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Richard Taylor Stith, Jr.
February 10, 2013
Richard Taylor Stith, Jr. a decorated WWII hero, passed away peacefully at the home of Marie Morrison in St. Louis, MO on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at the age of 93. Dick Stith was an insurance executive and former Mayor of Clayton, MO, former President of the United Nations Association of St. Louis, a founding member of the The Independence Center, which assists persons with mental illness, and a leader of many other civic organizations in St. Louis. Loving and beloved husband of Ann Carter Stith, his wife of 62 years, who died in 2005. Loving and beloved companion of Marie Tramelli Morrison, the widow of George H. Morrison. He was the loving and adored father and father-in-law of Richard T. Stith III (Rosemarie) of Valparaiso, IN, Kate Stith-Cabranes (Josť Cabranes) of New Haven, CT, Laura Denvir Stith (Don Scott) of Kansas City, MO, and Rebecca S. Stith (Gen Obata) of Tacoma, WA, and adopted sons Yabo Lin (Hong Mei) and Mohan Phansalkar (Prachee). He was preceded in death in 1979 by a daughter, Carter Stith Spano (John Spano), who covered the courts as a reporter for the PostDispatch, and in 1949 by an infant son, Frankie. He is also survived and greatly missed by ten grandchildren and one great grand- daughter, and by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was the son of the late Richard Taylor Stith and Agnes Denvir Stith of St. Louis, and was predeceased by his sister Miriam and brothers Denvir and Francis. In World War II, Stith was a Marine pilot at Guadalcanal and other parts of the Pacific Theater, commanding unarmed DC-3 transport planes, often under enemy fire. He was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses and twelve air medals. Services: A Memorial Service to celebrate Dick Stith's life will be held at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church, Grand and Lindell, St. Louis, on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow the service. Complimentary parking in the Laclede Avenue Garage at St. Louis University. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in his name to Independence Center, 4245 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, 63108, or to the Presidential Scholar Fund at St. Louis University, 221 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 63103. A SERVICE OF THE LUPTON CHAPEL


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