Karen L. Cash, 58, of New Haven, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2013 at her home.
Mrs. Cash was born in Washington, Mo. on March 3, 1954, the daughter of the late John and Marcella (Parmentier) Haney.
Karen is survived by a son, John Cash and wife Renee of Washington, a daughter, Kimberly Casey and husband Dennis, Jr. of St. Clair, a daughter Lisa Cash of New Haven, a son Paul Cash and wife Kathleen of Washington; four brothers, John Haney Jr. of Washington, Robert Haney of Tomball, Texas, David Haney of Denver, Colo., and Kevin Haney of Washington; three sisters, Debbie Nicks of Beaufort, Patty Rogers of Rosebud, and Chris Jokerst of Foley, Mo.; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Mike and Kenny Haney.
Karen worked for American Recreation Products for about nine years and then for Sporlan Valve in Washington.
She enjoyed scrapbooking, photography and loved her grandchildren and spending time with them.
Memorial services were held at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven, on Friday, February 15, with Pastor David Poe officiating.
Memorials may be given to St. Louis Childrens Hospital, c/o Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.
Shirley Ann (Muehlbach) Hunt, 87, died peacefully with her daughter at her bedside on 26 February 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Washington.
She was born 5 July 1925, in St. Louis, to Stephen and Margaret (Brunhoffer) Muehlbach. In 1950, Shirley married Orville James (Jim) Hunt in St. Louis.
Shirley was an exceptional woman before her time. In the early 1950s Shirley worked for McDonnell Douglass on the Gemini and Apollo Space Programs, as an Executive Secretary. In 1952 Shirley and her husband, Jim, purchased raw land on Horseshoe Bend, on the Lake of the Ozarks “just to have a place to camp on.” In 1963 they decided to build the fifth resort on Horseshoe Bend, Eagle’s Nest Resort. In 1970 Jim died, yet Shirley decided to continue to independently operate this business until this resort was sold in 2000. She then retired from the business world but never lost her professional expertise.
Filled with genuine interest in the lives of her family and friends, Shirley correspond in her beautiful and distinctive handwriting with many. She was also gifted in wordsmithing-creating or copying limericks of interest to her. Shirley’s idea of a perfect evening was sitting next to a roaring fire, reading a mystery novel or watching TV and having a stiff bourbon and coke at her side. She very much loved her family and always made time to listen to them.
Shirley won almost every Scrabble game she ever played and was known affectionately as the “Professor” by her weekly Scrabble partner of 10 years, Harry Jones. She regularly completed crossword puzzles in pen. Shirley was always known for her ever present optimism, pleasant demeanor and quick, intellectual wit, which she never lost, despite her severe medical issues.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville James Hunt, her parents, Stephen and Margaret Muehlbach; two brothers, Robert and Donald Muehlbach; and one grandchild, David Bedwell.
Shirley is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Hibdon, of Hermann; her granddaughter, Stacy Kirchhoff, and her two great grandchildren, Kane Kirchhoff and Jiphia (Josey) Johnson, of Warrensburg; and many other much-treasured cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and close friends.
Shirley’s life will be celebrated with two memorial services. A private interment in the family plot will be held at Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, by the family at a later date. In lieu of donations, the family requests that you honor Shirley by living her example of making someone laugh, giving a hug, or saying “I love you” to your special loved ones.
Eugene E. Menke, 89, of New Haven, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at his home.
Mr. Menke was born in Etlah, Mo., on June 27, 1923, a son of the late Emil and Deana (Hoelscher) Menke.
He was the husband of Eunice (Stephan) Heimes Menke. They were married October 9, 1993 at Swiss. Eunice survives in New Haven.
Eugene is also survived by three daughters, Jo Dean Bean & husband Gary of Niceville, Fla., Rev. Eugenia Althen of Berger, and Mary Rigg and husband, Tim, of New Haven, a son John Menke and wife, Marnie, of Lake Ozark, Mo., a step daughter, Cathy Springer and husband, Larry, of Moberly; two brothers, Emil Menke, Jr. and wife Cora of Union, and Melvin Menke of Rosebud; a sister-in-law Leona Hughes of New Haven, nieces, nephews, three step grandchildren, 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his step mother, Leora Schuetz Menke, his first wife, Rose L. (Diederich) Menke, a sister Martha Schowe, a sister-in-law, LaValle Menke, two brothers-in-law Robert Hughes and Harvey Schowe.
