SCOTT CITY - Dick Joe Brashear, 68, died March 25, 2005, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
Born Oct. 2, 1936, in Morley, son of Sherma P. Nation Brashear and the late Clarence E. Brashear, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 until 1977 including the Vietnam war and retired as a boatswain mate senior chief. During his time in the U.S. Navy, his primary duties included more than 14 years aboard U.S. Navy destroyers and troop transport ships. The ships' assignments included 12 deployments to the Western Pacific. Other assignments included recruiting duty at U.S. Naval Station in San Diego, Calif., and Champaign, Ill. He was awarded the following for his service: Combat Action Medal, Good Conduct Medal (four awards), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Gallantry Cross Color with Palm and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
After retiring from the Navy, he was employed as southeast regional supervisor with the Missouri Veterans Commission in Cape Girardeau.
A member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, he was also a member of Knights of Columbus Council 6420 and Fourth Degree St. Joseph Assembly 2283 in Scott City. He was a life member and past 15th District commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6407 in Scott City and a member of Fleet Reserve Association.
On Jan. 20, 1960, in Chester, Ill., he married Barbara L. Diebold, who died April 21, 1996. He then married Judy M. Crites on Oct. 9, 1999, in Cape Girardeau.
Survivors in addition to his wife and mother include: two sons and daughters-
in-law, Jon "Rick" and Cindy Brashear and Scott W. and Debbie Brashear; a chosen son, Roy D. Cannon; a stepson, Sammy A. Below; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca J. and Bud McMillan and Barbara "Barbie" and Jeff Simpson; two stepdaughters and a son-in-law, Mary B. and Brendan Straubel and Laurie A. Felker; a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas J. and Sharon Brashear; a sister and brother-in-law, Sondra K. and Charles Trankler; and 18 grandchildren, Brandi, Sara, Eric, Cody, Miranda, Tyler, Katie and Madison Brashear, Lyndsey and Dylan Simpson, Taylor and Garrett McMillan, Allen Collier, Ashley Felker, Seth and J.P. Harrell, and Rory and Lucy Straubel; and three great-grandchildren, Mina Brashear and Alivia and Ty Collier.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one son, Michael E. Brashear, and a brother, Danny E. Brashear.
Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Scott City where Parish prayers are scheduled for 7 p.m., followed by a Knights of Columbus prayer service.
The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. David Coon as celebrant.
Burial with full military honors will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.