Michael Jonathan Sletten
Michael Jonathan Sletten of Davisville, Missouri was born on Saturday, March 9, 1968 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Richard Allen and Jacquelyne “Jackie” Marie (Telford) Sletten and passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the age of 46 years, 9 months and 12 days.
Richard L. Mabe, Jr.
Richard L. Mabe, Jr. of Steelville, Missouri was born on Saturday, September 25, 1948 in Steelville, Missouri to Richard L. Sr. and Marie Jane (Lancaster) Mabe and passed away Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the age of 66 years, 3 months and 14 days.
Georgia Elizabeth Leibensperger
Georgia Elizabeth Leibensperger of St. Clair, Missouri, formerly of Lonedell, Missouri, was born in Leasburg, Missouri, on November 19, 1920 to Arthur Pinkney and Merle Sarah Copling (nee Mize) and passed away January 2, 2015 at the age of 94 years, 1 month and 14 days.
Everett L. Boss Hughes
Everett L. Boss Hughes of Cuba, Missouri was born on October 21, 1923 to William S. and Pearl Market Hughes in Cuba, Missouri and passed away January 6, 2015 at the age of 91 years, 2 months and 16 days.
Margie DeSpain-Chilton of Houston, Texas (formerly of Fredericktown, Missouri) was born on May 17, 1935 in Marquand, Missouri to Arthur Sidney “Richard” and Zella Ann (Pope) Lawrence and passed away Friday, January 2, 2015 at the age of 79 years.
Charles D. Chipman
Charles D. Chipman of Steelville, Missouri was born September 19, 1929 in Zion, Arkansas to James P. and Gusta Ramsey Chipman and passed away Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the age of 85 years, 3 months and 15 days.
Lillian Marie Spencer
Lillian Marie Spencer of O’Fallon, Missouri was born June 2, 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri to Frank and Clara A. Cadwell Schwindeler and passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the age of 93 years, 6 months and 25 days.
Norma M. Sanders
Norma M. Sanders of St. James, Missouri, formerly of Steelville, Missouri, was born Thursday, October 23, 1919 in Wesco, Missouri to Cecil and Mary Ellen (Haley) Sanders and passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at the age of 95 years, 2 months and 7 days.
Beverly Jean Oberlin
Beverly Jean Oberlin was born December 9, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois to Wilbur and Mary (Peeling) Shiverdecker and passed away December 26, 2014 at Ironton, Missouri at the age of 68 years.
Carl Richard Fritz Sr.
Carl Richard Fritz Sr. of Bourbon, Missouri was born in St. Clair, Missouri, on July 6, 1937 to Jess Sylvester and Opal Demore Fritz, nee Nappier, and passed away on December 25, 2014 at the age of 77 years, 5 months and 19 days.
Robert Russell “Bob” Bretz
Robert Russell “Bob” Bretz of Cuba, Missouri was born Wednesday, January 19, 1927 at Wapello Iowa to J. Russell and Marie (nee Crow) Bretz and passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the age of 87 years.
Bob as he was known by grew up on a farm in Iowa. He helped his father with the animals and when he became tall enough to reach peddles he learned how to operate the tractors.
Bob graduated second in his class from the Wapello High School in May of 1945.
Bob entered the US Army Air Force on July 12, 1945. Bob was a Synthetic Trainer Operator (Link Instructor). He instructed pilots, student pilots and foreign cadets in procedures of Army Air Forces and CAA instrument flying, including let-down-low approach, beam work, radio compass and radio telephone procedure. Bob left from the Army Air Force on November 10, 1946.
After the service Bob attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He graduated in June of 1950 with a BS Science in Chemistry. From 1950 till 1981 Bob worked for Mallinckrodt Chemical in St. Louis, Missouri.
Bob was singing in the choir at the Methodist Church when he met Norma Lee Priegel and they were married October 3, 1953 and to this union four sons were born.
After retiring in 1981 from Mallinckrodt Chemicals Bob went to work for Transport Service Company in Chicago, Illinois and worked there till 1986, after which Bob worked at Wright Industries in Chicago, Illinois until 1990 when Bob and Norma retired and moved to Cuba, Missouri.
Bob had been a Boy Scout Leader in Florissant, Missouri. He enjoyed reading, going on camping adventures, playing ping pong and washers, going on bank trips.
For the past couple of years Bob and Norma have been attending the First Presbyterian Church of Cuba, Missouri.
He was preceded in death his parents, Russell and Marie Bretz; and one sister, Betty Maxson.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Norma Bretz of the home; four sons, Mark and wife Tammy Bretz of Terre Dulac, Missouri, Dan and wife Liz Bretz of Caledonia, Missouri, Ron and wife Lisa Bretz of Florissant, Missouri and Tim and wife Rhonda Bretz of Farmington, Missouri; 16 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Bean of Moline, Illinois and Alice Teel of Burlington, Iowa; one brother, Bruce and wife Norma Bretz of Osage Beach, Missouri; sister-in-law, Lucille and husband Bob Van Bolen of Vero Beach, Florida; brother-in-law, Earl Priegel of Atlanta, Georgia; other relatives and friends.
In keeping with Bob’s wishes his body was donated to Washington University School of Medicine so that science and research could continue to help the next generations.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
A public memorial service will be held in the spring.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home of Cuba, Missouri..
Mary Dorothy Brendel
Mary Dorothy Brendel, nee Page, of Bourbon, Missouri was born on February 22, 1922 in Crawford County, Missouri to Walter and Kathryn (Menkhous) Page and passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014 at the age of 92 years, 10 months and 3 days.
Luman “Sonny” Fredrick Watkins
Luman “Sonny” Fredrick Watkins of Rolla, Missouri was born in St. James, Missouri on September 10, 1940 to Luman and Winifred (Havens) Watkins and passed away Monday, December 22, 2014 at the age of 74 years.
Rita Jane Sgrio
Rita Jane Sgroi, nee Bamert, of Cuba, Missouri was born on Sunday, February 17, 1935 in St. Louis, Missouri to Joseph and Mary Garringer Bamert and passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the age of 79 years, 10 months and 6 days.
Andrew Joseph O’Brien
Andrew Joseph O’Brien of Cuba, Missouri (formerly of Berryman, Missouri) was born on Sunday, February 10, 1935 in a brick bungalo in Dogtown, St. Louis, Missouri to Andrew Joseph Sr. formerly of County Kerry, Ireland and Ellen Marie (Hickey) O’Brien formerly of County Clare, Ireland and passed away on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at the age of 79 years, 10 months and 8 days.
James Franklin Harlan
James Franklin Harlan of Highland, Illinois, formerly of Steelville, Missouri, was born to Allan and Lillian (Duncan) Harlan on July 5, 1924 in Pinckneyville, Illinois and passed away Monday, December 22, 2014 at the age of 90 years, 5 months and 17 days.
Dawn Michelle Buck
Dawn Michelle (Setzer) Buck was born on Saturday, May 29, 1976 in St. Louis, Missouri to Jim King and Cynthia Ann Duncan and passed away on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at the age of 38 years, 6 months and 15 days.