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John P. Lurk

John P. Lurk, of Bloomsdale, MO peacefully passed at 7:02am on January 28, 2024 at Crystal Oaks Rehab Facility in Crystal City, MO.

He was born June 8,1952 to the late Thomas W. Lurk & Lenora A. (Klein) Lurk at their home in Ste. Genevieve, MO.

John married his high school sweetheart – Linda (Drury) Lurk on October 19, 1974 at St. Agnes Church in Bloomsdale, MO.

For anyone who knew John, he was a workaholic.  He worked on his dad’s farms in MO, IL & MS.  He graduated from Valle Catholic Schools in 1970.  He then attended MO Business College in St. Louis and earned a data science degree.

Corporal John P. Lurk served 2 years active duty in the United States Marine Corp. and 4 years in the reserves (2/2/72 – 2/1/78).  While serving at Camp Lejeune, he was recognized as a riffle sharp shooter and earned a National Defense Service Medal.

He worked in the construction industry for over 50 years at Bloomsdale Excavating, River Cement, Essex Contracting and retired from Goodwin Brothers Construction Company as a Site Superintendent in 2015.  He was a very proud member of the Laborer’s Union.  He served the City of Bloomsdale as their Water Superintendent until his passing. 

John was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church, served on Valle Catholic Schools foundation, member of American Legion Post 554, was a scout leader for Boy Scout Troop 410 (father of three Eagle Scouts).

John was a planner, organizer, and provider.  He was a loving husband and a ‘silent teacher’.  He showed his kids how to lead.  He was a man of a few words, but SHOWED what love looked like.  He went to EVERY event that his kids were involved in (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, softball, gymnastics, track and field, turkey calling contests, gym hockey, band, football, cheerleading & birthdays).    

John dearly loved his family, especially his 12 grandchildren.  He was passionate about Valle Warrior Football, USMC and spending time at Lake of the Ozarks.  He enjoyed taking daily walks, hunting, reading, gardening, farming & mowing.    

Survivors:

Wife:

Linda Drury Lurk – Bloomsdale, MO

Children:

Dr. Jared (Kristin) Lurk – St. Louis, MO

Justin (Mindy) Lurk – Arnold, MO

Laura (Michael) Sellman – Festus, MO

Dr. Jason (Dr. Katherine) Lurk – Chesterfield, MO

Grandchildren: 

Eloise, Henry, Nora & Vivien Lurk

Liv Snyder, Avabelle, Brady & Stella Lurk

Vincent & Vera Sellman

Braxton & Miles Lurk

Siblings:

Alouise (Bill) Wiegard – Modoc, IL

Thomas (Shirley) Lurk – Port Gibson, MS

Charles (Roberta) Lurk – Red Bud, IL

Mary (Clem) Drag – St. Charles, MO

Joseph (Patricia) Lurk – Ste. Genevieve, MO

Uncle Bill Lurk – Ste. Genevieve, MO

In-laws:

Ralph & Lucille Drury – Bloomsdale, MO

Barb (James) Brace – Bloomsdale, MO

Terry (Willa) Drury – Bloomsdale, MO

Nancy (Gene) Basler – St. Louis, MO

Mark (Tracy) Drury – Des Moines, IA

Many Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends

Preceded in death by:

Parents: Thomas & Lenora (Klein) Lurk

Brothers: Thomas Lurk and Charlie Lurk

Father-in-law: Ralph Drury

Brother-in-Law: Bill Wiegard

Sister-in-law: Barb Brace

Nephews: Ben Lurk & Joe Basler

Great Nephews:  Cory Lurk, Tyler Bost, and Wesley Bost

Visitation was at Basler Funeral Home in Sainte Genevieve, MO on Sunday, February 4, 2024 from 4:00 pm till 8:00 pm and Monday, February 5, 2024 from 9:00 am till 10:30 am.

Service was at St. Agnes Church in  Bloomsdale, MO on Monday, February 5, 2024 at 11:00 am.

The Clergy was Rev. Michael Rozier, SJ.

Burial was at St. Agnes Cemetery in Bloomsdale, MO with full military honors.

Memorials can be made to Valle Athletic Club or Bloomsdale Catholic Foundation.

Online condolences can be left at www.baslerfuneralhome.com.