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Obituary: Jo Henri Frappier

Obituary: Jo Henri Frappier

February 3rd, 2019 in Obituaries

Jo Henri Frappier, 87, of Trinity, Florida, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family. Jo was born August 8, 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Francis and Dorothy Frappier. Jo grew up in Bryan, Ohio, where at a young age he began working at several of the family's businesses. He earned his bachelor's degree and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University. He served in the US Marine Corp as an Engineering Sergeant in the Korean War from 1952-1953. Jo married M. Joyce Pridgen on September 11, 1955. Following Joyce's death in 1986, he married Nancy McIntyre on January 7, 1989. Nancy preceded him in death in 2013. Jo had a distinguished career in business and politics. He started his career at Laclede Gas in St. Louis in 1958 where he conducted systems work, accounting and budgeting. His first taste of public service was as PTA President at his daughters' elementary school in 1962. He ran for Florissant City Council in 1963 and served until 1966 when he was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives. He served four terms and went on to serve two terms as a State Senator. In 1977, he created Royce Automotive Inc. then sold his interest in the business in 1983. In 1981, he served as the Director of Economic Development under Governor Christopher "Kit" Bond. He was as an aide and lobbyist on Governor John D. Ashcroft's staff. In 1990, he became the President of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce until his retirement in 1998. Jo enjoyed music, sailing, gardening, bird watching, golfing, traveling and spending time with family and friends. He attended First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City and served as an elder. Jo will be remembered most for his wonderful sense of humor and kind heartedness. Jo is survived by his siblings: Tom Frappier, Jon Frappier, Patti Shaw, and Mark Frappier; his daughters: Bettina, Michelle, and Lisa; step-children: Andy and Anne; seven grandchildren, one great-grandson, and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City, Missouri on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at the church at 10:00 a.m. Private interment will be held in Tampa, Florida. Please visit the website of Meadowlawn Memorial Funeral Home at dignitymemorial.com to view a tribute and share your fond memories. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are greatly appreciated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Disabled American Veterans, two causes dear to his heart.