American Legion Post 297


Kenneth “Kenny’ John Heitmann of Union, MO passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2022. He is survived by two sisters: Phyllis Simcox and husband Rod, and Barbara Rainwater and husband David, all of Union; five nieces: Tracie Blumhorst, Sherri Coughlin and husband Andrew, Lisa McLone and husband Kerry, Stacy Burke, and Amy Rainwater; four nephews: Rick Simcox and wife Samantha, Terry Simcox, Curt Rainwater and wife Joyce, and Greg Johnson and wife Sarah; many great-nieces and great-nephews, one great-great-nephew; and many other relatives and friends.

Kenny was employed with the United States Postal Service for 35 years and retired from the Union Post Office in 2016. He had a huge love of all animals and leaves behind three beloved cats. Kenny was a very generous man, a friend to everyone that he met, and will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Loretta Johnson; and one brother, David Johnson.

Visitation for 71-year-old Kenny Heitmann will be Monday, January 17, 2022 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Oltmann Funeral Home in Union, MO.
Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Church in Union, MO with Fr. Joe Post officiating. Full military honors will be held immediately following mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Franklin County Humane Society.
The Heitmann Family is served by Oltmann Funeral Home in Union, MO.






Wilfred Carl Ostmann, D.V.M.

Wilfred Carl Ostmann, D.V.M.

Wilfred Carl Ostmann, D.V.M., 76, Gerald, passed away Sunday, November 28, 2021.

Dr. Ostmann (a.k.a. Wil, Doc, Junior or Stuckie) was born on Mother’s Day, May 13, 1945, in St. Charles to Lucille (Mintner) and Wilfred Henry Ostmann. He grew up on the family farm in Marthasville, and was graduated from Wright City High School in 1963. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1969. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army for two years during the Vietnam War, based primarily in Bangkok, Thailand. After returning to the United States, he became a partner in the Union Veterinary Clinic, and later became the sole owner. He sold his small-animal practice and retired in 2001. He was a Lutheran.

Dr. Ostmann was united in marriage to Barbara Ann Gibbs in 1976. The couple made their home in Franklin County. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening, as well as foraging for wild foods in season, especially morels. A spring meal of freshly caught crappie or trout, asparagus from the garden, and morels from the woods was one of his favorite seasonal menus. In the winter, he liked to crack and shell pecans and hickory nuts. He was known for his fish fries and also for his oatmeal-pecan-cranberry cookies, as well as for giving away vast quantities of produce from his garden.

Working with Quail Forever and the Missouri Department of Conservation, Dr. Ostmann became a dedicated proponent of native plants, habitat restoration and pollinator patches. He was justifiably proud when, after several years of timber stand improvement, prescribed burns and wildflower planting, his farm was named a Quail Habitat Management Area. He loved hearing quail call “bobwhite, bobwhite” when he stepped out the door.

Dr. Ostmann was a founding member and first treasurer of the East Central Prescribed Burn Association. A member of the American Legion post in Union, Dr. Ostmann and his hunting buddies liked to put on rabbit cooks and other wild game meals at the legion hall. He was a member of United Bowhunters of Missouri, International Field Archery Association (IFAA), Missouri Conservation Federation, Quail Forever, National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and other organizations.

He was a tournament archer, and won a gold medal in the Barebow Recurve category of the 2009 IFAA World Bowhunter Championships in Yankton, S.D., a gold in the 2007 National Senior Olympics in Louisville, Ky., and multiple state and regional competitions.

Dr. Ostmann is survived by his wife, Barbara Ostmann; one brother, Brian Ostmann, Bellflower; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four siblings, Richard (Dickie) Ostmann, Michael Ostmann, Darlene Harris and Sharon Krause; and one niece, Michelle Ostmann.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held Wednesday, December 8, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the American Legion (lower level) in Union, with Pastor Bryan Brand officiating. His cremains will be interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and at his wife’s family plot in Alpena, Arkansas, as well as sprinkled over the farm he so loved.

Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS – Lower Plains Region, 6811 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee Mission, KS 66202) or the East Central Prescribed Burn Association (ECPBA, Attn: Mark Doerner, 6099 Rockridge Road, Gerald, MO 63037).






John William Devine of Union, MO passed away Monday, October 25, 2021.

