Raymond Evans, 76, class of CBC '55, passed away on February 5, 2014. Services were held at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Kansas City.
A native of St. Louis, MO, Ray was born April 25, 1937, the only child of Earl Thomas and Helen Ann Cobb.
Ray served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He owned and operated Evans Optical before his retirement. Ray was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Carol. He leaves three children, Steve, Cathy and Mary, as well as four grandchildren. RIP
Nick Grbcich. Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Friday, December 27, 2013. Beloved husband of Mary Ann Grbcich (nee Albanese); loving father of Charles G. (Amy) Grbcich; proud grandfather of Brendan and Luisa; dear brother of Carol Martens and Cathy Tow. Proud member of National Society of Professional Engineers and ASHRAE. Services.
Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Some of us remember Nick for another reason of being a high school classmate. I (Bill Rogers) remember Nick from grade school as we both attended St. George School in Affton along with about a half dozen other guys that went to CBC
A group of '55 grads helped celebrate Bob Liss' 50th anniversary as a priest at a mass and social gathering at St. George Church in Affton (top photo) and at another gathering at his church in Richwoods.
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Pictured above are Mary Ann Rogers, Bob Liss and Sharon Schulte
From Nick's wife, Barbara - "Nick went home to be with the Lord yesterday, July 2, at 3:40 in the afternoon. He was surrounded by his loving family as Jesus came, so gently, for him. As you know, he has endured much,
and I will add, he never complained, not once. The extreme nature of his rare condition, prompted a body donation to St. Louis University Medical School.
We will have a memorial service at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church at 9321 Litzsinger Rd. (near Tilles Park in Brentwood) at two o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, July 6.
I want to thank all of the CBC men who have reached out to help me in so many ways during this very difficult time. Nick would have been very grateful to all of you for the way you embraced us."
Bob Frein, of St. Charles, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the age of 76. Bob's wife, Beverly, advised Bob passed away at home.
He had been diagnosed with Follicular Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma fourteen years ago. In Dec. of 2012, Bob's cancer transformed to Large B Cell Lymphoma. It was a very aggressive cancer and nothing would stop its growth.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Paul Frein.
Bob enjoyed traveling, golf and spending time with his grandchild. He was a member of St. Cletus Catholic Church. Bob loved church history and world history.
William McConnell of Hillsboro, Missouri passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at his home. He was born June 15, 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri the son of Lorraine Helen (nee G'Sell) McConnell of Affton, Missouri and the late William James McConnell.
In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife Brenda (nee Osborn) McConnell.
He was a 1955 graduate of CBC High School in St. Louis, served in the United States Army during the Berlin Crisis and retired from St. Louis Litho as a Maintenance Mechanic. He was Past Master of Joachim Masonic Lodge #164, member of the Shriners of St. Louis and Scottish Rite Bodies of St. Louis, Past Guardian of Jobs Daughters Bethel Lodge #56 of Hillsboro and Council member for Hillsboro Chapter of DeMolay.
There is a rather interesting publication on the ISSUU.com web featuring the history of CBC basketball from 1924 to 2011. Click on the link below to access. It's a 106 page document and includes names of some our class from 1955.
Unknown to most of our class, some of our guys tried out for the Chippendale dancers some years past. We discovered a long, lost video of their audition. The dancers included Gene McLaughlin, John Rappold, Joe Schulte, Jay Schicker and Bill Rogers. Click on this link to view. This is a video file which may take a minute or two to download.
Mike Douherty passed away on December 23, 2012 of an apparant heart attack. He had a bypass and pacemaker installed 5 or so years ago, but everything had been fine up until now. Mike was a popular classmate at CBC having played basketball and football.
Reverend Robert Liss, class of 1955 celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest with a mass and dinner on November 25. More than 100 parishioners, friends and classmates attended the parish dinner in Richwoods, MO. Father Liss has been pastor of St. Stephen's parish in Richwoods since 1992.
He previously served as pastor at St. Casimir Parish (Hathway Manor, MO), St. Lucy (Jennings), St. Francis (Luebbring, MO), St. John the Apostle (downtown St. Louis), St. Norbert (Florissant), St. Gregory & Holy Trinity (St. Ann) and St. Gabriel (St. Louis).
