Louis "Inky" Hercules

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July 3, 1939 - November 14, 2019
Born in St. Charles, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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Louis "Inky" Hercules, of Saint Charles, Missouri, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the age of 80.  Beloved son of the late Albert E. and Viola J. Hercules; devoted father of Patrick R. (Sherri) Hercules and Colleen A. (the late William) Henrichs; cherished grandpa of Jessica Hercules, Catherine Hercules, Jonathan Hercules, the late Matthew Hercules, and the late Rebecca Hercules; treasured great-grandfather of Kayli Niedringhaus and Cayden Niedringhaus; dear cousin, uncle, and friend to many.

Louis was also preceded in death by his siblings, Dorothy Bacon, Marcella Grote, Margie Boschert, Cathryn Hercules, Lois Hercules, Lucille Hercules, Willis Hercules, Hubert Hercules, James Hercules, Albert Hercules, Doris Lenz, and Patsy Beiter.

Inky retired after more than 20 years as a machinist with Allied Gear.  He filled his days by riding around on his scooter with his duct-taped helmet, and taking strolls at Blanchette Park.  He loved to read the newspaper every morning, then stop for coffee at McDonald’s or Hardees with the “guys.”  He would stop by the Salvation Army everyday to get a quick bite for lunch, just because he enjoyed the company.

Inky enjoyed spending time with his family, and making some good BBQ.  Mostly, he cherished his grandkids and bringing them treats.  He also liked sitting out in the backyard drinking a beer and striking up some banter with his brother, Hubert.  Inky liked to be a bit of a troublemaker in his younger years, but turned into a sweet teddy bear later on.

Inky never missed listening to the St. Louis Cardinals on KMOX radio, and he liked watching the St. Louis Blues on TV.  He was also a fan of NASCAR and enjoyed watching the races.  He was an avid collector of his favorite things, which were mostly special sale items he found; just look for the expiration date.  Inky was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Memorial contributions may be made in Louis' name to the Salvation Army - St. Charles.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Ed Kofron November 16, 2019 at 6:57 am - Reply

    I remember Inky from many years ago in school. Inky was always a fun friendly guy. RIP Inky. Eddie (Nolte) Kofron.

  2. Elaine November 16, 2019 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Inky was a sweetheart! We were in high school together – always a smile on his face, enjoying life! Condolences to his family.

  3. Marvin Monday November 17, 2019 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Had many good conversations with Inky on Monday mornings before I went to play golf and he was catching up on the daily news paper at Mcdonalds. Although, I went to school with him, I never knew how he got his nick name?

    • Mary Hercules-Davis November 17, 2019 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      Hubert was my grandpa, and I was always told it was because he looked like he was dipped in ink when he was born. Not sure how that would have happened, but that’s the story!

  4. Debra Jacobs November 18, 2019 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Colleen,

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

    Debbie Jacobs

  5. tammy bailey November 18, 2019 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Colleen, I’m so sorry for your loss. Many prayers for strength and comfort to your family.
    Tammy Bailey

  6. Charlie Brader November 18, 2019 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    To one of the friendliest guys I have ever had to chance to meet and always enjoyed running into him wherever, e.g., the Wentzville Flee Market. My condolences to his Family.

  7. Bonnie Rufkahr Beall November 19, 2019 at 6:51 am - Reply

    I went to grade school with Inky at St. Charles Borromeo and remember many happy times. My recollection of the name Inky was because all the rest of the family had red hair and Inky had black. He was always a cheerful guy, RIP

  8. Bonnie Rufkahr Beall November 19, 2019 at 6:58 am - Reply

    I went to grade school at St Charles Borromeo with Inky. I remember many happy times in those days and he was always part of our group. He was always happy go lucky and fun to be around. My recollection of the nickname Inky was because all his brothers and sisters had red hair and he had black. RIP friend.

  9. Deborah Petty November 20, 2019 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    candle 7My deepest condolances to the Hercules family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Much Love,
    Deb

  10. Richard Wessler November 20, 2019 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    I went to grade school with Inky and later in life we ran around with the same group people. Always enjoyed his company and had many fun times. RIP inky

  11. John luetkemeyer November 30, 2019 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    RIP 0ld buddy! Marvin,he was the only sibling with black hair

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