CHARLESTON -- Dr. Renatto F. "Doc" Guerra, 84, died at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 1, 2005, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
Born Feb. 13, 1921, in Black Water, son of the late John B. and Louisa Baldasso Guerra, he was raised north of Kansas City and graduated from the Chicago School of Optometry in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as an optometrist and was stationed on Iwo Jima. In 1946, he came to Charleston where he opened an office and began his career in optometry, retiring in 1995. He was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Charleston, a fourth degree knight in the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the American Optometric Association. He was a former member of the Cairo Elks Lodge, Charleston Kiwanis Club and Charleston Lions Club.
On Sept. 25, 1942, he married Rosemary Catherine Moore who survives of the home.
Also surviving are: one son, Gary Guerra of Charleston; one daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Bill Toon of Glen Carbon, Ill.; one brother, Louis Guerra of Kansas City; one sister, Louise Kenyon of Kansas City; and three grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were one daughter, Mary Ann Guerra; one brother, Andy Guerra; and one sister, Josephine Duff.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston where prayers will be recited at 7 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Henry Catholic Church with Monsignor Richard Rolwing, senior pastor in residence at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sikeston, serving as celebrant.
Graveside military rites by the Missouri Military Honor Guard will be conducted at the Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may
be sent to:
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
6931 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
The Shriners Childrens Hospital
2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131-3597