CBC was well represented at the mass and dinner with over a dozen classmates and spouses present. Present were Joe Dierker, Gene McLaughlin, Bill McConnell, Bill Rogers, Dave Schroeder, Art Lassa and Joe Schulte.
More than a dozen fellow priests were also present to honor Bob.
Does anyone have any Jay stories? That was a question posed by one of Jay's nephews speaking about Jay at his funeral mass. Jay passed away on Friday, July 13, 2012 from a heart condition that plagued him for over 14 years.
Jay's son told a story about his dad playing baseball for Murray State College in Kentucky. At a particular game the opposing coach came over to the Murray State coach and asked him who the player was in left field. The coach said it was Jay Schicker. The other coach replied, "What? He was here 6 years ago."
Jay always told the story about his mom who told him not to get any stripes at CBC because she didn't know how to sew.
That was Jay. One of his best traits was getting people to smile. And the list goes on. Jay will be missed but not forgotten.
Parishoniers at St. Stephens Church in Richwoods, MO sponsored a 75th birthday party for their pastor and our classmate, Bob Liss, and invited his CBC '55 class. Pictured below are a few of his class who were in attendance. (Come to think of it, most of use are celebrating a 75th birthday this year. Are we celebrating or mourning?)
Bill Rogers recently obtained seven boxes of club records, photos, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia of the St. Louis Browns dating back to 1936. Bill is president and chief operating officer of the St. Louis Browns fan club. The organization is in the process of setting up a museum display at the Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis along with that of the Cardinals, hockey Blues, basketball Hawks and others. Much of the memorabilia acquired will be on display at the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.
Among the contents of the box was a reel of movie film labeled “World Series – 1944.” The fan club will have the film analyzed and hopefully converted to DVD for distribution.
The Browns won their only pennant in 1944 playing against the Cardinals. It became the only World Series played entirely in one ballpark west of the Mississippi.
According to Bill, “The movie film could be priceless depending on its condition and content. I am working with a local studio to see what we have. The box also contained giant size photos of the Cardinals and Browns first game of the 1944 in series along with newspaper clippings, baseball books, plaques and more.”
We received word our classmate, Steve Heckemeyer, passed away on November 4, 2011. Steve suffered from Alzheimer and Parkensons' for the past several years. Steve and wife, Lana, lived in Arizona City, AZ. The following note was received recently from Lana.
"Steve died on Nov. 4, 2011. I want to thank all of you who prayed for him. He died peacefully in Hospicecare. He had something similar to Alzheimers, Lewy Body dementia with Parkensonism. He diagnosed in 2006, and little by little,just like Alzheimer's, slipped away. He truly wished to go to the 55th. reunion, but going that far by plane and all that it entails for me, we didn't go. Thank you all again for your prayers, they did help us both."
John Zander fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Tues., Sept. 13, 2011. Beloved husband of Carol Zander (nee Zwick); dear father of John (Jeanette), Ann (John) Hallquist, Lynn Zander and Robert Zander; dear grandfather of Heather, Emily and Timothy; our dear brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend.
Roy Hines Sr. fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Wed., Nov. 2, 2011. Beloved husband of Roslia E. Hines (nee Valdes) for 56 years; dearest father of Christina (Paul) Kasal, Cookie, Greg (Kim), Charlie (Darlene), Matt (Stacy) Hines and the late Roy A. Hines; loving grandfather and great-grandfather; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle and friend. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery.
Joe Barczak - Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Friday, June 3, 2011. Beloved husband of LaDora Barczak (nee Brown). Dear father of Brenda, Kathy, Debbie, Don, Patty, Frank, Teresa, Joey, Tamara, Henry and the late Patricia.
Proud Grandfather of 24 and Great Grandfather of 36. Our dear nephew, uncle, cousin and friend. Proud member of the Polish Falcons of America and served his country in the U.S. Air Force.
Services at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Chapel.
Jim Briggs and wife, Tabby, recently passed through St. Louis and took the opportunity to hunt up some old classmates for lunch. The Briggs live in Lone Tree, Colorado. Drop Jim a note at: email@example.com.
