James P. Mannion Jr.

James P. Mannion Jr. died on December 3rd, 2020 in his home after a short battle with COVID-19 at the age of 90.

Jim served two years overseas in The Navy in Japan during the Korean War. He ended up getting his JD from St. Louis University Law School after obtaining his undergrad at the University of Notre Dame. He ultimately specialized in labor relations and worked his way up to partner at Bryan, Cave, McPheters, and McRoberts, retiring in 1990.

More than his accomplished career, James loved his family. His first wife’s untimely death from cancer left him raising their four young children alone, but in 1978 James found love again in Kathleen, blending their families into a happy chaos of 8 kids. Jim had a “profound” love of reading and history, which he passed on to his kids. Jim and Kathleen traveled widely and he got to explore book stores and follow his passion for history all over the world.

As stated in his obituary: “Jim was loved by all who met and knew him. He was noted for his ever-present smile, his gentle, kind, and caring manner, and his love of telling stories from his childhood. He was a shining example of bravery and kindness to the end and always thanked his many caregivers and family helpers throughout his illness. His memory and lust for life will be cherished forever.”

James P. Mannion Jr. is missed profoundly by Kathleen, his seven surviving kids, rand kids, great grandkids, many friends and extended family.

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James P. Mannion Jr. obituary at Lupton Chapel 

George Lee Chartrand

George Lee Chartrand died of COVID-19

George Lee Chartrand died from COVID-19 on June 1, 2020 at the age of 90 in a St. Louis nursing home.

Lee was a Korean War veteran, having served our country in the Airforce as an airplane mechanic. He retired “early” from McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and began his third career as an antiques dealer and ice-cream shop owner. He was an active member of the Freemasons and rose to the rank of Worshipful Master. Lee was truly a “master of all trades”.

Lee and his late wife (Jo, whom he was married to for 65 years until her death) loved spending their retirement in their bit paradise, down by Troy Missouri. There the family spent days catching crawdads, splashing in the creek, bbq-ing, fishing, telling ghost stories around the camp fire, and bird watching. Lee was a gifted story teller, and would regale his grandchildren with fun memories including his favorites of when he was a race-car driver with his brother. He loved music, taught himself to play piano, and was in his element when entertaining.

George Lee Chartrand is missed deeply by his 7 children, 18 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren who he adored. He’s also missed by his Masonic brothers and family, his many friends, community, and the many many people whose lives he brightened while he was alive.

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George Lee Chartrand obituary at Kutis Funeral Homes 

Alvin George Edgell – Humanitarian, WWII & Korean War veteran

Alvin George Edgell was enjoying his golden years in health at Alexian Brothers Landsdowne Village close to his family when he was struck with COVID-19, over 6 weeks after the nursing home locked down to visitors in an effort to prevent the novel coronavirus. Still very mentally sharp, he was using email to communicate until his last days. Al died on May 4th at the age of 96 with his son, a doctor at the hospital, by his side.

Al had a tremendously adventurous life, which is eloquently detailed in his obituary and public radio story linked in the sources below. A conscientious objector to WWII, his plea was rejected and he served as a medic in a non-combat role. He subsequently served in the Korean War. Al built his career around his passion, doing development work around the world.

In 1986 Al retired from Save The Children. When his wife retired they moved to St. Louis to be closer to their adult children and grandchildren. Al quickly became active in the St. Louis Ethical Society and gave speeches to other groups about world affairs. He published a memoir “Hindseeing: A Life in the World” under the pseudonym Bertram Clive Beardsley.

Alvin George Edgell is missed deeply by his wife of 50 years, his adult children, extended family, and everyone whose lives he touched.

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Paul E. Struckhoff, Korean War Veteran

Paul E. Struckhoff, Korean War Veteran COVID19 Death

Paul passed away on April 28, 2020 at the age of 88 from complications of COVID-19. He proudly served in the Korean War and afterwards moved from Augusta to O’Fallon to marry the love of his life (Marjorie, who preceded him).

Struckhoff enjoyed drinking cold Stag beer, boating, and Cardinals baseball. He loved telling stories about all the trouble he and his pals got into back in the day. He was an active member of the O’Fallon VFW and the Augusta American Legion.

Paul Struckhoff is missed dearly by his family, all his buddies at the VFW and American Legion, 7 great grandchildren, and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

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