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Elmer Orscheln

Elmer Augustus Orscheln, 89, of Moberly, MO passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2019 surrounded by his children at Boone Hospital in Columbia, MO. Elmer was born on July 5, 1930 in Sturgeon, MO to Edward Joseph Orscheln and Rose Anna (Wesselmann) Orscheln. Elmer and his late wife Peggy lived in Moberly for 62 years. They were married in 1951 in Quincy IL at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The couple moved to Moberly in 1957 and spent 68 beautiful years together raising a family and building a community of friends. Elmer was first and foremost a devoted loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He loved golf and was a former president of the Moberly Country Club. In his early years he was proud to be a part of the “Fearsome Foursome” with his beloved buddies: Jerry Orscheln, George Vitt, and Pete Schlingman. Elmer was a loyal and dedicated servant in many ways during his long life. He was an involved member of the Saint Pius X Catholic Church where he was a three-time Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and served as a knight for 70 years. He helped his dad Ed Orscheln form the Moberly Optimist Club in 1963, and joined the club himself in 1970. He was club president from 1972-1973, and became the club secretary/treasurer in 1982-holding that position until 2018. Elmer was key in starting many club programs, too many to list. He was proud to have the longest running perfect attendance of any member to this day. He was drafted into the army in 1951 and discharged in 1953 with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He was first stationed in Virginia at Fort Eustis, then at Fort Riley in Topeka, KS where he then left to work for the family business, Orscheln Brothers Truck Lines. There he was president from 1979 to 1983. In 1984 he worked for Beaufort Transfer until 2000 when he retired at age 70. His hobbies and interests included fireworks on the Fourth of July (he loved that his birthday was on the 5th), playing games and barbecuing with family, golfing, bowling (in a league for nearly 50 years), bird watching, building things, and gardening. In his later years he loved watching John Wayne westerns, Gunsmoke, the Virginian, and It’s a Wonderful Life. His kids will all agree he gave them all a wonderful life. And, because of his many friends and lives he touched, just like the toast at the end of the movie, “To Dad, the richest man in town.” Elmer Orscheln is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Peggy; parents, Ed and Rose Orscheln; sisters, Anna Luth (Lou), Jerry Vitt (George); brothers, Gene, Harold and Frank; and sister-in-law, Norma Orscheln. Survivors include his children, Michael (Marilyn) Orscheln of Fenton, MO, Laura (Greg) Smith of Paola, KS, Lisa (Mike) Palmer of Moberly, MO, Christopher (Christine) Orscheln of Columbia, MO, Paul (Brenda) Orscheln of St. Joseph, MO; grandchildren, Scott (Cassie) Orscheln of Columbia, MO, Ben (Justin) Orscheln of Kansas City, MO, Jennifer (Adam) Flock of Columbia MO, Jessica (Matt) Brown of Springfield, MO, Heather (Patrick) Woods of Stilwell, KS, Mason Orscheln of St. Joseph, MO, Austin Orscheln of Columbia, MO, Nick Orscheln of St. Joseph, MO, Kyle Orscheln of Columbia, MO; great grandchildren, Michael Orscheln, Liam Flock, Alivia and Hudson Brown, Benjamin and Graham Woods; Sisters-in-law, Lucille Orscheln and Ann Orscheln; extended family and close friends. A funeral mass celebrating Elmer’s life will be held Monday, December 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Pius X Church in Moberly, MO. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Pathway Memorial Funeral Home, with Rosary beginning at 6:00 p.m. Memorial contributions are appreciated to the St. Pius X School Foundation, 210 S. Williams St., Moberly, MO 65270, St. Pius X Knights of Columbus, Council #995, 209 S. Williams St., Moberly, MO 65270 or to the Moberly Optimist Club, P O Box 62, Moberly, MO 65270.

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A beautiful soul. A credit to his Church and his family and community.

Dr. Mike Daly Jan 16 2022 7:31 PM

No matter how many times the paths of Elmer and/or Peggy and myself crossed there was always a time to visit. I appreciate the warm and sincere greetings that they bestrode on me and my family as well as my parents Raymond and Anna Margaret Giesler. A simple crossing of our paths likely resulted in conversations about so many topics included our faith. Although I have not talked with Elmer in recent years there will always be a warm spot in my heart and so many memories. God bless and be with the Orscheln family. Fred & Patsy Giesler

Fred Giesler Dec 15 2019 5:18 PM

Elmer was a good friend and encouraged me to join the Optimist Club. I admire him in so many ways always a kind word and smile. Both He and Peggy will have a special place in our hearts. Having known Elmer and Peggy has made me a better person. Our love and prayers go out to the Family.

Sandra & Curt Porter Dec 14 2019 2:42 PM

I would like to pass my deepest sympathies to the family of Elmer Orscheln. Mr. Orscheln has a special place in my life because he was my first boss. He hired me when I was 13 to be a scorekeeper for the Moberly Optimist Club baseball leagues. I remember being so nervous when I made that phone call to ask Mr. Orscheln for the job, but his calm and reassuring voice made me feel at ease and he gave me the opportunity to become a better person. I will miss Mr. Orscheln and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Danny Kliewer Dec 13 2019 10:16 PM