Obituary of John Veidt (1924-2022) – Ballwin, MO – Advice Eating

Veidt, John

Baptized in the hope of Christ’s resurrection, he died peacefully on April 25, 2022 at his home in Chesterfield, accompanied by his family. He was 97 years old.

On his mother’s 21st birthday at home on Theodore Ave. Born in North St. Louis, “Bud”, as he was then called, grew up in the company of a large extended family. He spent weekends at the Union Electric Country Club in Valley Park, visited the family farm in Plum Hill, Illinois, and played soccer with his cousins ​​and buddies at Calvary Cemetery. He was a graduate of Beaumont High School.

As a 19-year-old freshman at Saint Louis University in 1943, John was drafted and landed in Normandy two weeks after the D-Day invasion. John met Omaha Beach with a red cross on his helmet rather than carrying a gun and served two years in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany as a member of the Seventh Army Medical Corps. When the war ended, he awaited his transfer to the Pacific theater and returned home to pursue his accounting degree at SLU.

After graduating, he “discovered” and married his sister Mary’s best friend, Kathleen Cox, who lived literally around the corner. John started working at Mobil Oil Company and they started a family. An unwavering commitment to family, friends, faith and community shaped every day of his adult life. And he lived by the motto that anything worth doing is worth doing well.

John spent most of his career at Alton Packaging Corporation and later at Jefferson Smurfit, which acquired it. After positions in accounting and management in the treasury group and in the cardboard division, he was commissioned to set up a company division geared towards recycling. He retired in 1992 as a member of the Jefferson Smurfit Group’s executive committee and as vice president and general manager of the reclamation department, which was the largest recovered paper collector in the country at the time.

While working and traveling the world, John coached soccer teams and taught high school students religion and accounting at SIU-Edwardsville. He received the Saint Louis University Alumni Merit Award.

In his 30-year retirement, John’s natural curiosity and interests multiplied. He fished salmon and halibut in Alaska and trout in the Ozarks, took cooking classes in Tuscany and cheered for the Rams at every home game. He volunteered for St. Patrick’s Center and the United Way. He traveled with friends, renewed his interest in gardening and golf, and read mysteries, stories, and three newspapers a day. In retirement, his natural curiosity and interests multiplied. He went fly fishing in the Ozarks and salmon fishing in Alaska, took cooking classes in Tuscany and cheered for the Rams at every home game. He renewed his interest in golf and gardening, volunteered for the United Way and St. Patrick’s, and read three newspapers a day. His children and grandchildren hit the jackpot. He’s never missed a milestone, big game or performance. He organized family vacations and magical Christmas celebrations that created lifelong traditions and memories. He mastered technology to keep up with pop culture and to keep in touch with his grandchildren. No one could have a more passionate advocate or source of unconditional love.

His children and grandchildren hit the jackpot. Grandpa never missed a birthday, milestone or performance. He organized adventures for the whole family to the mountains, beaches and Alaskan glaciers. And he and Kathleen created magical Christmas celebrations that established cherished traditions and memories. He kept up with technology and pop culture so he could keep up with his friends and grandkids. No one could wish for a more committed champion and source of unconditional love.

John was the esteemed father of Susan Veidt, Mary Beth (Tony) Hoffmann, David (Trisha Ratledge) Veidt and Katie (Jeff) Zidell; grandfather to Becca (Eric) Eisenreich, Kyle and Emma Veidt, and Caroline and Sarah Zidell; and great-grandfather to Lauren and Claire Eisenreich. He is missed by his sister, Barbara Jenkins; his sister-in-law, Dolores (Jack) Wurdack; and many nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and friends. He was preceded in death by Kathleen (Cox), his beloved wife of 67; Sister Mary Masterson; parents Amelia and John Veidt; and family members including Viola and Denis Cox, Mary Cox, Tom Masterson, Lester Jenkins and John Jenkins.

Services: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14th at 11am at Ascension Catholic Church, 230 Santa Maria Dr. in Chesterfield, celebrated. A reception will be held immediately afterwards in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Shining Star School Fund are appreciated. A service of the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematorium, friends can write the family’s online guest book at Schrader.com.


Published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on May 8, 2022.

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