Missouri, Amber Reeves of Union, Missouri, Brad Mezo of Union, Missouri, Christina Farrelly of St. Louis, Missouri and CJ Farrelly of St. Louis, Missouri; two great grandchildren, Declan Surls and Colton James Farrelly, both of St. Louis, Missouri; 12 step grandchildren, Lisa and husband Jason Glaspie of Madison, Wisconsin, Chrysti and husband Neil Safie of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bobby Moore of Madison, Wisconsin, Michael Moore of Madison, Wisconsin, Joey Jordan of Fenton, Missouri, Joshua and wife Sarah Jordan of Auburn, Illinois, Jessica Jordan of Cadet, Missouri, Justin and wife Bridgett Jordan of DeSoto, Missouri, Angela and husband Joseph Thames of Troy, Missouri, Hannah Moore of Troy, Missouri, Charles and wife Mel Bailey of Union, Missouri and RJ and wife Tami Bailey of Union, Missouri; 25 step great grandchildren; one brother, Robert “Bob” Mezo of McLeansboro, Illinois; one sister, Nancy and husband Ron Markel of West Virginia; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri with Pastor Don Martin officiating and Shari Mezo sharing special memories. Special recorded music was “Precious Memories,” “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Wayfaring Stranger.”
Interment and prayers followed at the Kinder Cemetery in Cuba, Missouri.
Casketbearers were Adam Surls, Brad Mezo, CJ Farrelly, Mike Mezo, Justin Jordan and Joey Jordan.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home of Cuba, Missouri.