SIKESTON -- John William Fuchs Sr., 56, died at 7:24 p.m. Jan. 4, 2009 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
He was born Nov. 25, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, to the late Narcisse Edward Fuchs Jr. and Elizabeth Vaughan Bowman Fuchs. He attended St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, Sikeston Public Schools and graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis in 1971. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi in Oxford in 1975.
He was a former part owner of SEMO Motor Company in Sikeston, where he worked as a salesman and service manager. In 1994, he began a custom barbecue business and also was a substitute teacher for Sikeston Public Schools. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and had served on the parish council. He had been an active member of the Sikeston Jaycees and the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo, where he had served as the Rodeo Queen Contest chairman and co-chairman of the ticket office. He was an original member of the Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo Stage Crew, and also had served as the stage crew chairman. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and music enthusiast.
On June 17, 1978, in Athens, Ala., he married Nora Garth Gray, who survives of the home in Sikeston.
He is also survived by: one son, John William Fuchs, Jr. of North Little Rock, Ark. and one daughter, Nora Garth Fuchs of Sikeston; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, N. Edward Fuchs III, Joseph P. and Nora F. Fuchs and Robert B. and Cody Fuchs, all of Sikeston. Seven nephews and two nieces also survive.
He was preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Dee Perkins Fuchs.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Xavier Church with Monsignor Richard Rolwing and the Rev. Scott Sunnenburg officiating.
Cremation will follow with a private disposition of the cremains.
Pallbearers will be: Brandon DeWitt, Adam Hahs, Cooper Lape, Kyle Duncan, Matthew Bain, Jake Curtis, Taylor Killion and Tanner Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be: David Crader, Dr. Kenneth Barkett, Doug Lambert, Edward Fuchs IV, Mont Mitchell, Harry C. Young, John H. Daniels, Richard A. Tice, John L. Garth, Rod Graves and Jim Warf.
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The family requests donations be made in his name to:
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
245 W. Front St.
Sikeston, MO 63801
Sikeston Public Schools Foundation
603 B, S. Main St.
Sikeston, MO 63801