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Pauline Glasgow
Pauline Glasgow nee Warbritton of Cuba, Missouri was born December 28, 1911 in Greenway, Arkansas to the late William and Mary nee Hollis Warbritton, and passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2003 in Sullivan, Missouri at the age of 91 years 5 months 3 days. In 1930 Pauline was united in marriage to Ruby Glasgow at Popular Bluff, Missouri. One daughter, Betty, and one son, William Joseph, were born to this union. They enjoyed over 70 years together. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents and 11 brothers and sisters. Those who survive to mourn her passing from this life are her devoted husband Ruby Glasgow of the home in Cuba, Missouri; her daughter Betty Bourne and husband Larry; her son William Joseph Glasgow and wife June; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends. Pauline was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, sister, aunt, and dear friend to all who knew her and will be sadly missed. Pauline Glasgow was in state at the Britton Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri where funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Bob Coleman officiating. Interment was in the Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector, Arkansas on Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at 2 p.m. All arrangements were under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Missouri.

Orville Dempsey Hedrick
Orville D. Hedrick was born Friday, March 22, 1929, at Boss, Missouri, a son of the late Joseph Seath Hedrick and Cora Belle Hedrick (nee Kathcart). He entered eternal rest Friday, May 30, 2003, at Stonecrest Healthcare, Viburnum, Missouri, at the age of 74 years, 2 months and 8 days. Orville was united in marriage to Edith Irene Kriegbaum in 1960. Six sons and four daughters were born to this union. Edith preceded Orville in death, May 19, 2003. Also preceding him in death were two sons, Orvin and Clifford Hedrick. Among those who remain to mourn his passing are four daughters, Eva Dixon of Payson, Arizona, Sue Durrant and husband Mark, Barbara Sturdevant and husband Matt all of Hancock, Wisconsin, Linda Hayes and husband Herbert of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. Four sons, Frank Hedrick and wife Serafina of Viburnum, Missouri, Wayne Hedrick and Ronnie Hedrick, both of Hancock, Wisconsin, Robert Hedrick of Bonne Terre, Missouri. Two sisters, Bonnie Bohann of Piedmont, Missouri, and Ruby Edith Yarbough of Arizona; two brothers, Johnny Hedrick of Mineral Point, Missouri and Thomas Hedrick of Illinois; 15 grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Orville Dempsey Hedrick lay in state after 11 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2003 at the Britton Brothers Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 2, 2003 in the Britton Chapel with Rev. Paul Davis officiating. Committal prayers and interment were in Boss Cemetery, Boss, Missouri. Serving as pallbearers were Mark Durrant, Dennis Ray Hedrick, Steve Hedrick, Waylon R. Hedrick, Cecil S. Orr, and Darrell Pryor. Arrangements were under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri.

Lida H. Hendrix
Lida H. Hendrix nee Martin was born February 21, 1912 in Cherryville, Missouri to the late William Madison Martin and Mary Elizabeth Wisdom and departed this life May 23, 2003 at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 91 years 3 months and 2 days. Lida attended school through eighth grade at Cherryville, Missouri. She lived on the family farm and was responsible for most of the cooking from the age of 15 through 25 at which time she married and later graduated high school in Dillard, Missouri where her husband Arthur taught. Lida married Arthur William Hendrix on August 11, 1937 in St. Charles, Missouri and to this union three children were born. She and Arthur lived at Butts, Missouri where he taught school, later moving to Dillard, Missouri, and then to St. Louis, Missouri. She was proud of the fact that she took a few college courses while Arthur earned his degree. Lida was a homemaker in every sense of the word. She loved providing for her family, taking care of their home, and doing yard work. She enjoyed drawing, working word search puzzles and sewing. Lida accepted the Lord early in life and she and Arthur were very active in church throughout their lives. They were members of Tower Grove Baptist Church for approximately 40 years. She taught Sunday school, Training Union, worked in Bible Schools, sang in the Choir, and was at church every time the church doors were open. Lida lived a very full life; she enjoyed traveling with her family. She amazed most people in that she never looked or acted her age. She was doing things at 90 that many people couldn't or wouldn't attempt to do in their 70s. Lida was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arthur, sisters Orene Eaton and husband John, Pearl Scott and husband Perry, brothers Kenneth and wife Delma Martin, and Trenton and Bessie Martin, half sisters Virgie Fleta, Marjorie Stafford House, Beulah Martin, Nora Martin, and Edith Cummins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Gene Lovan, Raymond and Roberta White and Stanley Hendrix. Those who remain to mourn her passing are her loving children Dr. Ronald Hendrix and wife Miriam of Hinsdale, Illinois, Gary Hendrix of Steelville, Missouri, Pamela Hutson and husband Paul of Steelville, Missouri; one granddaughter Corrie Hendrix of Florissant, Missouri; three step granddaughters Rheanne, Kayla and Paula Hutson of Steelville, Missouri. Two sisters Daphne Gahr of Salem, Missouri, Juanita Morgan and huband Marrlan of Bourbon, Missouri; one brother Dewayne Martin and wife Lena of Cuba, Missouri; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Artie Lovan of Kirkwood, Missouri, Jewel Hendrix and wife Gladine of Farmington, Missouri, and Ruth Hendrix of Camdenton, Missouri; nieces; nephews, cousins and friends all who will sadly miss and fondly remember Lida Martin Hendrix. Visitation was held Tuesday, May 27, 2003 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Hutson Funeral Chapel in Steelville, Missouri with Rev. Delmar B. Hutson and Rev. Lynn Stroup officiating. Pallbearers were Jerry Martin, Lawrence Lovan, Richard Lovan, Bill Gahr, Leon Morgan and Treff Earney. Music selections were "It is no secret what God can do", "Whispering Hope", and "Sheltered in the arms of God" sang by Paul K. Hutson and accompanied by Helen Platter on piano. Burial was in the Moutray Cemetery in Steelville, Missouri. All arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.

Roberta Arlene Hudson
Roberta Arlene Hudson nee Land was born Thursday, October 13, 1921, at Steelville, Missouri, a daughter of the late Robert Lee Land, Sr. and Ruth Ann (Burke) Land. She entered eternal rest Friday, May 30, 2003, at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Missouri, at the age of 81 years, 7 months and 17 days. Roberta served her country in the United States Coast Guard, enlisting February 9, 1943. She received the rank of Chief Yeoman and received an Honorable Discharge from the Separation Center, Boston, Massachusetts on May 24, 1946. She remarked to her family, "It was three of the most enjoyable years of my life." She was united in marriage to Dorse Hudson and one son, Gary, was born to this union. Dorse preceded her in death, as did her parents and one sister, Dorothy Mae Land. Among those who remain to mourn her passing are her devoted son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Margaret Ann "Peggy" Hudson of Edwardsville, Illinois; one brother, Robert Lee Land, Jr. of Steelville, Missouri; nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Roberta Arlene Hudson lay in state 5-8 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2003 at the Britton Brothers Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2003 in the Britton Chapel with Rev. Jim Simmons officiating. Committal prayers and interment were in Steelville Cemetery, Steelville, Missouri. Serving as pallbearers were John Carr, Jeff Land, Natalice Radthe, Richard Risku, Robert F. Rohrer and Chris Turnbough. All arrangements under the direction of the Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri.

Joseph William Patrick, Sr.
Joseph William Patrick, Sr. of Cuba, Mo. was born on May 8, 1920 to the union of Henry Pietrzak and Sophie Morawski Pietrzak and passed away on June 4, 2003 at Cuba, Mo. at the age of 83 years, 26 days. On March 17, 1943 Joe was united in marriage to Freida Mae Roux in St. Louis, Mo. One son, Joseph, Jr. and four daughters, Judith, Kathleen, Deborah and Kimberly were born to this union. They were happily married for 60 years. On March 11, 1943 Joe was inducted into the Army of the United States of America and was honorably discharged on November 5, 1945. He served in the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Stanley Patrick and one sister Mary Goodyear. Those who survive to mourn his passing from this life are his devoted wife Freida Patrick; one son, Joseph W. Patrick, Jr., and wife Doris; four daughters, Judith Reindl and husband Robert, Kathleen Sutter, Deborah Haake and husband Mark and Kimberly Brown and husband Dean. Two brothers Edward Patrick and Gene Patrick and wife Chris; two sisters, Eva Pietrzak and Vickie Benedict and husband Ben; sister-in-law Marie Patrick; 14 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends. Joe was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, good friend to all who knew him and will be sadly missed. Visitation was held on Friday, June 6, 2003 at the Britton Funeral Home, Cuba, Mo. from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Graveside services were held on Friday, June 6, 2003 at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo. at 2:15 p.m. All arrangements were under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Mo.

