NEW HAMBURG -- Charles Kasper Grojean Sr., 86, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
Born Dec. 12, 1919, in New Hamburg, he was the son of the late Theon C. and Ida Menz Grojean. On Aug. 14, 1942, in La Mesa, Calif., he married Erma J. Dumey who survives of the home.
Mr. Grojean was a stock, dairy and row crop farmer on the New Hamburg farm, which has been in the family for more than 130 years. He was an agent for Scott County Mutual Insurance Co. for 49 years and was elected to the organization's board of directors, serving as vice president at the time of his retirement in 2003. He served on the board of Scott-New Madrid Rural Electric Cooperative for 38 years, retiring in 1998. He held officer positions on the board and helped with multiple projects to improve the delivery of electrical services to the district's patrons.
Mr. Grojean was a lifelong active member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in New Hamburg, serving on many church committees including parish council. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1111 in Cape Girardeau for more than 60 years. He was a member of the Kelso C-7 School Board in New Hamburg for 27 years. He joined the Army National Guard in the late 1930s. He served in World War II and was based at La Mesa, Calif., and later at Mineral Wells, Texas. He played clarinet in the 140th Infantry Marching Band and was honorably discharged in 1945.
Throughout his life, he received numerous recognitions and awards for his professional and community activities, including the A.C. Burrows Service Award from the Missouri Association of Electric Cooperatives. He was most proud of his 64-year marriage to his wife, Erma, and the achievements of his children and grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, survivors include: five sons and four daughters-in-
law, Charles K. and Mary Grojean Jr. of New Hamburg, Michael and Beverly Grojean of Manchester, Randall Grojean Sr. of San Antonio, Texas, David and Sheri Grojean of San Antonio and Chris and Sherri Grojean of New Hamburg; three daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Eugene F. McDonald of Jackson, Sheila and Carl Eftink of Sikeston and Lisa and Tim Church of Sedalia; three sisters, Sybilla Cresap of Advance, Corona "Topsy" Kelpe of Cape Girardeau and Rita Staebel of Kelso; one brother, Francis Grojean of Cape Girardeau; and 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Caroline Grojean, Rose Heisserer, Bertha Schwartz, Marie Clinton; one brother, Theon Grojean Jr.; and one granddaughter, Sheila Elizabeth Eftink.
Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in New Hamburg with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Lawrence Catholic Church with the Rev. Normand Varone, pastor, serving as celebrant.
Burial with full military rites will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery at New Hamburg.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Keith Grojean, Jeremy Grojean, James McDonald, Randy Joe Grojean, Jacob Grojean and Josh Church.
Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel of Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
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