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Shelby Morris Bookholtz

Shelby Morris Bookholtz, 83 years old, of Saint Mary, MO died Wednesday, December 6, 2023 peacefully at home in Saint Mary, MO,

He was born October 26, 1940 in Bonne Terre, MO.

He was preceded in Death by his Father, William Joseph Bookholtz and Mother, Edith Mary Bookholtz; and his mother-in-law, Lillian with whom he was very close.

Married to Regina “Diana” (McDonald) Bookholtz on August 17, 1963.

He is survived by his wife, Regina “Diana” Bookholtz of Saint Mary, MO; Daughter, Sonia (Lawrence) Braun of Sainte Genevieve, MO; Two Grandchildren, Caleb Braun and Sara Braun;Two Sisters, Angela Filer, Mary Ellen Jokerst.

Shelby was a wonderful father and grandfather and a Beloved husband. He loved spending time with his family. He loved farming and gardening. He and his wife Diana loved going to farm auctions together, they loved doing everything together. He will be dearly missed. He taught school for many years in his younger years then turned to full time farming and buying and selling farm equipment in his later years. He also enjoyed fishing, reading, and gospel and bluegrass music. Shelby also served his country in The United States Army.

The family would like to thank Crown Hospice for their wonderful invaluable care, especially his nurse Kelly Brown, who was very special to Shelby and his family. Memorials can be made to Crown Hospice.

Shelby’s family wishes to have services private.

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