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Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Leonard W. (Sonny) Korte, age 73, of Bowling Green, passed away Nov. 26, 2014 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at St. Clement Catholic Church with Fr. Lou Dorn officiating. Burial will be in the St. Clement Cemetery. Visitation was held Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green.
Sonny was born June 1, 1941 in Florissant, the son of Leonard Frank and Florence Josephine Ellebracht Korte. He lived there a very short time, then moved with his parents to their farm near Bowling Green. At age 12, his father sold the farm and bought a Pepsi Cola Distributorship Company in Bowling Green. They moved to Ashley and after a few years moved back to rural Bowling Green. He attended school at St. Clement and was a member of the St. Clement Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He worked for his father at the Pepsi Company then went to the Army Reserves, where he was in active duty for six months. Upon returning home, Sonny went back to work for his father. Then, at age 35, he and his brother purchased the business from their father. In 1995 the business was sold. Sonny retired, then drove for the Amish for four years and in 2007, began driving a school bus.
Survivors include brothers Paul A. Korte of Cartersville, Dennis F. Korte and wife Linda of Sedalia, Clyde J. Korte and wife Vickie of Bowling Green, Charles E. Korte of Kansas City, and Mark A. Korte of Choteau, Montana; sisters Carol Branstetter and husband Jim of Ironton, Mary Alice Wright and husband Sonny of Vandalia, Betty J. Trower and husband Jim of St. Charles, Laura Bowen of Bowling Green, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Serving as pallbearers were Joe Korte, Matt Korte, Jim Wright, Michael Trower, Joe Branstetter, and Ryan Korte.  Honorary pallbearers were Ron Branstetter, Dean Branstetter, Jamie Branstetter, Kyle Bowen, and Erik Bowen.
Memorials may be made to St. Clement Catholic Church or St. Clement School.