In Memoriam

 2017 Passing’s

2016 Passing’s


  • Tommy Bolson – January 16, 2015
  • Eddy Handley  April -21, 2015
  • H. Wayne Stevens- April  21, 2015
  • Ralph A. Barger – May 5, 2015


  • Marshall Cole – May 25, 2014
  • Lester Allen – July 7, 2014
  • Bonnie Ummel  – August 7, 2014
  • Guerdon Sines – August 27, 2014


  • Ralph Brewer – October 29, 2013
    Ralph Brewer passed away at his home Tuesday. He had been suffering from a severe case of shingles but no other info  available.
  • George A. Bridgewater – September 11, 2013
    George A. Bridgewater, 74, of Highland, IL, died Wednesday,  September 11, 2013, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO. George was born September 23, 1938, to George L. and Ruby Mae (Nee Roach) Bridgewater, in Litchfield, IL. On July 20, 1957, he married Sharon L. Konopka at 1st United Methodist Church, Gillespie, IL. George was a longtime member of 1st Congregational Church, Highland, IL, and former member of Diaconate of 1st Congregational Church and a former member of Board of Trustees. He retired from Union Pacific Railroad after many years.
  • Calvin R. Coldren – September 10, 2013
  • Don Wallis – September 1, 2013
  • Marlene J. Thomas – April 10, 2013
    Marlene J. Thomas, nee Wilderman, age 75, of O’Fallon, born July 3, 1937 in Belleville, Ill., passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Ill., after a courageous 38-year battle against scleroderma. Mrs. Thomas was a telephone operator for 24 years with Illinois Bell, retiring in 1977. She was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, charter member of Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Council 4239, and Pioneers of American Telephone Co.She was an avid golfer and card player. Marlene’s bright smile and sense of humor never diminished throughout her illness.
    Hengel, Mark Francis 91, formerly of St. Louis, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at home in Olathe, Kan., after a brief illness. Hengel was born October 25, 1921, in Pierre, S.D. graduating from Pierre High School in 1939. Hengel was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes, who died Sept. 29, 2012. They had been married 62 years. A mechanical engineer by profession, Hengel was a railroader, a career that began in 1950 in Danville, Ill., for the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad, which later merged with the Missouri Pacific. He retired in 1986 in St. Louis as head of the mechanical engineering department for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. As an engineer, he designed freight cars of every kind and oversaw their production. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. An exceptional craftsman and master mechanic, Hengel amazed his family and friends with his ability to repair motors and build or fix almost anything, skills that would serve him well throughout his years and in the armed services during World War II. The first home he and Agnes owned was one he built himself. Working evenings, weekends and vacations, it took him two years to finish the three-bedroom home from ground breaking in 1958 to completion in 1960. Hengel was drafted into the Army in 1942 and served in the 379th combat regiment with the 95th Infantry Division, which was assigned at different times to the 12th and Third armies during 1944-45 in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, including the Battle of the Bulge. Hengel was a platoon sergeant, earning, a Bronze Star for meritorious service in connection with military operations from 2 December 1944 to 11 January 1945. He was discharged in 1945. Hengel used his military benefits from the G.I. Bill program to re-enroll at the University of Notre Dame, where he had completed one year before the war. He graduated in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Hengel is survived by five children, Robert (Laura) Hengel of Houston; James (Corleen) Hengel of Kansas City; Michael (Brenda) Hengel of Las Vegas; Josephine (Marc) Lawhorne of Columbia, Mo., and Teresa (Henry) Vogt of St. Louis. A sixth child, Sharon Hengel, died in 2007; and eight grandchildren. A sister, Nancy Hengel, died in 1989.
    Cole, Leonard O., Jr. age 88 of Osage Beach, formerly of  Ferguson, Mo. passed away peacefully at Lake Regional Hospital, February 20, 2013, with his son by his side.  Len, as all who knew him, was married 64 years to Grace Johnson Cole. To this union, they were blessed with 2 children, a devoted son Lee and his wife Dee; a beautiful daughter, Barbara Rubinson (Dr. Sam); 5 grandchildren Sarah Levy (Benny); Tom and Mark Rubinson; Leonard E. Cole IV; Dr. Nick Stoffregen; 2 greatgrandchildren Itai and Batya Levy; sister-in-laws, Mildred Johnson, Denise Anna (Dale) and dear friend Evah Johnson; one nephew Larry Lynch (Rose); and one niece Linda (Carl) Raney. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Cole, Sr. and mother Edna (Braun), sister Lorraine Lynch, daughter Barbara and wife Grace. Len graduated from Fairview Heights School and went to work for the Missouri Pacific Railroad before he volunteered for the Army Air Corps. There he served as a B-24 Gunner/ Draftsman achieving the rank of Sergeant during World War II. In 1947 he returned to the railroad and retired as a Project Engineer after 43 years of service. He then went on to the Robert W. Hunt Co. as a consultant for the Barnum and Bailey Circus trains for 18 years. Len and Grace retired to Osage Beach in 1983 where they shared their love of the lake, traveled extensively, and actively volunteered while being members of the Missouri Pacific Association; Lake of the Ozarks Retired Railroaders Club; and 461st Bombardment Group (H). He was a member of Mizpah Mount Moriah Lodge #40 AF & AM in Florissant, Mo. and he was a charter member of the St. Louis Tip Toppers. He enjoyed woodworking in his basement turning out many beautiful pieces including furniture and doll houses. Len was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and friend to all
  • JOAN S. KEMPER – JANUARY 27, 2013
    Wife of Robert Kemper
    Joan Kemper passed away peacefully Sunday, January 27, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, Pearl and Homer Stephenson of Johnston City, IL. She was the devoted wife of Robert J. Kemper and the beloved mother of Tom (Meredith) Kemper of Little Rock, Ar, Joe (Jeanette) Kemper of Little Rock and Bill (Susan) Kemper of St. Louis. She was the much loved and cherished grandmother of Robert Kemper of Little Rock, Sean and Nels Rosvall and great grandson Anderson Rosvall. She is survived by her brother Bob Stephenson (Jackie) of Johnston City, Il and sister Marilyn Stout (Gerald) of Panama City, FL. Joan was a creative person who was accomplished at home crafts, sewing, cooking and golf. She was a loving individual who cherished her time with friends and family. Known for her friendly disposition, she had many friends who will sorely miss her.


