James Eugene Patterson 2/2/2014

February 4, 2014


James “Jim” “Jimmy” “Jimmy Gene” Eugene Patterson, 75, of Vulcan, MO. passed away Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Clarks Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont, MO. James was born May 11, 1938 in Ironton, MO.

On July 28, 1956 he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Alice Loretta Middleton. They took care of each other for 55 years of marriage and to this union three children were born.

His church meant the world to him, he had been a member of the Vulcan Assembly of God Church since he was a teenager.

He worked as an electrician at the Glover Asarco/Doe Run Plant for 35 years. He constructed and owned the Patterson Store and Station. James loved to work, he loved to take things apart and put them back together making them work better than before, he was a jack of all trades. He loved to hunt, he loved his farm, but most importantly he loved to spend time with his family and friends.  He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He always had a smile on his face.

Survivors include two sons; James Allen Patterson and his wife Penny Marie of Royce City, Texas and Rodney Patterson of St Louis, MO., one daughter; Bonnie Jean Patterson of Sachse, Texas, two brothers; Robert Patterson and his wife Barb of Des Arc, MO., and Gary Patterson and his wife Betty of Vulcan, MO., one sister; Patricia Stevenson and her husband Guy of Vulcan, five grandchildren; Tory (Gretchen) Johnson, Crystal Patterson, Candace (Todd)  Middleton, Montana Patterson, James Noah Patterson and three great-grandchildren; Kennedy Johnson, Nathan Johnson and Cash Middleton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, James Patterson and Hazel Ruble Patterson, and one sister; Charlotte Middleton.

Visitation was held Wednesday, February 5th at 5:00 P.M. at Vulcan Assembly of God Church with the service on Thursday, February 6th at noon, also at the church. Rev. Jerry Patterson ministered to the family and Todd Middleton, Roland Middleton, Kenny Patterson, Noah Patterson, Clyde Reed and Michael Middleton served as pallbearers. Burial followed in Sutton Cemetery near Vulcan, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Linda Sue Hammonds 2/3/2013

February 3, 2014


Linda Sue Hammonds, 55, of Patterson, MO passed away Monday, February 3, 2014 at her residence.  Linda was born on December 15, 1958 in Bonne Terre, Missouri.

On July 17, 1976 Linda was united in marriage to George Hammonds and to this union 6 children were born.

Linda was of the Southern Baptist faith. Linda worked as a CNA at several nursing homes and loved worked with the residents.

Survivors include her husband, George Hammonds, two sons; Jeremy Jay Hammonds and Justin Eugene Hammonds, three daughters; Jennifer Sue Hammonds, Jacqueline Dena’ Hammonds and Jessica Ann Hammonds, six brothers; Paul, William, Jerry Leo, Eric Wayne, Jeff and Robert Lynn Rousan, two sisters; Barbara Williams and Roxanne Bergner and six grandchildren; Tori, Blaine, Angel, Amber, Amy, and Alex.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Paul Rousan, Sr. and Wyiona Revelle Rousan and one son; George William Hammonds.

A memorial service was held in Patterson on Friday, February 7, 2014 with Eric Rousan providing the eulogy.

Pastor Robert J. Webb 01/30/2014

January 31, 2014

Robert “Bob” Joseph Webb, 67, of Piedmont, Missouri, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, January 30, 2014 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. 

Bob was born in Lutesville, Missouri to William Daniel Webb and Lossie Frieda (Graham) Webb on November 14, 1946. He graduated fromClearwater High School (1964) in Piedmont.  He married Dianne Mae Mann on May 30, 1970 in Mill Spring, Missouri. He worked as a warehouse supervisor for Brown Shoe Company for nearly 30 years and Commissioner of the Piedmont Parks Department for 18 years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the United States Army. Bob’s love for God was evident, whether it was the way he treated his family, the many hearts he touched as a pastor, the nights spent with Dianne watching Cardinal baseball and MizzouTigers, several mission trips to Honduras and most recently Uganda, his love for his country, or even fishing with his grandson,Teagen. He was most happy spreading God’s word and putting smiles on the faces of all he met. At the time of his passing he was Pastor of Clearwater United Baptist Church, Piedmont, MO. 

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, William and Lossie and siblings, William Webb and Rita Webb. 

