IN MEMORIAM: Six Laborers Local 110 members


Junior R. Brown, of St. Clair, Mo., died May 13 at 85. He was a 60-year member of Laborers Local 110.

Brother Brown is survived by two sons, Keith Brown and wife Tracey, of Bismarck, Mo., and Michael Brown and wife Shelby, of St. Clair; four daughters, Laurie Wheeler, of Dixon, Mo., Karen Wayland, of Union, Mo., Meloney Young and husband Marty, of St. Clair and Michele Brown, of St. Clair; and other relatives and many friends.

A funeral service was held May 16 at Midlawn Funeral Home in Union with interment at Midlawn Memorial Gardens.

Dewane Harper, of Freeburg, Ill., died May 20 at his home at 81.

Brother Harper was a 50-year member of Laborers Local 110. He was a devoted family man and an avid buckskinner.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Janice, nee Garland, Harper, whom he married on April 27, 1963, and who died on September 13, 2017; his parents, Calvin and Minnie Pearl, nee Williams, Harper; two sisters, Bell Hosey and Polly Williams; and a brother, Ronald Dean Harper, in infancy.

He is survived by his children, Darla Lynn (Robert) Schutzenhofer, and Randy Dewane (Janelle) Harper; five grandchildren, Jacob Kurtis (Anastasia) Harper, Miranda Lynn Harper, Jesse Law Ransom Harper, Ethan Wyatt Schutzenhofer, and Nathan James Schutzenhofer; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Iris Harper; and many nieces and nephews.

Private family services were held. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Lenzie Moore, a 60-year member of Laborers Local 110, died on May 25. 

A visitation was held June 3 at Austin Layne Historic Chapel at 7239 West Florissant Ave. in Jennings followed by interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in South County. Condolences for the family may be left online at

Rich Schaeffer died May 22. He was an active member of Laborers Local 110 working for Aalco Wrecking.

No service information is available.

Anton J. “Tony” Simonic, a 56-year member of Laborers Local 110 who served as vice president of the Local 110 Retirees’ Council, died May 28 at his home in Beaufort, Mo., at 83.

Brother Simonic attended McKinley High School and worked for Orco Erection for 25 years. He was vice president of the Elks of Washington and was in the Bowling Hall of Fame in Three Rivers. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and held a 200 average in bowling. He also had his own personal golf course in his yard that he maintained to the highest degree.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Joan Simonic, nee Litzler, of Beaufort; two grandchildren, Sean O’Neill and Patrick O’Neill, both of Florissant, Mo.; and nieces nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Marilyn.

Services were arranged by Midlawn Funeral Home in Union, Mo.

Lawrence William “Larry” Valle, of Desoto, Mo., died May 20 at his home at 67.

Brother Valle was a retired member of Laborers Local 110 who worked as an asphalt construction driver. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his mother, Delores Y. (nee LaBee) Valle, of Desoto; his two sons, Cody W. (Jasmine) Valle, of St. Louis, and Wyatt A. Valle, of Hillsboro, Mo.; his siblings, Diana (Doug) Nord, of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; Linda (Dave) Brandt, of Desoto; and Denise (Mike) DeRousse, of Hillsboro; and one grandchild on the way.

He was preceded in death by his father, Cyrus W. Valle. No services were held.


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