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October 8 1954 December 6 2022
John Panhorst passed away peacefully at age 68 on December 6, 2022 following a brief illness. Beloved husband of Ruth (nee Engelsdorfer). Loving father of Eve (Michael) Flowers and Jeffrey Panhorst. Dear brother of Joseph (Karen) Panhorst. Dear son of the late Harley and Mayme Panhorst. Our dearest brother in law, nephew, cousin, uncle, and friend. John was a graduate of St. Louis University High School, received his bachelor’s degree from University of Missouri – St. Louis and his masters degree from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. He began his teaching career as a band director at Vianney High School, during which time he grew the band program from seven to 125 students. In the early 1980s, he was instrumental in founding the St. Louis Metro District 8, to create a previously-nonexistent pathway for students at private schools to participate in the Missouri All-State Band. After nine years at Vianney, he took a new position teaching beginning band in the Parkway School District, where he ultimately made his home as a band director at Parkway Northeast Middle School. He retired from teaching after 26 years in the district. Alongside his work as a band director, John also taught private music lessons and served as a festival adjudicator for the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association. John and Ruth met at UMSL and played together in the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra while in college. They were married in 1978, and they have resided in Crestwood, MO since 1980. They have two children, Eve and Jeff. John was proud that both of his children went on to become instrumental music teachers in the St. Louis area. John was accomplished on several instruments, primarily the clarinet and bass clarinet. He performed in the Washington University Wind Ensemble and he was a founding member of the Mighty Mississippi Concert Band. For close to 20 years, John was a member of the St. Louis Wind Symphony. Additionally, he enjoyed performing as a member of the Grenadilla Celestina Clarinet Quartet. John also loved playing clarinet at his church, which he did frequently both as a soloist and as part of an instrumental ensemble that included his family members. Beyond music, John enjoyed many hobbies including woodcarving, stamp collecting, and fishing. When Jeff was in the Boy Scouts, John was active in his troop; both father and son are Eagle Scouts. He served the local Boy Scouts community as a merit badge counselor for the Music, Stamp Collecting, and Wood Carving badges. He was an active member of the St. Louis Area Woodcarvers and West County Woodcarvers, participating in annual woodcarving shows and community public displays. John was particularly well-known for his Santa Claus carvings. A visitation and memorial service will be announced for a date in the spring of 2023. Arrangements by Bopp Chapel in Kirkwood, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: St. Louis Wind Symphony, P.O. Box 16010, St. Louis, MO 63105, Peace United Church of Christ, 204 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119 or the memorial of your choice. www.boppchapel.com
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of John Harley Panhorst October 8 1954 December 6 2022.
Death notice for the town of: Kirkwood, state: Missouri