Sterling Price "Jake" Molloy, 83, of Branson, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at his home.
Graveside service was held Friday, March 13, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield. Burial was in Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, with full military honors.
He was born Nov. 4, 1925, in Marshall, the son of the late Jacob and Gladys (Scharnhorst) Molloy. He grew up in Sweet Springs and graduated from Sweet Springs High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he received a Purple Heart. He was united in marriage to Pauline "Polly" Seratt on Oct. 10, 1955, in Higginsville; together they raised five children. He was employed as a mechanic for Jack Gosh Ford in Hemet, Calif., for a few years and later became a service manager for the company. In 1979, he and his wife moved to Mountain Grove, where they opened Polly's Café on the square. They ran the café until November of 1987. In 2005 they moved to Branson.
He is survived by his wife of their home; two sons, Glen Molloy of Concordia and Larry Holland of Petaluma, Calif.; three daughters, Donna Shelp of Warrensburg, Carolyn Molloy of the state of Missouri and Dianne Todd of the state of Oklahoma; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Perry Molloy; and two sisters, Ella Mae Sawyers and Helen Clevenger.