Funeral services for Ralph Waldo Omer, 94, of Perry, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 6, at Bienhoff Funeral Home in Perry with Reverend Kenny Sharp officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by Laddonia American Legion Post #510 will be in Lick Creek Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 until 10:45 followed by Masonic Services and the funeral service.
Mr. Omer passed away at 2:05 p.m. February 3, 2018, at Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia.
He was born July 27, 1923, in Davis City, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Hattie Fogal Omer.
He married Margaret Birdella Woodhurst on July 15, 1955, in Hannibal and she preceded him in death on July 20, 1999.
Survivors include: two sons, Fred (Charlotte) Omer of Perry and Calvin Robinson of Hannibal; one son-in-law, George Helwig of Bluffs, Ill.; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by: one son, Donald Robinson; one daughter, Margaret Helwig; two brothers, Robert and John Omer; and two sisters, Pearl Gobin and Barbara Maimone.
Mr. Omer moved to the area following his service in WWII in the U.S. Army. He served from October 20, 1944, until October 30, 1946, and received a purple heart. He worked for Narco Refractories from 1965 until his retirement in 1989. He also worked for the City of Perry and Ralls County Highway Department for several years. He was a Christian by faith and past Worshipful Master of Lick Creek Masonic Lodge #302 with over 65 years as a Mason. He was also a member of Perry VFW Post 4088, former member of Hannibal Photo Society, Quincy Woodworkers Guild, and the Williamsburg Liar's Club at Crane's Country Store. He enjoyed photography, gardening, woodworking, making ink pens, and visiting with his friends and family.
Pallbears will be Roger Green, Larry Beasley, Dean Wilson, Greg Power, Jeff Williams, Frank Wilson, and Ray Eickelschutte. Honorary pallbearers will be Conda Smith, Judy Pharis, Linda Wilson, Jim Tatman and Lyndell Chaplin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mexico Veterans Home, 1 Veterans Drive, Mexico, MO 65265 or the Shriners Hospital for Children, 4400 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.
Online condolences may be made at www.bienhofffuneralhome.com.