Fred L. 'Lenny' Pezold, 83


Fred Leonard "Lenny" Pezold, 83, of Walshville, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at 5:55 a.m. at home, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. John Paull II Catholic Church in Mt. Olive. A rosary, led by Father Thomas Hagstrom, will be held at 7:45 p.m.

An additional visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. A funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with Father Thomas Hagstrom and Father Larry Anschutz co-officiating. Burial will be held in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Mt. Olive. Becker and Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Pezold was born March 26, 1936, in Jennings, MO, to Fred and Celine (Aubuchon) Pezold. He married Loretta Gruenloh on May 18, 1957, in Florissant, MO, and she survives.

The oldest of nine children, he attended Holy Cross Catholic School in Baden, MO. He and his wife moved to their farm in Walshville in 1963. He was a member of St. John Paul II Catholic Church in Mt. Olive. 

A devout Catholic who spent his entire life farming, in recent years, he loved hauling grain in his semi. He enjoyed traveling, collecting tractors and especially loved spending time with family.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by nine children, Kenny Pezold of Sorento, Diane Spinner, Charles (Robin) Pezold, Teresa Thiessen, Wayne (Angie) Pezold and Larry (Dawn) Pezold, all of Litchfield, Linda (Brian) Metz of Normal, Doug (Jenny) Pezold of Walshville and Cheryl (Kyle) Frerichs of Litchfield; 26 grandchildren, Brett Pezold, Mollee (Ali) Pezold, Dee (Brian) Leitschuh, Renee (Trent) Laughlin, Dana (Tyson) Holshouser, Ryan (Brittany) Pezold, Kelsey (Michael) Baldwin, Cassandra (Chris) Roach, Valerie (Josh) Cain, Eric (Jamie) Ernst, Jennifer (Jake) Fleming, Kevin (Tiffany) Pezold, Kyle Pezold, Katie (Brian) McIntyre, Jake (Casey) Pezold, Sara (Will) Houk, Staci Roper, Paige Metz, Austin Metz, Brittney (Dane) Fletcher, Logan (Shawna) Pezold, Brooke Pezold, Emily Frerichs and Abby Frerichs; 26 great-grandchildren; siblings, Bill (Sandi) Pezold, Jack (JoRhee) Pezold, Celine Livingston, Tom Pezold and Ralph (Nancy) Pezold; sister-in-law, Viola Gruenloh; and brother-in-law Paul (Lore) Gruenloh.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, David and Mark Pezold; sister, Shirley Siebels; brothers-in-law, George Siebels, Steve Livingston and Mel Gruenloh; sister-in-law, Sarah Pezold; son-in-law, Mike Spinner; and grandson, Layton Pezold.

Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Cemetery/Masses or the Pezold Strong Memorial Scholarship.

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