Patricia Eldridge 5/23/2015

May 25, 2015

Patricia “Pat” Eldridge, 56, of Des Arc, Mo, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, at her residence. Memorial visitation will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 2:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Memorial service will follow at 3:00 P.M., also at the chapel. Online condolences can be made at

Bethel “Marolyn” Hunt 5/22/2015

May 23, 2015

Bethel “Marolyn” Hunt, 47, of Patterson, MO, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015, at her residence. Memorial Visitation and service will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 11 am to 1:00 P.M. at The Colton’s Steakhouse banquet building adjacent to the main restaurant. Online condolences can be made at

Wilma Dymple Seals 5/21/2015

May 23, 2015

Wilma Dymple Seals, of Festus, MO, passed away May 21, 2015, at Arnold, MO. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from 10:00 am until 12 noon at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services will follow at noon at the chapel. Burial will be at Duncan Cemetery near Piedmont. Online condolences can be made at

Cathy Ann Warren 5/19/2015

May 21, 2015

Cathy Ann Warren, 57, of Greenville, MO, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at her residence. She was born on July 5, 1957 in St. Louis, MO, to Gerald Eugene Morris and Janice Kaye Knight Theiss.
Cathy had lived in the St. Louis area and worked at Kathleen’s Steakhouse before moving to Greenville.
She will be loved and missed by those that survive her, including her husband, Carroll “Lester” Warren; her father, Gerald and his wife Barbara of Florissant; one son, Steven McIntyre and his wife Melissa of Imperial, MO; three daughters, Kristin Hoffmeister and her husband Josh of Wappapello, MO, Jennifer Warren of Poplar Bluff, MO and Leslie Warren of Searcy, AR; two brothers, Richard Morris of Greenville, MO and Ronald Morris and his wife Tammy of Brighton, IL; and one sister Mary Kaye Theiss-Cassidy and her husband Bill of St. Peters, MO; her mother-in-law, Helen Warren; one brother-in-law, Charles Warren and K.C.; and sister-in-law Kathy Shelley and husband George; and eight grandchildren, Tala Nickle, Tony Weathers, Sierra Nickle, Whyatt Nickle, Rosalie Hoffmeister, Michael Combee, Hunter Wade Combee, and Christopher McIntyre; and one great-grandchild.
Preceding Cathy in death was her mother, Janice and her husband Glenn Theiss; and one brother, Christopher Theiss.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made for funeral expenses in care of Ruegg Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at

Everett Whaley 5/19/2015

May 19, 2015

Everett William “Bill” Whaley, 73, of Greenville, MO, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Bill was born in Cadet, MO on November 17, 1941 to Lafayette Whaley and Julia Whaley nee’ Aly.

On September 26, 1964 Bill married his true love Joan Wilfong and together they raised five children.

Bill grew up in the Cadet and East Bonne Terre area before moving to Greenville. He worked at various jobs including Mavrocos Candy, Chrysler, barbaring for a time and St. Joe Mine.

Bill was baptized three years ago by Pastor Dave Million and joined the Crossroads Church.

Bill very much enjoyed his family time. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, cards, dice, watching wrestling, visiting with friends, but his favorite thing to do was spending time with and picking on Joan.

Bill is survived by his wife; five daughters, Mona Palmer and her husband Terrence of Independence, MO, Andrea Ash of Biloxi, MS, LaDonna Ziegler of Park Hills, MO, Sherry Aguilar of Greenville, MO, and Penny Allen and her husband Lloyd Ray of Lowndes, MO; one brother, Roy Whaley and his wife Mary of Park Hills, MO; one sister, Mary Whaley of PA; fourteen grandchildren, Sarah Mabery, Zachary Whaley, Renaldo Aguilar, Cheyenne Kirn, Cole Sansoucie, Joseph Ash, Amanda Boyer, Scheri Whaley, Kyle Whaley, April Arnold, Jacob Mabery, Sonya McMahon, Jeremy Whaley and Mary Sancoucie; and many great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, and Robert Whaley.
The visitation for Everett was held Friday, May 22, 2015 from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. at Crossroads Church in Greenville, MO. Services followed at 2:00 P.M. also at the church. Pastor Kevin Boatright ministered to the family and Joseph Ash, Jeremy Whaley, Jacob Mabery, Cole Sansoucie, Chris Gallamore, Lloyd Ray Allen, Kyle Whaley, and Terry Palmer served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Crossroads Cemetery Online condolences can be made at

Bertha Mae Kimes 5/18/2015

May 19, 2015

Bertha Mae Kimes, 97, of Owensville, MO, was born March 2, 1918 in Redford, MO, the daughter of the late Lum and Dollie Sutton. She passed away Monday, May 18, 2015 at her home in Owensville, MO.

She worked at Popes Cafeteria in St. Louis for over 20 years; she loved gardening and planting flowers.

