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Eugene Robert Kaufmann

Died: Friday, November 13, 2015
Age: 83
Eugene Robert Kaufmann, 83, died Nov. 13.

Mr. Kaufmann was the beloved husband of the late Carol Ann Kaufmann (nee Meyr) for 55 years; dearest father of Corrine (Clayton) Gardner, Phillip (Rhonda) Kaufmann, Lt. Col. U.S Army (retired) and Andrea (Christopher) Hudgens; loving grandfather of Timothy, Joanna and Daniel Gardner; dear brother of Dorothy (Roland) Wachter and Pauline (Eugene) Roth and the late Herbert “Butch” Hilmer (Verna surviving) and Theobald Kaufmann.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. today — Nov. 19 — at Kutis South County Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road.

Visitation will take place at 9:30 a.m. Friday until the time of service at 11:30 a.m. at South County Bible Church, 4111 Von Talge Road. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to KFUO Radio, Focus on the Family or Samaritan’s Purse.

Richard Roy Lotz

Died: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Age: 86
Richard Roy Lotz, 86, died Oct. 24.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he was born April 1, 1929 and resided in Sunset Hills. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in mathematics, Mr. Lotz taught mathematics and probability and statistics at St. Louis Country Day School from 1960 to 1970.

With his father, Roy Lotz, he co-founded Tower Tee Golf in 1963. He was a lifetime member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America and qualified for and participated in three U.S. Senior PGA Championships, three U.S. Golf Association Senior Open Championships and numerous PGA Senior Tour events.

Mr. Lotz traveled extensively and loved Ireland, South Florida and Palm Springs.

He loved the Ballybunion, Pebble Beach and Mayacoo Lakes golf courses, but his favorite place to play golf was Tower Tee, his home course.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara A. Lotz, and their daughter, Jennifer Duran. Mr. Lotz was preceded in death by Jeane C. Lotz and their daughter, Laura Ellen Karr. He is survived by two children with Jeane, Stephen L. Lotz and Carolyn Barnes. He is also survived by his sister, Nina L. Bappe, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Mr. Lotz donated his body to Washington University School of Medicine.

LaVern Josephine Huighe (nee Baltz)

Died: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Age: 83
LaVern Josephine (nee Baltz) Huighe, 83, died Oct. 20 at Woodland Manor in Arnold.

Born and raised in Mehlville, she resided in Arnold for 21 years.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Joette and Robert Wright; son, William Frank Huighe; sisters-in-law, Bernice DeLarber, Marie Strobel and Garnett Huighe; grandchildren, Kim (Kevin) Bagy, Aimee (Chris) Ware; Billy (Laura) Huighe, Nikki (Brad) Reckelhoff and Bradley (Nicole) Huighe; and nine great-grandchildren, with another due in January.

Mrs. Huighe was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, William J. Huighe; son, William John Huighe Jr.; parents, William J. and Josephine B. (nee Rieper) Baltz; and sisters, Elaine Wind and Alcase “Billie’’ Johannes.

Mrs. Huighe’s body was cremated.

The family was assisted by Kutis South County Chapel.

Anita Yeckel

Died: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Age: 72
Former Missouri Sen. Anita Yeckel, 72, of Sunset Hills, passed away peacefully Aug. 26 after a long illness.

Sen. Yeckel served south county’s 1st Senate District from 1997 to 2004. She was chairwoman of the influential Senate Financial and Governmental Organization Committee.

Sen. Yeckel’s public service began in 1990, when she was elected to the Lindbergh Board of Education. She served the district for nine years, including terms as president and vice president.

Sen. Yeckel’s focus in the Missouri Senate was reform, as she sponsored and passed major changes to the state’s banking laws for the first time in decades.

As a result of the abnormalities of the 2000 election, Sen. Yeckel sponsored legislation that made sweeping reforms to Missouri’s election laws. On June 21, 2002, the election reform bill was signed into law, culminating a two-year joint effort by Sen. Yeckel and Secretary of State Matt Blunt in time for the 2002 elections.

She also successfully passed bills toughening Missouri’s methamphetamine laws.

Additionally, Sen. Yeckel sponsored legislation to protect senior citizens from skyrocketing increases in property taxes, to speed adoption of children statewide and to provide safeguards for children in foster homes.

She graduated from Mercy High School in St. Louis, attended St. Louis University and received her degree in political science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

A banker by training, Sen. Yeckel suspended her career to raise her daughters, devoting most of her time to the girls, community, school and church activities. After participating in numerous school associations and activities, she became president of the St. Catherine Laboure school board.

Upon resuming her career, Sen. Yeckel worked with her husband, Bob, at the family’s savings and loan company. In 1996, she chose to run for the 1st Senate district, a seat held by her good friend, Sen. Irene Treppler.

After her service in the Senate, she was appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt to the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners.

Sen. Yeckel was a member of the Bonhomme and Reagan Federation of Republican Women clubs and St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church, where she served as a lector and eucharistic minister. She also volunteered in many capacities with various organizations, including the Lemay Child and Family Center and the St. Anthony’s Medical Center Charitable Foundation.

