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6A August 21,2003 For the Record The Cuba Free Press ! Obituaries a. Richard Lewis Brooks Richard Lewis Brooks was bern Saturday, December 20, 1930, at Zanesville, Ohio, a son of the late Fred O. Brooks and Evelyn Brooks nee Adams. He departed this life Saturday, August 9, 2003, at his home in Steelville, Missouri, at the age of 72 years, 7 months and 19 days. On March 26, 1972, at the Unity Church of the Desert, Las Vegas, Nevada, Richard was united in marriage to Marie Mable Chrostowski, daughter of the late Julius James DeGonia and Mary Susan (Yates) DeGonia. They enjoyed over 31 years together, making Steelville their home the last 18 years. Marie preceded Richard in death, one week earlier, August 2, 2003. Richard served his country in the United States Navy. His date of entry was November 1947, at San Diego, California. He retired alter 20 years of service. During this time he served in Korea, received the Navy Unity Commendation Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal and a Bronze Star. His last duty was Commander of Service Squadron 7, at the Naval Air Station, Alameda, California. In addition to his parents and his wife, Richard was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred Brooks, Jr. and Joseph Brooks and three sisters, Jane Molloy, Ann Penrod and Ruth Kissick and a number of sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Amont those who remain sto mourn his pass- ing are his stepson, Ray Franklin Wright and wife Krystal of Zanesville, Ohio; one step- grandson, Tom Wright and wife Melinda of Steelville, Missouri; a sister, Mary If- Gill and husband Phillip, of Zanesville, Ohio; sister-in- law, Allean Hanks of Steelville, Missouri; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Richard Lewis Brooks lay in state 5-8 p.m. Sunday, August 10, 2003, at the Britton Bros. Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday, August 11, 2003 in the Britton Chapel with Rev. Gene Whitaker officiating. Judy and Jordan Whitaker and Mildred Campbell provided musical selections. Committal prayers and interment were in Steelville Cemetery, Steelville, Missouri. Military honors were graveside with the pres- entation of the flag and playing of taps. :,Serving as pallbearers were Jim Boimt, Steve Eads, Philip Gill, Tom Tudo and Gene Whitaker. Honorary pallbearer was R. Franklin Wright. Arrangements were under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri. Noah E. Brown Noah E. Brown of Sullivan, Mo. passed away on Wednesday, AugusV13, 2003 at the age of 77 years. Mr. Brown was bern on May 15, 1926 at Cherryville, Mo. to Billy and Della Pyatt Brown. He was the second child of a family of 15 children. Noah moved to St. Louis as a teenager where he met and later married Agnes Collier on May 27, 1945. Their union was lovingly blessed for 58 years. He honorably served his country with the U.S. Army and had attained the rank of Private First Class. Noah worked in the automotive parts indus- try and was employed with the same company for 41 years. He was a member of the Assembly of Gbd for 58 years and served as a Deacon for nearly 35 years. He was a faithful member of First Assembly of God in Sullivan. He is survived by his wife Agnes of the family home, one son Stanley Brown and wife Marilyn of St. Charles, Mo., two daughters, Sharon Dorf of Cuba, Mo. and Janet Larrison and husband Joey of Sullivan; six grandchildren, Shelly Davis and husband Robert, Jeanette Weppner and husband Charlie, Tons Lewis and husband Rodney, all of Bourbon, Mo., Dana Harris and husband Dwight of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Jennifer and David Brown of St. Charles, Mo., six great grandchildren--the sun- shine in his last days---Bobby, Luke, Becca, Lesley, Abby and Austin, other relatives and friends. Along with his parents, Mr. Brown was preceded in death by a brother, Leroy and a sis- ter, Bernice. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m., on Friday, August 15, 2003, from the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Gary Oglesby officiating. Interment was in Davisville Cemetery, Davisville, Mo. In lieu of flowers memorials to First Assembly of God Children's Church are preferred. Jerome "Jerry" Jennings Cunningham, Jr. Jerome "Jerry" Jennings Cunnigham Jr., of Cuba, Mo., was bern April 28, 1929, in St. Louis, Mo., to the union of Jerome Jennings Cunningham St. and Lorraine Drozda Cunningham and passed away in St. Louis, Mo., on May 18, 2003, at the age of 74 years and 20 days. On May 8, 1977, Jerry was united in mar- ridge to Patricia J. Frnehling at Cuba, Mo. They enjoyed 26 years of marriage. Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine Drozda. Those who survive to mourn his passing from this life are his devoted wife, Patricia J. Cunningham; father Jerome J. Curmingham Sr. and wife Virginia (Morn); brothers and sisters Arleen Luedde, Linda Woessner and husband Michael, Wayne Cunningham and wife Deanna, Darrell Curmingham and wife Janice, Mary Black and husband Steve and Robert Cunningham and wife Jane; nieces and nephews Elizabeth A. Devitt, Megan J. Leake, Brandon Jennings Cunningham, Lance Jennings Cunningham, Todd Elliot Cunningham, Trenton Goudeau, Jennifer Cunningham, Kirsten Brooks, Cody Cunningham, Matthew and Lindsey Woessner, Seth Jennings Black, Samuel Jacob Black; other relatives and many friends Jerry was a well-known baseball scout and player. He has been enshrined into the Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and the Baseball Scouting Hall of Fame. As an ama- teur, Jerry has a .466 lifetime batting average. Jerry played professional baseball on many levels in the minor leagues. He was selected to play in the minor league all-star game twice and led his teams in hitting twice and fielding three times. He was playing AAA ball before a serious back injury shortened his career. Jerry began scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1957. He also scouted for Baltimore Orioles and LOs Angeles Dodgers before finally working for the Major League Scouting Bureau. Some of the more well-known players signed by Jerry include Rick Sutcliffe, Mike Tennant, Shane Rawley, Tom Henke, Dave Stieb and Gary Gaetti. Jerry was a devoted husband, loving son, brother, uncle and good friend to all who knew him and will be sadly missed. Edith Dora Doyen Edith Dora Doyen nee Hemker was born ou October 15, 1913 at Maupin, Missouri to tle union of Charles Hemker and Love Mg.upin Hemker and passed away in Den cer, Colorado on August 13, 2003 at the age of b:9 years, 9 months and 28 days. On September 11, 1941 Edith w as united in marriage to Paul E. Doyen. Twc, sons, Michael and Patrick, and ov.e daughter, Mary Ann, were bern to this union. Paul preceded Edith in death on April 9, 1987. Edith was also preceded in death by her par- ents and one sister, Hallie Hemker. Edith and Paul moved to Cuba in 1943 and she made her home in Cuba until, moving to Denver, Colorado in 1997 to be near her daugh- ter, Mary Ann. During her 54 years in Cuba, Edith worked in the family business, sold real estate and managed a hotel in addition to her participat- ing in many civic and charitable organizations. Edith was a member of Holy Cross Church of Cuba, Mo. up until the time she moved to Denver. Those who survive to mourn her passing from this life are her loving daughter, Mary Ann Doyen of Denver, Colorado; two sons, Michael Doyen and wife Christel of Rolla, Mo. and Patrick Doyen and wife Judith of Jefferson City, Mo.; six grandchildren; four great grand- children; other relatives and friends. Edith was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, good friend to all who knew her and will be sadly missed. Edith Dora Doyen was in state at the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Mo. on Sunday, August 17, 2003 where a prayer service was held at 7 p.m. with Earl Horsefield officiating. Funeral Mass was held on Monday, August 18, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Church of Cuba, Mo. with Father James Finder officiating. Interment was in the Holy Cross Cemetery, of Cuba, Mo. All arrangements were under the direction of the Britton Funeral Home of Cuba, Mo. See Obituaries page 7A Jerry "Dink" Cunningham, a resident of the Cuba area, first played organized baseball as a teenager for a team of ex-professionals, the Carondolet Sunday Morning Club. He was later signed to a professional contract at the age of 15, for the Johnson City Cardinals, a St. Louis Cardinals farm club in the Class D Appalachian League. He played a year at Johnson City before moving to Salisburg, Md., to play for another Class D farm club. He later played