Former KLA Executive Vice President John E. Meetz of Wichita passed away October 2 at the age of 73. A native of Newton, Meetz was employed at KLA from June 1970 to February 1984. Under his leadership, KLA membership grew from under 3,000 to more than 9,000; the KLA Cattle Feeders, Cow-Calf/Stocker and Purebred Councils were formed; and the Kansas Beef Council was created. The KLA News & Market Report was first published while Meetz was at KLA. Among key legislative victories during Meetz’ tenure at KLA was securing the farm machinery and equipment exemption from property taxes.
Meetz later served as chief executive officer of the National Cattlemen’s Association (NCA). While at NCA, he directed the successful effort that led to passage of federal legislation creating the national $1.00-per-head beef checkoff.
A Kansas State University graduate, Meetz was the livestock judging coach at Western Illinois University prior to his time at KLA. He was recognized as Stockman of the Year in 1984 by the Kansas State University Livestock and Meat Industry Council.
Rosary services will be at 6:30 p.m. October 4 at Downing and Lahey East Mortuary, 6555 E. Central Avenue in Wichita. Funeral services will be October 5 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Magdalen, 12626 E. 21st St. North, in Wichita.