He is survived by his wife, Barb Devine (nee` Greenstreet); three daughters: Colleen Himmelberg and husband Rob of Washington, Christa Mohesky and husband Scott of Union, and Maureen Schmuke and husband Chris of Union; seven grandchildren: Alex Schmuke, Natalie (Spencer) Moran, John Himmelberg, Evan Kozemski, Matthew Kozemski, Wil Schmuke, and Anne Kozemski; one great-grandchild, August Moran; one sister, Sarah Freeman and husband Ed of Union; and many other relatives, friends, and golf buddies.

Funeral Mass for 82-year-old John Devine will be 11:00 AM on Friday, October 29, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Church in Union, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Tee Off for Tigers Golf Tournament or the Chuk-A-Luk Golf Tournament.

The Devine Family is served by Oltmann Funeral Home in Union, MO.




John Henry Kriete, 72, Villa Ridge, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Creve Coeur.

On Jan. 10, 1949, John was born to the union of Ralph Kriete and Ruth (Wilson) in Washington. He was a member of the V.F.W. in St. Clair and the American Legion, also in St. Clair. John worked as an electrician until his retirement and was a proud member of IBEW Local 1.

John is survived by his wife, Kay Kriete, Washington; two daughters, Chantel Hawkins and husband Tim, Iowa, and Chavalla "Cookie" Matau and husband Shannon, Union; two stepsons, Tim Barnhart and Kenneth Barnhart, both of Washington; stepdaughter, Amy Kopp and husband Joe, Washington; sister, Judy Mays, Washington; mother-in-law, Bobbie Beuke, Washington; aunt, Betty Dobsch, Washington; nephew, Dan Mays, Texas; eight grandchildren, Mackenzie, Sebastian, Kai, Adam, Tyler, Stanley, Jamie and Kenzlie; one great-granddaughter, Hazel; many cousins; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Kriete and Ruth Wilson, and his half brother, Steven Baur.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to V.F.W. Post 2482, St. Clair, for the John Kriete Memorial Building Fund.

A memorial will be held Saturday, Aug. 14, at 4 p.m. at the V.F.W. in St. Clair.

Arrangements are under the care of Midlawn Funeral Home, Union.




Charles Morrison Rogers, 91, peacefully departed this life Thursday, July 8, 2021. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 9, 1929, to the late Charles A. Tanner and the late Thyra (Morrison) Tanner, and was raised by his mother and adoptive father, the late William J. Rogers. He was the devoted husband of the late Barbara (Hamlin) Rogers for 68 years; loving father of Dianne (Nick) Walls, Bill (Sandy) Rogers, Dan (Alison) Rogers and Patty (Mike) Maddox; brother of the late Don (Jane) Rogers; adored grandfather of Meredith Ramsey, Katie (Shane) Schmucker, Alison (Don) Lisi, Carla (Brad) Ballard, Matt (Erica) Rogers, Kelly Rogers, Peyton Rogers, Tanner Rogers, Charles Gullett and Dustin Gullett; proud great-grandfather of Emilie, Hannah, Tyler, Nicholas, Ava, Addyson, Anna, Nora, Dillon, Mackenzie, Reid, Hayes, Danny and Dublin; beloved brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and dear friend of many.

Charles graduated from Beaumont High School in 1947 and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a Sonarman aboard the USS Henry W. Tucker during the Korean War. He was a 45-year member of IBEW Local 1 and was an electrician until his retirement. During his adult life, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, was an avid reader, enjoyed art and culture in many forms, travel and even shared in a bit of quilting with his wife. He took great joy in watching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in athletic events, music and artistic events, school plays and programs, graduations and award ceremonies – what ever their interests were. Charles was an active participant in his children’s lives including coaching youth sports teams and being a den leader in the Scouts. He taught Sunday School and enjoyed studying the Bible; he was very community-minded and was a long-time member of Post 297 of the American Legion in Union, Missouri, where he served as a past Post Commander. He was a man of many and varied interests, a dedicated and true family man, a man with a quick and snappy sense of humor, and over his life, he was the happiest in the presence of his family, being on the water, or with his old hunting dog, Pete. He will be deeply missed by many.

The family of Charles and Barbara Rogers wish to extend their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the exceptional administrators and staff of Park Place Senior Living Community for their dedication, loving care, and family support.

A Celebration of Life for both Charles and his beloved Barbara will take place in the Fall, and details will be announced.

Memorials may be made in Charles's name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Shriners Children’s Hospital.

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