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David Lee Suntrup

Suntrup, David Lee 58, of Lesterville, Missouri, his spirit suddenly free, is survived by his wife, Glee Wheeler Suntrup; his daughter, Sarah Alane Suntrup; and a quite large extended family. Dave was born in St. Louis, beloved son of the late Geraldine "Jerry" and John "Jack" Suntrup, and was raised in Brentwood with fourteen siblings -- Joann, Pat, Hank, Dick, Bob, Jim, Mary, Danny, Mike, Mark, Cathy, Peter, Paul, and Steve --spending many childhood days with his brothers in the woods behind their house near Memorial Park. He attended Immacolata School, CBC, Brentwood High School, and Meramec Community College, where he earned an A.A. in Human Services. Preferring always to be outside, he apprenticed to a bricklayer and operated his own brick and stone business for many years. David and his first wife bought a home and campgrounds on the Black River, establishing Bearcat, a small float business where Dave raised horses and where Sarah loved to swim and fish and relax. Over the years, Glee and David grew Bearcat Getaway into a music venue and popular outdoor destination. After retirement from masonry work, Dave began crafting walnut furniture. Services: The family plans an outdoor memorial in late September.


Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Aug. 18, 2013
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