Wehrle, Thomas Wayne the son of Walter Wehrle and Dorothea Shields of Eureka, died on February 5th, at the age of 86. Tom was born on June 6, 1926, and was preceded in death by his siblings Dorothea Sugar Brundage (Charles), Thomas Ward, Walter Jacob Jack (Ginny), Donalee Hood and his son Michael F. Wehrle. Tom is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Sunderland, his daughter Tommie L Lathuras-Wehrle of Milford, Connecticut, his son Daniel J Wehrle (Cynthia Cartwright) of Sunrise Beach, Missouri and his three grandchildren Josselin, Victor, and Alexi. Tom left other cherished family members and friends behind and will be remembered as Grandpa, Uncle, Brother-in-law, and especially Friend by many. Tom graduated from Eureka Schools in 1943 at the age of 16. He attended Texas A & M University when he was called to serve in the Marine Corps in 1944. He was stationed at Parris Island, Guam and Okinawa. He was wounded in battle earning a purple heart. After his recovery, he received his law degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Tom argued before many courts as a lawyer, including the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Missouri. Tom always worked in Clayton, never far from the County Courthouse, and was often spotted wearing his Stetson cowboy hat. He first practiced law with his father, Walter Wehrle, then was hired in 1964 by the St. Louis County Counselor's Office, and was later appointed County Counselor from 1973 to 1989. Tom concluded his legal career by practicing with the Clayton law firms Susman, Schermer, Rimmel and Shifrin, and Gallop, Johnson & Neuman. While working he met his wife, Mary Ann Sunderland, whom he courted for 25 years before marrying in January 2000. He took pleasure in globe-trotting with his wife, visiting both popular and remote locations in six continents, experiencing numerous cultures. However, after enjoying his trip he would always claim that his favorite country was United States, favorite state was Missouri, and his favorite city Eureka (where he lived very near to his death on property bought by his family in 1887). Tom was a staunch Republican, being involved in politics at a local level. He excelled at a national level at Schutzhund, the German sport of dog training. In lieu of flowers the family wishes that friends would take a moment out of their active lives to acknowledge their own blessings and make a difference by a day of service in your community. Services: Memorial visitation will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a service at 4:30 p.m. at Oak Hill Funeral Home, 10301 Big Bend, Kirkwood, MO 63122, (314) 9658228. Please visit our online guestbook at www.stlfuneral.com.
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Feb. 17, 2013