ST. LOUIS, MO - Melvin Hoelscher, 83, formerly of Amarillo, Texas, died
Wednesday, July 1, 2009. Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St.
Richard Church. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery by
Kriegshauser West Mortuary.
Mr. Hoelscher was born June 19, 1926, in Slaton to Elo and Laura Hoelscher.
He married Billie Jean Barnitz in November 1952 in Pomeroy, Ohio. He served in
the first naval fleet to enter Tokyo Bay after the Japanese surrender. He
graduated from Texas Tech in 1951 with an M.B.A. and was a loyal Red Raider to
He served on the parish and school boards at St. Joseph's Catholic Church
in Amarillo, and was on the founding committee of Christ the King Parish and
School in Lubbock, where he also was a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus.
He volunteered with Pack 88 and Troop 88 in Amarillo and Meals on Wheels, and
was treasurer of the St. Louis Council on Adult Literacy. He retired as a vice
president of Cloth World in 1988.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters and a
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Billie Jean; six sons, Dr. Andrew
of Oklahoma City, Bill and wife Mary Ann of Arlington, Steve and wife C.J. of
Jarrell, Tim and wife Kim of Amarillo, Dr. Greg and wife Robin of Greenwich,
Conn., and Mike of Providence, R.I.; three brothers; three sisters; 21
grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the mortuary.
Amarillo Globe-News, July 5, 2009