ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The city of Arnold is mourning the loss of Councilman Randy Crisler. He was 38. City officials say he had been hospitalized for about a month with a severe internal infection.
He was released from the hospital and sent home with hospice care until he died Wednesday morning. Before the end of the day, Arnold city hall was draped with black bunting and flags were flown at half staff.
"Thirty-eight year-old man with 3 children," said Mayor Ron Counts. "It`s devastating to his family, and I think those are the folks we should we be thinking about."
Friends say Crisler was a father to daughters and one stepson. The councilman was also a bartender for Dylan`s Sports Bar and Grill. The owner of Dylan`s will hold a fundraiser on September 22nd. Proceeds will go to Crisler`s family.
"He was very lovable and caring," said Christine Matthes, waitress. She sat in shock after receiving news that Crisler had died. "Six weeks ago he was standing here bartending."
Counts recalls Crisler as someone who brought passion to every task.
''Back when we had the floods, I mean this guy was out there 24/7 sandbagging," said Counts. "This gentleman had a true passion for Arnold."
One reason Crisler first ran for office was his opposition to a smoking ban. He felt a ban would hurt too many bar and restaurant workers. Friends admired his willingness to run for office.
The Arnold City Council is scheduled to meet Thursday night. Mayor Counts said the meeting will be postponed if it interferes with any arrangements made by Crisler's family.