William Bernard “Bernie” Wehmeyer of St. James, Missouri, formerly of Sullivan, Missouri, was born June 17, 1940, in Thebes, Illinois to William Charles “Bill” and Elsie (Workman) Wehmeyer and passed away on January 29, 2020 at the age of 79 years.
His family moved to Sullivan, Missouri when Bernie was 12 years old. He attended school in Sullivan and worked at his family’s business, Brown Supermarket.
He was a basketball player at Sullivan High School, then attended the University of Missouri – Columbia, Missouri and joined the Missouri National Guard shortly thereafter.
In 1961 he married Linda Nelson of Sullivan, Missouri.
He worked for local supermarkets, Thrifty and Kroger as well as various supermarkets in the St. Louis, Missouri region through his membership with the UFCW Local 88 union. At 29 years of age, Bernie was one of the youngest to become a “Worshipful Master,” the highest officer status, at the Masonic Lodge #69 of Sullivan, Missouri.
As many know, Bernie was a good golfer and longtime club member at the Sullivan Country Club. He played on the men’s league and won the club championship several times. He continued to enjoy playing golf with friends and family throughout his life.
In 1986 Bernie married Jenny Hancock Iten. They lived on a farm at St. James, Missouri where he enjoyed raising cattle.
After National Supermarket closed at Rolla, Missouri in 1997, Bernie drove a tour coach for Mid-American Coaches throughout the US and Canada until retiring in 2016.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wm. Charles “Bill” Wehmeyer; mother, Elsie Wehmeyer; and sister, Beverly Wehmeyer.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jenny Wehmeyer; daughters, Margaret Wehmeyer and Gwen Scaman; son, Wm. Kurt Wehmeyer; Jenny’s children, Toby Iten, Timothy Iten and Tommi Iton; grandchildren, Cole and Cale Iten; great grandchildren, Avery and Amelia Iten; other relatives friends.
Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary with Pastor Jerry Baumann officiating.
Internment followed at the Hancock Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.