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William G. Stringer


1928 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
William George "Bill" Stringer, 90, Union, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at Missouri Baptist Hospital, St. Louis.

Bill was born March 20, 1928, to Lonnie Virgil and Effie Viola, nee Lawson, Stringer, in Eminence. Bill attended school in the Story's Creek School House, located on the north end of the Stringer farm. After graduating from Eminence High School, he and his best friend, Bill Harrison, joined the Navy, serving in the Seabees at the end of World War II. Even though he served in peace time, he was still considered a World War II veteran. Bill went through basic training in San Diego, Calif., and was later sent to the island of Guam, where he served with the generator crew. After serving in the Navy, Bill attended carpenter school, sponsored by the Veterans Administration. The old V.F.W. Hall in Eminence was built by students of this school. In the 1970s, Bill took classes and earned an associate degree from Meramec Community College in St. Louis.

In June 1948, Bill and his sweetheart, Janet Elaine Jones, stood up as best man and maid of honor in the wedding ceremony of Lloyd and Louise Welch. A week later, on June 22, Lloyd and Louise returned the honor as they witnessed the marriage of Bill and Elaine at the Shannon County Court house in Eminence. To this union, four children were born, Sandra Marie, Valerie Gail, William Alan and Kimberly Dawn.

Bill started his career during high school as a stock boy for the Williams grocery store in Eminence. This was back in the day when folks would stop in with a grocery list and visit with other customers while the clerk filled their order. After the Navy, Bill worked as a carpenter, teaming up with Shorty Magnus in building homes in the Eminence area. One of the houses they built is the present home of Bob and Eula Rowden. Bill later moved his family to Granite City, Ill., where he worked as a carpenter. Eventually, he was hired by the Union Electric Company and worked for this company until he retired in 1990. He started as a laborer, but by the end of his career he advanced to the highest paid union position of control operator. Bill spent most of his 30plus years working at the Labadie power plant in Union. Many of his fellow employees developed close friendships that have lasted well beyond retirement. He enjoyed attending the meetings of the Operating Engineers 148 and joining old work cronies in a monthly breakfast at one of the local cafes, where they would tell old stories and refer to each other by their last name or by nicknames such as Crummy, Stinky and Poopy. One can only imagine how they got these nicknames. Bill's nickname was Juice Jaw from his former days of chewing tobacco.

Bill was a member of the Eminence Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years. Even though he had not been able to attend meetings for some time, he faithfully sent in his dues to support the lodge. In his younger years, Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, floating the river and going to the lake with his father-in-law, Noke Jones, and his brothers-in-law, Ken Jones and Floyd Colyott. In his senior years, he enjoyed a large garden and mowing his yard of almost 5 acres. He was an avid reader, frequenting the library for Westerns and mystery novels. He was once given a book bag by the library and acknowledged as a senior citizen who had read numerous books in a year.

Bill accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior while attending Granite City Free Will Baptist Church. He was later ordained and served as a deacon in this church. After moving to Union, he and his wife Elaine were asked to help start a mission church which later became Oak Hill Free Will Baptist Church in Union. Bill was a member of Christ's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in St. Clair at his passing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Effie (Lawson) Stringer; his wife, Janet Elaine (Jones) Stringer; and his son-in-law, Thomas Trittschuh.

Left to mourn his passing are his children, Sandra Marie Smith, Union, Valerie Gail Trittschuh, Robertsville, William Alan Stringer and wife Darlynn Elaine, Eminence, and Kimberly Dawn Ball and husband Leifson; grandchildren, Timothy Scott Stringer, Robertsville, Bradley Alan Smith, Oakville, Brian Anthony Smith, Union, Sara Lynn Stringer, Eminence, William Matthew Stringer, Mehlville, Jason Alan Ball, Oakville, and Lauren Nicole Ball, St. Louis; and his sister-in-law, Norma (Jones) Colyott, Union.

Bill loved and was deeply devoted to his family, always had time for a friend and never met a stranger. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. in Yarber Mortuary Chapel, Eminence, with the Rev. Alan Stringer and Dr. Jay Tilson officiating. Family received friends from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to services, at the funeral home.

Interment was in New Eminence Cemetery, under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Eminence.

Condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.
Published in The Missourian on Feb. 2, 2019
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