Joseph Wayne Napier of Savannah formerly of Maryville and Tarkio passed to the Lord on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the age of 89, at the Saxton Care Center in St. Joseph, Missouri.
He was born to Joseph and Margaret Napier on the family farm south of Skidmore, Missouri on March 12, 1925.
He was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the Army as a Sergeant with the 377th Infantry of the 95th Division in Europe. During his service he was awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action against enemy forces. He was also awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and European Service Ribbon with four battle stars.
After the war he stayed in the army for a while and met Rosalie Arnoldi of Herleen, Holland. They were married on June 1, 1946 in Herleen. After marrying Rosalie, they moved to Skidmore and had two children, Margaret and Bernard.
Wayne worked for the St. Joseph Light and Power Company in Tarkio and Maryville for 34 years, retiring in 1990. After retirement he and Rosalie traveled the country and enjoyed camping. Wayne was a member of the Savannah United Methodist Church. He also enjoyed going to his army reunions and being a member of The Dick Munkres Post #287 American Legion. He loved his fellow veterans. Wayne was a kind and loving husband who loved his family very much.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Loma Atteberry and Erma Weaver; and brother, Homer Napier.
Survivors: wife, Rosalie, St. Joseph, Missouri; daughter, Margaret Stevenson (Ron), St. Joseph, Missouri; son, Bernard Napier (Debra), Excelsior Springs, Missouri; grandchildren, Laurie Wheeler, Dale Fletcher, and Jason Napier; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services: 10:00 A.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Hillcrest Cemetery, Excelsior Springs, Missouri. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where friends may call after 5:00 P.M. Wednesday. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to The Dick Munkres Post #287 American Legion.