We Live in Hearts We Leave Behind ~ Thomas Campbell
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 26, 2016 for 95 year old Herbert Eggemeyer of Chester, IL who died Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the Silverstone Place Nursing Home in Rolla, MO.
Herbert was born July 16, 1921 in Blair, IL, the son of Joseph and Theresa (Rieckenberg) Eggemeyer. He married Clara Young on November 26, 1953 in Chester, IL and she preceded him in death on October 15, 2009.
Herb was a WWII Veteran in the US Army and was at the Battle of the Bulge. When he shared his WWII stories it always included his buddy, Bye. While in the Army, Herb received the American Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon, 2 Battle Stars, a Purple Heart & Cluster and a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon.
Herb started the Natural Gas Department for the City of Chester and was hired as the Superintendent. He worked for the city for 25 years.
He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Chester, Illinois and was a Life Member of the VFW Post #3553, Disabled American Veterans and American Legion Alva Courier Post #487.
He enjoyed woodworking, playing the guitar or harmonica and doing handkerchief tricks.
Chris Zang, his great nephew, summed him up perfectly by saying: "Herb taught me so many things, how to make the most of life when you donít have much. When he had lemons, Herb made lemonade. He was one of a kind, and told it like it was, whether you wanted to hear it or not. If you were not careful, he would teach you a lesson whether you wanted to learn it or not. He could tell you a joke, maybe a couple times over and over, but it still sounded funny, because it was Herb telling it. He was a stand up kind of man, who I will miss so much. They broke the mold when they made him. I am proud and grateful he is Uncle Herb, the man, the myth, the legend. My friend Herb Eggemeyer, one class act."
Survivors include one daughter, Joyce Rubach of Chester, IL. Four grandchildren, five great grandchildren along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers Ė Clyde, Sylva and Orville Eggemeyer and five sisters, Fern Spearing, Myrtle Fleming, Jessie Ohlau, Ruby Adams and Irene Wolters.
Visitation will be from 5pm to 8pm Friday, November 25, 2016 and after 10am Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester, IL.
Funeral service for 95 year old Herbert Eggemeyer will be at 1pm Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester, IL with Rev. Don Carson officiating.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Chester, IL.
Memorials can be made to family choice for a future memorial for Herbert.