SIKESTON - Theon Francis Grojean, 78, died at 2:30 a.m. Oct. 1, 2002, at his home.
Born March 27, 1924, in New Hamburg, son of the late Theon Charles and Ida Menz Grojean, he was a pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. A 1949 graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, he was a registered professional engineer and registered professional architect. He was owner of Grojean Architect and Engineers and designed and engineered numerous prominent buildings throughout Southeast Missouri.
Grojean served as alderman and vice mayor on the Sikeston City Council in the 1960s and was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sikeston.
On Jan. 20, 1945, in Houston, Texas, he married Wilma Catherine LeGrand who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: four sons and three daughters-in-law, Ron and Janet Grojean of Jackson, Bob and Toni Grojean of Sikeston, Theon Grojean Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., and Gary and Joan Grojean of Blue Springs; four daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Jim Schwaninger of Sikeston, Suzi and Rick Bach of Memphis, Tenn., Jeanne and Jim Burke of Charleston and Kathy and Rick Love of Wentzville; two brothers, Charles Grojean of New Hamburg and Francis Grojean of Cape Girardeau; three sisters, Rita Staebel of Kelso, Sybilla Cresap of Advance and Corona Kelpe of Cape Girardeau; and 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Four sisters preceded him in death.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel where a prayer service is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with the Rev. Stephen Schneider, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in the St. Lawrence Cemetery at New Hamburg.
Pallbearers will be his 12 grandsons: James Schwaninger Jr., Jeff Schwaninger, Joe Schwaninger, Chris Grojean, Rob Grojean, Doug Grojean, Evin Burke, Sam Burke, John Raffety, David Raffety, Andrew Raffety and Andrew Grojean.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
St. Francis Xavier School Fund 245 W. Front St. Sikeston, Mo. 63801
to a charity of the donor's choice