Walter Freeman
Walter Freeman of Cuba was born on August 9, 1904 at Short Bend, Mo. in Dent County to William Martin Freeman and Laura Butts Freeman, and passed away on June 12, 2003 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. at the age of 98 years, 10 months and 3 days. In his early years he worked in St. Louis as a street car conductor. On August 10, 1936 he married Velma Hutson in St. Louis, Mo. and to this union two children were born. He and Velma moved to a farm near Cook Station, Mo. in 1947. He worked the farm until 1950, then moved back to St. Louis where he worked as a pipe fitter for Wagner Electric until his retirement. When Walter retired they moved to their home in Cuba. Even though he said he was an unsuccessful farmer, he enjoyed gardening and won many awards at the Crawford County Fair for his entries. He also loved to fish, and work with his hands. Walter was a musician and could play the guitar, violin, piano, and harmonica. Walter was a devout Christian whose church was very important to him. He was a charter member of the Christian Church in Cuba and served as an elder. Walter and Velma enjoyed 53 years of marriage until she passed away in 1989. In 1991 Walter married Norma Baker and she passed away in 2002. Walter was preceded in death by is parents; wives Velma Hutson Freeman and Norma Baker Freeman; brothers and sisters, Evan Freeman, Clara Bowers, Susan Cotner, Pearl Freeman, Bessie Freeman, Roscoe Freeman, Clarence Freeman, Lee Freeman, Esther Smith, Mildred Freeman, and Rose Freeman; and son-in-law Russell DuBois. Those who remain to mourn his passing are his children, Sara E. DuBois of Branson, Mo., and Walter Freeman and wife Deborah of St. Charles, Mo.; three grandchildren, Deborah DuBois, Christopher Freeman and wife Tabitha, and Andrea Freeman; two great-grandchildren, Alexis Freeman, ad Benjamin Freeman; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends all who will sadly miss and fondly remember Walter Freeman. Visitation was on Sunday, June 15, 2003 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba, Mo. Funeral service was on Monday, June 16, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at the Christian Church in Cuba, Mo. with pastor Woodrow Martin officiating. Burial was in the Meramec Hills Memorial Lawn, Cuba, Mo. All arrangements were under the direction of Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba. Memorials may be given to the Cuba Christian Church in memory of Walter Freeman.

