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.