Robert Stahlheber

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Stahlheber, Robert Robert H. Stahlheber, who for many years was Chief Commerce Counsel of the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company, died Monday, December 10, 2012. He was 90 years old and had lived in Webster Groves. Mr. Stahlheber was born in St. Louis and, except for the W.W.II years, had always lived in the St. Louis area. In June, 1942 at the age of 20 he received his A.B. degree from Washington University, having worked his way through college by being employed over 40 hours per week at night as usher and later doorman in various theatres, most of that time having been at the Tivoli. During W.W.II he spent more than 3 years in the service including a period as an army medic in the South Pacific. As a member of a company attached to the 1st Cavalry, an Infantry division, he was with the first troops to land in Japan the day the peace was signed. He participated in the liberation of a number of Americans and others who had been held as prisoners of war in the Japanese homeland. Following his discharge from the army Mr. Stahlheber worked briefly as an auditor for the U.S. General Accounting Office, but soon resigned in order to enter the Washington University School of Law, from which he graduated in Sept. 1948, ranking first in his class. Having passed the Missouri Bar Exam during his final semester in Law School, he almost immediately joined the Law Department of the Missouri Pacific R.R. For the next 35 years he handled, and/or supervised the handling of, numerous R.R. law cases throughout the country, some of which were ultimately decided in the Federal Courts up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a member of many R.R. industry advisory committees in significant legal matters, including some of that industry's major division cases. After retiring from the railroad Mr. Stahlheber was an adjunct faculty member in St. Louis University's night school division, teaching Business Law, Business Ethics, and various other Business and Management courses. Mr. Stahlheber was the beloved husband of the late Virginia Stahlheber (nee Brandt); loving father of Tom (Melanie) and Bill Stahlheber; dear grandfather of Kristin, Drew and Michael Stahlheber; dear brother of William (Shirley) Stahlheber; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend. Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON CHAPEL, 10151 Gravois, Friday, December 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm. Interment Sunset Cemetery. Contributions to Friends of the National World War II Memorial, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Ste 304, Washington, DC 20003, appreciated. Visitation Thursday 5-9 pm.

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Dec. 11 to Dec. 12, 2012
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