Elmer (Junior) Cordsmeyer of Belle, died Sunday morning, April 18, 2010, at Frene Valley Healthcare South in Owensville. He was 72.
Elmer was born on October 5, 1937, in Rolla. He grew up on the farm at Lanes Prairie near Vichy, Mo. He is the son of Elmer Sr. and Lois Cordsmeyer. He has a sister Shirley Pritzker from Alliance, Ohio along with two nephews Michael Pritzker of New Hampshire and Steven Pritzker of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Elmer graduated from Belle High School in 1955 and then attended Reisch Auction School in 1956 in Mason City, Iowa. He sold auction sales for some 50 years, farmed, worked for Kingsford Charcoal and then enlisted in the United States Army serving 3 years, 3 months and 9 days at Red Stone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, as a military policeman. He was honorably discharged in 1964. His proudest position was being elected 5 times, serving 20 years, as Maries County Assessor from 1969 to 1989. He held the honor of being named to Who's Who in the State of Missouri as County Assessor.
He was married to the former Janice J. Hicks for 43 years. He has three children Kimberly with her husband Michael Tisdale of Chattanooga, TN., Rebecca and Rob Finch of Erie, PA and Billy Lloyd of nearby Lanes Prairie. He has seven grandchildren and is expecting a new granddaughter in May.
His mother and father in law were Lloyd and Delores Hicks owners of the Golden Rule CafAC. and Bakery on Main Street in Belle for over 14 years.
Junior, as most everyone called him, was extremely loved by family and friends and will be truly missed.