She is survived by three siblings, one brother, Vernon Sutton of Cairo, MO; two sisters, Helen Louise Middleton of Bismarck, MO, and Eileen Middleton of Piedmont, MO; one daughter Bertha Marie Wockenfuss of Owensville, MO; five grandchildren, David and wife Debbie Breeden of Gasconade, MO, Danny and wife Barb Breeden of Owensville, MO, Kimberly Tucker of Owensville, MO, George and wife Debra Wockenfuss of Cadet, MO, and Martin Wockenfuss of Owensville, MO; twelve great-grandchildren, Gregory and wife Lisa Breeden, Lisa Perusich, Dan Breeden, Bethany Breeden, Joshua Jones, Stephanie and husband Jose Pudilla, Melissa and husband Gary Bollman, Andy and wife Mel Breeden, Jessy Wockenfuss, Amanda and husband James Eckhardt, Jennifer and husband Tyler Ruch and Sarah Wockenfuss; fourteen great-great-grandchildren, Landon, Levi, Gunnar, Alex, Lanie, Dustin, Raeann, Kyle, A’Verie, Eugene, Oliva, Joseph, Nathen, and Noah.

She is preceded in death by seven siblings, Blanch Cross, Dimple Reeder, Floy Kirchner, Ervin Sutton, Elva Sutton, Earl Sutton, and Elmer Sutton; one grandson, Wade Ray Breeden and her son-in-law, George H. Wockenfuss, Sr.
Visitation was held Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, from 11:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M. with services following at 1:00 P.M., also at the chapel with Pastor Jeff Johnson ministering to the family. Burial followed at Murphy Cemetery near Piedmont with Danny Breeden, David Breeden, George Wockenfuss, Jr, Martin Wockenfuss, Andrew Breeden and Dan Breeden serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

David “Doc” Ryzenga 5/15/2015

May 16, 2015

David “Doc” Ryzenga, 64, of Patterson, MO, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015 at his residence. Doc was born in Grand Rapids, MI on September 23, 1950 to Garold Ryzenga and Alice Schreur Ryzenga who preceded him in death.

On August 21, 2005 he was united in marriage to Marsha Louise Strossner.

Doc grew up in Holland, MI before moving to Shook in 1996. He lived the last ten years in Patterson.

He worked as a welder and a carpenter. He built race cars as a hobby.

In December 2002 Pastor Ron Webb of Mt. Calvary Powerhouse led him to conversion.

In 2007 he joined Bibleway Full Gospel Church. He began distributing CD’s with God’s Ministry on them.

Doc loved his family and will be missed by those who survive including his wife Marsha; one son, Matt Ryzenga of Spring Lake, MI; one daughter, Amanda Floro and her husband, Roger, of Omaha, NE; three grandchildren, Jacob Floro, Sahara and Denver Ryzenga; and one sister, Aileen Essenburg of Holland, MI.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Visitation was held Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. at Faith Family Worship Center near Piedmont. Services followed at 2:00 P.M., also at the church. Pastors John Radford and Wayne Street ministered to the family and Steve Petelle, Matt Ryzenga, Roger Smith, John Radford Jr, Laniel Crutchfield, Harold Adams, and Ray Vandover served as pallbearers. Burial was at Rowland-Woods Cemetery near Patterson. Online condolences can be made at

Anita JoAnn Greer 5/14/2014

May 15, 2015

Anita JoAnn Greer, 59, of Piedmont, MO passed away May 14, 2015 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. She was born on April 13, 1956 in Phoenix, AZ.

On September 9, 1977, she was united in marriage to Vernon Greer and he survives. Also surviving are two sons Vernon “Buddy”(Serena Supre) Greer, Lewisville, TX and Douglas (Michelle) Greer, Little Elm, TX; 2 daughters, Tarina Greer, Springfield, MO, and Carrie Greer, Little Elm, TX, 2 brothers, Edward Cameron, Phoenix, AZ, Wilbur (Debra) Cameron, Oklahoma, City, OK and 6 grandchildren, Dee Ann (James) Galart, Shelby Greer, Selena Casey, Chloe Greer, Jo Ann Greer, Cameron MacGregor and one great-grandchild, Hagen Galart.

Preceding in death were 2 daughters Amanda Greer, and Doris Greer, 2 sisters, Delores Cameron, and Beverly McCoy.

She enjoyed spending time growing her flowers in her garden, listening to her wind chimes, listening to music, and going to yard sales and watching old movies.

She was very patient generous and kind and was adored by many. She will be remembered as a sweet, loving friend and a most devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She always put her husband first.

Anita was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for over 25 years.

She attended Cordova Public school in Phoenix, AZ, and she lived in Phoenix until 1999 when she became a resident of Piedmont.

