Peter F.Yanczer
Embraced life from April 26, 1927-March 16,
2014. Beloved and devoted husband of 63 years
to Edna M. Yanczer; beloved and cherished
father to Karen and Kate Yanczer, son Ken (wife
Ruth and her children Brad and Kelsey). Dear
brother of Uncle Frank Yanczer and dearest
cousin to Rosie Rosalie Yanczer.
Peter was born in Yugoslavia and immigrated to
the US in 1929. Raised and educated in St. Louis,
MO, Peter became tuned into radio and
electronics by the age of 10. It was then Peter
built his first crystal set. Peter was fascinated as a
child by most things electrical.
While serving in World War II and the Korean
Conflict, Peter completed Radar and Electronics
schooling provided by the U.S. Navy. He worked
in the Navy as a Radar Technician. Peter
graduated from the David Rankin Technical
College, earning honors in Precision Machine,
Radio and Electronics Technology. The president
of Rankin College then asked Peter to teach at
Rankin 4 nights of week, which continued for 11
years. Peter attended Washington University in
St. Louis, MO, graduating with honors in a degree
in Electrical Engineering. Peter was on the board
at Jefferson College and member of the
Professional Engineers society. This led to his
successful career as an Aero Space, Electronics
and Radar Circuitry Engineer with Emerson
Electric in the E & S Division.
Peter held numerous positions and was given the
most difficult projects, recognized for his brilliance
and expertise in engineering design, mechanics,
building, testing and authored the technical
documentation and training. As the head of the
laboratory he held the talents to lead and could
lead other engineers to do it all.
Peter made significant contributions with his
inventions and innovation representing Emerson
Electric, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing Aircraft to
name a few. The work he performed and oversaw
aided our U.S. Military, Department of Defense
and the Gemini Manned Space Program. His work
took him around the world. Peter retired from
Emerson Electric and became a full time
consultant engineer for McDonnell Douglas. Peter
and Edna together operated 3 home base
businesses related to engineering and
Peter cherished his wife Edna. She was his rock,
balancing family life and careers. Edna and Peter
were a strong team and built family on a strong
foundation of integrity and character. Peter's
passion and skill for photography ensured there
was always a camera loaded in every room of the
house ready to shoot a picture. Music filled the
family home and the appreciation of the American
Songbook. Peter was our family tutor in
mathematics and physics, and excited in making
you learn and appreciate its worth.
Peter and Edna together were proud of and
worked hard in support of their local community.
Peter, Edna and family enjoyed travelling in the
US and Europe. There were visits to the space
and science museums, ham radio festivals. Peter
was an amateur radio operator since 1950, call
letters K0IWX thus making long and lasting
History museums, historical preservation of radio
and television was his passion, shared with Edna
and all their close friends across the US and
Europe. The IHRS Indiana Historical Radio
Society was the second home to Peter, Edna and
the girls and will ever be remembered for the
historical values and dear friends made through
the years : dearest Dr. Ed Taylor, Shirley and
Herman Gross and Don and Marilyn Johnston .
Peter and his love for Edna and children and his
positive attitude of JUST DO IT will be missed by
those that knew him. He contributed in life with
great passion and energy and his love will be
remembered forever. Services:
Funeral services were private through BOPP
Chapel in Kirkwood, MO.
Peter F. Yanczer
April 26, 1927-March 16, 2014
               Edna M. Yanczer
Embraced life from December 10, 1926 -
February 6, 2014. Beloved and devoted wife of
63 years to Peter F. Yanczer. Beloved and
cherished mother to Karen and Kate Yanczer,
son Ken (wife Ruth and her children Brad and
Kelsey). Cherished "Sis" sister in- law of Uncle
Frank Yanczer and dearest and cherished
cousin to Rosie Rosalie Yanczer.
Edna and Peter's love story began in 1949. Edna
needed her Radio Dial fixed and Peter was
recommended by a friend. After one fix and no
charge for the service call, Peter asked Edna out
on their first date to the SS Admiral. Edna and
Peter were married 13 months later. Edna would
tell you she married her equal back then
something not normally said, but Edna was
ahead of her time.
Edna and Peter raised their three children in the
Webster Groves School District, where Edna a
born leader and consummate volunteer that
championed every cause she worked on. Edna
was active in the Parents Teacher Association
and Webster Groves Mother's Club. She
supported and worked in each Webster Groves
Tax Levy and School Bond Issue to better the
education for the children. Edna was a member
and leader of the Girl Scouts and taught classes
to Girl Scouts earning badge work.
Edna was a reader of anything factual the US
History and medicine was of interest to her. She
said she loved learning and could recite the US
Constitution. Edna encouraged each child to
read and study books. Edna knew the children
are our future and stated to everyone to help all
children read Even if it is a comic book, get them
to read.
Edna was responsible for and led the
neighborhood watch program and received the
citizen of the year award for her leadership and
work efforts with parents, families and the local
police departments. Edna was busy, productive
and positive and said that you must contribute
back to society in a positive way. Edna said you
are making your history now. Edna was a
member of League of Women Voters and the
Clayton and Jefferson Township Republican
Women's Club. An active volunteer in Missouri
State and Local politics and Legislative process.
Edna was constructive and disciplined and
everyone could depend on her.
She lived every day to the fullest and still found
time for her interests in gardening, sitting outside
in the summer heat on the front porch, relaxing
with a good book, talking with her friends Shirley,
Rosie, Jessie and Maryann solving all the world
problems, listening to the sounds of the Webster
Kirkwood trains and travelling to Europe and
across the US with Peter, Karen and Kate visiting
friends of the family made throughout the years.
Edna loved Peter and the busy life they shared
raising their children, and the busy never
stopped. Edna is missed dearly by all those that
knew her. Her vibrant life and full smile will
remain in the hearts of her family, and friends.
Edna touched many lives in only positive ways.
Edna was a doer and proud of it. If you knew
Edna you would hear her say Love, Love, at the
end of each meeting or conversation. The love
she spread will be dearly remembered and in our
hearts forever. She was a role model, a
champion and a class act to her family and
friends. Services:
Funeral services were private through BOPP
Chapel in Kirkwood, MO.
Edna M. Yanczer
ecember 10, 1926 -February 6, 2014