John J. Wasmer

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November 5, 1941 - February 8, 2019
Born in New London, MO
Resided in O'Fallon, MO

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John J. Wasmer of O’Fallon, MO, passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at the age of 77. Beloved husband of 53 years to Linda Wasmer; cherished son of the late William and Margaret Wasmer; devoted father of Chris and wife Paula Wasmer, Dennis Wasmer, and Jennifer Wasmer; loving grandfather of Jack Wasmer, Scott Wasmer, and Matthew Wasmer; dear brother of Catherine and husband Jack Frost and Henry Wasmer. John was also preceded in death by siblings Benjamin Wasmer, William Wasmer, Larry Wasmer, Mary Wasmer, Judy Shassrie, and Jane Wasmer.

John proudly served his country with honor in the United States Marine Corps. He then went on to courageously serve as a Police Officer with St. Louis County before retiring after more than 31 years of dedicated service. He was also member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and entertaining his grandchildren, with whom he was very close. His own children will also cherish the memories of him coaching their little league and sports teams while growing up. He will be remembered as a very caring and very wise man, who deeply loved his family. John was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made in John's honor to St. Vincent Home for Children.


The Wasmer Family invites their family and friends to a luncheon in celebration of John's life, immediately following the Funeral Mass. Please join them at Trigg Catering and Banquet Center (300 O'Fallon Plaza, O'Fallon, MO, 63366)



In Our Own Words

I remember he made sure to kiss us all goodnight every night.

I remember he came to every event that he could.

I remember him coming to my “Show and Tell” as my show and tell object.

I remember dancing on his feet.

I remember him coloring with me.

I remember when I used to get the giggles, he’d say I swallowed a feather, and I would, of course, giggle more

I remember building the gazebo as a family.

I remember learning how to barbeque by watching and helping him in the backyard.

I remember him searching for me one night when he didn’t know that I was already home.

I remember getting pulled over by the police, and by the time I got home, him already knowing what had happened.

I remember getting out of numerous tickets with the phrase “Would it help if I told you my dad is a cop.”

I remember the time he responded to a burglary call while off duty with me in the car. It was the day I knew I could never be a cop as I wasn’t brave enough to run into danger.

I remember instead of playing “slugbug” we’d play “Vette” and call out the corvettes we saw.

I remember thinking he was the smartest man I knew.

I remember feeling understood when I was with him.

I remember I was proud of him.

I remember discussing whether the sandwiches in a series of books sounded good or not.

I remember filming a PSA with him for the County Police.

I remember playing catch and fielding ground balls for hours in the empty field next to our house.

I remember getting to blip the siren in the police car at Pete and Kathy’s house.

I remember the pride of his face as he held his grandsons for the first time.

I remember when Jack had too much apple juice and Dad came over and took care of him.

I remember his plaid hunting jacket and his dead-end kids hat.

I remember even in the hospital, he would say things that could make me laugh.

I will love you forever. You were my strength and rock to lean on for 53 years. I remember how you protected me and made me laugh when all I could do was cry. I always admired the way you would stop everything to take care of me, our children, and grandchildren--we were always first. Thank you John, for being my best friend, a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. You have left us a legacy to remember and we will love you forever.

It is with these memories, and many more that we say once more, “Good Night, God Bless You, I love you…”

Guestbook Entries

  1. Bridget February 12, 2019 at 9:20 am - Reply

    candle 1I want to give my deepest condolences to mr.D and his family. I prayers and heart go out to you. Mr. D has become a family member to me. I always would ask him hows mom and dad. Mr. D just know he still here in spirit with you. He not gone. He can now watch over you from a much better space. Its hard missing the body of him being here. But your memories last forever. Love on moms . love you

  2. Maureen McNeill February 12, 2019 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I remember John as being the nicest, coolest guy in the room. Looks like he will be missed by a large, loving family. I pray for you and hope there is some consolation knowing that he is still with you.

  3. Angelia Houston February 12, 2019 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    candle 7I would like to give my condolences to Mr.Dennis and his family. I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Dennis has always been a family man who cares a lot about his family. He would always ask others how they were doing and their family. Mr. Dennis became family to me through St Vincent Home for Children. I will continue to pray for you Mr. Dennis and your family. Just know your dad is watching over you now.

  4. Jay D Rovin February 13, 2019 at 7:21 am - Reply

    I worked with John on the police department and he was always up and in a good mood. I enjoyed his sense of humor.I always liked having him as a back up.

    Semper Fi

    Jay Rovin

  5. Mark Gilles February 13, 2019 at 7:38 am - Reply

    candle 6The Gilles family sends our thoughts and prayers for the entire Wasmer family much as Chris, et. Al. at the FRB did when my father left this world several years back. While we never knew Mr. John Wasmer, we can be quite certain that Chris is a good representative of a man who was really liked.

  6. Larry Doyle February 13, 2019 at 10:15 am - Reply

    I the score keeper at most of the varsity boys basketball games at Hazelwood East High during the 80’s and 90’sand John was the security officer at. most of the games. Most of the time security meant telling one of the kids that they couldn’t bring food in the stands. Sometime.he would have to separate some arguing girls, but he always did it in a manner tha was calming and not confrontational. Unfortunately I never made the connection that he was part of the family. He was a good man and his calm demeanor will be missed by all.

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