Labor News From Our Region
Brother-in-law pays aerial tribute to Laclede Gas worker slain while on the job
Passengers flying to and from St. Louis over the Mississippi River are noticing something unusual from their windows in a farm field near St. Peters: the name “Alex” spelled out in massive letters in corn stalks.
It’s a tribute to Alex Boschert, the Laclede Gas worker and member of Gas Workers 11-6 who was senselessly murdered April 20 while working in St. Louis City’s Hamilton Heights neighborhood. Boschert, of O’Fallon, and his union co-worker William “Bill” Froelich, of Desoto, were both fatally injured when a gunman walked up to them and started shooting.
Shortly after the incident, Levi Bauer, Boschert’s close friend and brother-in-law, planted the seeds for the tribute on his farm near his duck lake at Highway B near Highway C near St. Peters.
Bauer told KTVI Fox 2 News he chose the farm for the tribute because he figured that’s where Boschert could see it now and because it was a special place where he took Boschert hunting several times.
“People coming in from the airport say they can see it,” Bauer told the news station. “That’s pretty neat. It looks really cool, and it gets their attention, too.”
Boschert’s family and friends held a clay shooting tournament on Oct 14 at the Blackhawk Shooting Club in Old Monroe, MO. Boschert, 27, left behind a wife and young son. After the funeral, Krystal Boschert learned she was expecting their second child.
Friends and family of Bill Froelich, 52, are holding a dinner fundraiser to benefit his family on Saturday, Oct. 28 from noon to 6 p.m. at Detour Grill and Bar in Imperial.
Dinner tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $20 each and do not include drinks. The event will also have raffles and a 50/50 drawing. For more information, call Amanda Bean at 314-960-1574.