Bob is survived by wife, Dianne; children, Eric (Justyce) Webb of St. Louis and Amanda (Nicholas) Rausch of Columbia, Maryland; grandson, Teagen Webb  Rausch (his pride and joy)of Columbia, Maryland; siblings, James Webb of Patterson, Mary Deering of Patterson, Linda Tiefenbruch of Affton, and Becky Hibbard of Piedmont. 

Visitation was at 5 pm, Monday, February 3, 2014 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, Missouri. 

Funeral services were held at 11 am, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Victory Baptist Temple with Brother Robert Brinkley officiating. Burial will be at Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery in Bloomfield, Missouri. Pallbearers were Eric Webb, Nicholas Rausch, Dan Webb, Jim Webb, Jr., Jerry Peppers II, and Babe Mann.Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfunealhome.com. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tender Hearts Baby Home, Uganda, Africa, an orphanage very important to the family, online via this link (in the last box, you can put In Memory of Bob Webb):   
or via mail at this address: 

A Helping Hand 

1510 Newtown Pike Suite 152 

Lexington, KY 40511 

on memo line of check:  Tender Hearts Baby Home In Memory of Bob Webb 



Bernice O Kendrick 01/28/2014

January 29, 2014


She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; Samuel A. Gibson and Lucille Carrow Gibson, one daughter; Dana Marie Noonan, one son-in-law; Jerry Miller, five brothers; Leon, Willard, Samuel, Glenn and Howard Gibson, four sisters; Eva DeClue, May Pliemann, Norma Jean Gilmett Bernice O. Kendrick, 89, of Des Arc, MO. passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at her residence.  Bernice was born April 5, 1924 in Glenn Park, MO.

On October 6, 1951 she was united in marriage to Clarence J. Kendrick, who preceded her in death, and to this union four children were born.

Her life was her family.  Whatever the task, no matter how hard or difficult, Bernice, (often fondly known as “granny”), did everything, her whole life, out of love and compassion for her family, friends and mankind, in general.  She never counted the sacrifice (and there was much), she never complained or begrudge. She just did whatever she needed to do, to make the lives of the ones she loved, better. 

It may have been: * the countless holiday and Sunday dinners with everyone around the table, always worried that there wouldn’t be enough (and there always was). * The dresses and clothes and she sewed for her children when there wasn’t money to buy store bought. * The houses she cleaned and the laundry she would do for people on a ringer washer, just to make a couple dollars so her young children would have lunch money. * Taking such great care of her mother and later her husband Clarence, when they had become so ill, they could not care for themselves on their own. * Or, making for sure she found a good man to help make a good life for her two young daughters, when she had been left to provide for them alone. It did not matter what the task at hand was or if the sacrifice was big or small, she did it with love in her heart, a smile on her face and a prayer on her lips.

Her mother was catholic and her father was Baptist. As a child, she was raised catholic and attended a catholic school in St. Louis.  Later, they attended the Nazarene church and her and her two sisters would go all over the county, singing at services and revivals.  As an adult, she became a member and secretary of the Des Arc Baptist Church for 30+ years, until after she moved to Piedmont, at which time she became a member of the Harvest Baptist Church.

She went to school through 11th grade.  That summer, she was hired to work at a dress shop and didn’t go back to school because she was making money for her family.

After the war started, she worked at an ammunition plant and worked there until there was an explosion that scared her very much, so she quit and went to work at a factory that made dried eggs to send to the troops overseas.  During this time, she also volunteered at the Red Cross, doing anything from rolling bandages, sewing parachutes together or making cookies, cakes and brownie for the soldiers.

Later, when she married Clarence, he did not want her to work outside the home.  But she still did her part to contribute by cleaning homes and laundry to make extra money.

When her daughter Dana, the youngest, turned 2 years old and was able to go with her, she started working as a helper and cook for the Head Start program in Des Arc.  From there, she was a cook, first at Des Arc and then at South Iron. She retired from South Iron after 20 years and then went to work at the QBA factory in Des Arc where she worked until Clarence’s health declined and she needed to stay at home with him.

She grew up in French Village, St Louis, Potosi and Sabula, wherever “PaPa” had to go to find work.

She adult live was spent in St. Louis, College Hill, West Alton, Des Arc- and many others when Clarence worked for the railroad-again, wherever the jobs were.

She belonged to many organizations including: Red Cross volunteer during WWII, Des Arc school PTA and she was an election poll worker for the township of Des Arc.

