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Raymond George Eisterhold, 91, of St. Louis, formerly of Higginsville, Columbia, Westphalia and Freeburg, passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2010, in St.Louis.
Ray was born in Rich Fountain, December 3, 1918, the son of Anton and Anna (Zeilman) Eisterhold. On September 27th, 1947, Ray married Margaret Jane Werner of Westphalia and she survives in St. Louis. In 1942, Ray entered the Army and was stationed in the Philippines and Australia until December 1946, just short of 4 years. While there, he served in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre during World War II, in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Master Sergeant, and in the Military Police. He was awarded the Bronze Star. He was an independent grocery store owner of Foodland in Columbia, Ken-Ray's IGA & Ray's IGA and later of Ray's IGA in Higginsville. After retiring from the grocery business, he was a central Missouri territory representative for Continental Research Chemical Co. of St. Louis. Ray and Jane lived in Higginsville for 33 years before moving to St. Louis to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Ray was a member of the Benevolent Brotherhood of Elks, the Lions Club, Veteran of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. He was also very active in the Catholic Church in Columbia and Higginsville and an avid fisherman. While residing in Higginsville, he was instrumental in restoring the headstones of the Civil War combatants interred at the Higginsville Cemetery. He facilitated the installation of the numerous American flags lining the cemetery drives on Memorial Day each year. Survivors include: two sons and their spouses, Paul and Kim Eisterhold of Chicago, Ill. and Carl and Kathy Eisterhold of St.Louis; one daughter, Ellie Eisterhold-Burr of St. Louis; three grandchildren, Brandy Craig of Indianapolis, Ind., Travis Burr and Mason Burr of St. Louis; two great-grandchildren, Piper and Dexter Craig; one sister Alice Hilkemeyer (Jerome, deceased) of Jefferson City; and one brother-in-law & sister-in-law, James and Jackie Brand of Lenexa, Kan. He was also an uncle and great-uncle of the Grove and grand-nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, Missouri. Services will follow at 2 p.m. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhome andcemetery.com.