Wednesday, December 12, 2001
Mr. Edward B. Propst, age 76, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call Wednesday, Dec. 12, between 4-8 p.m., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Cape.
Funeral service will be Thursday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home, followed by internment in Snyder Cemetery near Millersville, with a Missouri Military Service. Dr. Derek Staples will officiate.
Mr. Propst was born Jan. 24, 1925, at Sedgewickville, Missouri, son of the late Harley E. and Hattie A. Bollinger Propst. He and Louise Nelson were married Jan. 30, 1949 at Millersville. Mrs. Propst survives.
Other loving survivors include three sons and one daughter in law, Edward J. Propst of St. Louis, Terry L. Propst of Nashville, and Kevin L. and Kim Propst of Nashville; a foster daughter, Rosemary McCallister of St. Louis; two brothers, Hansel Propst of San Antonio, and Dewey Propst of St. Louis; and a sister, Verla Crites of Marble Hill.
Also surviving are three grandchildren, Jane Louise Budnick, Grayson Propst and Jack Propst; one great grandchild, Lauren Budnick; and a foster grandchild, Jeff Counts.
He was preceded in death by one brother.
Mr. Propst graduated from Sedgewickville High School. He then served as a Staff Sgt. in the U.S. Army from June 25, 1943, through Sept. 3, 1944. He participated in the campaigns for Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. He received the American Theater and E.A.M.E. ribbons with three battle stars; and the Good Conduct and Victory Medals.
After his military service, he worked as a mechanic for the former Schneider International Harvester in Cape Girardeau. In 1951, he and Mrs. Propst moved to Charleston where he worked for Missouri-Illinois Tractor until 1963. He remained with M.I.T., but in 1964, moved back to Cape Girardeau and retired in 1987.
Mr. Propst was a member of Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau, and presently served as an active deacon. He formerly taught Sunday school in the youth division. He was a former Jaycee and auxiliary policeman in Charleston.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Lynwood Baptist Library.