One of Glasgow's leading citizens, Robert Alvin Monnig, passed away Friday, July 16, 2010 at his home. He was 92 years of age.
Bob was born in Aholt, Mo. on May 21, 1918, the son of Alvin and Elizabeth Nordmeyer Monnig. He attended Aholt Elementary School from 1924 - 1932. He was a student at the International Harvesters Trade School in Chicago and the Vocational Trade School in Moberly, Mo. He was married to Mary Ellen Sullivan on June 26, 1945, and they were the parents of four sons, Tim (Carol), Tom (Natalie), John (Jan), all of Glasgow, and Ron (Paula) of Slater. Mary Ellen preceded him in death on July 4, 1981. He was united in marriage to Martha (Duren) Boggs on May 17, 1985. She survives, along with 20 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and two stepchildren, Jeff Boggs of Fayette and Linda (Billy) Nordmeyer of Glasgow. Besides his parents and first wife, Bob was preceded in death by five sisters and six brothers.
Bob was a lifelong resident of Glasgow. He served on the City Council and was Mayor from 1951 - 1961. He was active in many organizations and served on numerous boards. He tirelessly worked for the betterment of the community. His business career began in 1939 when he purchased the Sinclair service station. That was sold in 1940, and he purchased one-half interest in Himmelberg Implement Company. In 1956 he bought an industrial woodworking plant and increased its size from 5 to 40 employees. In 1959, he started a steel fabricating business that eventually employed 200. This was sold to Standard Havens in 1961. As owner and manager of Bob Monnig Industries, Inc., he started a custom galvanizing plant in 1961 which is still operated by his son, John. In 1985, Bob purchased the controlling interest in Tri-County Trust Company from Bob Himmelberg. He wanted to keep the bank locally owned and operated.
As president of the Glasgow Development Corporation, Bob was instrumental in enticing the Hawthorn Division of Kellwood Company to Glasgow. He was involved in the construction of buildings that house Penny Plate, Glasgow Community Bowling Lanes and LaCrosse Lumber Co. Bob deserves much credit for the establishment of the Golden Living Center, the Glasgow Museum, the Rivertown Apartments and development of the Monnig Subdivision. Recognizing a need in the community, Bob purchased and equipped a local laundromat. Besides his entrepreneurial endeavors, he was the owner and manager of 1500 acres of farmland.
Bob was a member of St. Mary Church, and had served on the building committee. He was past Grand Knight for the local council of the Knights of Columbus for 6 years. During his tenure, the Knights of Columbus Hall was attained. The building was an army barracks that the members dismantled, moved to Glasgow and rebuilt, complete with a bowling alley.
While a member of the Glasgow Rotary Club, he helped in the construction of the river overlook in downtown Glasgow. Through his generous gift of land, Glasgowschools and the community have one of the best track facilities in the area.
Bob was a member of several community boards and other organizations. These include the Tri-County Trust Co. of which he was a member since 1954 and served as chairman, the Glasgow Cemetery Association, Lewis Library Board, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Glasgow Planning Committee and the American Legion.
Through the years he received many awards: the Certificate of Merit from the Missouri Municipal League, the Northwestern Missouri's Small Business Person of the Year, the Missouri Community Betterment Program Award for Leadership and the Rotary Club's Paul Harris Fellow Award. He was also honored as Glasgow's 2007 Citizen of the Year.
Few people live to see the results of their lifetime achievements. Bob was rewarded by the loving care and respect of his family and by all who knew and came in contact with him. He will be greatly missed, but not forgotten.
A funeral mass will be held for Mr. Monnig at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 19, 2010, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Glasgow, with Fr. Joseph Shetler officiating and Fr. Jerry Stockman co-celebrating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 18, 2010, with a family rosary at 4:15 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Church. Burial will follow the service on Monday at Washington Cemetery with Scott Monnig, Jason Monnig, Jacob and Phillip Nordmeyer, and Trenton and Pierce Monnig, serving as pallbearers.
Memorials are suggested to St. Mary's Home and School, Howard County Hospice or Glasgow Senior Center in care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home, 112 Market Street, Glasgow, MO 65254.
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