Thena Wilson 3/05/2015

March 5, 2015

Thena Wilson formerly of Piedmont, MO, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015. The visitation will be held at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at 5:00 P.M.. The funeral will be held on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 P.M. at Victory Baptist Church. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Willie Mae Eldridge 2/26/2015

February 27, 2015

Willie Mae Eldridge, 79, of Piedmont, MO, passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was born in Annapolis, MO, on April 6, 1935 to Wesley Long and Bessie Dean Long, who preceded her in death.

Willie was united in marriage on October 23, 1954 to David Wesley Eldridge, and to this union three children were born.

Willie grew up in the Des Arc area and attended Des Arc Schools. In her adult years she lived in St. Louis and she and her husband “Wes” worked together in their service station for many years.

Willie loved to garden and fish. She enjoyed her grandchildren they were her life. Whenever there was a need Willie was there to fill it. She believed that everyone needed a family.

She was a Christian and attended Clearwater United Baptist Church in Piedmont.

Willie is survived by one son, David K. Eldridge and his wife Cherie of Fenton, MO; two daughters, Barbara J. Anicker and her husband Ronald of St. Louis, MO, and Mary E. Courtway of Piedmont, MO; two sisters, Clara Fay Clark and her husband Bill of Annapolis, MO, and Shirley Eldridge of Farmington, MO; nine grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.

Willie is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, David Wesley.
Visitation was held Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 11:00 A.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Pastor Robert Brinkley ministered to the family and Ronie Anicker, Ryan Eldridge, Barry Eldridge, Jose Barrera, Tommy Beck, and Dan Tilk served as pallbearers. Recorded music was provided. Burial followed at Mt. View Cemetery, Des Arc, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Floyd “Red” Bell 2/26/2015

February 26, 2015

Floyd Pierce “Red” Bell, 85, Piedmont, MO was born on Jan. 7, 1930 in Piedmont, MO and died on Feb. 26, 2015 in the Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center, Piedmont, MO. He was the son of Joe Lee and Maude Alice Bell.
On Jan. 30, 1954, he was united in marriage to Glenda I. Barker and she preceded him in death.
He is survived by one daughter, Anita Kim Bell, Piedmont, MO; one daughter in law, Karen Bell of St. Charles, MO; six grandchildren, Shannon Mackey, Kodi Lamastus, Trevor Bell, Travis Bell, Lindsey Bell, and Bernie Suttenheimer; two great-grandchildren, Brittani Mackey and Desiree Mackey. Preceding in death were his wife, his parents, one son, Floyd P. Bell, Jr, three brothers, James E., Burnell, and Joe Bell; and one Sister Edith May Edwards.
He retired from McDonnell Douglas where he was a machinist. “Red” attended the Faith Christian Church in Piedmont.
He loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his kids, grandchildren and friends.
He was a member of the Eagles and enjoyed spending time at the ball park with his family and friends.
The visitation for Floyd “Red” was held Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 5:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, with the funeral following on Wednesday, March 4th at 1:00 P.M. also in the chapel with Pastor Alan Conner ministering to the family. Burial was at the Masonic Cemetery with Shannon Mackey, Trevor Bell, Travis Bell, Joe Lee Bell and David Bell serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Erma Jean Holcomb 2/26/2015

February 26, 2015

Erma Jean Holcomb, 72, of Patterson, MO, passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at her residence. Erma was born in Paragould, Arkansas on February 14, 1943 to Eli Williams and Ouida Butler Williams, who preceded her in death.

Erma met William “Billy” Holcomb in 1968 and had been a constant companion with him ever since, they married in 1982 and raised six children together.

She grew up in Northeast Arkansas before moving to the St Louis area and then finally making her home in Patterson in 1982.

She was a 1961 graduate of Lafe High School, and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church. She had worked at the Onion Ring factory and had been a long distance team truck driver with her husband. She loved to fish, she enjoyed doing crafts, but the most important part of her life was her family, she loved her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Billy; one son, Keith Williams of Oklahoma City, OK; three daughters, Sandy Williams and her husband Dave of Forest City, Iowa, Sharon Holcomb of Corning, Arkansas, and Sandy Lowe and her husband James of Corning, Arkansas; two brothers, Eugene “Monk” Williams and his wife Beverly of Paragould, Arkansas, and Sam Williams of Rockford, Illinois; and one sister, Jane Boyer and her husband, Kenny of Greenville, Missouri.

