Charles L. Hieronymus, 93, of Slater, formerly of Sedalia, died Sunday, May 6, 2007, at Big Bend Retreat.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Dr. Drew Hill officiating. Pallbearers will be Dan Staus, Gerald Hancock, Dale Shul, J.R. Chamberlin, John Drenon and Bill Morris. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Vaughn, Bob Goldsmith, J.R. and Betty Cornine, Bob and Joyce Bailey, Ralph and Grace Huff, Paul Klein, Howard Bechtel, C. O. Green, Wray Birch and Georgia Quint. Entombment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call after 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church, in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel.
He was born Nov. 23, 1913, in Longwood, the son of Virgil and Fannie Ward Hieronymus. On Sept. 9, 1941, in Sedalia, he was married to Fauneil Smith, who preceded him in death on June 24, 2004. He was the fifth of nine children. He attended the first year of school at Longwood, before moving near Newland. He then attended and graduated from Hopewell School. He remained at his parent's home until the age of 21, helping them on the family farm. In the fall of 1936, he entered the Civilian Conservation Corps and was sent to Boise, Idaho, for a year and a half. He attained a sergeant rating and was discharged in the spring of 1938. He came home to the farm and took over the farming business with two of his brothers. He farmed for many years until his retirement. He was a lifelong Baptist and a member of First Baptist Church in Sedalia, where he had served as deacon and on various committees. After his retirement, he kept his favorite hobby of raising cattle.
Surviving are two sons, Larry C. Hieronymus of Nelson, and Gary C. Hieronymus of Boonville; one sister; 6 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.