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Steven Leroy Mayer, 84, of Unionville, MO, died Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at the Putnam County Care Center.

Steven was born in Baring, MO on February 12, 1926, the son of Stephen G. and Mary Louise (Schlepphorst) Mayer who preceded him in death.

Steven graduated from Baring High School and then joined the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Pacific Theatre aboard the USS Mountrail. He worked for the railroad following his time in the service and on November 26, 1949, he married Margaret Rose Farley in Kirksville, MO. She preceded him in death on September 28, 1994.

Steven sold insurance for a brief time and then began a work career as a repairman with General Telephone for over 20 years before retiring in 1974 due to medical reasons. He was responsible for keeping telephone lines open for the FBI during the Flight 11 disaster. Steven and Margaret had moved to Unionville in 1956.

Steven was an avid golfer, loved to fish and a wonderful storyteller, but he loved his family most. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and served on the board there as well as the American Legion and the Unionville Country Club, where he was a long time member.

He is survived by five children: Alan Mayer and his wife, Connie; Connie Knowles and her husband, Jerry; Lynn and her husband, John Worley; and Kim Mayer, all of Unionville, MO; and Mitch Mayer and his wife, Kim of Trenton, MO. Surviving grandchildren are Liz Mayer, Brian Mayer, Amy Norman and husband, Joel, Coleman Mayer, Kia Mayer, Kelly Purdy and husband, Mike, Erin Warnick and husband, Todd, Derek Knowles and wife, Molly, Christina VanGenderen and husband, J.C., John Worley and fiancé, Megan Maletta, Nic Murphy, Tasheena Hail and husband, Jared, Sasha Mayer, Chris Bowen and wife, Amanda, and Misty Hewitt. Surviving great grandchildren are Ashley, Cody, Cameron and Taylor Purdy, Rylan and Mason Warnick, Brendan, Nickolas, John and Scott VanGenderen, Megan Day, Brianna Hail, James Hail, and Jace Hail. Steven is also survived by a brother, Paul Mayer and three sisters, Elizabeth Menke and her husband Eddie, Norma Mayer and Janet Moore.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lori Ann Mayer and sisters, Phyllis Mayer, Marguerite Gregory and Geneva Henthorn.

Memorials are suggested to his daughter, Kimberly Mayer and may be entrusted to Playle & Jones Family Funeral Home, 709 S. 27th, Unionville, MO, 63565.