Lee Schuster

Lee Schuster

Former St. Joseph News-Press columnist Lee Schuster has died.

Schuster, 85, died Aug. 13 in Coronado, Calif. He wrote an agribusiness column, “The Back Forty,” that appeared for many years on the News-Press’ business page.

Schuster grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey, but spent summers on the family farm in Gower, Missouri. He attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he majored in agricultural economics. After graduating, Schuster served as an officer in the U.S. Army and then came to run Schuster Farms, an integrated hog operation, in Gower.

Schuster also worked at Oppenheimer Industries in Kansas City, Missouri, serving as vice president for 15 years, and later started Hogty Management Corp., a farm-management company based in St. Joseph.

Schuster also served as an adjunct professor of economics at what was then Missouri Western State College. Also in St. Joseph, he served as president of Community Concerts, a music outreach program, and as president of the Benton Club. He was on the board of the Mercantile Bank and was president of the board of Heartland Hospital, now known as Mosaic Life Care.

Schuster’s visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Meierhoffer Funeral Home, 5005 Frederick Ave. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at First Presbyterian Church, 301 N. Seventh St., St. Joseph.