Cecil A. “Jack” Pew, age 97, of Vandalia, passed away at 11:02 a.m. on Monday, November 3, 2014 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Vandalia.
Services were held on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Officiating was the Rev. Jeffrey Hicks.
Music was provided by Larry Gerdeman – soloist.
Interment took place in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers were grandsons Mike Smith, Alan Smith, Eric Smith, Keith Smith, Mike Dameron, Jason Dameron, Joe Dameron, and David Pew. Honorary pallbearers were granddaughters Sheryl Bartholomew, Lori Burns, Diane Smith, Stacy Lybarger, Kathy Remley, Missy Woodside, and Keri Price.
Cecil A. “Jack” Pew was born on March 1, 1917 in Middletown, Missouri, the son of Francis Marion and Musie Adelina (Caldwell) Pew.
He was married to Ethel Ailene Gerdeman in Bowling Green, Missouri on May 18, 1940.
He was a life-long Middletown/Vandalia area resident and attended Middletown country school. Cecil was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Bowling Green.
Through the years, Cecil worked at the Ely Walker Garment Factory in both the cutting room and as a bus driver. He would bus women back and forth to work from Perry to the garment factory in Vandalia. He then worked for a short time at Harbison Walker Refractories before going to work at CE Refractories near Farber. Cecil worked in the pressroom, kiln and in maintenance. He retired from CE Refractories in 1980 after 30 years of service.
Upon his retirement, he was self-employed running a flea market from their home in Vandalia where he traded furs, copper and other metals and different types of collectibles. Cecil was active in the Northeast Missouri Rabbit Breeders Association, coon hunting, fishing and hunting, trading livestock and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Ethel, of Vandalia; one son, Cecil W. and wife, Sandy Pew, of West Point, Mississippi; five daughters, Bonnie and husband, Floyd Joy, of Vandalia; Marilyn K. and husband, Virgil Smith, of Vandalia; Joyce and husband, Vince Riedesel, of Branson; Sharon Dameron, of Bowling Green and Ruth Dameron, of Bowling Green; also survived by 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Phyllis Smith; 12 brothers and sisters; three sons-in-law, LaVon Smith, Mike Dameron and Joe Dameron; one daughter-in-law, Marylee Pew. Memorials are encouraged to the Church of the Nazarene in Bowling Green, Missouri.