William Thomas (Tom) Rives
William Thomas (Tom) Rives passed away on June 12, 2003 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Rives was born on January 2, 1925 in St. Louis, Mo., to Benjamin Shore and Norma Rose (Dowd) Rives. Mr. Rives served in the Sea Bees from 1943 to 1946, receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy. He married Margaret Louise Menkhus in 1947. In 1958, the couple and two daughters relocated to Wilbraham, MA. As a result of Mr. Rives' work in the automotive industry, he invented and patented the Versa-Tag in 1970, and moved Versa-Tags, Inc. to Cuba, Mo., in 1989. Mr. Rives sold the growing company to his daughter, Patricia and her husband Ronald Garden, in 1991. Mr. and Mrs. Rives moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 2001. Mr. Rives is survived by his wife, Peg, daughters Margaret Cook and Patricia Garden, son-in-law Ronald Garden, eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild, and brothers Roland and Robert Rives. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ziegenhein Funeral Home, 4830 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, Mo. Viewing Monday, June 23, 4-8. Funeral services were held June 24, 10 a.m. with burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Virginia Marie Wood
Virginia Marie Wood nee Harmon was born Saturday, March 8, 1924 at Shirley, Missouri, a daughter to the late Roy Owen Harmon and the late Ella Susan (Harper) Harmon. Virginia entered eternal rest on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 at the Cedar Crest Manor in Washington, Missouri at the age of 79 years, 6 months and 15 days. Virginia was united in marriage by Rev. D. D. Dobkins at Berryman, Missouri, November 24, 1941, to Herman C. Wood. They enjoyed over fifty-three years together before his passing on February 8, 1995. From this union, two children were born. In addition to her husband and parents, Virginia was preceded in death by two brothers and sisters-in-law; Virgil Harmon and wife Geneva, Clyde Harmon; and two brothers-in-law; Floyd Eye and George Easley. Among those who remain to mourn her passing are her son Bill Wood of Berryman, Missouri and her daughter and son-in-law Della Salasso and husband Tony of Union, Missouri; her brothers and sisters-in-law, LeRoy Harmon and wife Brenda of Indiana, James Harmon and wife Judy of Imperial, Missouri, Kelley Harmon and wife Betty of Alton, Illinois, Cliff Harmon and wife Kathleen of rural Potosi, Missouri; her sisters, Opal Eye of Shirley, Missouri and Mildred Easley of Desoto, Missouri; sister-in-law Edith Mae Harmon of Desoto, Missouri; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Walter and Mary Ann Wood of Florissant, Missouri, Hyle and Alice Wood and Pauline Smith of Steelville, Missouri and Rosella Skaggs of Berryman, Missouri. Also remaining are grandchildren Maria Salasso, Steffani Salasso, Domenic Salasso, Richard Wood and wife Mary, Jennifer Bean and husband Hal, Amy Joslin and husband Chris; great-grandchildren Elizabeth Marie Sullentrup, Lauren Bean, Gracie Bean, and Madeline Joslin; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Virginia Marie Woods lay in state 5-9 p.m., Thursday, September 25, 2003 at the Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri. Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Friday, September 25, 2003, in the Britton Chapel with Rev. Melvin Reed officiating. Musical selections were provided by Becky Easley. Committal prayers and interment were in the Upper Indian Creek Cemetery, rural Viburnum, Missouri. Pallbearers were Jennifer Bean, Amy Joslin, Maria Salasso, Steffani Salasso, Rich Wood, and Domenic Salasso. Arrangements were under the direction of Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri.

James L. Coffman Sr.
James L. Coffman Sr., son of L.N. Coffman and Jessie (Judson) Coffman, was born July 13, 1909, in Dent County, Missouri, and entered into rest February 4, 2004, in St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of 94 years, 6 months and 22 days. James was united in marriage to Ora Fay Padgett on May 20, 1933. They were the parents of two sons. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ora Fay on November 6, 2001; one brother, Max Coffman; one sister, Lucille Coffman; and one grandson-in-law, Captain Benton Zettel. Survivors include two sons, James Coffman and wife, Mary, of Salem; and Robert Coffman and wife, Nan, of Cuba; six grandchildren, Kimberly Stock and husband, Jon, of Manchester; Karen Weisman and husband, Tim, of Sarasota, Florida; Kathryn Craft and husband, Mike, of Nixa; Elizabeth Breidecker and husband, Rob, of St. Louis; Carrie Snider and husband, Brandon, of Salem; and Molly Zettel, of Las Vegas, Nevada; nine great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Vivian Padgett, of West Plains; nephew, Jay Padgett, also of West Plains and two nieces, Suzanne Ball, of Salem and Julia Padgett, of Arizona. James was a member of Salem Christian Church, formerly First Christian, for many years. He worked at Roberts-Judson Lumber Company for 73 years. Jarnes was past Master of Salem Masonic Lodge, one of the founders of Salem Chamber of Commerce and of the Salem Rotary Club. James was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be sadly missed by all who loved him. Funeral service for James L. Coffman Sr. was at 11 a.m. Friday, February 6, 2004 at Salem Christian Church with Rod Farthing and Tim Hill officiating. Music was provided by Leon Seneker as soloist with Karen Brown as organist. Pallbearers were Rob Breidecker, Jon Stock, Mike Craft, Brandon Snider, Sandy Ball III and Scott Ball. Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery, with all arrangements under the direction of James and Gahr Mortuary.