Married for 51 years to Bob, the Yeckel family also includes daughters Jane (Jeff), Katie (Chris) and grandchildren Maggie, Max and Andrew.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Lemay Child and Family Center or the St. Anthony’s Medical Center Charitable Foundation.

Orville "Buzz" Monroe Bess

Died: Sunday, August 16, 2015
A memorial Mass for Orville Monroe “Buzz” Bess will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Immaculate Conception Church, 2300 Church Road, Arnold.

Mr. Bess, who died Aug. 16, was a U.S. Navy veteran and longtime resident of South St. Louis, where he owned and operated Bess Fence Co. for over 30 years.

He was a former deputy and had served with the Mehlville Fire Protection District. He also was a member of the International Fence Association, the St. Louis Ad Club, Gridiron, an alumni/booster of St. Louis University and a lifetime Billiken fan.

Mr. Bess was the beloved husband of 60 years to Marilyn (nee Pitt); father of James, Michael (Joy), Daniel (Donna) and Robert Bess, Karen (Paul) Adamec and the late Debra (Mark) Mantese; grandfather of Michael, Anthony and Jennifer Mantese, Riley and Miranda Bess, Sydney and Sarah Adamec; and brother of Ethel Mueller.

A luncheon in the lower level of the Par-ish Center will follow the Mass.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association or the Daily Worldmissionnaires.

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Cheri Rose Cooper (nee Ledergerber)

Died: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Age: 71
Cheri Rose Cooper (nee Ledergerber), 71, died July 14 at her residence in Oakville.

Born in St. Louis, she resided in Oakville for almost 10 years.

She was retired from St. Mary’s Hospital, where she worked for 10 years. Before that, she was a self-employed beautician for 28 years.

Survivors include her daughter, Annette Rose Cooper; and sister, Diane Ledergerber.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Eva Ledergerber; and cousin, Elaine Ledergerber.

Visitation and services were at Fey Funeral Home. Internment was in St. Trinity Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be given to SSM Hospice or the charity of your choice.

Deborah K. Conley (nee Harkins)

Died: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Deborah K. Conley (nee Harkins) died June 30.

She was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 3014 Oregon Ave., where visitation will take place from 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18.

A funeral Mass will follow.

Arrangements were made by Kutis City Chapel.

Kraig Alan Lange

Died: Monday, June 15, 2015
Kraig Alan Lange died June 15.

Mr. Lange, an Oakville resident, worked at Stifel as first vice president and manager of insurance and annuities marketing.

He certainly had a zest for life. He and his devoted wife, Sherri, whom he met during childhood, enjoyed spending time with family and friends at their lake home in Branson and at the Missouri Athletic Club. Avid Cardinals fans, they enjoyed attending games and especially enjoyed taking long rides on their Harleys.

Besides his wife, survivors include his daughter, Stephanie (David) Umfleet; father, Gary (Marilyn) Lange; and siblings, Gary (Jeannie), Brian (DeeAnn) Lange and Michael (Nikki) Imboden. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Lange.

Visitation and services were at Kutis South County Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association or the St. Louis Zoo.

Leon James Crossley

Died: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Leon James Crossley died May 28.

Mr. Crossley, an Oakville resident, retired from the Telecommunications Department at AmerenUE. He took care of both hardware and software in the heart of the utility company’s system in downtown St. Louis, and had high security clearance for the Callaway Nuclear Plant.

He received his electrical engineer degree from Washington University and his Class A Electrician License from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1.

Mr. Crossley retired from military service as a sergeant-major and received a 21-gun salute at his burial. He was a trained weather watcher for St. Louis County and a many-year member of the Citizens Police Academy.

Mr. Crossley served as a director of the Affton Historical Society, where he painted all the storyboards used for the children at Santa’s House and the Bunny Hutch events at the historic Oakland House.

He also volunteered fixing parade floats, parking cars, fixing furnaces, electrical problems, parking cars for weddings and even baking cookies in the kitchen.

He had a love of ice skating, painting, had a citizens band license and loved every dog he saw.

Mr. Crossley was married to his devoted wife, Carol (nee) Brundick, for 47 years.

He was the brother of Warren Pat Crossley; brother-in-law of Barbara Eckert, Nancy HerndonUlrich, Gary (Helen Libbie) Brundick and the late David Brundick. Mr. Crossley had no children but always kept a keen eye toward mentoring nieces and nephews. He was a sensitive, smart and quiet man; truly a renaissance man.

Visitation and services were at Kutis South County Chapel. Interment was in St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery in Pacific.

Marian M. Lindell (nee Foerstel)

Died: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Age: 88
Marian Marie Lindell (nee Foerstel), 88, died May 16.

Survivors include her sons, Joseph C. Lindell Jr. and Jerold C. Lindell.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. today — Thursday, May 28 — at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 5508 Telegraph Road. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Interment will be private.

The family was assisted by Hoffmeister South County Chapel.
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