John E. Tolliver

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December 21, 1929 - November 11, 2019
Born in Neelyville, MO
Resided in St. Peters, MO

  • Visitation: Baue Funeral & Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay, 63301
    • Friday November 15, 2019 4:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Funeral Service: Baue Funeral & Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay, 63301
    • Saturday November 16, 2019 1:30pm

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John E. Tolliver of St. Peters, MO, passed away Monday, November 11, 2019, at the age of 89. Loving husband of 66 years to Glenna J. Tolliver (Chambers). Beloved son of the late Sherman and Catherine Tolliver. Cherished father of Robert Chambers and Merry Tolliver. Loving grandfather of Karen Mullen (Dwight) and Lindsey Tolliver-Miller (Casey Pond). Great-grandfather of Jack and Delaney Mullen. Dear brother of the late Bill, Bobby, JB, Charlie, and Joyce Tolliver. Survived by brothers Jerry, Jim, Larry, and sister June. John is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

John retired from Scally Waterproofing after 35 years at the age of 60. In 1973, he decided to spend the next 46 years digging a hole and moving dirt around on the banks of the Mississippi River with his wife Glenna at his side, building what has become one of the most loved and respected marinas in Missouri, John’s Boat Harbor.

In 1965, John joined Roofers Union Local #2 and was a member for 54 years. He was also a Charter Member of Elks Lodge #2587 in O’Fallon, MO, and of the Con Trios Yacht Club.

John was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Memorials may be made in John’s name to Five Acres Animal Shelter.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Merry Tolliver November 12, 2019 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    i miss you.

  2. Ken & Barb Booth November 12, 2019 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Like so many other boaters, we too will miss John. We have been in their harbor for 39 years now.

  3. Sean Leahey November 12, 2019 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    So many things to say about a true friend. There’s ups and downs in every friendship. With John he told you how it was and offered advice later. He was a true mentor in every aspect in my youthful teenage days. I was always John’s, “little Dick head” he would call mefor many year. The great memories I cherish and hold on to with the Toliver family for so many years of my life I am truly grateful and blessed to have them. These to me would be some of the best parts of my life. You will always be missed and remembered for your hard work, dedication to the Harbor, and all the boating memories you and Glenna created for the many Boaters along the Mississippi river through the Harbor. Thanks John for being my friend, you will always be part of my life and never forgotten. May you find peace and knowing you did it rite. Your Buddy:
    Sean Leahey
    Weekend Ramper/assistant 1993-2003

    • Kate Eberhard November 13, 2019 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Not sure if I have the words to describe this man except to express gratitude… Twenty five years ago he took a chance on my dad, a young 27 year old with a wife and young daughter to be their mechanic and help run the harbor. You gave us a place to live, a fun and adventurous playground for my brother and I to grow up in, a basement during storms, a place to hang out after school, harbor parties, and a life time of laughs and memories as a harbor family. You built the place that I call home and love most. You built a community of friends/family that will last a life time. So thank you John for always being there, for all you have done for my family for 25 years, and being a part of our family! We will miss you everyday!

      ❤️ The Eberhards

  4. Nancy Seaton November 13, 2019 at 5:28 am - Reply

    candle 1So sorry for your loss Merry. You are in my prayers. Love you

  5. Gail Cope November 13, 2019 at 6:37 am - Reply

    Sorry to hear of John’s passing. He will be missed.

  6. Matthew Hahn November 13, 2019 at 11:57 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear about John. John is a legend on Pool 26 and will be remembered by us all for his funny stories and commentary on … well…just about everything! I’m missing him already.

    • Becky Ellis November 14, 2019 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      candle 3So sorry to hear of John’s passing. I haven’t seen him in years but I still remember the times I spent at him amd Glenna’s house growing up. My brothers and I used to run all over the marina just having a ball. You will be in my thoughts Glenna, Merry, and Bob.

  7. Wayne Ellis November 13, 2019 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    candle 7It is with deep regret that I am hearing of John’s passing. I will always remember the kindness and times that I and my family spent enjoying John’s company and that of his family. My condolences to Glenna, Merry and Bob.

  8. Kate Eberhard November 13, 2019 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    candle 8Not sure if I have the words to describe this man except to express gratitude… Twenty five years ago he took a chance on my dad, a young 27 year old with a wife and young daughter to be their mechanic and help run the harbor. You gave us a place to live, a fun and adventurous playground for my brother and I to grow up in, a basement during storms, a place to hang out after school, harbor parties, and a life time of laughs and memories as a harbor family. You built the place that I call home and love most. You built a community of friends/family that will last a life time. So thank you John for always being there, for all you have done for my family for 25 years, and being a part of our family! We will miss you everyday!

    ❤️ The Eberhards

  9. Sarah Gantner November 14, 2019 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear about John’s passing. He was a great guy and will truly be missed by many. Thoughts & prayers to Glenna and the family….

  10. Sue Schneider November 14, 2019 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss Glennac. You both were great neighbors and I always liked seeing you both at the marina. Rest in peace, John.

  11. Trisha Finley November 14, 2019 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Saddened to hear of John’s passing. I can only pray he knew how truly grateful so many boaters in Pool 26 were for his hard work and dedication at the marina. Many amazing days on the water were only made possible because of it. Rest easy, John

  12. Kayla Farley November 15, 2019 at 9:01 am - Reply

    candle 8For many years of my childhood we put our boat in at Johns Boat Harbor. Never in my life have a met a more hardworking kind soul. My heart breaks for his family. He will be so dearly missed ♥️

  13. David Wegan November 16, 2019 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    You were always so helpful at the harbor John, may the currents take you to peaceful shores…

  14. Margaret M (Peg) McBride November 21, 2019 at 11:43 am - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. Our mom, Lea Stepka worked w John at Scally Waterproofing for many years, while we were growing up. We remember John’s humor and kindness. He worked on our basement getting it waterproofed and it made a tremendous difference in our lives. So many fond memories of him. You are in our prayers.
    Peg McBride, Jeanne Rudolph and Gary Stepka

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