She was tough and tender, diligent and driven, giving all she had, at all times, putting the ones she loved first, always, before herself and always, walking by faith.

Survivors include one son; Steven Robert Kendrick of Piedmont, MO., two daughters; Carol E Higgins and her husband Glenn, and Regina Lea Miller both of Des Arc, MO., one son-in-law; Michael Noonan of Moscow Mills, MO., ten grandchildren; Leslie McCaig and her husband Mike, Michelle Sherman and her husband Eddie, Steven Happy, Jason Wayne Miller, Olivia Happy, Amanda Mays, Brianne Noonan, Frank Noonan,  Jimmy Buffington and his wife Dawn, Todd Buffington and his wife Amy; and fourteen great-grandchildren, Brittany Hazel, Mallory Buffington, Jessica Williams, Zach Sherman, Emily McCaig, Evan McCaig, Brandon Happy, Ean Buffington, Levi Happy, Jaden Liggett, Kyllie Kendrick, Landon Mann, and Cadynce Mays, and two great-great-grandchildren; Taygen Hazel and J C Hazel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; Samuel A. Gibson and Lucille Carrow Gibson, one daughter; Dana Marie Noonan, one son-in-law; Jerry Miller, five brothers; Leon, Willard, Samuel, Glenn and Howard Gibson, four sisters; Eva DeClue, May Pliemann, Norma Jean Gilmett and Juanita Edwards.

The visitation was held on Friday, January 31st at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with the services following on Saturday, February 1st, also at the chapel. Bro. Jack Ruble read the obituary and Bro. Don Pennington ministered to the family, Leslie McCaig provided the music . Serving as pallbearers were Jason Mays, Jason Miller, Mike McCaig, Mike Noonan, Evan McCaig, Glen Higgins, Steve Happy, Levi Happy, Zack Sherman and Frankie Noonan. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

May Scaggs 1/26/2014

January 27, 2014


May Louise Scaggs, 44, of Des Arc, MO was born on Jan. 8, 1970 in Ironton, MO and passed away on Jan. 26, 2014 in St. Louis, MO.

Survivors include her fiancé, Timothy Allen Owens and son baby Wyatt Owens, both of the home, Des Arc, MO, son, Ricky Scaggs, Piedmont, MO, and one daughter, Shelby Scaggs, Piedmont, MO, two brothers, Leonard(Miranda) Dean and David Dean both of Des Arc, MO.

In 1989, she graduated from the South Iron High School.  She loved to do yard work and plant flowers.

May had worked at QBA in Des Arc for many years.  She then worked   for Windsor Foods in Piedmont as a line worker for many years.  

May was saved as a child and attended the Des Arc Assembly of God.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Carl Dean and Donna Mae Daley Dean.

Visitation for May was held Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. for the family and 3:30 P.M. for the public at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with the service following on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. also at the chapel. Pastor Zachary Hindman ministered to the family and Dale Daly, Nelson Dean, Doug Bond, Jr. Green, Adam Daly, and Barry Scaggs served as pallbearers.

  Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Henry Clayton “Hoss” Hampton 1/24/2014

January 26, 2014


Henry Clayton “Hoss” Hampton, age 78, of Piedmont, MO was born on Aug. 12, 1935 in Reynolds County, MO and died on Jan. 24, 2014 at Christian Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

 On Nov. 22, 1954, he was united in marriage to Elsie Gowen and she survives of the home.  Also surviving  are three sons, Rick Hampton and wife Chris of Arnold, MO, Rodney  Hampton and wife Lisa, House Springs, MO, Robert Hampton and wife Deanna of Farmington, MO;  one daughter, Cheryl  Manuel and husband Jonnie of Kernersville, NC; Ten grandchildren, Heather  Still and husband Scott, Benjamin Manuel and wife Jessica, Parker Manuel and wife Jessica , Zachary Manuel,  Josh Hampton and wife Robyn, Phil Hampton, Tayton and Trista Hampton, Josh Bell and Jordan Bell, and great grandchildren Alyson, Carter, Hampton, and Brody, Olivia and Harper; one brother, “Bunch” Hampton, Ellington; and one sister, Murrill, Buxton, St. Charles, MO.

