IN MEMORIAM: Laborers Local 110’s Donald Means

Donald Merlen Means, a longtime member of Laborers Local 110, died Oct. 8 in St. Louis at 88.

Brother Means, who lived in High Ridge for over 50 years, was born Oct. 6, 1934 in Willow Springs, Mo. to George and Pearl (nee Gentry) Means. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. He loved seeing his family and making great memories, whether it be fishing, working in the garden or even telling stories. His favorite drives were on country backroads.

His life wasn’t always easy. At 13, he had to learn how to be independent and at 14 he learned the importance of hard work. These values helped him perfect his craft in the over 60 years he worked for the Laborers Local 110.

He also had a love for the Cardinals. Sitting on the porch with his wife of 66 years, enjoying the birds, was one of his favorite things. He will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Means; two children, Alan (Renee) Means, and Sheila Juntti; three grandchildren, Joseph (Sara) Juntti, Jacee (Daniel) Maldonado, Amanda (Jake) Quine; six great-grandchildren, Colter Maldonado, Gunner Maldonado, Aubree Quine, Deakin Quine, Mae Quine and Camden Juntti; his sister, June Hastings, and numerous extended family and friends.

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