Ronald Clifford Brown 8/19/2013

August 24, 2013


Ronald Clifford Brown, age 69, of Patterson, MO, passed away Monday, August 19, 2013, at his residence. “Ron” was born May 13, 1944 in St. Louis MO to parents Bill and Della Pyatt Brown.

Ron was united in marriage to Margie Ann Hoffman whom preceded him in death. To this union one child was born. He was later united in marriage to Janice Elaine Seris and to this union two children were born. On October 12, 1990 he was united in marriage to Judy Harrison who survives.

Other survivors include one son, Ronnie Brown Jr. of St. Louis, MO; two daughters, Christine McGuire and husband Marc of Buckner, Missouri and Michelle Hobbs and husband Boyd of O’Fallon, Illinois; ten grandchildren, Jennifer Dobkins, Jessica Douglas, Timothy Douglas, Nicholas McGuire, Jesse Brown, Marissa Hobbs, Summer Hobbs, Jenna Hobbs, Ethan Hobbs, and Garrett Hobbs; four great grandchildren, Cheyenne and Colton, Isabella and McKenzie; four brothers, Bill Brown, Bob Brown, Larry Brown, Donald Brown, all of St. Louis; six sisters, Zelma Makua of Texas, Margie Vacil of Steelville, Edy Succio of Piedmont, Bonnie Brewer of Des Arc, and June Oprendek and Betty Wegel of St. Louis, MO.

“Ron” was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Noah Brown; and one sister Nicki Brewen.

“Ron” had worked many years at Gusdorf furniture factory in Maryland Heights, MO as a lead person.

He enjoyed watching wrestling and listening to country music in his spare time. “Ron” was a Christian.

No public services will be held at this time. Online condolences can be made at

Jerry Lee Cuneio 8/19/2013

August 19, 2013



Rev. Jerry L. Cuneio, 63, of Vulcan, Missouri, passed away Monday, August 19, 2013 at his residence. Jerry was born in Sullivan, MO, July 24, 1950 to Floyd and Jean Cuneio.

He graduated from Sullivan High School in 1968.

In 1970 he was drafted into the United States Army, serving in Vietnam from 1970-1971. He was united in marriage to Mary Tegeler of Gerald, Mo, on November 6, 1971. To this union two sons and a daughter were born.

Jerry entered the ministry in 1972, and was ordained with the Assemblies of God in 1976. During his ministry, he evangelized two years, and pastored three churches: Washington, MO., Lebanon, Mo., and for the last thirty one years, Vulcan Assembly of God in Vulcan, MO. Through the years, he also served as a youth representative, a missions representative, and a presbyter in the Southern Missouri District.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, two sons, Michael Cuneio of St. Louis, MO and Daniel Cuneio and wife Andrea of Desloge, MO; one daughter, Amber Nichols and husband Chuck of Killeen, Tx., one granddaughter, Jordan Cuneio, his mother, Jean Cuneio, two brothers, Larry Cuneio and wife Kay, Dean Cuneio and wife Linda, both of Sullivan, MO, one sister, Dianne Ruble and husband Randy; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Cuneio.

Visitation was held Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 4:00 P.M. at Vulcan Assembly of God Church. Funeral services followed Thursday, August 22, 2013, at 11:00 A.M., at the church. Burial was in Sutton Cemetery in Vulcan. Bro’s Loyd Middleton, Don Miller, and Jacob Pollard brought words of comfort. Guy Stevenson, Terry Dement, Ted Dement, Susie Dement, and Rebecca Middleton provided musical selections. Earl Midkiff, Bill Townsend, Clyde Reed, Mike Middleton, Jerry Patterson, and Brad Matchell served as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Vulcan Assembly of God Church or Serenity Hospice. Online condolences can be made at

M. Dawn Fusselman 6/10/2013

August 12, 2013


M. Dawn Fusselman, age 73, passed away at home in Helena, MT, on June 10, 2013.  She lived a full life in many different states with her husband Lloyd A. Fusselman who preceded her in death in 2004.  She is survived by daughter Kris and son in law Jeff Fife, granddaughters, Holly and Jennifer Fife and her sister Yvonne (Joe) Neville and brother, Ross (Carole) Larson.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Violet Larson of Wahoo, NE; sister, Jean Clark; granddaughter Kaitlyn Nicole Fife; as well as many loved aunts, uncles, cousins, nephew, nieces, and friends.

