I am very sad to say our classmate Gary Stobbe has passed away, please see the obituary from the St. Louis Post Dispatch below. Gary was a career-long fire-fighter in the Manchester and West County EMS organization. While he was not involved in our class activities after graduation, he was always right here in our area. In 1985 I was divorced and bought a home in Manchester, which turned out to be right behind that of Gary and his family. The previous owner of my home, an elderly widower, had died of a heart attack while cutting the back yard grass. It was Gary's dog who was barking over his body to attract Gary's attention. At some point I had the opportunity to meet the "person" who lived behind me and it surprised us both. He was a devoted family man and good neighbor, a couple of times helping me with odd things I couldn't do myself, or lending me a tool, etc. One of his daughters became a pharmacist, working at a nearby pharmacy where I saw her often. After Gary and family moved to a larger home, we lost touch, but he has been on our mailing list for all these years, although I never had an email address for him. His large and loving family will miss him so much I am sure and I'm also sure he will rest in peace and love.
"Gary Thomas Stobbe (1947 - 2015)
Stobbe, Gary Thomas passed away, Tuesday,
December 22, 2015. Beloved husband of Rev. Brenda J. Stobbe; dearest
father of Susan (Paul) Reed, Nathan DeGraaf, Jason DeGraaf, Rev. Tiffany
Winter (Andrew) Hamilton, Frank (Terri) Remsik and the late Tom
(survived by Susan) Stobbe; dear grandfather of Katy and Austin Reed,
John Parker Stobbe, Jami Maia, D.J. DeCosta and Iva Viola Hamilton;
loving son of Mary A. and the late John O. Stobbe; our dear brother,
brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend. Services:
Memorial Service at Living Word United Methodist Church, 17315
Manchester Rd., Wildwood, MO 63038, Monday, December 28, 2015 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The BackStoppers, Inc.
Memorial visitation at the church, Monday 9 a.m. until time of memorial
service. A service of the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory. Friends
may sign the family's on-line guestbook at Schrader.com