Aloysius Francis Meives Jr., 81, of Sedalia, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at Bothwell Regional Health Center.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sedalia, with Fr. Bill Miller officiating. Pallbearers will be Ed Meives, Al Meives, Joe Meives, Tim Meives, Tim Sims and Ben Sims. Honorary pallbearers will be Al Meives IV, Bob Snodgrass and Mark Johnson. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, with full military honors by VFW Post 2591. The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel, with visitation to follow until 8:30 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Sacred Heart School, in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel. Condolences can be offered online at www.mclaughlinfuneralchapel.com.
He was born May 15, 1927, in St. Louis, the son of Aloysius Francis Meives Sr. and Julia Masek Meives. On Dec. 12, 1947, he was married to Barbara Peacock, his wife of 61 years, who survives of the home. He was raised and educated in St. Louis. He worked as a baker from the age of 13 and started out at Hardy's Bakery in St. John's. He later owned and operated Meives Pastries in St. Louis and eventually retired from Paradise Bakery in Marshall. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
In additional to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Al Meives III of Omaha, Neb., Joseph Meives of Olathe, Kan., and Timothy Meives of Clarksville, Tenn.; two daughters, Marie Snodgrass of Eugene, Ore., and Gretchen Sims of Nelson; one brother, Ed Meives, of Silex; two sisters, Helen Waidman of St. Louis and Margaret Conoyer, of St. Charles; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, William Meives; and one son Stephen Joseph Meives.