John Franklin Truex

August 8, 1924February 25, 2015

JOHN FRANKLIN TRUEX, age 90, died on February 25, 2015, in St Louis Missouri. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Doris (Ward), daughter Charlotte “Kit” Mair (Mike) of Shawnee, KS and son Richard J. Truex of St. Louis; two grandsons Richard “Chip” Truex of Portland, OR and Jeffrey Mair of Shawnee, KS, granddaughters, Victoria Truex, and Alexandra Truex. He was preceded in death by a twin brother who died at birth; a son, Robert William, a brother, Dr. Everett Truex, a sister, Dr. Dorothy Truex and parents, Rev. Chester and Madge Truex, who were active from 1900 to 1950 in Missouri Baptist denominational work. John was born August 1924 in Palmyra, MO, lived in Plattsburg, MO and grew up and attended high school in Liberty, MO. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from William Jewell College in 1947. He served as National Alumni President, Trustee and Trustee Emeritus and a member of the staff in fund-raising. While he maintained an amazing number of Alumni contacts over the past eighty years, he was Honored in 1969 with an Achievement Award and the Truex Lifetime Service Award, created in his honor in 1996. He was an active member of Kappa Alpha Order and received the order’s highest recognition with the Knight Commander’s Accolade in 2004. His military service included a Bronze Star as a tank commander (Sergeant) in World War II serving in the ETO. Mr. Truex joined Trans World Airlines after attending Northwestern University and served in various management capacities over 34 years. He was a Regional Vice-president in Kansas City and St. Louis from 1967 to 1975 and served as a Corporate Vice President in New York until he took early retirement in 1982. For twenty years he was engaged in executive search work with Morton-McCorkle & Associates, St.Louis. He completed the Executive Program at Stanford University in 1973. As a son of a Baptist minister, John has been active in Baptist Churches in Liberty and at Delmar and Kirkwood churches in St. Louis. He was a deacon for more than 55 years. He was an Eagle Scout, Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and served at the Regional and Area Council levels in St. Louis and Kansas City. Visitation is March 5 from 4:00-8:00 at Schrader Funeral Home, Ballwin, MO. Memorial Services will be held March 6 at 11am at Kirkwood Baptist Church and in Liberty, MO at the Second Baptist Church on March 9 at 11am. Visitation also in Liberty MO March 9 at 10am. Burial will be in Liberty in Fairview Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Kirkwood Baptist Church, William Jewell College or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Monday, March 9, 2015
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 9, 2015


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Douglas Dellert

March 20, 2015

Doris, Kit and Richard. Sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember John as a fine gentleman and friend. We were Blessed to have him for so many years. May he find peace.

Dale Shelly Graham

March 6, 2015

My parents, Ed and Emilie Shelly, were good friends with John when they all lived in Thornhill. Both of them are gone now, and my husband and I are living in their house so we heard about John's passing from the neighborhood newsletter. I barely knew John because I was in college on the East coast when my parents moved to STL, but I still knew what a wonderful man he was. One time when I was in school, I waited too long to make my airline reservations to come home for Thanksgiving and couldn't get any. Dad immediately called John who pulled some strings and got me home for the holidays. We were all so grateful. He was always there to help his friends, and their negligent kids.
Dale Shelly Graham

Henry & Hazel Michajliczenko

March 4, 2015

Henry and I send our heartfelt condolences to Doris, Kit, Richard and the entire Truex family. We first met John in the 1970s while we were students at William Jewell College. We count it a blessing to have known and interacted with John for over forty years. John faithfully served WJC as an enthusiastic Alum, dedicated Trustee and loyal friend. His legacy will live on in the many lives he touched at his beloved Alma Mater.

Don Wideman

March 4, 2015

John was a classic Christian gentleman in the best sense of the words. I always admired him and he was always kind and good to me. He will be missed. Don Wideman


March 4, 2015

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Truex. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Joe Pollock

March 3, 2015

I'm sorry for your loss. I was part of the management team @ IND when John was our Regional Vice President. I admired & respected him, his personal traits affected me in a positive way. We were friends on a first name basis. I pray that God will comfort you in your time of need.

March 2, 2015

John will be remembered by so many as one of William Jewell's finest sons. Few have served or loved the College with such passion through the years. Thanks to Doris, Kit and Richard for sharing him with us.

Dan Lambert
Overland Park, KS

Nedra Rosen

March 2, 2015

Mr. Truex was a true gentleman and adored by so many of us in TWA InFlight Services. May his memory be a blessing to Doris and Kit and family.

March 2, 2015

Uncle John was really the patriarch of our St. Louis Family. My mother and father were close friends and loved his family. We will miss John. God Bless.
Evelyn Byrd and Eldone Truex, Orlando, Florida

March 2, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. John was a great leader at TWA and my husband (Alan-(DURB)-deceased) really enjoyed working for John. I will pray for the family.
Helen Durbin