  • EMMY DUNLAP – JULY 27, 2012
    Wife of Gordon Dunlap
  • JOHN NEIKIRK – JUNE 1, 2012
    Director of Service Bureau – Mopac

John started out with MoPac about 1971-72. Not sure if he went thru the training program or not. His father was a VP with Norfolk Western; thus, he could not work for them.  His first or one of his first jobs was assistant trainmaster at Villa Grove, IL. After he left there, I believe that he went to the Service Bureau working for John Holm.

  • Wanda Hestes – May 22, 2012


I received a call from Rocky Hestes this morning. He advised me that Wanda Hestes passed away at 2:00pm May 22, 2012. She was 92. No arrangements yet. Her body is at the Roller-Chenal
Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR 72211. Phone # 501-224-8300 I called and left message at Kempers.

Please notify all others.

Newell Derryberry


  • Alfred C. Bennage – October 11, 2011
    Alfred C. Bennage, 91, of North Little Rock passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2011. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in North Little Rock, a retired General Road Foreman of Engines for the Union Pacific Railroad and was a Lt. Colonel with the United States Army National Guard. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Bonnie Bennage, of North Little Rock; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Jane Bennage, of West Memphis, Arkansas and Mark and Sheila Bennage, of Sherwood; daughter, Pamela Bennage, of North Little Rock; sister, Virginia Owen, of Springfield, Missouri; and three grandchildren, Wade, Carlson and Whitney Bennage.