Walter Conrad Eickelmann
Walter Conrad Eickelmann of Cuba, Missouri was born on October 11, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri to the union of Elmer Clarence Eickelmann and Dolores Miller Eickelmann and passed away suddenly on February 7, 2004 at the Missouri Baptist Hospital, Sullivan, Missouri at the age of 49 years, 3 months and 26 days. On September 3, 1977 Walter was united in marriage to Patsy L. Woodson in Sedalia, Missouri. Two children, Robert and Tanna, were born to this union. They have been happily married for 26 years. Walter was also preceded in death by his father Elmer Clarence Eickelmann. Walter was an elder in the Trinity Chapel and worked for the Lewis Tool and Machine Company. Those who survive to mourn his passing from this life are his loving wife Patsy L. Eickelmann; children Robert and Tanna Eickelmann; mother Dolores Eickelmann; mother-in-law Lucille Woodson; two brothers Fred Eickelmann and wife Evette and Karl Eickelmann; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends. Walter was a devoted husband, loving father, son, brother, good friend to all who knew him and will be sadly missed Walter Conrad Eickelmann was in state at the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Missouri. Funeral services were held on Monday, February 9, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Chapel, Cuba, Missouri with Gary Mace officiating. Interment was in the Meramec Hills Cemetery, Cuba, Missouri. All arrangements were under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Missouri.

Gene Autry Jay
Gene Autry Jay was born Thursday, February 9, 1950, at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, a son of the late Henry Jay and Irene Lawson Jay. He departed this life Saturday, January 31, 2004, at his home in Rolla, Missouri, at the age of 53 years, 11 months and 22 days. On September 7, 1978, at Huntsville, Missouri, Gene was united in marriage to Delorse Payne, daughter of Gladys Payne and the late Roba Payne. They enjoyed their 25th wedding anniversary in 2003. Among those who remain to mourn his passing are his wife, Delorse Jay and two children, Kimberly Jay and Richard Jay; two brothers, Richard Jay and wife Jean of Sufflock, Virginia, John Jay of Alton, Missouri. Six sisters, Loubelle Curtis of Bourbon, Missouri, Mary Gibson and husband Jack of Trayer, Missouri, Gloria Burse and husband Junior of Hornbeak, Tennessee, Billie Coleman and husband Jerry of Salt Lake, Utah, Rose Simmons of Alton, Missouri and Cindy Eggert of West Plains, Missouri. Mother-in-law Gladys Payne; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Geraldine and Ben Littrell, Carol and Roy Hyatt, Joyce and Harold Stufflebean, Roger and Norma Payne, all of Rolla, Missouri; Pauline and Clarence Williams of House Springs, Missouri, Clara Hoerstkamp and friend Joe Price of Sullivan, Arnold and Yuni Payne, Kenny Payne, all of Leslie, Missouri; Donna and Dave Jarvis of Salem, Missouri and Jim and Carol Payne of Vichy, Missouri; nieces, nephews, cousins, many other relatives and friends. Gene worked for Kingsford Manufacturing for 23 years as a production laborer. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Gene will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Gene Autry Jay lay in sate from 3-8 p.m. Monday, February 2, 2004 at the Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 3, 2004 in the Britton Chapel with Rev. Gary Lane officiating assisted by Rev. Steven Diehl. Musical selections were provided by Carol Payne. Committal prayers and interment were in the Steelville Cemetery, Steelville, Missouri. Serving as pallbearers were Terak Backues, Darrell Burnett, Joe Crull, Tom Gieck, Randy Jones, Steve Miller and George Moody. Arrangements were entrusted to the Britton Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri.

Mary Ann Leasor
Mary Ann Leasor, of Ava, Ill passed away at 1:30 a.m., Monday, February 2, 2004 at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, Murphysboro, Ill at the age of 74 years, 11 months and 17 days. She was born in Randolph County, Ill on Friday, February 15, 1929 to William Cross and Turzie Crisler Cross. She was married to Billy Gene Leasor December 24, 1946 at St. Louis, Mo. She was a retiree from Brown Shoe Company in Steelville, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Flora Bradshaw, Wilma Leasor, Joellen Brunkhorst-Mann and Alice Creasy, brothers Willard Cross and Paul Cross. She is survived by her husband, Billy Gene Leasor, Ava, Ill., children Billy and Katherine Leasor of Green River, Wy; Donna and Lawrence Graff of Murphysboro, Ill; Robert and Pamela Leasor of Cherryville, Mo. Grandchildren, Christopher Leasor, Kimberly Keeney, Lisa Gill, Michelle Graff, Rick Leasor, Robert Leasor, and Ron Leasor. Great grandchildren Tori and Malorie Gill, Deanna Leasor. Step grandchildren Dustin Bogle and Tinya McClure and step great grandchildren Dyllan and Taylor McClure and Bryor Bogle. Brothers Daniel and LaWanda Cross, Donald and Ann Cross, Ronald and Priscilla Cross all of Ava, Ill; and David Cross of Louisville, Ky. Visitation was from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 5 from 7:30 a.m. until the service which was held at 10 a.m. at Wilson's Funeral Home in Ava, Ill, with Rev. Evon McWherter officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale, Ill.

