Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Stahlhuth, Richard John 62

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Stahlhuth, Richard John 62

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Stahlhuth, Richard John 62, of St. Louis, MO died Sunday, March 17th, 2013 surrounded by his family, following an unexpected accident in Naples, Florida. Richard was born on July 30th, 1950 in St. Louis, MO to Virginia Ray and John Stahlhuth. Richard grew up in Kirkwood, Missouri, and was an avid sportsman throughout his childhood. He played baseball from the time he could throw a ball, and continued as he pitched his way through high school and beyond. He graduated from Kirkwood High School in 1968, and later from Southern Methodist University with the highest honors in 1972. At SMU, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, where he developed life-long friendships. Immediately following graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Deborah Grebe, and headed to University of Missouri Law School. There, he was a member of Law Review and became a huge Tigers fan. Rich's first job was with Price Waterhouse Tax Department. In 1976, he joined the law firm that later became known as Suelthaus & Walsh, P.C. He was a shareholder in the firm until 1993, and remained Of Council until 2004. While practicing, Rich also oversaw Lakewood Golf Club, a familyowned course. Eventually, he joined forces with his brother-inlaw and developed Quail Creek Golf Course. In time, the golf course management firm became so time-consuming at one point comprised of over a dozen courses that he scaled back his law practice. After years of managing and owning golf courses, he continued his love of managing land and acquired a passion for farming. Rich was a member of the Development Board at St. Louis Children's Hospital for over six years, and continued to be a supportive donor thereafter. He was also a member of the Missouri Bar Association, Veiled Prophet Organization, Gateway Golf Association, and the National Golf Course Owners Association. He was a member of both Bonita Bay Golf Club and Kiawah Island Club. Rich was also active in several legal and professional organizations, and was an officer in many community groups, both in St. Louis and Bonita Bay, Florida. The most important part of Rich's life was his family. …

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