K.D. Hestes
March 11, 1921 – August 1, 2011

K. D. Hestes, 90, of Little Rock, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 1, 2011, due to complications of congestive heart failure. He was under the care of Baptist Hospital Hospice. He was born on March 11, 1921 in Redwater, Texas.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 70 years, Wanda Ruth Hestes; his only son, Rocky D. Hestes of Little Rock; grandson, Kyle Hestes and his wife, Ana Thomas Hestes and great-granddaughter, Hazel Grace Hestes of North Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister, all Texas residents.

K. D. graduated high school in Pyote, Texas as Valedictorian and attended college at Daniel Baker in Brownwood, Texas where he played college football and basketball. He served in World War II for five years, primarily in India and reached the rank of 1st Sergeant. Upon returning, he started a long and highly successful career of over 40 years in the railroad industry, retiring in 1983 as Vice-president of Operations for Missouri Pacific/Union Pacific Railroad in St. Louis. He also was a 5th Degree Mason with over 60 years of service.

Farewell until we see you again, to a wonderful, generous and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. You will be incredibly missed and loved forever.

Following K.D.’s wishes, graveside services will be Friday, August 5th at 10:00 a.m., at Riverwood Memorial Gardens, 301 Carnahan, Maumelle, Arkansas with Reverend David Moore officiating.

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 4, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home (501)224-8300.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to Asbury United Methodist Church, 1700 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72212, Humane Society of Pulaski County, 14600 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72210 or to a favorite charity.

  • Maxine Dickson – July 13, 2011

I hope that all of you are appropriate recipients of this information…I believe each of you worked with Maxine Dickson in Osawatomie or in Kansas City during her career with MoPac.  If you know anyone I missed, will appreciate you passing on the information to those you think might want to know.  If anyone has KD and Wanda Hestes’ email, please let them know.

I was notified that Maxine passed away at her home in Carlsbad CA last night after a stay in the hospital where she was recuperating from surgery for removal of a malignant tumor and removal of portions of her colon and intestine.  Hope each of you will remember her and her family in your prayers.

Terry Waggoner

  • Grace Cole – July 8, 2011

Leonard’s wife Grace Cole passed away July 8, 2011.
She died of cancer.  She was a wonderful lady and leaves her Loving husband Leonard.

I received a Phone call last night from Lee Cole, that is Leonard
& Grace’s son.  He informed me that after a long battle with cancer
Grace passed away the night before last.

Most of you know Grace Cole from the 2000 Reunion held in Branson, Mo.  Grace did a lot of hard work on that Reunion.

I don’t have any of the particular info about the funeral arrangements at this time. As you know the Cole’s reside in Osage Beach, Mo.

Suggest we all take the time to say a prayer that God will take special care  of our friend Grace Cole.

John & Fran Lambert

  • JB McCormack – June 9, 2011
    To All: Periodically, I call J B McCormack to see how he is getting along so today I called and his son, John, answered and told me J B passed away last evening.  He had been in failing health the past year or so and was in a rest home.  He would have been 86 years old later this month.


  • Wayne Naro – May 3, 2011
    Wayne died this morning, May 3, 2011, at around 5:00 am CDT in Shreveport, La. He had been transferred yesterday to a Hospice facility and went very peacefully in his sleep. Details are still being worked out on arrangements however I do know that there will be a service in Shreveport and then Wayne will transported back to Omaha, Ne for a funeral and burial. As soon as I get the details I’ll let you know.
  • Donald M. Huston – April 1, 2011
    Donald M. Huston, 73 of Salem died April 1, 2011 at Salem Township Hospital. He retired as Manager of Operating Practices for the Union-Pacific Railroad, served in the U.S. Army, attended the Grace Nazarene Church in Salem and was a member of the Salem Elks Club.
  • Marvin Hollis – February 25, 2011
  • LaVern Lenzen – February 24, 2011
    LaVern Lenzen passed away last night after a very long illness. I don’t have much information, but what I have I am passing on. Some of you may not remember LaVern Lenzen, but he Hosted our 1998 Reunion in Omaha, NE.
  • John Lloyd – January 8, 2011
    Mr. John Lloyd passed away this morning January 8, 2011 of apparent heart failure.  Mr. Lloyd was 93.  Services will be private.


