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Wilbert Billy J. Muenks

January 23, 1930 — February 20, 2016

Wilbert Billy J. Muenks

Wilbert "Billy" John Muenks, age 86 of Loose Creek, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2016, at St Joseph Bluffs in Jefferson City with his family by his side.

Billy was born January 23, 1930, in Cadet Creek, located near Loose Creek, a son to the late Gerhard and Helen (Porting) Muenks.

Billy attended Immaculate Conception grade school in Loose Creek and was a 1947 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School.

On May 30, 1956, he was united in marriage to Theresa Elizabeth Stratman at Visitation Catholic Church in Vienna. They were blessed with six children. Together they raised turkeys, chickens, cattle and grain on their family farm. Theresa survives at the home.

Billy was a life-long member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Loose Creek, a member of the Bonnots Mill Knights of Columbus Council #2027, and the Holy Name Society. He served on the school board in Loose Creek when his children were in school. Billy also was an avid bowler and a Red Cross Blood Donor.

Billy, along with his brother Gerald helped their dad, Gerhard and Uncle Aloysius Muenks begin one of the original turkey producing farms in Osage County. Billy raised turkeys for over 60 years. Along with raising turkeys he drove grain trucks, hauled poultry and lime, and did custom farm work. He loved to work his crop ground along the Osage River bottoms. His wife Theresa and son Danny were always by his side to help with the farming operation.

Billy's greatest joys were his family and visiting with neighbors and friends. He enjoyed showing and explaining his turkey operation. He loved to share family history with his nieces and nephews, trot-line fishing, riding his four-wheeler, tractors, and taking drives around the countryside. He enjoyed playing cards with his January birthday friends each year. He took great pride in being able to sit at the table and eat food that had been grown on his farm. Billy enjoyed ending his meal with a big bowl of ice cream.

In addition to his wife of 59 1/2 years, Billy is survived by six children, Frances Rustemeyer and her husband Charles of Loose Creek, John Muenks and his wife Kathy of Loose Creek, Helen Kliethermes and her husband Carl of Tipton, Warren Muenks and his wife Deborah of Loose Creek, Quintin Muenks and his wife Sharon of Westphalia and Danny Muenks of Loose Creek; 15 grandchildren, Bethann (Brad) Stieferman; Brandon (Sarah), Austin (FiancAC.e Joanna), Lauren and Madison Kliethermes; Matthew (Victoria), Meredith and JoAnna Muenks; Brittany Thompson; Renata ( FiancAC. Matthew), Macy, Max and Quin Muenks; Jessica (Billy) Phelps and Jennifer (Marques) Chilsohm; 7 great grandchildren: Elliott Stieferman; Maren and Caleb Kliethermes; Addison Troesser; and Dylan and Lyric Phelps as well as two great grandchildren on the way; one sister Lillian Konnyu and her husband Ernie of San Jose, CA; two sisters-in-law: Anna Muenks Kever of Loose Creek and Nina Stratman of Vienna and one brother-in-law, Robert Jacquin of Richmond Heights and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by: two brothers, Leonard Muenks and his wife Alvina and Gerald Muenks; three sisters: Dorothy Schmitz and her husband Virgil, Laurine Bias and her husband Lucian and Helen Jacquin; one sister-in-law, Sr. Agnella Stratman, ASC; one brother-in-law, George Stratman; and two grandsons, Andrew and Peter Rustemeyer.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Loose Creek. A Rosary Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. and a Prayer Service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Louis Nelen as the Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Parish Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or to the Immaculate Conception Parish Cemetery Fund.

A Rosary Service will begin at 4:00 p.m. and a Prayer Service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

with Fr. Louis Nelen as the Celebrant


SERVICES
Visitation

Friday, February 26, 2016
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Immaculate Conception Catholic Churc
147 County Road 402
Loose Creek, Mo 65054

A Rosary Service will begin at 4:00 p.m. and a Prayer Service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, February 27, 2016
11:00 AM

Immaculate Conception Catholic Churc
147 County Road 402
Loose Creek, Mo 65054

with Fr. Louis Nelen as the Celebrant

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