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John Alfred Moritz


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John Alfred Moritz Obituary
Moritz, John Alfred passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the age of 89. He was born in St. Louis on May 4, 1925, to the late Carl John and Mary Moritz, and was preceded in death by his brother, Carl Edward Moritz. Dearest husband of 63 years to Mary Jacqueline (nee Jehling); beloved father of Mary (Steve) Bohlman, John (Vicki) Jr., Paul, and David (Beth); cherished grandfather of Rick, Andrea, Jonathan (Stacie), Christopher, Kevin, Angela (Justin), Paul, Brett, Joseph, and Lindsay; proud great-grandfather of Lincoln Moon; dear brother-in-law of Nancy (Bob) Riley, and Ken (Norma) Jehling; uncle, and great uncle to many nieces and nephews; dearest friend of the late Dr. John W. Fries. John had a wonderful childhood, living in the family home overlooking Forest Park, where his grandfather was the Park's head gardener and designer of the Jewel Box. John's favorite pastime during his youth was riding the streetcar to Sportsmen's Park to cheer on the St. Louis Browns as a member of the Knothole Gang. He graduated from Southwest High School and immediately enlisted in the military where he honorably served his country during World War II as a Junior Officer in the Navy. After the war, John received his business degree from Washington University while playing on the baseball team. He then embarked upon a successful 40 year career at the LeeRowan Company, achieving the position of Vice President of Purchasing. John was a savvy negotiator and skillful statistician, and developed lifelong friendships with employees and suppliers alike. John and Jackie were married in 1951 and raised their family in Ferguson, MO, where he was very active in coaching baseball teams of all age levels, up to American Legion. He was an avid golfer and sports fan, and participated for many years in bowling leagues with his brother Carl. John enjoyed 26 years of retired life, spending time with his family, playing golf, reading, visiting the casinos, following the Chicago Cubs, and devoting many hours searching for buried treasures with his metal detector. He was a terrific son, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and will be greatly missed. Services: Memorial and burial services will be private. The Family wishes to thank the staff at Parc Provence for their wonderful care over the last six months, and Missouri Baptist Pallative Care over the last week. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation or the Alzheimer Foundation of America. www.kriegshausermortuary.com.
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on July 27, 2014
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