  • Luke Brassel – November 16, 2010
    Brassel, Luke J. Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Tuesday, November 16, 2010. Most beloved husband of Jean M. ,Brassel (nee Belloni); dearest father of Laura (Mark) Nikolaisen, Luke (Caryn) Brassel and Lynn (Paul) Boston; beloved grandfather of Victoria, Lucas, Alison, Adam, Emily, Andrew and Katie; dear brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, neighbor and friend to all. Luke was preceded in death by his parents Hildegard (nee Orf) and Sonny Brassel and siblings Laura Kellermann, Danny Brassel and Peggy Holtgrave. Contributions in Luke’s name may be made to the Sick and Elderly Program of the Hill, 2315 Macklind Ave. (63110), or Siteman Cancer Center, 660 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO (63110). The family would like to thank the physicians and staff at BJC Health Care and our family and friends for all the support and prayers. Services: Family and friends are asked to gather at St. Ambrose Catholic Church on Friday, November 19, for visitation at 10:00 a.m. until the celebration of Mass of Christian burial at 11:00 a.m. The interment will follow in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Please place memories and condolences A service of CALCATERRA FUNERAL HOME
  • John Rogers – September 30, 2010
    I regret to inform you that John Rogers passed away on Sept. 30th 2010. The Obituary can be found in the Kansas City star news paper  of October 3rd 2010.  John was a Road Foreman of Engines for the Mo Pac railroad for many years.
    John was a retires USAF (RET), 88 years of age.


  • Ed Samson – September 2010
    Ed Samson passed away last week in St Joe Mo. He was terminal manager in Kansas City before he retired
  • Bob Caldwell – September 8, 2010
    Memorial services for Bob Caldwell, 87, Tyler, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at Payne Springs United Methodist Church picnic pavilion, The Lord’s Acre, under direction of Hilliard Funeral Home, Van.
    Mr. Caldwell died Sept. 8, 2010, in Tyler.Robert Leroy Caldwell was born Jan. 12, 1923. He had lived previously in Mabank and Palestine and worked in safety regulations for the railroad.


  • Bob Thornton – September 2, 2010
    Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 12:32 PM
    I attended Bob Thornton’s Funeral Mass this morning in Houston. Here is copy of church service pamphlet. Bob’s wife Mitzy was unable to attend, but instead was admitted to the hospital last evening with chest pains. Doctors think a reaction to the stress. Understand she may be released later on today. For those who might not remember, Bob, back in the early 60’s was Frank Conrad’s Secretary. (Mr. Comrad was VP-Traffic). Bob moved from there to the sales office in Ft. Worth, then to Minneapolis and ended his career in Sales Department- Houston. Apparently he had a massive heart attack while sitting in his lounge chair at home.





  • John Holm – August 30, 2010
    HOLM, John W., May 9, 1947 – Aug 30, 2010. Preceded in death by parents, John W. Sr. and Elizabeth Holm. Survived by wife, Winnie Holm; children: Shannon Royal and husband Jeff, Ryan Holm and wife Megan; grandchildren: Ellie, Nicholas, Hailey and Ty; brother, Anton Holm and wife Lorna; sister, Phyllis Johnson. The family will receive friends Wednesday, 5pm-7pm at the West Center Chapel.

For those of you that have not heard John Holm passed away this past Monday. Below is an update that I received from Tony Zabawa, and as I get additional information I will pass it on. Please share this with anyone I have missed.

