Veteran journalist Gilbert Stuenkel dies -

Veteran journalist Gilbert Stuenkel dies

LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) -- Gilbert Stuenkel, a veteran journalist with a long career at newspapers in Illinois, Kansas and Missouri, has died.

Stuenkel, of Lake St. Louis, Mo., died Friday after a battle with cancer, his wife, Nancy, said. He was 69.

Stuenkel was born in Spring Valley, Ill. He began his journalism career at the Commercial-News in Danville, Ill., in 1964, while still in junior college. He earned a bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.

After a stint in the Army, Stuenkel joined the Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal in 1971, rising to editorial page editor. He left in 1984 to become managing editor of the Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post, where he worked until 1995.

He was chairman of the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors in 1986 and 1987.

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