Eugene Lawrence Stoecklein, 66, of Pilot Grove, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at his home in rural Pilot Grove, surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pilot Grove with burial to follow at St. Joseph's cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church Tuesday, April 14, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service to be held at 7:30 p.m. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church and School or Community Hospice in care of Meisenheimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 35, Pilot Grove, MO 65276.
He was born May 30, 1942, in Pilot Grove, the son of Andrew "Gump" and Frances "Fat" Stoecklein, the second of seven children. He married Janet Boehm on Oct. 20, 1962. They were the parents of three children.
He farmed outside of Pilot Grove, where he raised cattle, horses and crops. He also worked construction most of his life, as owner and operator of Stoecklein Contractors. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic parish, Pilot Grove Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Missouri Cattlemen's Association and Construction Welfare Union 966. He enjoyed annual summer fishing trips with his family to Lake Taneycomo, taking care of his cattle and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Janet, of the home; one daughter, Kimberly Ann Townlain and her husband, Jim, of Pilot Grove; two sons, Bradley Eugene Stoecklein and his wife, Suzy, of Macon and Andrew Joseph Stoecklein and his wife, Rhonda, of Eldon; six grandchildren, Dustin and Matt Townlain, Ryan and Katy Stoecklein and Dalton and Marysa Stoecklein; one step-grandson, Chris Townlain of Marshall; three brothers, Joe Stoecklein and his wife, Judy, of Pilot Grove, Dennis Stoecklein and his wife, Donna, of Macon and Steve Stoecklein and his wife, Vicki, of Barry, Texas; one sister, Linda Byars and her husband, Jack, of Irmo, S.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Joan Malir; one brother, Bill; and one grandson, Tony Townlain.
Additional information provided per family recompense.