Robert Ray Stoecklein, 83, of Boonville, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, following a short illness.
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Visitation for Mr. Stoecklein will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Thursday evening from 6 until 8 o'clock. There will be a prayer service at 6 o'clock and visitation will be followed by the rosary. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 6 with Father Bob Duesdieker officiating. Burial will follow in St. Martin's Catholic Cemetery in Martinsville.
Robert Ray Stoecklein was born near Pilot Grove, Mo., Oct. 2,1927, the son of Frank Stoecklein and Mary Muessig Stoecklein. He married Isabel Ann Martin in St. Martin's Catholic Church in Martinsville June 18, 1955. He worked in the home construction business all his life and he farmed as well. In retirement he continued his love of woodworking. He enjoyed working with the Missouri River Steam Engine Association where he could be seen working the saw mill. He enjoyed dancing, traveling and visiting with his children and grandchildren. Ray was a devout member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers; Frank, Fred, and Charles Stoecklein and by his sisters, Marie Brummel, Isabella Bauer and Bernadine Stoecklein. He is survived by his wife, Isabel, of the home, his daughters, Barbara McPherson and husband Philip of Yorktown, Indiana, Louise Cutshall and husband, David of Aurora, Colorado and Lisa Monk and her husband, George, of Boonville, Mo. He is also survived by his twin brother, Albert Roy Stoecklein of Blue Springs, Missouri, and his sisters, Rosaline Stoecklein of Blue Springs, Mo., and Edna Tavenner, of Pilot Grove, Mo. His grandchildren, Benjamin and Joseph McPherson, Dylan and Matthew Cutshall and Jesse, Vicki, Trent and Ellie Monk also survive.
Memorials are suggested to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church or School or St. Martin's Cemetery Association.
Condolences may be directed on line to www.davisfuneralchapelboonville.com.
Published in Boonville Daily News from May 5 to May 12, 2011