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Born May 23, 1944 in Duluth, MN he was the son of George and Elizabeth Harris Stafstrom. After high school he joined the United States Navy and began a 22 year stellar career in the military receiving numerous awards and recognitions during his service to his country. Highlights were the Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (three times) and Five Good Conduct Awards. After obtaining the rank of Senior Chief he was honorably discharged in 1985. He then began employment at the Normandy School District in the maintenance department where he worked for 21 years before retiring in 2006. He enjoyed fishing, spending time at the river and life in the country with his family and friends.
He was united in marriage on March 20, 1993 to the love of his life, Robin Lee Remmert at Our Savior Lutheran Church in St. Charles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Denis Strafstrom and his in-laws, Wayne and Rose Remmert.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Robin Remmert-Stafstrom. He was blessed with three sons from his first marriage; Spencer T. Stafstrom Jr. and his wife, Susie Lynn, Darald Dean Stafstrom and William Shawn Stafstrom; one grandson, David Matthew Stafstrom, all of Bethalto, IL.; one brother, George Stafstrom and wife, Nancy; and one sister Sherri Scalon and husband, Larry, all of Duluth, MN. Also, a brother-in-law, Ed Remmert and his wife, Gracie; and sister-in-law, Kim Jones and her husband, Tracey, all of Elsberry; five special nieces, Melissa, Nichole, Natalie, Brystal, Lillie and Tiffany; six special nephews, Mark and Travis; and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Elsberry Assembly of God Church at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Mr. Stafstrom’s final request was that his ashes be spread over the ocean symbolizing the many years he spent sailing the waters. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Elsberry Assembly of God Church or Star Hope Baptist Church in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home; 107 South Fifth Street; Elsberry, MO 63343.
Memorial service for James LaMelle “Mel” Schwinegruber of New Castle, DE will be held at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry on April 29 at 1 pm. Inunrnment will be in the Elsberry City Cemetery.
Mr. Schwinegruber, 86, died early Wednesday Morning, April 11, 2012 at his home in New Castle, DE. Born March 6, 1926, in Datto, AR, he was the third son of James Henry and Beulah Mae Johnson Schwinegruber. He resided in St. Louis County for 40 years and overseas 14 years in Germany, Bahrain, Korea and the Azores before returning to states.
Serving his country in the Army at the end of WWII, he was assigned to occupational duty in the Philippines. In Manila, he was in charge of the Royal Japanese Imperial Guards. He was honorably discharged in 1947.
Mr. Schwinegruber was united in marriage on April 4, 1964, at the Missionary Baptist Church in Corning, AR to Patricia Gail Robinson. He worked as a driver for Allied, Global and New World Van Lines. He was a member of Teamsters Local 610 in St. Louis; American Legion Post #4 of Delaware, and a member of National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 85 of Newark, DE.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Henry Excell and Jenning LaDelle Schwinegruber.
Survivors include his cherished wife of 48 years, Patricia Gail Schwinegruber of New Castle, DE.; one brother, Wesley E. L. and wife Ede Schwinegruber of Sun City, CA; one sister, Pauline Schwinegruber Crites of Jackson; two stepchildren, Gail LeJune VanScoyk of New Castle, DE., Richard Hoagland and wife Elizabeth Mary VanScoyk; four grandchildren, Kathryn Marie and husband David Brandon MacFarland , Patrick Michael, Margaret Rose, and Caroline Anne VanScoyk all of St. Charles and six great grandchildren several nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.
Cremation was done by Congo Funeral Home of Wilmington, DE.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Missouri School for the Deaf or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home;107 South Fifth Street, Elsberry MO 63343.
Harold Eugene Vaughn of Winfield died Tuesday evening, April 17, 2012 at the age of 85.
Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2012 at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Winfield.
Memorial Service was held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2012 at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made at www.carterricksfuneralhome.com.