After graduating from New Haven High School in 1942, he enlisted on Nov. 17, 1942 as a AV Cadet in the V5 Program of the United States Naval Reserves. He was called to active duty in early 1943, and was first schooled in Murray State Teachers College in Kentucky, for 3 months; then Athens Georgia University for 3 months; then Corpus Christy, Texas until he graduated as an Ensign Officer, commissioned on July 22, 1944.
He was assigned to VF93 as a fighter pilot. He boarded the US Boxer CV21 at Norfolk VA, and went on its shake down cruise during which he made the 1000th landing, flying the Grumman F6F, and received the Captain’s cake. He continued on the US Boxer until they arrived in Japan. When World War II was over, he was placed on inactive duty for a short time and flew on weekends at Lambert Field in St. Louis. There, he flew F8Fs and learned to fly jet fighters, F9F5s.
He was called back to active duty in December of 1952 and flew F9F5 Jet Fighters off the USS Oriskany CV 34, along the west coast and at Moffit Field in San Francisco Bay area until the Korean conflict ended. This was about one year. During that year, in addition to flying, he had duty as maintenance officer, and communicated with chief petty officers.
His date of separation from service was September 1953 as maintenance officer and pilot as full lieutenant. After taking honorable discharge, he returned to civilian life in New Haven.
Of the many highlights was having the movie, “Bridges at Toko-ri”, starring William Holden and featuring Mickey Rooney, made with his squadron, even though he had been separated prior to the movie being made. For the video clips of the formation flights, used in the movie, he was the pilot of the lead plane. The characters of the movie were a compilation of the people in his squadron.
He was a member of the New Haven American Legion Post 366 and USS Boxer Veterans Association. He worked for Kellwood for 32 years as a plant manager.
Visitation was Friday at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven, where services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, with Rev. Eugenia Althen officiating. Burial was at St. John’s Cemetery, Berger.
Memorials may be given to St. John’s Church General Fund, c/oToedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.
Diana Decker Rea, 51, of Hermann, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2013 at her home.
Mrs. Rea was born in Greenfield, Ind., on October 25, 1961, the daughter of the late Robert and Helen (Anderson) Decker.
She was the wife of Tom Rea. They were united in marriage on September 7, 1985 at Columbia, Mo. Tom survives in Hermann.
Diana is also survived by her eight children, daughter Emma Harms and husband, Jason, of Columbia, S.C., daugher Annie Rea of Columbia, S.C., son Andrew Rea of Columbia, S.C., daughter Betsy Rea of Hermann, son William Rea of Hermann, son Samuel Rea of Hermann, daughter Esther Rea of Hermann and son Evan Rea of Hermann; a sister, Lori Dean of Kansas City, Mo., a brother, Steve Decker of Denver, Colo., her step-mother, Inge Decker of Columbia, Mo.; an uncle, Jim Reed and wife, Bonnie, of Jonesboro, Ark., and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Chad Rea.
Diana served with her husband in church-planting ministry in France from 1988-2000. Since 2000, she has been a member of Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, Hermann, where she was involved in the spiritual formation of women. She was an independent sales consultant and Regional Vice President for Arbonne International.
Funeral services were held at Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, Hermann, at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 1, with Bart Larson officiating.
Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.
Memorials may be given to Hermann Area Crusade Against Cancer or Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church Building Fund, c/o Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.
Irene Rose Swinney, (nee Korman), of O Fallon, died on Monday, March 4, 2013 at the age of 57.
She was the loving wife of Paul Etchel Swinney; beloved daughter of Barbara Jean Korman and the late Walter Korman; devoted mother of Walter Leon (Tanith) Swinney and Andrew Paul Swinney; cherished grandmother of Timothy Emge, Alexis Garland, Nathan Swinney, and Everett Swinney; dear sister of Charles (Pat) Korman, Joann (Tim) Penning, Paul (Brenda) Korman, Robert Korman, Anthony Korman and Phillip Korman; beloved niece, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend to many.
She was employed at Wainwright Enterprises as an Operator B for 19 years.
The family is being served by The Baue Funeral Home, 311 Wood Street, O’Fallon, Mo., where a visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 6, from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday, March 7, at St. Martin’s Church in Starkenburg, from 9:30-11:00 a.m.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment in St. Martin’s Church Cemetery at Starkenburg.
Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice. Visit Baue.com.