at Allentown, Pa. in Class B, Class A ball at Omaha, Neb. and Columbus, Ga. Cunningham worked his way up to Houston, Texas for Class AA baseball and wound up his career as an active player in Rochester, N.Y., playing AAA. He was being prepared at the AAA to replace Enos Slaughter in the Cardinals outfield when he suffered a career-ending back injury that required a plaster cast be worn for an entire year. He tried to come back from the injury but soon realized he'd never be an everyday play- er. Compiling an impressive minor league career, Dink was twice elected to the minor league all stars, led his team in hitting on three different times, and was the team field- ing leader five times. Cunningham earned a lifetime minor league batting average of .317 and batted a career-best .390 one season at Class B. Because of his outstanding stats in the minors, Dink was inducted into the Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. Famed Cuba baseball scout passes away at Je;ome Jerry) "Dink" Cunningham, Jr. of Cuba was born on April 28, 1929 in St. Louis to the union of Jerome Jennings Cunningham and Lorraine Drozda Cunningham, and passed away in St. Louis on May 18, 2003 at the age of 74 years 20 days. His funeral was held at Britton Funeral Home in Cuba on Saturday, May 24, with interment at Meramec Hills Cemetery in Cuba. On May 8, 1977, Jerry was united in mar- riage to Patricia J. Fruehling in Cuba. They have enjoyed 26 years of marriage. He is sur- vived by his wife, father, brothers, sisters, and many neices and nephews. Jerry was a devoted husband, loving son, brother, uncle, and good friend to all who knew him. He will be sadly missed. Because of his humble nature, you'd never know of his personal baseball celebrity or those he associated with on a daily basis. He never wore his celebrity on his sleeve or a badge of importance. People were more important than status to Jerry. He avoided snobs, and felt sorry for those who could only equate friendship to that value system. Dink Cunningham had a quiet, sweet kind- ness, as a very deep and always sensitive man who had a kind word, funny or light comment or joke for anyone whom he ever met. Jerry delighted in cheering up those who needed a good word of encouragement. There wasn't a person he wouldn't help financially or with he friendly support of quiet strength or wisdom. Jerry was known to write appreciative poetry to his employees, and wrote love notes and poet- ry to his wife Patti, on an everyday basis for their entire 26 years together. Even on their international travels around the world of a month or more, he'd have a love message or poem on her pillow daily, no matter where they were, anywhere in the world or at home. His tender heart led him to rescue many injured animals that he'd restore to health and then adopt as his beloved pets. He did the same for so many people he came in contact with who needed a gentle word of encouragement or sup- port, or a funny baseball story or joke that he always had handy. Dink was the kind of guy whose spirits were always high; you'd hear him singing Christmas carols in July, a sign of his upbeat nature. Jerry enjoyed hunting for quail and ducks and fishing, but his hunting skills turned to photography. Shooting pictures of wildlife around 'the world, both on land  and under. water, became a favorite pasttime. He to remote locations at the Antarctic and ern parts of South America, French Po! Bora Born, Moorea, and Tahiti. Symbolic of his wanting to "give back'. community, Jerry assisted at least 350 st having baseball talent with full-ride ships. As their baseball talents could be oped in school, they also got their eduea Jerry was draRed at the tender age of worked his way into continuing his edu As he was being groomed and trained to r Enos Slaughter with the Cardinals org tion, Jerry knew that education was the l future career suceess. This was not in h description, but he was determined to 1 many young people as he could to get chance in life. Cunningham played for the St. Cardinals and Washington Senators, scouted for the Baltimore Orioles, Los tk Dodgers, and the Philadelphia 76'ers du winter months. He finished his last 201 with the Major League Scouting Bureali consultant, representing the 28 major !I teams and answering to baseball's comm ! er. He draRed many baseball greats, ann pared