Below from Tony Zabawa, Monday August 30th approx 6:00PM;

Chuck, we are over at Winnie’s now. John actually fell last Friday morning and hit his head. Everything seemed to be fine as Winnie even left to visit her mom Sunday morning (6 hour drive). John got sick (severe headache and vomiting). A neighbor took him to the hospital and they did various tests and performed brain surgery last night. They got a hold of Winnie as she was about 30 minutes from her mom’s and she turned around and started back. They were initially somewhat encouraged by the surgery as they thought it was contained to the outside of the brain. This morning they did more tests and found out he was bleeding profusely internally and there was little hope. He was on life support all this while and Winnie had them stop around 5PM and he died about 5 minutes later.

  • Toni McIntyre – February 11, 2010 
  • Carolyn Toler – January 27, 2010 




December 24, 2009 – George Craig

George Craig former VP-T, T&P Rwy and MoPac, St. Louis passed away at 12:30 pm December 24 in Naples, FL.
Funeral and internment will be Sunday, December 27, in Naples, Fl.

December 3, 2009 – Felix Lopez

DEAR FRIENDS of Felix & Jama Lopez

Jama has scheduled Felix’s Send Off party for January 16th.  Could you pass this along to any of the members who may be interested in coming to San Antonio?  And, if they could let me know by email, at  jamalopez@hotmail for planning purposes, that would be great!

Thank you!

Jama T. Lopez, CPA


Mr. Felix Lopez passed away Thursday evening December 3, 2009 at 8:50 PM in a Hospital in Urbana, IL.

Please Keep Mrs. Jama Lopez in your thoughts and prayers as she tries to come to terms with the great loss of her wonderful husband and son Erick.  

Jama is heading to San Antonio this day to attend the funeral service this evening for Erick her son who passed away November 18, 2009. Funeral services are being held at 7:00oo pm at Mission Park. His interment will be at College Station on Saturday the 5th of December at 2:00 pm.
For those of you who have asked, Erick’s charity of choice would be any non-profit helping animals, the Texas A&M Flying Aggies, or the Texas A&M Foundation.

–John Lambert
Felix and Jama went to IL to visit family and friends after a death in the family when Felix suffered a stroke with massive bleeding in his brain. He is in a coma at Carle hospital in Urbana IL and they have now ordered hospice, so it is not likely that he will live much longer.

Jama wanted everyone to know that she will comply with Felix’s wishes, and he will be cremated and she will then have a Celebration of Life in true “Felix style” sometime in January near their home in Bulverde TX. Everyone needs to muster up their very best Felix story.

This family has been through so much, and now Jama will be going through it alone so please, remember her and Felix and their son Erick in your thoughts and prayers now and through the coming holidays.

–Marcia S. Donahue


November 18, 2009 – Erick Lopez

Subject: Erick Lopez
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 07:17:28 -0600

Dear Friends,

For those of you who may not know yet, it is with great sadness I must inform you our Erick passed away Wednesday, November 18th, at the very young age of 33.
His San Antonio Memorial service is scheduled for Friday, December 4th at 7:00 pm at Mission Park (so he could be close to Stinson Field). His interment will be at College Station on Saturday the 5th of December at 2:00 pm.
For those of you who have asked, Erick didn’t specify a charity of choice, but I feel certain it would be any non-profit helping animals, the Texas A&M Flying Aggies, or the Texas A&M Foundation.
Please keep his wife and parents in your thoughts and prayers as we try to come to terms with our great loss of a wonderful husband and son.
Jama Lopez

August 17, 2009 – D. Earl Whiting

D. Earl Whiting, Retired Engineer and Member of the MOPAC Association, passed won August 17, 2009.  He leaves his wife, Shirley and his son Mike Whiting (Rhonda) and two Grandchildren, Autumn and Lane Whiting.

