Curtis Robert “C.R.” Kammerich, 85, of Pilot Grove, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
He was born May 24, 1937, in Clear Creek, son of Amandus Sylvester and Kathryn Margaret (Wessing) Kammerich.
On September 17, 1957, at St. Martin’s, he was united in marriage to Joan Margaret (Lang).
As a young man, C.R. worked for Emma Creamery for 11 years. After that, he farmed for a while. Then in 1977 he opened C.R.’s MFA, which he operated until he retired in 2010. Even in retirement, he was a daily presence at the garage.
In his younger days, he was an avid fast-pitch softball player for the Clear Creek team.
C.R. was a member of the St. Joseph Parish and attended St. John’s Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was involved in the community as a member of the Pilot Grove Range Riders and the Lion’s Club. He served 27 years on the Pilot Grove Fire Department, where he was assistant chief.
You could find C.R. at any Pilot Grove ball game. He loved watching his grandkids play ball and spending time with his family. He enjoyed visiting with friends, horses and side-by-side rides. C.R. will be forever remembered for his sense of humor and his famous “thumbs-up” sign.
Surviving are six children, Carl Lee Waller, Curtis Randall Kammerich (Carolyn), Donald Raymond Kammerich (Diane), Margaret Kay “Peggy” Kammerich, Rachel Lynne Kammerich, and Kevin Dean Kammerich (Renee), all of Pilot Grove; 12 grandchildren, Kathy, Amanda, Teresa, C.J., Samantha, Kimberly, Drew, Darrin, Chris, Haley, Harlei and Hawkins; 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Martha Jean Hartman, of Columbia; sister-in-law, Joan Kammerich, of Boonville; and brother-in-law, Bob Kraus, of Pilot Grove.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Waller; two brothers, Earl Kammerich and Edwin Kammerich; and sister, Mary Ann Kraus.
Prayers of the Rosary will begin at 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2022, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pilot Grove, with visitation to follow until 7:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 13, 2022, at the church, with Fr. Mark Smith officiating.
Casket bearers will be C.J. Waller, Drew Kammerich, Darrin Kammerich, Chris Kammerich, Hawkins Kammerich and Matt Oswald.
Honorary bearers will be Russell Rentel, Justin Zeller, Roy Helm, Chris Cordonnier, Harold Wessing, Bob Kraus, Junior Twenter, Leo Twenter and Terry Lang.
Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Clear Creek.
Memorials are suggested to Pilot Grove Booster Club, St. John’s Cemetery, or to the church for Masses.
Arrangements are in the care of Meisenheimer-Page-Dady Funeral Home, Pilot Grove.