Obituary: Kenneth Joseph Baggett Sr., 94, of Palmyra

Kenneth Joseph Baggett Sr.
Posted: Jun. 17, 2019 4:26 pm

Kenneth Joseph Baggett Sr., 94, of Palmyra, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019 in his home in Palmyra. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday June 25, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra. Father Basil Eruo will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2019 at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. A Rosary will be held prior to the visitation starting at 4:30 p.m.

Burial with Full Military Rites by American Legion Post #174, Boots - Dickson, will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2019.

Kenneth was born Aug. 27, 1924, in Clayton, to Everett and Loretta Dapron Baggett.

He was married to Gloria Eller on June 21, 1952, in Overland. She survives.

Survivors include her daughters, Mary Ann (Sherman) Kiefaber of Pella, Iowa, and Elizabeth Marie (Richard) Cody of New London; grandchildren, Lana (David) Sovereign, Lindsey (Joe) Justesen, Cody Baggett and Hunter Baggett (Emma Foreman); great-grandchildren, Sienna Sovereign, Erica Sovereign, Tyler Sovereign, Brayden Sovereign, Jacob Justesen, and Daniel Justesen; numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Kenneth Joseph Baggett Jr., Mark Kevin Baggett; son in-law, Fred Manning; two sisters, Marie Wilmes, and Cecilia Moss; and numerous golden retrievers.

Kenneth was a 1943 graduate of St. Louis Union High School and he graduated from the University of Missouri in 1950.

After college he joined the United States Air Force and fought for his country in World War II.

After the war he went on to work for MFA for 34 years. He was the plant Manager of the Plant Foods Division.

He loved wood working and made many beautiful treasures for friends and family. Fishing was a favorite pastime as well as his occasional trip to the boat to play the penny slots. He was a Palmyra High School Sports Supporter and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a volunteer at Blessing Hospital as a Eucharist Minister for 32 years. Kenneth made 50 White House Silent Retreats in St. Louis and The Rosary and Divine Mercy chaplet prayers were a daily must. He was also a member of Cursillo #161.

Kenneth attended St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to either the Palmyra Nutrition Center or The Eternal Word Television Network.

Pallbearers will be Cody Baggett, Hunter Baggett, Joe Justesen, David Sovereign, Sherman Kiefaber and Richard Cody.

Honorary pallbearers will be Evelyn Browning, Jim Fohey, David Hastings, Dick Kramer, Robert Schwartz, Mark Cody, Tim Reindl, Spike Ehrhardt, Leon Drebes, Maurice Watters, Elmer Dapron and Splinter Hoehne.

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