Services were held at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 JFK Blvd., N. Little Rock, AR, 72116

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 212 Natural Resource Drive, Little Rock, AR, 72205

Earl & Shirley’s address is 11 Oak Lane, Heber Springs, AR.  72543-7735

Lester & Jo Ann

July 25, 2009 – Ike Reeves

Sorry I’ve been so long in getting you this information.
Monday evening at 6pm will be visitation at the North Little Rock Funeral Home with Rosary to follow at 7pm.
Funeral services will be Tuesday morning at Immaculate Conception Church in North Little Rock at 10am.I understand that at 1pm there will be military services at the Veterans Cemetery in NLRock at 1pm.  If I am incorrect in that, I’ll let you know. Barbara seems to be doing as well as is possible.  Both her children and the grandchildren are here with her.  Bonnie Bennage and I were there last evening. Let me know if you need any more info.

Donna McVey – Sunday, July 26, 2009 4:50 PM

Just heard that Ike passed away this morning about 745am. I Will let you know particulars when I know more.   A sad day.

John Lambert – Saturday, July 25, 2009 10:17 AM

I just talked to Don Chapman and the Dr’s have said Ike isn’t going to make it…..perhaps he has only about 24 hrs.  The family has been notified and most of them are here.  Breaks your heart.  Ike has been so strong physically all his life.  It is my understanding that his cancer is gone, but the chemo and radiation weakened his body so much it just hasn’t been able to recover.  He has been filling up with fluid for some time and now his organs are beginning to shut down.
I’ll let you know when I know something…..Ike is a good guy.

Donna McVey – Friday, July 24, 2009 – 8:22pm
July 3, 2009 – Jerry Everett

For those who may not have yet heard, Jerry Everett passed away this morning in Little Rock.  The funeral arrangements are still being finalized; however, it will take place on Monday July 6 at the North Little Rock Funeral Home in North Little Rock at either 11:00 or 13:00.  Please pass the information along to your respective teams.  Contact information for North Little Rock Funeral Home is:

1921 Main St
N Little Rock, AR 72114
(501) 758-1170
Jerry Everett (Gerald Otto Everett, JR.) 61, of Benton passed away Friday, July 3, 2009. He was retired from Union Pacific Railroad. He is survived by his wife, Lynda Everett of Benton; three sons, Jay (Nancy) Everett of Benton, Jeff (Marcy) Everett of Fort Worth, Texas and Jeremy (Heather) Everett of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren, Tyler, Madison, Joseph, Clay, Clare, Jak, Emma Lea, Christine, and Easton; mother, Carrie Anne Everett of Fort Worth, Texas; sister, Cynthia Adkins of Fort
Worth, Texas; brother, Phil Everett of Benton and a host of family and friends. Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Otto Everett, Sr.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Monday at North Little Rock Funeral Home Family will receive friends 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Sunday at North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St. 758-1170. Online obituary and guest register at


June 20, 2009 – Frank Neuberger

Dear Friends,
Frank passed away this past Saturday.  Funeral services will be tomorrow, Tuesday, June 23rd, at the First Christian Church in Palestine, TX at 1:00 pm.  For those wishing to visit with Molly and their children, they will be receiving beginning at 11:00 tomorrow at the church.

Jama T. Lopez, CPA …. 210-885-3519

April 15, 2009 – Junior Clark

Mr. Clark hired out as fireman in Hoisington, Ks. in 1941. Mr. Clark served in Navy from 1942 thru 1944.  He resumed firing out of Hoisington until Sept. 1950.
Transferred to Falls City, NE and worked out of there until 1955. Moved to Kansas City and worked as hostler, fireman and engineer until retiring in 1977. He always loved sharing stories about his years on the railroad. Mr. Clark passed away April 15, 2009. He was 90 years old.

Thanks for the opportunity to share this information.

