IN MEMORIAM: Sheet Metal Workers Local 36’s George R. Vincenc


George R. Vincenc, of Sullivan, Mo., a proud, long-time member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 at St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis. He was 83.

Brother Vincenc was born on Oct. 18, 1935 in St. Louis, the son of Michael John and Catherine Mary (Stitz) Vincenc. He grew up and attended school at St. Peter & Paul in South St. Louis, graduating high school in 1953. As a young man, he was a driver for Coca-Cola, as well as working for a bowling alley as a pinsetter. Later, he began an apprenticeship with Local 36 and became a skilled welder and sheet metal journeyman, retiring in 1995. He was also a member of the local Masonic Lodge.

Brother Vincenc was a hard worker and always attended his union meetings. In his retirement years, he was able to do some traveling, liked to attend and have yard sales, do some gardening and watch football, the St. Louis Cardinals and boxing. He was known for grilling BBQ pork steaks, enjoyed time spent with family and liked visiting with people. You could always count on him being there, but you could bet he would be fashionably late.

Brother Vincenc is survived by his wife, Mary Vincenc of Sullivan; five children: Kimberly Vincenc of St. Louis; Steven (Debbie) Vincenc, of Columbus, Ohio; Johnny Vinczencz, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Nancy (Eddie) Tyree, of Sullivan; Robert “Buck” (Pam) Ahrens, of Bourbon, Mo.
He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Ryan Ousley of San Antonio, Texas; Heather Vincenc, of Columbus, Ohio; Zachariah Vinczencz, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Austin Tyree of Sullivan, Wesley Tyree of Sullivan, Blane Ahrens of Bourbon, Mo., Cole Ahrens of Bourbon, Mo., and Mark Vincenc of North Carolina; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Boudreaux of San Francisco, Calif.; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Brother Vincenc was preceded in death by one son, Mark Vincenc; his parents, Michael and Catherine Vincenc; and four siblings: Helen Becker, Kay Fund, Frank Vincenc, and Michael Vincenc, Jr.

A funeral mass was conducted on Aug. 9 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with interment at St. Anthony Cemetery in Sullivan.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church in Sullivan. Friends may send online condolences to Brother Vincenc’s family at


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