Gene Block passed through St. Louis recently and produced a last minute lunch gathering. Joining the group with Gene were Bill Craft, Bill Rogers and Don Chrzanowski (CBC class of '56). The spouses were also along, but could not get squeezed into the photo. Maybe next time.
The Admiral and the memories of its millions of passengers floated away last week on the Mississippi River.
Eased along by a 7,000-horsepower towboat, the engineless Admiral pulled away from its mooring, glided beneath the Eads Bridge and headed south 14 miles to a shoreline plant, where over the next couple of months it will be cut apart down to its hull and scrapped. (Click on photos to enlarge)
The Admiral became a fixture on the St. Louis riverfront in 1940, when the owner, Streckfus Steamers, completed the boat's sleek, million-dollar Art Deco skin and put the boat to work on the Mississippi. Built on the hull of a car ferry, the 375-foot Admiral could carry 4,000 people and was perhaps St. Louis' most recognized attraction before the Gateway Arch was built in the 1960s.
Hull weakness discovered by the Coast Guard in 1979 ended the Admiral's cruising days. Streckfus sold the Admiral to a Pittsburgh
businessman who removed its diesel engines and announced a plan to move the boat there. He later sold it to St. Louis interests that reopened it in 1987 as an entertainment center run by Six Flags Corp. It flopped.
Reconfigured as the President Casino in 1994, the Admiral was again busy for a few years. Disputes in 2010 between the owner, Pinnacle Entertainment, and Missouri gaming officials over the President's declining revenue led to the company's decision to surrender the casino's state license, remove the gaming equipment and sell the Admiral to a new company, St. Louis Marine.
After an attempt to auction the boat failed, St. Louis Marine decided to scrap the vessel. But persistently high water on the Mississippi since April frustrated efforts to move the Admiral to a scrap yard.
The river eventually had fallen enough to allow the Admiral to slip beneath the Eads Bridge. Workers over the last few weeks had removed the boat's top deck, providing 10 more feet of clearance beneath the bridge.
The main towboat and a helper boat from Luhr Brothers Inc. took the Admiral to the company's facility near Columbia, Ill. There, the boat's three remaining decks will be scrapped. No decision had yet to be made on what to do with the Admiral's hull, which dates to 1907.
CBC had a pretty good presence on the boat during the 1950s as 10 of our class of 1955 worked on the Admiral. They were:
Bob Hesskamp (deceased)
Jim Renick (deceased)
Bob Menke (deceased)
Rev. Bob Liss*
The five guys shown above with an * had an “Admiral” reunion last week at the home of Art Lassa. Art and Dottie live on Sommerset Lake just south of DeSoto, MO. Art took the group on a cruise on his SS Admiral followed by lunch and lots of memories of the Admiral. Pictured above is Art Lassa, Joe Dierker, Bob Liss, Gene McLaughlin and Lou Chiodini.
The guys said the boat was wonderful and the lake and homes surrounding it were beautiful plus the breeze on a very hot day was delightful.
The group met at Art Lassa’s beautiful lakeside home on Sommerset Lake just south of DeSoto, MO. We were scheduled at noon for lunch and conversation. We took a cruise on the lake on Art’s version of the SS Admiral. The Boat was wonderful , the Lake and the homes surrounding it were beautiful and the breeze on a very hot day was delightful.
Some of our classmates paid a visit to the cemetary in Glencoe at the CBC retreat facilitiy there on July 5, 2011. This is the resting place of a number of the Christian Brothers who taught us during our school years on Clayton Road.
Glencoe is adjacent to Eureka, MO and an easy 30-40 minute drive. There were several hundred graves in the cemetary with many dating back into the 1800s. Many of the names were familiar. (Click on photos to enlarge)
A group of classmates traveled down St. Stephens parish in Richwoods, MO, home of Father Bob Liss, to help the community celebrate St. Patrick's Day. All enjoyed a lunch of corn beef and cabbage, ham, and the usual goodies. Needless to say, a good time was had by all. (Click on Photos to Enlarge)