-Richard Clark


February 2, 2009 – Omar E. Fischer

He was a barber at MOPAC Building Barber Shop & in his home for over 40 years. 
He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959, he was a member of local #655 U.F.C.W. He loved to fish, hunt, spend time outdoors and work in his garden growing vegetables, especially potatoes and pickles. He loved to BBQ for his family and cook for the church dinners. Services; Visitation will be Tuesday, February 3, from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at the PITMAN Funeral Home, Augusta, MO. Funeral Service, Wednesday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m. at Ebenezer United Church of Christ, Augusta. Interment is at Augusta City Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Ebenezer United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 248, Wentzville, MO 63385.

Fischer, Omar E. 73, Augusta, MO, February 1, 2009. beloved husband of Jeanette E. Fischer (nee Leesmann); loving father of Deborah A. (David) Vehige, Steven C. Fischer and Denise D. (Sam) Wilson; dear brother of Darlene (William) Stewart and the late Adeline Williams and Virgil Fischer; loving grandfather of Brandon S. (Jamie) Dennis, Meagan B. Lawson, Samuel C. Fischer, Madison E. Fischer, Zachary F. Danz, Samuel Lucas Wilson, Jessica E. Vehige, Dale R. Vehige, Corey Wilson and Kayelyn M. Wilson; dear great-grandfather of Riley S. Dennis and the late Taylor G. Lawson; beloved son of the late Orgain F. Fischer and Esther C. Fischer (nee Tuepker). Mr. Fischer was an active member of Ebenezer United Church of Christ, Augusta.


December 5, 2008 – Joseph R. Duepner

Joseph R. Duepner, 81, of St. Ann, died Dec. 5, 2008 at DePaul Health Center. He was born Feb. 10, 1927 in St. Louis.

Mr. Duepner retired from Missouri Pacific Railroad. He was director of commerce for the railroad industry.

Mr. Duepner was preceded in death by his wife, Marianne Duepner. He is survived by his sons, Joe, Bob, Bill and John Duepner; daughter, Margie Dodds; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services were Dec. 10 at Holy Trinity Parish. Burial was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by Collier’s Funeral Home.

October 10, 2008 – Emmett Wilcox

E.A.Wilcox (Emmett) Passed away at 4:30pm On October 10th. Funeral Notice is pending. Maybe Wed.

September 28, 2008 – Bill King

Bill King’s wife just called me and said Bill passed away last night (Sunday night) due to a stroke that occurred about 10 days ago.  Bill had been battling poor health for several years.  For those that may not have personally known Bill, he was a native of Duncanville TX (near Dallas) and worked for the T&P Railroad and came to St Louis in 1964 as secretary to Mr. Joe Austin then later secretary to Mr. John Lloyd and to Mr. Jim Gessner.  He worked for Mr. Dick Davidson in Omaha and upon retirement moved to St Louis for a while then to Kansas City to be near their daughter and family.  Bill was about 75 and was a faithful husband and father and grandfather as well as being a loyal employee of our railroad.  Services will be Thursday Oct 2nd at Holmeswood Baptist Church, 97th and Holmes, Kansas City, MO.  In lieu of flowers Billie requests any remembrances be sent to the church in Bill’s name.

September 17, 2008 – Bill Hanson

Bill Hanson passed away last night after battling a brain tumor since 2005. He and his wife Carla have been to the reunions (KCMO was the last I believe). I think he was in treatment again during the NLRK reunion, so was unable to attend….John Lambert

August 29, 2008 – Mike Deatherage

John Deatherage, Mike’s brother, just called me and said Mike passed away at 400am this morning August 29th at his home in San Antonio. He had battled cancer for about 3 years which had spread throughout his system.

Services will be at 10AM Wednesday Sept 3rd at Mission Park North, 3401 Cherry Ridge, San Antonio TX 78257.
Mike & Donna’s residence is 3 Kings Heath, San Antonio TX 78257 Ph#: 210-698-9262.
Courtesy of Newell Derryberry

April 9, 2008 – Carl Breece

Passed away 4/9/2008