John Laster

St. Louis, MO | Friday, January 28 2022 |

John Lowell Laster, 95, passed away at 1:40 a.m. Friday, January 28, 2022, at his residence with his family by his side.

Born Jan. 23, 1927, in East Alton, IL, he was the son of the late John Gilbert and Grace Charlotte (Rhodes) Laster.

John’s first wife, the former Mary Foster, preceded him in death on Sept. 14, 1982.  On July 26, 2000, he and Mina “Jennie” Janet (Pape) Gaither were married in Cape Girardeau, MO.  She survives.

John was a Pipe Fitter out of Oklahoma with Union #1, he was a Laborer with Labor Local Union #338 in Wood River. He was a WWII Navy Veteran and was a member of the Wood River Masonic Lodge #1062.

Also surviving is a daughter, Karen (Laster) Perkinson of Wood River, 2 step-daughters, Tracy Ottolini of St. Louis, Melissa Roy and Carl of St. Louis; 3 grandchildren, John, Rheanna, Christina; 6 step-grandchildren, Jason, Lisa, Jennifer, Chelsey, Samuel, Ethan; 2 great-grandchildren, Jaxson, Payton; Many step-great-grandchildren; many great-great-step-grandchildren.

Visitation begins at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, at Gray Funeral Home in Wood River. Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at Gray Funeral Home. Burial is at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been designated to backstoppers

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