The funeral was held on Monday, May 18, 2015, at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO, at 7:00 P.M., with Pastor Wayne Street officiating. She was cremated.
Online condolences can be made at

Roger Ray Skaggs 5/10/2015

May 11, 2015

Roger Ray Skaggs, 68, of Piedmont, MO, formerly of Williamsville, MO, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015, at his residence. Roger was born March 7, 1947 at Ironton, MO, son of Jesse and Arcellia Skaggs nee’ Tucker.
Roger grew up in both Piedmont and St. Louis. He spent his adult years mostly in Williamsville and Piedmont.
In 1965 he became a Marine and served his country in Viet Nam earning two Purple Hearts for his service. Roger had past worked as a chrome technician for United Bumper, worked for Specialty Foods, and had been a past marshal of Williamsville. He was a member of the Piedmont Eagles Club. Through the years Roger dedicated his life to the grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was always sure to stock up on candy eyeballs, popsicles, and slim jims when he knew they were coming. The little ones always persuaded grandpa to make that Wal-Mart trip and rarely escaped the toy isle upon arrival. Roger also enjoyed Michelle’s yearly float trip to Markham Springs being the coffee supplier and daily visitor to the camp.
Though the years Roger’s health deteriorated and his daughter’s cared for him but the pull of Piedmont was great and he returned here to spend his final days. He stayed with longtime friends Jerry & Cheryl Pratter for a while but finally on his birthday in 2014 he returned home. Penny Goodman was a constant help making sure he made it to all doctor’s appointments and cooking and cleaning for Roger. Melissa Provance was also a friend that would check in on Roger all the time and during the last week of his life providing care overnight along with Penny.
Roger is survived by his two daughters, Michelle Vaughn and husband Ronnie of Elsberry, MO, Robin Pecher and husband Steve of St. Louis, MO; six grandchildren, Julia, Sophia, and Jesse Vaughn, Alex, Collin, and Victoria Luetkemeyer; three brothers, Dennis Skaggs of Manahawkin, NJ, Darrell Skaggs of Okeechobee, FL, and Keith Skaggs and wife Melanie of Wildwood, MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Arcellia Skaggs and longtime companion Sherry K. Simmons.

Memorial visitation was held Friday, May 15, 2015 from 10:00 until 11:00 A.M., and memorial service followed at 11:00 A.M. Burial was at Mann Cemetery in Reynolds County with full military honors by the United States Marine Corps and Arnold Hodge Post #281 American Legion. Online condolences can be made at

Dalpha William Gentles 5/05/2015

May 6, 2015

Dalpha “Mutt” Gentles, 90, of Piedmont, MO, died Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Parkland Medical Center in Farmington, MO. He was born in Mill Spring, MO on August 3, 1924.

On August 23, 1947 he married Hazel Darden and to this union three sons were born.

Dalpha spent his childhood in the Mill Spring, MO area and attended a one room school house through the fifth grade. He lived in St. Louis, MO, East St. Louis, IL, Piedmont, MO, and Arnold, MO, during his career working as a dock worker for Strickland Motor Freight before making Piedmont his home after he retired with more than 30 years of service.

Some of the special things for him were to have big meals with friends and family. He would be the first in line at family reunions and took great pride in his ability to BBQ for the group. His main passion was hunting, trading and running dogs. He was known around the Piedmont area as “the dog trader”.

He was not an educated man, but one of those types that could figure things out. One of the things that the dock workers would tell us boys was how they were impressed by his ability to make sure the freight got loaded onto the correct truck even though he couldn’t read. As a result of this limited education, he had to work hard his entire life to make a living for his family. From these efforts he has instilled the same type of “work ethic” in his three sons.

If I had to describe Dalpha (Mutt) using one word it would be “kind”. He was very quiet, gentle man who would very seldom raise his voice even during the teen age years raising three wild boys. He was a good husband to our mother for over 65 years, a good provider with very little needs or wants.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Albert and Grace Gentles, his wife, Hazel Darden (Gentles), two brothers, Chester and Raymond Gentles; and three sisters, June Gentles, Cary Ellen (Polly) Gentles Bowles and Lottie Gentles Moss.

He is survived by his three sons, Alan Lee (Earlene), Danny Ray (Debby), Darin William Gentles and friend Darla Kemp; Five grandchildren, Amanda Dawn (Danny) Moroney Gentles, Rebecca (Shane) Eubanks Gentles, Matthew (Amanda) Gentles, Dannelle (Don) Sanders Gentles, Jacob Gentles; Seven great-grandchildren, Abbigale, Xander, Hunter, Landyn, Hayden, Charlotte, and Luke.
The visitation for Mutt was held on Thursday, May 7th at 5:30 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, the service was held on Friday at 11:00 A.M. also in the chapel, with Pastor Wayne Street ministering to the family, Danny Gentles providing a eulogy and Amanda Moroney sharing memories. Burial followed at Forest Chapel Cemetery with Danny Moroney, Andy Alcorn, Matthew Gentles, Jerry Darden, Alan Gentles and Danny Gentles serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

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