Donald J. STOHR

Donald J. STOHR

Male 1934 - 2015  (81 years)

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  • Name Donald J. STOHR  [1
    Born 9 Mar 1934  Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
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    Died 10 Dec 2015  Ladue, St. Louis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I4828  Clan Home Genealogy
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2016 

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     5. John Steven STOHR,   b. 2 Feb 1966,   d. 5 Feb 1966  (Age 0 years)
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    Family ID F1970  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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      Donald J. Stohr, longtime federal judge, dies at 81

      Donald J. Stohr, a federal judge in St. Louis for 20 years, died Thursday (Dec. 10, 2015) at Gatesworth Nursing Home in Ladue. He was 81.

      Mr. Stohr, a Sedalia, Mo., native, became a judge in 1992 on the U.S. District Court of Eastern Missouri, and served until 2012. He also was active in Republican politics and served on numerous civic and professional boards.

      Mr. Stohr earned his undergraduate and law degrees from St. Louis University, finishing his studies in 1958.

      In 1960, at age 26, Mr. Stohr was the Republican candidate for Missouri attorney general, losing in the general election to Democrat Thomas F. Eagleton.

      KMOX radio host Charlie Brennan, Mr. Stohr's son-in-law and husband of Beth Stohr, said that election illustrates the gentlemanly nature of both men.

      "When he was running against Eagleton, they'd actually drive together to debates. Basically, they'd carpool," Brennan said. "And through that, they became friends, and later law partners" at Thompson Coburn.

      The election also kicked off a period of political involvement for Mr. Stohr, who served as chairman of the St. Louis County Republican Central Committee from 1963-66, and as the county counselor under County Executive Lawrence K. Roos from 1965 to 1966.

      He was appointed as a federal prosecutor in 1973, but returned to private practice in 1976 and remained there until his appointment to the federal bench in 1992.

      Judge Stohr adjudicated a number of high-profile cases, including Dr. Charles "Tom" Sell, a Creve Coeur dentist who was charged with conspiring to kill a witness and an FBI agent; and pianist Johnnie Johnson, who claimed that rock 'n roll legend Chuck Berry owed him money for royalties.

      Sell eventually pleaded no contest, and Judge Stohr found in favor of Berry, ruling that Johnson's claims were untimely.

      Judge Stohr is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Ann Stohr. Other survivors include five daughters: Beth Stohr of Clayton, Anne O'Brien of Lenexa, Kan., Jane Miller of Oak Park, Ill., Sara Horner of Swansea, and Ellen Hall of Cincinnati; a brother, Richard Stohr of St. Louis; a sister, Eileen Gattermeir of California, Mo.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

      A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Dec. 19 at St. Clement of Rome Church, 1510 Bopp Road in Des Peres. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. that day at the church.

      [Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 11, 2015] [2]

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    1. [S587] Obituary.

    2. [S587] Obituary, Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 11, 2015 (Reliability: 3).