Maurice Watters

Maurice Watters

Maurice Watters, 93, of Palmyra, Mo., passed away Oct. 6, 2019, at The Good Samaritan Home in Quincy, Ill. 

Maurice was born Oct. 3, 1926, in Palmyra, to Sidney T. and Frances H. Brunty Watters. He was married to Lucille Schade on Feb. 18, 1951, at Zion Lutheran Church in Palmyra. She preceded him in death on June 2, 2017.

Survivors include daughter, Marcia Bross (Kent); son, Dale Watters (Madonna) all of Palmyra; and grandson, Doug Bross, Rolla, Mo.

Maurice was also preceded in death by his parents; brother, Millard Watters; sister-in-law, Shirley Watters; brother-in-law, Edward Schaeffer; sister, Anita Schaeffer; brother-in-law, Bob Shade; brother-in-law, Spencer Woodall; and sister-in-law, Martha Drebes.

In his youth Maurice attended Stone Hill Elementary from first through eighth grades and then became a 1944 graduate of Palmyra High School.

Professionally Maurice was the owner operator of Watters Equipment Salvage and owned and operated his own farm. 

He was a member of both the Old Iron Club and the Palmyra American Legion, having served in World War II in the United States Army. 

He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed going to sales and buying and selling machinery while visiting with friends. Maurice spent a lot of time out at the “Rocket” solving the world’s issues.

Maurice was Methodist by faith.

Funeral Services with full military rites performed by Boots-Dickson American Legion Post #174 will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Pastor Wes Gehrke will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra.

Pallbearers will be Scott Schaeffer, Jay Lehenbauer, Bob Fullerton, Randy Watters, Jeff Woodall, Mike Drebes and Joe Fels.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis Higgs, Ralph Keim and Bob Johnson. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday Oct. 11, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.

Memorials may be made to the Palmyra Methodist Church, the Old Iron Club or the donor’s choice.

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