James "Jim" Herman Erlinger II

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July 15, 1934 - June 7, 2021
Born in St. Francis County, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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James (“Jim“) Herman Erlinger II of Saint Charles Missouri passed away at his home on June 7, 2021 at the age of 86, loving husband of 66 years to Nancy Willbrand Erlinger, cherished son of the late James and Bertha Erlinger, devoted father of Jim (Susan) Erlinger, John Erlinger and Jill (Tim) Erlinger Cudd; loving grandfather of Natalie Hall, Mindy Herter, Daniel (Kelly) Erlinger, Jared (Mary) Erlinger, Samuel Erlinger, Jacob Erlinger and Paige Erlinger; adored great grandfather to Kylee and Payton Hess.  Preceded in death by his younger twin brothers Gary Erlinger and Lary Erlinger.

After a stint in the Army and a long employment with B-Line Systems, Jim started his own manufacturer’s representative business the Jim Erlinger Company in the early 1970s, where he worked until his retirement.  He spent many years active with the ERO in St. Louis.

Jim was a passionate outdoorsman, marksman, and "river rat".  His shooting career culminated with his trap and skeet team winning a national competition and a trip to England to compete internationally.

Jim’s passion for the outdoors was intertwined with his love of family and tradition. Trips to the Gasconade River & Rockbridge Ranch to fish, Charleston & Orchard Farm to dove hunt, and Northcutt’s & Elsberry to deer hunt were considered on par with religious holidays and not to be missed. Deer hunting was the Erlinger rite of passage, where the boys became men and got to finally hear all the jokes they wouldn’t tell in front of Nancy.

Undoubtedly, his favorite place to spend time with his family and friends was his river house on the banks of the Mississippi river.  While he claimed the Illinois bluffs made it the prettiest spot on the river, it was clear to all that watching his children and grandchildren fish, boat, shoot, swim, ski, and wakeboard gave him the most joy.  Pork steaks, red licorice, and Dr. Pepper were staples of the summer, and it was rare to find an empty house without at least one of his offspring and a dog helping him with the latest project. Floodwaters were merely an inconvenience, not a deterrent, and the cottage was one of the last holdouts of the lost days of summer cottages on the river.

When Jim was not outdoors or with family, he was actively involved with the Navy League (where he was a member of its National Hall of Fame and National Commander of the Sea Cadets), the USO (Lifetime Board Member) and the Missouri Children’s Home.

Jim leaves a legacy of kindness, generosity and love, but he will undoubtedly be most remembered for his sense of humor and his weaving of jokes into almost any situation. We will remember him with smiles on our faces.

In recognition of his granddaughter Mindy, memorial contributions may be made to Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri.

Baue Funeral Homes is currently following CDC recommendations regarding mask and social distancing policies.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Mindy Herter June 10, 2021 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    candle 1Miss u already Grandpa!!!

    • Samantha Misselhorn June 11, 2021 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Love you Mindy

  2. Lauren Hammonds June 10, 2021 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    candle 8I will remember you with a smile. Loving strength and well wishes to Nancy and the Erlinger family.

  3. Vanessa Prinster June 10, 2021 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    candle 4Sending lots of thoughts and prayers to John, Jake and the rest of the Erlinger family. Treasure the good times and great memories with your dad and grandpa. I’m here if you need anything.

    • Sue Lauer June 11, 2021 at 11:10 am - Reply

      Jill & family. I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart & my family’s hearts & prayers are with you all.

  4. Maria Heyssel June 10, 2021 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    candle 3Nancy, I send you my thoughts, prayers and love. You may not remember me as I was a childhood friend of Jim’s in Bonne Terre and remember him well from those days. We were great friends in a neighborhood full our other friends, adventures of pre-school and school. Jim was always outstanding, shy when I knew him, lots of fun and caring. I was so happy to meet you and renew acquaintance at the Rother’s, and finding that you were such great friends! My best to all of your family and know Jim will be so missed. Maria Heyssel

  5. Rachel Schneider June 10, 2021 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Sending prayers for comfort and peace to John and Jake Erlinger and the Erlinger family.

    May God wrap his loving arms around you at this time.

    Harry and Rachel Schneider

  6. Marsha Friedman Bowell June 10, 2021 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    candle 5My condolences to you and your family, Jim.

  7. Ellen Evans Wallace June 11, 2021 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    candle 2My sincere condolences to your family. I was blessed to grow up next to your wonderful family and know your loss is powerful. My love to you.

  8. Samantha Misselhorn June 11, 2021 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    candle 8Wonderful man and Wonderful family. Love you guys so much.

  9. Liz and Marvin Kriesmann June 11, 2021 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    candle 3Our sincere sympathy to Nancy and the family

  10. Paula Mraz June 12, 2021 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    candle 7My prayers to Nancy, Jim, John, Jill and the extended family. I met Jim and Jill through the electrical industry. As my friendship with Jill grew, I became closer to Nancy and Jim and they became more like second parents. I have many memories at the house, and a few at the river cabin. Jim was always smiling and laughing. You could tell how much he loved his family. He was a great man, highly respected n his business and personal life. The world is a better place for him being in it.

  11. Doyle wilhite June 13, 2021 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Jim was my Navy league buddy. For some 25 years we jointly served as officers in the St. Louis and national Navy league. Jim and his wife Nancy, my wife Marge and I attended many national Navy league meetings throughout the United States. Jim was the vice president of the national organization and also headed up tne National Sea cadet programs . He was very involved in ship commissioningsIncluding the Harry S Truman. Jim and I also enjoyed spending time at the bull’s-eye rifle range competing against each other. We also spent many lunches together where I learned many jokes from Jim who were just with them into our conversation. He will be sincerely missed by meAs he was my friend and fellow Navy leaguer. Rest in peace!

  12. Cindy Lou Wahl June 15, 2021 at 5:10 pm - Reply


    My sincere condolences to you and your entire family on the passing of your Dad. You are in my thoughts & prayers during this difficult time. I am sorry I was unable to pay my respects in person. Hang on to all your fantastic memories & keep them close to your heart. Sending lots of love & hugs.

    With Sincere Sympathy,

    Cindy Lou

  13. Bernard Urbas June 19, 2021 at 4:10 am - Reply

    candle 7Just heard about Jim’s passing from Brett Bunk. We loved to have Jim hunt with us on the river and always enjoyed his company and great true stories.
    Jim will be missed by a lot of good folks.
    Bernie Urbas

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