CAPE GIRARDEAU -- James John Messmer, 77, died at 11:55 p.m. Aug. 28, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born April 20, 1930, in Kelso, son of the late Edward Valentine and Clara Martin Messmer, he was self-employed as a carpenter/home builder with Ultra Modern Homes. He served with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
On Feb. 5, 1955, in Houma, La., he married Elizabeth Ann Colomb, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: three sons, Clark Messmer of Scott City, Lawrence Messmer of Houma and David Messmer of Marble Hill; two daughters, Penny St. Pierre of Houma and Brenda Robertson of Benton; one brother, Cletus Messmer of Scott City; one sister, Vera Rhodes of Cape Girardeau; and seven grandchildren.
Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City. Parish prayers will be recited at 7 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church in Scott City. The Rev. David Coon will officiate.
Burial with full military rites will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery.