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Robert G. Bax, Sr

Robert G. Bax, Sr., age 85 of Rich Fountain, passed away Monday, January 6, 2014, at St. Mary's Health Center in Jefferson City with his family by his side.

Robert was born December 24, 1928, at Freeburg, MO., the son of the late Alphonse and Teresa (Grellner) Bax.

On August 3, 1950, Robert was united in marriage to Rosella J. Cassmeyer in Freeburg. She preceded him in death on September 13, 2012.

Robert attended schools in Freeburg and Rich Fountain. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1946 and served in the Pacific theater. He was a farmer throughout his life, raising cattle, hogs, and turkeys. In 1961, he was a partner in establishing Central Hog Market in Rich Fountain and in 1984, he started St. Elizabeth Hog Market. Central Hog Market continues to operate today.

He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rich Fountain; Knights of Columbus Council at Rich Fountain and American Legion Post 317. He was active throughout his life in his community. He helped start the Rich Fountain Ball Park Association; served on the Board of Education for the Osage County R-3 School District; and served on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Freeburg and the Bank of St. Elizabeth.

Robert enjoyed hunting and fishing, baseball and softball and teaching his children and grandchildren in those activities. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Fatima Comets and St. Louis Cardinals. His greatest enjoyments were the time spent with his family, sharing in all the activities of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Robert is survived by: eight children, Kathy Stuckenschneider and her husband Bruce of Westphalia, Bob Bax, Jr. and his wife Joy of St. Martins, Bill Bax and his wife Karen, Rick Bax and his wife Janet, Margaret (Peggy) Brune and her husband Rick, Jean Fick and her husband Bob, Tom Bax and his wife Karen, all of Rich Fountain, and Sharon Bax of Colorado; one sister, Margaret Reinkemeyer and her husband Alex of Rich Fountain; one brother-in-law, Paul Schnieders of Jefferson City; 17 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren with two more expected in 2014.

In addition to his parents and wife, Robert was preceded in death by: two sisters, Mary Jane Neuner and Mildred Schnieders; and one brother-in-law, George Neuner.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rich Fountain. A prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014, at Sacred Heart Church in Rich Fountain with Fr. Philip Niekamp as the Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery with full Military Honors.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic School, Rich Fountain.

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I know you will miss your dad but just imagine the reunion he and your mother had. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Trena Wright Pennington Seed

Trena Wright Jan 11 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Bax family, We are so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great man in our community and will be missed by all. Hoping all the great memories will ease your grief... Mary Kramer & family

Mary Kramer Family Jan 10 2014 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Bob when he had the hog market here in St. Elizabeth. I always admired him, he always had a friendly smile. It was a pleasure doing business with him, I'm sure he will be missed greatly. The family has my condolence.

Mary Oligschlaeger Jan 9 2014 12:00 AM

so sorry for the loss of your family member.

Jamieneuner Jan 9 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Bax Family, Rich Fountain has lost another wonderful person. Please know you will be in my thoughts ans prayers. Sincerely, Doris Backes-Delp

Doris Backes-Delp Jan 8 2014 12:00 AM

Deepest Sympathy to you and your family. He was a great guy. Remember him from coaching softball and card parties at my mom and dads and pitch tournaments at Rich Fountain. Lean on your family for support. Been through these rough times..... Butch and Jill Drennen

Jill Drennen Jan 7 2014 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to each of you for your loss. Being raised in Rich Fountain, on a cattle/hog farm, my first memories of Bob are from the hog market. Always greeting with a smile and friendly hello. As I grew older my memories are from community festivities and ball games. Bob always had time to say hello and chat. May your cherished memories give you comfort in the days ahead. He will be greatly missed by many. Rest in peace Bob. You are reunited with Rosella. God bless.

Lisa & Kevin Fincher Jan 7 2014 12:00 AM

So sorry for your family's loss. Bob was a great guy and will be missed by many. May God give you peace.

Bob Vermoilen Jan 7 2014 12:00 AM

To all of Bob & Rosella's children; how very sorry we were to hear about your Dad. He was the kindest man and loved his family very much. He just wanted to go home to be with Jesus and Rosella. He is very happy now for sure; but I know how hard it is for all of you. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Sharon & Harold Lock

sharon lock Jan 7 2014 12:00 AM