She was born on June 6th in 1940 in Wetaskiwin, Alberta and later moved to Nebraska to a family farm.  She received her RN degree at Immanuel/Midland College in Omaha, NE.  She was married on October 7, 1962 to Lloyd A. Fusselman of Page NE.  Dawn enjoyed cooking and outdoor activities with her family and loved music all of her life in various capacities both as a performer and a spectator.  She collected people of all shapes and sizes and quickly made them her friends.  Dawn was a fan of sports, including the St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Nebraska Cornhuskers and all of her granddaughter’s soccer and basketball teams.   

She provided inspiration to many with her ability to persevere with grace and good humor.  She loved and was loved.  Her journey was not easy but ended in victory…a victory granted by the Savior she loved. A service will be held to memorialize Dawn and celebrate her life on Saturday August 17th.   There will be a visiting hour at 10 followed by a brief service at 11 a.m. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given or sent to Whole Health Outreach of Ellington, MO. 

E. Ruth Starr 8/10/2013

August 10, 2013

E. Ruth Starr, age 95, of Ironton, MO was born on Aug. 22, 1917 in Sciota County, Ohio.  She passed away on Aug. 10, 2013 at the Baptist Home in Ironton, MO.

She was the daughter of the late Morgan Daniels and Nancie Wright Daniels.

She was married to Walter A. Collier and he preceded her in death on Jan. 18, 1963.  She later married Frank Starr and he preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 1993. 

Survivors include one son Winston Lee (Rebecca) Collier, Canton, OH, one daughter, Roberta Brumbaugh, Silva, MO, one brother, Morgan Daniels Jr., Greensburgh, NC, 12 grandchildren  and 16 great-grandchildren.  Ruth was also preceded in death by one son, Walter Alfred Collier Jr.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Evangel Baptist Church at Silva, MO

A visitation was held Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral service followed at 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home chapel. Interment was in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens, Canton, OH, on Friday, August 16, 2013.

Online condolences can be made at

Inez Eaton 8/8/2013

August 9, 2013

Ernie “Inez” Eaton, 87, of Annapolis, MO, passed away on Thursday, August 8, at her daughter’s home in Kansas City, MO. Inez was born on December 12, 1925, in Annapolis, MO, the first of nine children of Barbara “Peach” and Harvel “Buck” Hampton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Jefferson “E.J.”  Eaton, and her sister, Laverta Crow of Annapolis, MO. She loved reading the Bible, drinking her morning cup of coffee with a side of something sweet, visiting the sewing department at Wal-Mart, embroidering and quilting. Inez loved taking care of her home and enjoyed treating company to a home cooked meal followed by a fresh baked dessert of blackberry cobbler or banana bread. Inez is survived by seven siblings: Elmer “Jack” Hampton of Annapolis, MO, Jim Hampton of St. James, MO, Norma Gantzer of Ocala, FL, Joyce Delazizzo of Hollywood, FL, Harvel Hampton, Jr., of Annapolis, MO, Linda Kelly of Annapolis, MO, and Nellie Scaggs of Annapolis, MO; two children, Robert L. Eaton (Brenda) of St. Charles, MO, Karen S. Morehouse of Kansas City, MO; three grandchildren, David C. Morehouse (Paula) and Noel “E.J.” Parton (Josh) of Kansas City, MO, Nicholas R. Eaton of NY; and a host of relatives and friends.

Visitation was held Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at 6:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services followed  Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. also at the funeral home chapel. Pastors LeRoy Wakefield and Dewel Smith ministered to the family and David Morehouse, Chuck Scaggs, Richie Howard, Zack Scaggs, Andrew Dunn, Kenny Dunn, Dale Pressdee, and Darren Hampton served as pallbearers. Burial was in Annapolis Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

Vesta Sue Polk 8/3/2013

August 4, 2013



Vesta Sue Polk,98, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Benchmark Healthcare  of Greenville.   

 Mrs. Polk was born in Lowndes, Missouri on August 19, 1914 to Edward Vavak and Retta Dunn Vavak

On June 26, 1937 she was joined in marriage to Elmo Polk.The couple celebrated 65 years together.

She was a long-time member of Grace United Methodist Church in Greenville, where she played the piano and organ for more than fifty years and was active in United Methodist Women.

Survivors include one daughter, Sandra (Ronald) Kirkpatrick, two grandsons, Kelly Kirkpatrick of Greenville, Shawn (Misty) Kirkpatrick of Glen Allen, one great granddaughter, Mikayla Kirkpatrick, a sister, Jo Janis of St.Peters,Mo.and three sisters-in-law, Ruth Vavak of Ballwin Mo. Trudy Vavak of Elko, Nevada, and Christine Polk of Bynum, Alabama.