Louie Bernard Stotler
Louie Bernard Stotler was born Saturday, November 20, 1919, at Sligo, Missouri, a son of the late James Stotler and Clara (Feltz) Stotler. He entered eternal rest Wednesday, February 4, 2004, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of 84 years, 2 months and 14 days. Louie's father passed away when he was two years old. From an early age he worked at Stough's Meat Market and the Kroger Store in Steelville. On November 20, 1941, at Rolla, Missouri, Louie was married to Audra Dowdy. They had one son, Michael L. Stotler and enjoyed over 62 years together, making their home on Robin Hill Drive, Steelville, since 1955. In addition to his parents, Louie was preceded in death by his son, Michael, (June 13, 2000) and four sisters, Lucille Sample, Pauline Reed, Marie Boyd and Elizabeth Farrar. He was inducted in the United States Army September 14, 1943 and after eight weeks of basic training at Camp Grant, Illinois, he was shipped to England as a Paramedic. When he and his comrades arrived in Liverpool, England, Louie recalled that it was quite a shock when they were told that they were replacement troops for the front line and a lot of them would probably not make it back home alive. His unit was joined with battalions from England, France and Belgium. Louie and his comrades took an active part in reclaiming the beaches of Normandy during the massive and monumental D-Day Invasion during the war. Recently when asked about his war memories, Louie said "after all these years you can't remember much, just C-rations, sleeping on the ground or in a fox hole and chasing the enemy across Europe." His unit was captured in Northwestern Germany and he spent nine months in the German prison camp at Stalag 7, near Munich, Germany. Louis was honorably discharged from the Army, October 15, 1945. For faithful, honorable and heroic service to his country, he was awarded the Purple Heart, Four Battle Star Medals, the Bronze Star, The European Theatre Operations Medal, The Medic Combat Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Recently the Governor of Missouri awarded him the Jubilee Liberty Medal with the inscription: "The people of the United States, the State of Missouri and the People of France are forever grateful for your contribution to ensuring our unprecedented freedom and prosperity." In 1948 he took a position with the Steelville Post Office where he worked for 30 years, retiring in 1976. Everyone who visited the post office enjoyed his good humor and friendly service. The Community of Steelville salutes you, Louie Bernard Stotler. Among those who remain to mourn his passing are his devoted wife, Audra Stotler of the home; daughter-in-law, Sharon Stotler of Hazelwood, Missouri, one grandson, Matthew Stotler and wife Laura, also of Hazelwood, Missouri; one granddaughter, Heather and husband Tom Scharer of Bridgeton, Missouri; one great granddaughter, Nora May Scharer; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Louie Bernard Stotler lay in state 4-8 p.m. Friday, February 6, 2004, at the Britton Brothers Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2004 in the Britton Chapel with Dr. Cardis Bryan officiating. Musical selections were provided by organist Deloris Bell. Interment was in Steelville Cemetery, with full Military Honors provided by the Funeral Support and Military Team from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, including Firing Party, Flag folding and presentation. Bugler was Harry Eaton from Sullivan, Missouri V.F.W. Honor Guard provided by Jim Cain and Ken Brown of Post 6479, Steelville, Missouri. Serving as pallbearers were Matthew Stotler, Joe Cauffman, Dennis W. Dowdy, James M. Dowdy, Kem L. Schwieder and Mark Schwieder. Honorary pallbearers were James Dulany, Jack Farmer, Larry Laney, Lester McBenge, and Leroy Pinnell. Arrangements entrusted to Britton Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri.


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