John Matthew Grgurich of St. James passed away Friday, August 20, 2021 at his home in St. James, MO. He was 74 years of age.
John was born January 1, 1947, in St. Louis, MO the son of the late Joseph Henry and Kathleen Ellsworth Grgurich.
On June 22, 1968, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Menomonie, WI John was united in marriage to Sheila Jean Marshall.
He is survived by his wife Sheila, of 53 years. Sons, James Matthew Grgurich (Stacy) of St. Charles and Anthony David Grgurich (Theresa) of Washington, MO. Daughters, Marissa Lea Grgurich of Washington, MO, and Stacey Marie Grgurich Wilder (Eric) of Wildwood, MO. Brothers, Michael Grgurich of Washington, MO, Stephen Grgurich of Gerald, MO, Christopher Grgurich of Lonedell, MO, Kirby Grgurich of Troy, MO. Sisters, Karen Grgurich of Troy, MO, Nancy Erxleben of Springfield, MO, and Kimberly Cavin of St. Louis, MO., along with 3 grandchildren Johnathon James Grgurich, JoAnna Alexis Grgurich, and Stirling Marshall Grgurich.
John is preceded in death by his parents, one dear sister Theresa Jolene Grgurich and one beloved grandson Ian Anthony Grgurich.
John was a self-employed contractor in the St. Louis Washington area for many years, and also a member of the Carpenters Union Local 1839. He taught at the Four Rivers Vo-Tech College for several years. He was a proud Marine Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and was a life member of VFW Post 2661 in Washington, MO and of the Private George Phillips Marine Corps League Detachment in Ballwin, MO. John loved the outdoors and for many years worked on his cabin south of St. James. Many years of hard work, from both Sheila and all the family, went into building the cabin, hueing the logs that were cut from the property and collecting stone for the massive fireplace. He passed away with Sheila at his side in the cabin that he loved so much and near where his beloved grandson Ian is buried. He was active in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. James, where he served on the Parrish Council and the Knights of Columbus. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
John Grgurich will lie in state from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, August 26, 2021, at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, MO.
Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 27, 2021, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. James. Pallbearers will be James Grgurich, Anthony Grgurich, Eric Wilder, Johnathon Grgurich, Drew Tucker, and Greg Speas. Military Honors will be given at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church following the Mass. Memorials are requested to Focus Marines Foundation (focusmarines.org). Private burial of his ashes will be interred next to his grandson, Ian out at the Cabin.
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All arrangements are under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, MO
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