Preceeding her in death were her parents, her beloved husband, and three brothers, Estel Vavak, Albert Vavak, and Max Vavak.

Friends may call from six p.m. to eight p.m. Tuesday, August 6, at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be at ten a.m. on Wednesday, August 7, in the Greenville Cemetery. Memorial service will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home chapel

Memorial contributions may be sent to Grace United Methodist Church in care of Frieda

Williamson, P.O. Box 73, Greenville, MO 63944.














Vesta Sue Polk, age 98, of Greenville, MO, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Benchmark Healthcare of Greenville. Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at 6:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville with a committal service at Greenville Cemetery at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday. The memorial service will follow at 11:00 A.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home chapel in Greenville. Online condolences can be made at

Paul Vernon Dean 7/29/2013

July 31, 2013


Paul Vernon Dean, age 84, of Des Arc, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO. Paul was born on December 4, 1928 in Des Arc, MO, to Claude and Nancy (Reed) Dean. Paul spent most his life in the Des Arc area and had many friends. Paul proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Force division from 1947 until 1950. He had been a school bus driver for several years and had worked as an equipment operator for the Iron County Road Department for several years. He was married to Maxine Alexander and she preceded him in death.  He later shared his life with companion Betty Elrod and she preceded in death. Paul is survived by one brother, William (Shack) Dean of Des Arc, MO.

Paul is also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Diz and Gene; and one sister in infancy. He is survived by a host of Nieces and Nephew and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 5:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. Services followed Friday, August 2, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. also at the chapel in Piedmont. Pastor Gary Rhodes ministered to the family and Jim Brewer, Charles Savage, Don Wright, Mark Dean, David Dean, and Leonard Dean served as pallbearers.  Burial was in Mt. View Cemetery in Des Arc, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Karen Sue Hopkins 7/26/2013

July 29, 2013

   Karen Sue Hopkins, 51, of Piedmont, MO, was born on April 16, 1962 in Ironton, MO and died Saturday, July 27, 2013 in Pilot Knob, MO.

     On Sept. 26, 1980, she was united in marriage to James Daniel Hopkins and they had two sons, Ryan Hopkins, Farmington, MO and James “Evan” (Nikki) Hopkins, Oakville, MO.

     She is also survived by her companion of nine years, Jeff Vroman, Annapolis, MO, 2 brothers Richard (Sue) Hill, Montrose, IA, Thomas (Brenda) Hill, Mill Spring, MO,  and six sisters, Willi Caro, Orange, CA, Lois Hill, Annapolis, MO, Cathy (companion Joseph Stamper) Hill, Garden City, MO, Mary Jennings, Potosi, MO, Joan Hill (Robert) Campbell, Annapolis, Sheila (Anthony) Ruble, Vulcan, MO and 1 sister-in-law, Judy Hill, Desloge, MO.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, David Hill SR and Hazel Marie Laxton Hill and one brother David Hill Jr.

     Karen spent her childhood growing up in Mill Spring, Annapolis, and Ironton.  She made her adult home in St. Louis and Piedmont, MO

    Karen was a high school graduate from Arcadia Valley. She attended Vo Tech and studied graphic arts. She was a graphic designer for 17 years with the University of Missouri at St. Louis, MO.

     She enjoyed float trips, BBQS, riding horses, watching game shows and murder mysteries on tv.  She enjoyed spending time with her loving family.

    Karen was of the Baptist belief.   In the summer of 1987 she was baptized and became a member of the New Covenant Church in St. Louis, MO 

  Visitation was held Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO with services on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. also at the funeral home chapel. Pastors Kevin Kinnard and Gary Rhodes ministered to the family and Danny Griffin, Alan Jennings, Eddie Polk, Robert Campbell, Dale Jarrett, Randy Laxton and Michael Jennings served as pallbearers. Burial followed in Mill Spring Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

Tom Ream 7/22/2013

July 24, 2013

    Thomas “Tuck” Ream Jr., 84, of Piedmont, MO, was born on March 27, 1929 in Hughesville, MO and died on July 22, 2013 in the Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO.

     On August 18, 1950, he was united in marriage to Eleanor Jeanette Ream who preceded him in death on March 23, 2012.  Also preceding him in death were his parents Thomas Ream Sr. and Mary Melinda Landes Ream, two brothers, Robert and James Ream and one sister, Betty Ruth Finley.

