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Howard Trimpe

Howard P. Trimpe, 93, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016 at his home in St. Joseph, Missouri.  He was born in Havana, Illinois and was the younger of two sons born to Edwin and Marie (Behrends) 
Howard married Shirley Hoeger on August 11, 1944.  They graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois in 1947 and were the first married couple to do so.  Howard furthered his education at the University of Missouri ñ Columbia and graduated with a second Bachelorís degree in journalism in 1948. 
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and continued flying for the Air Force for 30 years, most of that time out of Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.  He honorably served in World War II, including piloting a glider plane across enemy lines in Germany as part of Operation Varsity in 1945.  He also flew in the Korean War and piloted a Nightingale medevac aircraft during the Vietnam War.
After Shirleyís death in 1992, Howard married Goldia Schopfer in 2000 and relocated to St. Joseph, Missouri from St Louis.
Howard was an honorable man, loved and respected by many for his sense of duty and commitment, his faith, his perseverance and his dedication to country, friends and family.  Friends saw him as a wise gentleman and appreciated his congenial nature and playful sense of humor.
He was a lifelong baseball fan, switching loyalty from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Kansas City Royals.  He spent many happy hours at Lake of the Ozarks, fishing, boating and skiing. He was an avid reader and always enjoyed his morning walks. After retirement he traveled extensively, regularly visiting Oregon during Bing cherry season.
He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in St Joseph, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National World War II Glider Pilots Association.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother, Robert, his wife, Shirley and son, Robert. 
Survivors include wife, Goldia Trimpe, daughters Lynn Trimpe, Gail Trimpe-Morrow (S. Rex) and Susan Stockard; and grandchildren, Elizabeth Morrow, Jamison Morrow, Eric Stockard and Cari Stockard. 
Memorial Service was at 1 p.m. on January 18, preceded by visitation at 12 p.m., both at First Lutheran Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. Interment at 1:30 p.m. January 19 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Legion or First Lutheran Church.  Online guest book and obituary at

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