Former John Boyle & Co. CEO dies

May 1, 2009

Paul B. Stelzner, 74, of Washington, Mo., passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. Stelzner was president/CEO of John Boyle & Co. until his retirement in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Jan Schneeberger Stelzner, two daughters and four grandchildren.

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