Joe William Meng Jr.
Joe William Meng Jr.

November 22, 1947 - October 1, 2016
Born in Franklin, Kentucky
Resided in Louisville, KY


Joe William Meng, Jr. (Joe Bill), 68, of Louisville, died in Bowling Green, Kentucky on October 1, 2016. Born November 22, 1947, he was a bright, precocious child who never lost his love of learning. The oldest of three children born to Joe and Martha Meng (both deceased); Joe Bill is survived by his wife Debbie, children Alissa (Kelly) Padgett, Will Meng, Ann Taylor Lashbrook, and Lucy Lashbrook (Daniel) Kaplan. Also surviving are grandchildren Scarlett, Shepard and Ansley Padgett, Joe and Myra Meng and Carter Lashbrook and siblings Sue Ann Meng (C.G. O'Brien), and Janie Meng Sawatsky (Skip). He is also survived by his father in law, Ira Guffey.

Joe graduated from Warren County High School in 1965. He attended the University of Kentucky and graduated from Western Kentucky University with BS in Animal Science in 1969.

He worked and lived on the Meng family farm in Woodburn for many years and built the Angus herd into a nationally respected seed stock producer. He was known throughout the purebred cattle industry as an expert in Angus pedigrees and cow families and was a respected judge, consultant and breeder who served on the boards of both the Kentucky and American Angus Associations and was an inductee in the Angus Heritage Foundation. He managed the American Angus Futurity for many years and promoted the breed with a fervor matched only by his love of college basketball and music.

As a student, Joe was active in FFA, serving as state vice-president, Kentucky Jr. Angus Association, serving as the first state president, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and Young Farmers. He worked with 4-H, FFA and Jr. Angus Association judging teams and livestock projects and served in leadership positions for several local and state organizations. He enjoyed several years managing the WKU Ag Expo Center and cherished the relationships he developed with the students he employed and mentored there. He not only worked on and managed the Meng's family farming operation; he consulted for and worked with many breeders, including his long-time employer Shady Brook Angus. He transitioned into positions
with Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC that allowed him to delve into the science of beef cattle production and work in many aspects of the industry he loved until his retirement in

Joe cherished his family and loved the time he spent with his children and grandchildren. He
was a great son, brother, husband, father, Pops and friend. Everyone was interesting in some way and every story deserved to be heard and retold with Joe Bill's special twist.

Visitation and services will be held at J.C. Kirby, Lover's Lane Chapel on Thursday, October 6,
2016. The visitation is at 12pm and the service at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, please make

donations to The Melanoma Research Foundation,




Cremation was chosen
Monday, October 3, 2016
J.C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel
Woodburn, KY 42170
Thursday, October 6, 2016
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
J.C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel
3219 Nashville Rd
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Thursday, October 6, 2016
12:00 PM


Melanoma Research Foundation
PO Box 759329
Baltimore, MD