Preceding her in death are her parents, two sons, Billy Holcomb, Jr., and Charles Edward Holcomb; two brothers, Dewey Williams and Johnny Williams; and one sister, Bonnie Hanger.
The visitation was held Monday, March 2, 2015 at 5:00 P.M.Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. The funeral was held on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. also at the chapel. Burial was at Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont, MO. Pastor Tim Bridges ministered to the family and Tim Williams, Teddy Rodden, Tom Quinton, Bobby Hanger, Adam Holcomb, and James Lowe served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Leslie D. Biester 2/25/2015

February 25, 2015

Leslie D. Biester, 45, of Patterson, MO, passed away at her residence on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Leslie was born in Kankakee, Illinois on March 26, 1969 to Stanley W. Laird and Joyce Henry Laird.

Leslie had worked as a line worker in a bicycle factory before moving to Patterson.

She is survived by her father, Stanley and his wife Janice of Ponchatoula, Louisiana; two daughters, Niki Reando of Missouri and Amanda Christine Biester of Alexandria, Louisiana; two brothers, Michael Laird and Allen Laird both of Ponchatoula, Louisiana; and one sister, Jennifer Laird also of Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Joyce Laird.

A memorial visitation was held Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 10:00 A.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed at 11:00 A.M. also at the chapel with Pastor Richard Sanders ministering to the family. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Eldo Beucke 2/21/2015

February 22, 2015

Eldo Beucke, 89, of Bonne Terre, MO, formerly of Des Arc, passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the St. Joe Manor Resident Care and Assisted Living Facility in Bonne Terre, MO. Eldo was born on July 7, 1925 in Rosebud, MO, to Fred Beucke and Opal Mitchell Beucke who preceded him in death.

On April 2, 1947 he was united in marriage to Lois Katheryn Lashley, who preceded him in death, and to this union three children were born.

Eldo was raised in Rosebud, MO and attended a one room school there, after the 7th grade he moved to Des Arc. He was raised a Christian and attended church of the Nazarene where his family went. He attended Salvation Army for several years while raising his children.

Eldo was proud to serve in the US Navy; afterwards he worked for United Technologies, Local 688, for over 40 years and retired in 1990. He also worked for over 20 years for Pinkerton Security on the weekends. He enjoyed working to take care of his family. He spent many summer vacations with his family and their children, swimming and showing the kids what they did when they were young. He loved hopping trains to go to St. Louis.

Eldo is survived by one son, Louis Beucke and his wife Yvonne of Bonne Terre, MO; one daughter, Kay McBee and her husband, Richard of St. Louis, MO; six grandchildren, Stephanie, Sarah, Christina, Diane, Louis Jr., and Tracey; seven great-grandchildren, Brennan, Jace, Reid, Ella, Georgina, TJ and Wyatt.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Lois; one infant daughter, Delores; two brothers, Gale and Dale Beucke; and one sister, Ruth Eldridge.

Visitation was held Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 5:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services followed Friday, February 27, 2015, at 11:00 A.M. also at the chapel with Pastor Richard Sanders ministering to the family. Burial was at Mt. View Cemetery, in Des Arc, MO. with Louis Beucke, Stanley Brooks, Kevin Burges, Travis Gettinger, Brad Beucke and Thomas Fogle serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

James Franklin 2/20/2015

February 21, 2015

James J. Franklin, 80, of Mill Spring, MO, passed away Friday, February 20, 2015, at his residence. James was born September 4, 1934 at rural Williamsville, MO to parents James W. Franklin and Mary Ellen Kenefick.
James grew up in the Mill Spring area on the family farm on Granite Bend. As a young man he attended a Catholic Boarding School and then later Sacred Heart School in Poplar Bluff, MO. He served his country in US Army serving two tours in Korea.
James had been done many things in his life. He had been a roofer, a laborer, had worked for the city of Williamsville, MO, for many years. He had lived in the Missoula, Mt, area for many years and had returned to home to care for his father. He was very independent and took great pride for his family’s heritage at Granite Bend. He also enjoyed his constant companion, his dog, for the last several years.
In 1967 he was united in marriage to Pearl M. Bethke and to this union one child was born.
James is survived by one daughter, Mary Wheeler and husband John of Lola, MT; one grandson, Parker James William Wheeler of Lola, MT, one step son, Tom Davis and wife Janie of Stevensville, MT; and one step daughter, Sandra Day and husband Claude of DeKalb, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one step daughter, Connie Easterbrooks.