college players for the big leagues,! of whom are still playing today. ARer retiring from baseball, Jerry de his satellite company, Superior Sa Systems, that he founded in Cuba in I installing the large "C  band satellite  during the off-season and winter mo,m baseball. The growth of the companies in award-winning installations, many s for volume of sales, and quality workma customer service awards for Primestar, I and Dish systems. With sales of other electronic productS finalized his business life as: CEO and 0 Superior Satellite Systems, Inc.; Sul Security Systems; Ultra Technologies, holding patents on his satellite inventio# Am Athletic Systems, with divisions in b# coaching seminars and training and rad equipment sales; and, finally as a Country Estates Management Company, ! oped by his wife in 1982. His presence is so sadly missed, but memory will always go on as his dreams for others go on. We will Jerry Dink" Cunningham again, playing another "field of dreams." There are not appropriate words that truly can reflect care, love, and deep concern so many gave, so freely during our loss and his transition during Jerry "Dink Cunningham, Jr's declin- ing health and resulting transition. A very Special thank you goes to our Precious friends and neighbors, the many commu- uity churches, just to name a few. Our precious friends assisted m every possible manner. Thank you to Britton Funeral Home, for special care, Darlene Cape for her beautiful music, Vocalists E'ruce and Kendall Turnbough, Fred Dietrich of Dietrich Faneral ltomes for Personal support, and Traffic assistance. To Jane Libhart for her continuous, daily preparation and food presentation for all the out of town guests. Dail and Bey Stone, lbr Refreshmenl & Social assistance for out of town guests. Pat Ccokson and Bob Brown for foods and assistance...Sheila Kt nkle fc  Lake Home Preparation after the severe storm dam- age. Dave 3andbach & His Bagpipe Ensemble. Pall Bearers, Ed Ke,.tler Louis Leake, Richard Blair, Wayne Cunningham, Dan'ell Cunningham and Robert Cunningham. Johnie and Wade Albin for the Funeral home Display preparation of Jerry's Baseball and Travel memorabilia for the Celebration of his Life. Our dedicated Supervisory staff, Johnie Albin, and Jenni Allen tbr dedicated care to so much detail...Close friends-Van i:i!i: the first people to help me realize that God had given me a very special gift and that I needed to do something with it besides pitch around my home town. I played neady 15 years o! ma'lor eague baseball and I iust want Jerry's family to knOW I thank him from the bottom ot my heart for helping me get started. Jerry will be missed but I'd be willing to bet that right now he'S doing aiR- tie scouting for the Good Lord. God BlesS, Your Friend, Tom Henke P.S. I bet Jerry learned when you eat with a very large family you can't be shyl ha! myself and our families. One never truly understands feelings of unconditional love and until they are the recipients in time for this our hearts overflow peace and deep love for those who so generously for Jerry and our God Bless You. Mrs. (Patricia) Jerry Dink Mr. & Mrs. Jerome J. Cunnic (Virginia) Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Cunningham Mr. & Mrs. Michael Woessner Mr. & Mrs, Steve Black (Mary) Mr. & Mrs. Darrell Cunningham Mr. & Mrs. Robert Cunningham Smith - San Diego Padres, Tom McDevitt-Kansas City Royals, Tom Henke-St. Louis Hacker St. Louis Cardinals. and Ronald R. Burian, Minister of Aurora, Illinois for the wonderful for the services Celebrating Jerry's life. John Schaller, Baseball colleague and childhood friend for! sage and piano music presentation. Megan Leake and Mac 'rate Davis for Poetry reading and personall sage. To so many, who gave so freely with beautiful cards, Flowers, Food gifts, and donations to Cunningham, Jr., and Patricia Cunningham Foundation. During Jerry's failing Health and thru our lion. Thank You will never be enough! For all those unnamed: The family of "Dink" Cunningham with to express St. Louis National Baseball Club, Inc. gratitude and all those who gave and wonderful foods, flowers, prayers, Dear Patricia, I was very sorry to hear about Jerry. It seems contributions, visits and in silence. like iust yesterday when Jerry come to my home mental and emotional and moral and visited with my family and I. He was one of