Banderman, Richard Lee

Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Time: 10;00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Mt. Hope Cemetery, St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to Mt. Hope Cemetery or to Christ Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, St. Clair, MO


Richard Lee Banderman, known to some as Rich, and to others as Sonny, of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on June 24, 2017, having reached the age of seventy-seven years, six months and twenty days. Rich was born in Union, MO, on December 4, 1939, son of Edwin William Banderman and Nola Muriel Banderman nee Crawford. On November 25, 1967, he was united in marriage to Velma Ilean Stahlman and two children came to bless this union.

Rich is survived by his wife, Velma Banderman of St. Clair, MO; by his son, Eric Banderman and wife, Coleen, of St. Clair; by his daughter, Susan Brown and husband, Carl, of St. Clair; by five grandchildren, Drake Dunn, Dylan Godefroid, Dustin Banderman, Garrett Brown and Carly Brown, all of St. Clair; by one sister, Rose Callahan of Eureka, MO; by brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard Albert, Jim Stahlman, Marsha Stahlman, Grace Stahlman, Barbara Stahlman and Earlene Stahlman; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Nola Banderman; by one sister, Shirley Albert; by his parents-in-law, Philip and Blanche Stahlman, and by four brothers-in-law, Kennie Callahan, Kenneth Stahlman, Harold Stahlman and Walter Stahlman.

Rich was a Christian, having been baptized in the Baptist faith as a young man. He had currently been attending Christ Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO. He was proud to have served his country in the Army National Guard, entering July 28, 1957, and serving in the National Guard until April 22, 1965. For many years he was employed as a mechanic for Tucker Motors in Sullivan, MO. In 1969 he began his career in construction and was a member and retiree of Laborer's Local 110 of St. Louis, MO. He worked hard and was proud of the roads he helped to build, as well as sections of bridges. He began this career at Fred Weber Construction, then went to Schmelig Construction and worked the longest at Bangert Brothers Construction. He loved Western movies and had seen most of them many times, with John Wayne being his favorite actor. Rich's passion was John Deere tractors and going to farm auctions. He often came home with items that he really had no use for, but he always had a lot of fun. He was proud of his John Deere tractors and liked collecting the models as well. Rich loved helping people, blading driveways in winter weather and working on cars for others. He had served on the Anaconda School Board when his children were young and enjoyed being a substitute bus driver for school and for ballgames. He was a charter member of the St. Clair Elks Lodge 2651. Farming was another of his passions and he loved caring for his cattle and farm. He even liked building fence and riding around the farm on his red four wheeler. Rich had a keen sense of humor and always had a smile for everyone. His children and grandchildren were truly his pride and joy and he cherished the time they spent together.

A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO with the Rev. Jay Tilson officiating. Interment, with full military honors, was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to Mt. Hope Cemetery Fund or Christ Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, both of St. Clair.