Visitation was held Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at 1:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville, MO. Services followed at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Poplar Bluff, MO. Father Shoby Chettiyath ministered to the family and John Wheeler, Parker Wheeler, Bobby Hillis, Louis Warmack, Richard Adair, and Bill Dougherty served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Vouna Sue Mingues 2/20/2015

February 20, 2015

Vouna Sue Mingues, 68, of Malden, MO, formerly of Greenville, MO, passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015 at her residence. There will be a memorial service scheduled at a later date. A full obituary will be provided soon. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Lloyd Yates 2/19/2015

February 20, 2015

Lloyd Yates, 87, of Arnold, MO, formerly of Mill Spring, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015, at St. Anthony’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Lloyd was born May 10, 1927, at Mill Spring, MO, to parents Alfred Amos Yates and Addie Yates nee` Boyer. On March 28, 1947 he married Frances “Lucille” Yates and to this union one child was born. Lucille preceded him in death on March 31, 2014.
Lloyd grew up in the Mill Spring area and finished 8th grade at a one room school house on Brushy Creek.
Lloyd was of the Baptist faith and a member of Canaan Baptist church and around 1960, he joined Mattese Baptist Church in St. Louis County. Lloyd trusted the Lord as a young man and was baptized in Brushy Creek. When on the farm he attended Ijames Hill General Baptist Church.

Lloyd loved fishing, hunting, and camping. He enjoyed flying his TriPacer airplane for many years after getting his license in 1965. After marrying and moving to Kimmswick, MO, he worked at some local companies, from driving a heating oil delivery truck to working at “The Pottery.” He then began his career at General Motors working on the assembly line. He retired in 1980, working in the Fork Lift Maintenance Shop. He continued working on his own doing electrical, plumbing and other construction-related jobs. He built 8 houses in the Jefferson County area and with his brother-in-law, Don Boatwright, a joint farm house on the Black River. Always keeping busy but making sure he had time for his many friends and family. He shared his time between his West Drive home and the farm near Mill Springs.

He was a member of the UAW.

Lloyd is survived by one daughter, Sharon Holzhauer, and husband Mark of St. Louis, MO; one grandson, Benjamin Butler, and wife Lura of Valmeyer, IL; three great-grandsons, Mitchel, Matthew, and Marshall.
He was preceded in death by his twin sister, Leona Miles; twelve half-brothers and sisters, Hollis Moss, Clyde Yates, Elmer Yates, Gilbert Yates, Joe Yates, Helen Savage, Katie Reid, Annie Hassell, Mattie Gravit, Alta Jones, Lola Ross, and Cleo Andrade.

Visitation for Lloyd was held Monday, February 23, 2015 at 4:30 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, services followed Tuesday, February 24th at 11:00 A.M. also at the chapel. Pastor Bob Smith ministered to the family and Ben Butler, Bill Brutcher, Mark Holzhauer, Burton Yates, Gilbert Yates, and Gilbert Yates, Jr., served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Carson Hill Cemetery near Mill Spring. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Louis John Jones 2/16/2015

February 18, 2015


Louis John Jones, 82, of Piedmont, MO, passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015 at St. Louis University Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. Louis was born on December 16, 1932 to Louis J Jones and Anna Louise Newbower Jones in Robertsville, MO.

John was united in marriage to Margaret Chapman on January 16, 1952 and to this union three were born.

John had many hobbies including motorcycles, boating, hunting, and building race cars. He enjoyed flying and was a licensed pilot. He enjoyed life to the fullest, being around his friends, his dogs and his cats.

John had been a member of Bluff View Fire Association and had been the fire chief; he had been a member of the Piedmont Eagles, the Secretary of the Masonic Lodge, President of Hawkes Nest Association, Union Teamster for 40 years, and Moose Lodge Secretary. John proudly served his Country in the US Army and Merchant Marines during the Korean War.

John was a parts manager for an automobile dealership, but he also had a TV and radio repair business, he attended numerous schools for this business.

Surviving John are two daughters, Yuvonn Marie Starks and Laura Ann Diebold both of Piedmont, MO; two sisters, Rose Iffrigg of St. Charles, MO and Mary Stadler and her husband Stan; two grandchildren, Richard Louis Starks and Misty Elizabeth Diebold; and several great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death was his wife; one daughter, Linda Sue Jones; two brothers, Paul Jones and Leo Jones and one great-grandchild, Natalie Bonner.

Visitation for John was held Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont at 11:30 A.M. Services followed at 1:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Pastor Jeff Johnson ministered to the family and George Bullock, Glen Tamminga, John Lunyou, Bob Cook, Gary Iffrigg, Dave Zaloz, Chris Eakins and Renee Cook served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Masonic Cemetery.

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