Francis, Robert

Robert “Bob” Francis, 93, of Herculaneum died July 26, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City. Mr. Francis was a retired metallurgist for St. Joe Lead in Herculaneum and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of United Methodist Church in Herculaneum and a lifetime member of Elks Lodge 1721 and VFW Post 3777 in Crystal City. Born June 14, 1926, in Herculaneum, he was the son of the late Maybelle (Rowden) and Fred Francis. He was preceded in death by his wife: Alice “Jean” (Portlock) Francis.

He is survived by a daughter: Linda (Thomas) Schilly of Crystal City; two grandsons: Thomas (Heather) Schilly of Crystal City and Robbie (Amy) Schilly of Festus; four great-grandchildren: Cooper, Hannah, Hailey and Hadley Schilly; a dear cousin: June Hunter of Florida; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.      

A funeral service was held July 29 at Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus, officiated by the Rev. Randy Gray. Burial was in the Herculaneum City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Neurofibromatosis Clinic. Arrangements were under the direction of Vinyard Funeral Home.

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