Charles Pilmer, 92, Ballwin, Mo.
Charles L. (Chuck) Pilmer, retired rural appraiser and vice president of Doane Agricultural Service, Inc., and former Webster City resident, died on April 15, 2013, at his home. He was 92, and lived at Meramec Bluffs Senior Living Community in Ballwin, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.
While living in Webster City in the 1950’s, Chuck managed the local Doane office and was a member of what is now Asbury United Methodist Church. His career then took the family to Grand Island, Nebraska and St. Louis.
Mr. Pilmer was born December 12, 1920 to John Herbert (Bert) and Lula (Stiffler) Pilmer, and was raised on a dairy farm near Des Moines. He attended Iowa State College (now ISU) where he was a member of FarmHouse Fraternity and graduated with a degree in vocational agriculture. On December 27, 1942, he married Mary Virginia Cohron in Des Moines. He then entered the Army Air Corps, where he became a B-26 pilot, flying 28 combat missions over France and Germany during World War II. Following his discharge, he was hired as a farm manager for Doane Agricultural Service, where he spent the next 37 years in farm management and appraisal, retiring in 1983 as Vice-President of Appraisal Services. He continued working independently in the appraisal field until 1995.
Chuck was a long-time member and served a term as president of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He also earned the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute and served as president of its St. Louis chapter.
Chuck’s volunteer activities were an important part of his life, and his commitments increased following retirement. A lifelong Methodist, and current member of Webster Hills United Methodist Church, he worked on several building construction missions in Mexico, Haiti, and Louisiana, sang in the church choir, served as a Stephen minister, and helped to establish the Shepherd Center, an ecumenical endeavor providing services and programs for senior citizens, among other contributions. He also served as both Treasurer and tutor for the St. Louis Literacy Council, delivered Meals on Wheels for many years, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.
He loved children and animals, and enjoyed reading, music, travel, gardening and Cardinals baseball.
He is survived by Virginia, his wife of 70 years; three daughters, Suzan Kaufmann of Berkeley, CA, Ellen Lappin (Ray) of Deer Lodge, MT and Betsy Pilmer of Chicago; two granddaughters, Dr. Alison Ledgerwood (Levi) of Sacramento, and Traci Lappin Raines (James) of Great Falls, MT, and great-grandson Halden Raines, in addition to brother-in-law Don Cohron (Mayme, and his late wife Ardath) of Atlantic, IA, one nephew, four nieces and many friends. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter Nancy (1953), his parents, sister Vera Johnson (Arnold) of Des Moines, IA, and infant brothers, George and John.
In the spirit of giving that characterized his life, Mr. Pilmer donated his body to Washington University for Parkinson’s/Lewy Body Dementia research. Services were held in the Meramec Bluffs Chapel on April 21. Burial of ashes will take place at a later date in the Norwalk, Iowa Cemetery, and at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St Louis.