Longtime News owner passed away Monday

Victor Mohr, Sr.

Early this week, Red Bud lost a businessman and prominent member in the community. Victor Mohr, Sr. passed away on the morning of Monday, Aug. 12.

Following graduation from Red Bud High School in 1943, Mohr joined the United States Navy. When he returned home in 1946, he joined his father in their family plumbing business.

Also in 1946, Mohr was one of 74 men to sign the original charter for Red Bud VFW Post 6632.

He married Trudie (Brown) in 1949. When the North County Newswas founded in 1959, Trudie was named the society editor and she purchased half interest in the paper. 

In 1972, Mohr’s father retired and he began running the plumbing business. In 1976, he and Trudie purchased Olin Kettlekamp’s share of the North County News, becoming the full owners of the paper. The pair briefly attempted to launch a second paper, the South County News, in southern Randolph County.

In 1993, while Mohr sold the plumbing business to his son, Victor Mohr, Jr., he continued as the owner and publisher of the News.

Over the years, Mohr continually supported the local community. He was recognized as the Red Bud Citizen of Achievement for 2013. He was also recognized by the Southern Illinois Editorial Association with the Master Editor Award in 2018.

Visitation for Mohr will be held on Sunday, Aug. 18 from 2-6 p.m. at Pechacek Funeral Homes in Red Bud and on Monday, Aug. 19 from 10-11 a.m. at St. Peter United Church of Christ in Red Bud.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19 at the church with Rev. Cory Hartz officiating.

For Mohr’s full obituary, please see this week’s print edition.