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.