Henry enjoyed his family.  He told them stories of things that happened when he was growing up on the farm on H.H. Highway.  He told them how he and his brother David worked hard on the farm, because his Father’s idea was if they were busy, they were staying out of trouble.  He loved hunting and fishing with his boys, working cattle, bailing hay and riding his horse.

He was of the Baptist faith and in Nov.  1958, he was baptized at the General Baptist Church on Highway 60.  He later joined the Second Baptist Church, where he served as deacon.  In the spring of 2013, he became a member of the Friendship Baptist Church.

He attended the Rolling Hill School through the 8th grade.  He went to St. Louis and worked at a chair factory. His brother-in-law got him a job in a brake shop where he worked until 1970.  In 1970, he started working for Kribbs Ford and worked in repairs until 1976.  He then started his own business, Hampton Auto Repair, and worked until May of 1990.  He bought the farm of his dreams and run cattle until he got too bad with C.O.P.D.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Turner and Mary Jane Lundry Hampton, two brothers, David and Neely Hampton and four sisters, Wanda Cowin, Leota Collyotte, Alta Mae McNeil and Elnora Widig.

Visitation for Henry was held on Monday, January 27th at the Ruegg funeral home in Piedmont with services following on Tuesday, the 28th at 11:00 a.m. Bro. Stanley Gray ministered to the family and Bro Don Hutto delivered the eulogy. Scott Still, Zach Manuel, Parker Manuel, Benjamin Manuel, Josh Hampton, Phillip Hampton, Josh Bell and Tayton Hampton served as pallbearers.

Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Betty Lou Marler 01/23/2014

January 23, 2014


Betty Lou Marler, 78, of Mill Spring, MO, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014, at Mill Spring. Betty was born July 14, 1935 in Mill Spring, MO.

On May 23, 1953 she was united in marriage to Noah William “Slim” Marler, Jr., who preceded her in death.

Betty grew up in the Mill Spring area.  She enjoyed going to church and joined the Mill Spring Christian Church in 1987. She also enjoyed playing bingo, karaoke, and spending time with her family and her many nieces and nephews.

Betty worked at several places, including Proline Boats for many years, an office manager at a cosmetology school and an inspector at Brown Shoe.

Survivors include her son, Michael William Marler of Mill Spring, MO; five nieces, Ava Crowley and husband Charles, Kathy Douglas and husband Gary, Betty Crowley and husband Patrick, Linda DeClue and husband Rodney, and Tracy Moss and husband Joe; one grandson, Logan Marler; and many great nieces and great nephews along with other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Noah William “Slim” Marler, Jr; her parents, Roy and Ellen Sue Smith; and one sister Patricia Ruth Endicott.

Visitation was held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at  9:30 A.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, with the service following at 12:30 P.M. Pastor Ralph Damon ministered to the family and Dennis Goggins, Ronnie Goggins, David Adams, Mike Smith, Nathan Esmond and Chuck Laxton served as pallbearers. Burial Was in Mill Spring Cemetery. Online Condolences can be made online at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Jerry Wilson 01/22/2014

January 23, 2014


Jerry Arnold Wilson, 71, of Salem, MO. passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at his residence.  Jerry was born February 24, 1942 in Sparta, IL.

On June 10, 1993 he was united in marriage to Susan Ream Taylor.

Jerry grew up in Oakdale, IL and graduated from Nashville, IL high school and received a B.S. from SIU in Carbondale in History and Library Science.  He was of the Presbyterian belief and attended the Sligo Methodist Church.

Jerry taught at Sparta High School. He was the high school librarian, American history teacher and Western civilization teacher before retiring in 1993. He was also the Owner/Instructor of the Okaw Valley Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do Academy, and an archaeological assistant at various sites in southern Illinois. He was also a tourist assistant for Missouri State Parks, a site administrator at Dillard Mill State Historic Site, retiring from there in 2010, and was co-owner of Easily Amused Enterprises.

Jerry spent his adult life in Marissa IL, Sparta, IL, Kirkwood, MO, Dillard Mill State Historic Site, Dillard MO and Salem, MO.  He was a member of various organizations in each of these towns including: Lions Club, Cahokia archaeological Society, and Illinois Association for the Advancement of Archeology, Southeastern archaeological conference and Midwestern archaeological conference.