     He is survived by one daughter, Susan (Jerry) Wilson, Salem, MO, and one granddaughter, Sarah Taylor and a special friend Judy Carter.

     Tom spent his childhood in Hughesville, MO on the family farm.  He spent his adult hood in Marceline, MO, El Paso, TX, Sedalia, MO and Piedmont, MO.   

 He joined the Trinty Methodist Church in January 5, 2003 where he served as Trustee.

     He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict  and served his country from March 16, 1951 to March 15, 1953. 

He attended schools in the one room Fristoe School, Hughes High School, Central Methodist College and the University of Missouri at Columbia, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree  School of Agriculture.  He attended six other universities. 

     He taught vocational agriculture, at Marceline, MO, taught radar repair in the Army, and owned a tv repair shop in Sedalia.  In Piedmont, he taught Industrial Arts, Drafting, Cooperative Occupational Education, Math, Psychology and retired from school in 1989.  He was co-owner of the Double “L” Style Shop.

     He was involved in many activities.  He was on the University Extension Board, past commander of the Piedmont American Legion, life member of the University of Missouri Jefferson Club, Regional Commerce & Development –Southeast, MO, member of the Piedmont Rotary Club, Lions Club, and J C’s  He was a member of the Methodist Men and taught Sunday school at the Methodist Church for several years. 

     Tom belonged to the Farmhouse Fraternity, Wayne County Historical Society, Piedmont Chamber of Commerce, BAM-Blacksmith Association of Missouri and was Piedmont Citizen of the Year in 1997.

     He designed and aided in building of the Horse Arena, an addition to Piedmont Public Library, the Youth Center and the Trinity United Methodist Church.

     At the University of Missouri, in Columbia MO, he endowed the Thomas J. and Mary Ream Scholarship, and the Thomas Ream, Jr. and Eleanor Jeanette Ream Scholarship. For the Clearwater High School  he endowed a scholarship to Three Rivers College.

    Tom enjoyed fishing, quail and pheasant  hunting, woodworking, dominoes, welding, blacksmithing, gardening, architecture, antique cars, and any other thing that struck his fancy at the moment.

Visitation was held Thursday, July 25, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO. A second night of visitation was held Friday at 5:00 P.M. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. also at the Piedmont chapel. Pastors Ed Rhodes and Jeannette Bragg ministered to the family and Joe Kiser, Doug Kulik, Brian Polk, Gary Umfleet, Bill Wilkins,  and Mike Toney served as pallbearers,  Burial was in Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont. Online condolences can be made at

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to several charities. Please contact the funeral home for a listing.

Jeanne Clair Hastings 7/14/2013

July 16, 2013



Jeanne Clair Hastings, age 64, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Madison Medical Center in Fredericktown, MO. Jeanne was born June 24, 1949, to Joseph and Clara (Bissel) Zadravetz in Los Angeles, CA. She grew up in California and spent time over the years in Orlando, FL, before coming to Piedmont.

On September 9, 1967, she married James Hastings.

She had achieved an associates degree and had worked for Wal-Mart for over twenty years and enjoyed a large extended family there.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren, watching movies and playing games. She loved watching the Hallmark Channel movies, loved to dance and swim.

She was born and raised Catholic.

She is survived by her husband, James, of the home; two sons, Frank Hastings and wife Belinda of Lenexa, KS, Willie Beaty and wife JaneAnn of Fredericktown, mo; four daughters, Alice Bowen Hastings of South Gate, CA, Christy Henson and husband Kevin, Janie Hastings, and Pam Hastings, all of Piedmont; fifteen grandchildren, Megan Knopf, Steffen Hastings, James Hastings, Brandi Henson, River Hastings, Angela Hastings, Summer Hastings, Daniel Beaty and Jessica, Rachael Copeland and Roy, Matthew Beaty and Dani, Nicholas Beaty and Mollee; seven great grandchildren, Makenzie Knopf and Madison Hastings, Hudson and Keaton Beaty, Addyson and Emma Copeland, and Floyd Beaty; two brothers, James Zadravetz and wife Max of Coldwater, OH, Butch Zadravetz of Bend, OR; one sister, Joanne Wallace and husband Raymond of Huntington Beach, CA.

Visitation was held Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. also at the Piedmont chapel. Pastor Richard Sanders ministered to the family and Daniel Beaty, Matthew Beaty, Nicholas Beaty, River Hastings, Steffen Hastings, James Hastings, Dylan Jimerson, and Nathan Mayberry served as pallbearers. Burial followed in Forest Chapel Cemetery near Piedmont. Online condolences can be made at


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