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Russell Ronald Jost, Sept. 15, 1930 — Feb. 9, 2013, of St. Louis

By Memorial Funeral Home
February 10, 2013 | 1:50 p.m. CST

Russell Ronald Jost died February 9, 2013, after a fall in his home the day before and a brief hospitalization.

Russ was born to Florence Sherlock and Edward Jost on September 15, 1930, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the first in his family of nine siblings to graduate from high school and later went on to graduate from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in business. He met the love of his life, Laura May Hoggan, at Ft. Sheridan in 1952 where they were both stationed during the Korean War, and they married on July 16, 1955.

Russ started his career at Ralston Purina, where he was given the opportunity to move into a purchasing career, which he continued to do throughout his work life. Over the years, he worked at Washington University, The Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis and Snow Manufacturing in Chicago, eventually retiring from General Electric.

During his work life, he volunteered in many capacities, including serving on the school board for twelve years and working with the Boy Scouts through his church. After his retirement, he worked more than full time in numerous volunteer positions in the community, teaching English as a second language, working with his wife at the Chicago LDS Temple and serving as an election judge.

Russ spent his life in service in everything he did. He served as a bishop in the Logan Square Ward in Chicago for seven years. He gave of himself freely, never knowing a stranger and always willing to share whatever he had. He enjoyed a lifetime of sports participation and also enjoyed being a spectator of sports and community events. He freely shared his often strong opinions on everything and loved engaging in a humorous debate. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends all around the world.

Russ is survived by his wife of 58 years, Laura, and by three children, David Jost (Pam Darrell) of Des Plaines, Ill., Glenona “Nono” Jost of Columbia, and Melissa Jost (Kim Williams) of Columbia.

He has three living grandsons to carry on his memory, James, Patrick and Benjamin, as well as many extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, eight siblings and his grandson, Christopher Jost, son of David and Pam.

There will be a visitation at 6 p.m. followed by a funeral at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 4708 Highlands Parkway, Columbia, Missouri.

Private burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home.

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