Jerry had many hobbies which included cooking, he was famous for his meatloaf, trapping, fishing, gardening, CB club, tae kwon do, which he had a 3rd degree black belt, looking from wild mushrooms, making jelly, deer hunting, shooting black powder, archaeology, American Indian culture, carving shell gorgets, carving shell black drink cups, making bone tools, dyeing with natural dyes, gourd carving, buck skinning, living history demos on cannon crew at Fort DeChartres, teaching classes and giving demonstrations  in gourd carving, shell carving, natural dyes and making bone tools mostly at Indian museum festivals. He also wrote a weekly newspaper column called Huzzah Creek Notes.

Survivors include his wife, Susan of the home, his mother, Joyce Wilson of Oakdale, IL, one son; Dr Gregory Wilson and his wife Dr. Amber VanDerwarker of Santa Barbara, CA., one daughter; Sarah Taylor of Overland Park, KS, one sister; Sandy Spence and her husband, David of Norris City, IL, two grandchildren; Clinton Daniel Wilson and Helen “Nellie” Grace Wilson, one niece; Sarah Spence and one nephew; Chris Spence.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Wilson.

Visitation for Jerry was held Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with services following on Friday the 31st at 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home chapel. Pastor Jeanette Bragg ministered to the family, Roger Bierscheval provided the music and Bill Wilkins, Melvin Waites, Ed Alvee, Terry Phelps, Kenny Elrod,  and Larry Kinsella served as pallbearers. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont, MO Condolences can be made online at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Jane Dorothy Shacklee 1/20/2014

January 23, 2014


Jane Dorothy Shacklee was born in Huntly, IL on February 19, 1935 and passed away in Poplar Bluff, MO. on January 20, 2014. She was a graduate of Huntly High School.

She was a member of TOPS #MO 347 in Poplar Bluff for over 25 years. She enjoyed camping , spending time with family, putting puzzles together, and reading.  In 1973 she was baptized at Bible Baptist Church.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Williamsville. She was a homemaker.

She married Billy J Shacklee on February 18, 1956 and he survives.

Other survivors include her daughters Becky Shacklee, Peggy Wood and her husband Dale, and Cindy Shacklee Howell all of Williamsville, six grandchildren; Loretta Wood, Scarlett Wood, Jaquilyn Daniels, Janie Howell, Brandon Howell and Colton Howell, two great grandchildren: Dakota Michael and Destiny Michael, plus a host of other family members and many friends.

Preceding her in death was her grandson Christopher Dale Wood, her mother, Louise Brunschon and father, Robert Kreutzer and one brother Jerry.

Visitation was held Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville. Funeral followed at 3:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Family members offered special tributes for her life.  Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com


Brice Timothy “Tim” Allen 1/19/2014

January 21, 2014



Brice Timothy “Tim” Allen, 68, of Jackson, MO , passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014 in Cape Girardeau, MO. Brice was born June 6, 1945 in Wayne County, MO. 

On March 20, 1965 he was united in marriage to Charlene “Terri” O’Brien and to this union two daughters were born.

Tim spent his childhood in the Silva area. He went to Montgomery school, a one room school house, then to Greenville High School, graduating in 1963. He made the St Louis area his home most of this adult life, working at the Ford Motor Co, Hazelwood assembly plant from 1964 to 2000. He spent his last years in the Jackson MO area.  In 1991 Brice was saved at Mt. Pisgah Church.

Tim was a cowboy who wrangled horses, loved to race stock cars, and motorcycles, enjoyed classic cars and auctions and was always there for a friend in need.

Survivors include two daughters; Susan Walker and her husband Michael J of Fenton, Deborah Ricks and her husband Clayton also of Fenton, one brother, Michael Allen and his wife Rose of Coldwater, one sister; Cheryl Beth Williams and her husband Russell of St Peters, one sister-in-law, Charline Allen of Silva, three grandchildren; Rebecca and Cody Walker and Teagan Ricks.

He was preceded in death by his parents; David Allen and Hazel Twidell Allen, three brothers; Bill, David and Gordan Allen, two sisters; Emma Wallace and Vickie Allen.

Visitation was held Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 5:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO. Funeral services followed Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. also at the funeral home chapel. Pastor Wayne Page ministered to the family and Tim’s family shared special memories of his life. Cody Walker, Christopher Allen, David Allen, Rick Allen, Don Iffrig, and Allen Crites served as pallbearers.  Burial was in George Twidwell Cemetery, Silva, MO. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 77 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146-3125. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com


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