Military veteran

Dr. Charles Gerald St. John was born to Charles G. and Helen L. (Roselund) St. John on April 20, 1941, at Kewanee, Ill. He went to be with “his” Jesus on Dec. 14, 2016, at the age of 75.

Gerry grew up in Moline, Ill., and graduated in 1959 from Moline High School. Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1963. While serving he attended the Air University and was proud to be a part of the Strategic Air Command. He was attached to the 825th Medical Group and served as physiological training instructor at the L.R.A.F.B. altitude chamber. Also while in the Air Force he earned two years of credits from Arkansas State Teachers College.

After his discharge from the Air Force, he attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, graduating in December 1967. While attending Palmer full-time he also worked a full-time job at a dairy, plus a part-time job as a stock clerk at a grocery store. On Sundays he faithfully attended church and taught a Sunday school class.

In 1968, he moved his family to Rolla, Mo., and established his first practice. Lack of finances soon closed the doors. For a short time he sold insurance for Mutual of Omaha and then cars for Mid-Missouri Motors at St. Roberts. There he met Ermal Womack and Lloyd Mitchell, who encouraged him to move to Summersville and get back into practice.

Dr. St. John rented a house in Summersville and turned part of it into an office. With an ancient, stationary osteopathic table, a 1930 era X-ray unit and a “desk” which had been his grandmother’s card table newly refurbished with contact paper, he started over. The utility room became the dark room; patients waited in the living room and had to walk through the kitchen to get to the “office.” From that humble beginning, Dr. St. John built one of the largest practices in southern Missouri. He believed in non-force techniques and thoroughly enjoyed his work. Chiropractic was his passion, his career and his hobby. Over the years he helped young doctors by giving them office furniture, adjusting tables and good advice. He was an adjunct professor for Logan College of Chiropractic, Chesterfield, Mo., and Cleveland College of Chiropractic, Kansas City, Mo.

While living in Summersville he served as the training director for the fire department, Disaster Preparedness/Civil Defense coordinator, city judge and was chairman of the elder board of First Christian Church.

In 1977, the family purchased a house and moved to Houston, but Dr. St. John continued to practice in Summersville until 1982, when he purchased the Dykes Building in Houston.

Dr. St. John didn’t hunt, fish, or play golf, so if he had a second interest or hobby it was looking after the welfare of the police and firefighters. He supported them every way he could. He felt his crowning achievement was when the city finally purchased the quint. He had campaigned for years to convince the city of the need for this piece of equipment. Almost every morning he would drive around Houston giving thanks for the privilege to live in this community. Not only did he pray for individuals, he included the schools, churches, businesses, the hospital and our nation. He felt his calling was to encourage, strengthen and uplift everybody he encountered.

In 1962 Airman First Class Gerald St. John married Beverly Weathersby in North Little Rock, Ark. To this union four sons were born. When his boys grew up and married, he finally got the daughters he wanted.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly, of the home; sons, Geoffrey (Gina) of Springfield, Aaron (Denise) of Licking, Jeremy (Jamie) of Houston and Drew (Megan) of Benton; six grandchildren, Grace, Josiah, Becky, Abby, Charlie and Jackson; a sister, Alyce O’Connor of Glendale, Ariz.; and a very special associate, Dr. Kalenna Wilson.

Dr. St. John was a member of First Baptist Church of Houston and Sunday school teacher for many years.

Services are 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at Houston First Baptist Church with Pastor Russ Stigall officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Pine Lawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Joey Moore, John Cook, Robbie Smith, Dr. Womack, Terry Miller and Bruce Scheets. Honorary pallbearers were Geoffrey St. John, Aaron St. John, Jeremy St. John , Drew St. John and Josiah St. John.

Memorials may be made to KAA (Kids Across America) or Houston Rural Fire Department. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansfh.com.

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