October 24, 2014
Katrina Bennett Akers, 33, of Piedmont, MO., passed away on Friday, October 24, 2014 at her residence. Katrina was born on October 14, 1981 in Poplar Bluff, MO to Johnny E. Bennett and Judy Silvy Bennett.
On July 20, 2011 Katrina was united in marriage to Mitch Akers, who survives of the home.
Katrina graduated from Clearwater High School in May of 2000. She loved to play softball and was very good at it. She won the most valuable player award two years in a row. She spent many hours in the back yard practicing ball with her parents.
She loved to fish with her Dad and she was considered a Daddy’s girl, even though she was a tomboy at heart. Whatever he was doing she wanted to be in the middle of it. They spent lots of time together until he passed away in March of 1999. His passing left a large hole in her heart that would never be mended.
Katrina loved her husband and her three children with all her heart. They were the most important things in her life. She was a sweet, kind, and loving person who will be missed so much by her family, friends, and everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband; two sons; Ian and Connor Abrams of the home, one daughter; Kelsea Akers of the home, one step-daughter; Kim Black of Farmington, MO, her mother; Judy Bennett, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
She is preceded in death by father; her grandparents; Harry and Viola Silvy and John and Katherine Bennett, her mother and father-in-law; Montie and Betty Akers, one brother-in-law; Rick Akers, three cousins; Shawn Batton, Daron Hampton and Dawson Brewer. Visitation for Katrina was held on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. The service was held on Tuesday, October 28th also at the chapel with Pastor Darrel Silvy ministering to the family. Burial was at Mountain View Cemetery in Des Arc, MO., with Jeff Brewer, Keith Brewer, Adam Pevirl, Tim Akers, Jeremy Robinson, and Josh Gurley serving as pallbearers.
Burial will follow in Mt. View Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.
October 24, 2014
Ronald R. “Ronnie” Sutton, 69, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Thursday, October 23, 2014, at St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Ronnie was born July 24, 1945, in St. Louis, MO.
On June 5, 1965 Ronnie married Janet Brinkley and to this union two children were born.
Ronnie started school in St. Louis, MO; then Patterson, MO; and finally Piedmont, MO. He was a born again Christian and was a nine year member of Alive in Christ in Piedmont, MO.
Through the years Ronnie worked as an EMT for Piedmont Ambulance and finally as manager for Piedmont waste water treatment plant for over twenty years.
Ronnie enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to church, spending time with family and loved helping raise the children that he and wife Janet babysat. He also enjoyed reading his Bible and talking with friends and family about the Lord.
He is survived by his Janet of forty nine years; two sons, Alan and Tim Sutton , both of Piedmont, MO; two grandchildren, Novalee Crutchfield and Victoria Pertell; two sisters, Alice Gerhardt of Piedmont, MO, and Kathy Cameron and husband Leroy of Jonesboro, AR; a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and friends.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents Forrest Ray and Bonnie Irene Hicks Sutton.
The visitation for Ronald was held Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. for the family and 5:00 P.M. for the public at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. The service was Monday, October 27th at 11:00 A.M. also at the chapel with Pastor Richard Sanders ministering to the family and Tammy Carroll providing the music. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery with Jimmy Hicks, Larry Hicks, Andrew Faulkner, Rob Faulkner, Aaron Faulkner, Roy Faulkner serving as pallbearers and Clayton Brawley serving as honorary pallbearer. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.
October 24, 2014
Wanda Edwards, 84, of Piedmont, MO., passed away on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont, MO. Wanda was born on August 3, 1930 to Clifford Banks and Blanche Garloch Elrod, who preceded her in death.
Wanda was united in marriage to Herschel Edwards, who preceded her in death.
As a child Wanda lived in Des Arc and attended Des Arc elementary and 2 years of high school there. She moved to Ozark, MO and worked at Zenith manufacturing where she was a television inspector for 25 years before retiring. She was of the Methodist faith.
Wanda is survived by three daughters, Karen Sue Kiefer and her husband Bob of Westville, OK, Brenda Jean Worley of House Springs, MO, and Annette Cox and her husband Ronald of High Ridge, MO; one sister, Judy Eaton and her husband Gene of Piedmont, MO; three grandchildren, Scott Worley, Tami Jean Laymon, Jacob Boyer; and one great-grandchild, Alektra Ann Boyer.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; one son, Dennis Sitzes; three brothers; Kenneth, Leroy “Punch”, Donald Elrod; and one sister, Betty Jean Elrod.
Visitation for Wanda was held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont from 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., with services following at 2:00 P.M.also in the chapel. Pastor Gary Rhodes ministered to the family and Jacob Boyer, Wayne Elrod, Gene Eaton, Jim Grace, Ronald Cox, and Bob Kiefer served as pallbearers. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery near Des Arc, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.
October 21, 2014
Donald Lee Henson, Sr., 76, of Piedmont, MO., passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau MO. Donald was born on July 27, 1938 to Fred Henson and Hazel Waller who preceded him in death.
Donald lived in Coosbay, Oregon where he graduated from 8th grade before moving back to Piedmont and then graduating from Piedmont High School.
In 1959 he was united in marriage to Erma Radford and together they raised three children. He was of the Baptist Faith and a member of the Peach Tree General Baptist Church. Donald and Erma raised their family on Peach Tree for many years then moved to the family farm on Black River.
Donald was a forklift operator at Brown Shoe Factory for 38 years and had cattle farmed for many years. He also spent 2 years at Poplar Bluff Vocational Carpentry School and worked at Lewis Feed Store.
He loved hunting, fishing, trading guns and spending time at the sale barns but his greatest love was his family. For the last three years Donald hadn’t got out of the house a lot but he had visited with his friends via the cell phone. He had many minutes a month used on the phone talking and drinking coffee. He was a devoted husband and father. He had a heart of gold, one of the sweetest men you could ever meet. He was always friendly and sweet and wanted to keep peace. He always took care of his family first and foremost, even working three jobs at once to support them.
He is survived by his wife, one son; Donald Lee Henson, Jr. and his wife Pam of Piedmont, MO., two daughters; Debra Tucker and her husband Rick of Ozark, MO., Chris Lueddecke and her husband Junior of Piedmont, MO., two sisters; Wanda Chitwood and Ada Burns and her husband Bob both of Piedmont, MO., seven grandchildren; Jason and his wife Marilyn Lueddecke, Matt and his wife Nikki Lueddecke, Sarah and her husband Ian Berry, Abby and her husband Trey Maddox, April and her husband Rustin PettyJohn, Nathan Henson and finance Brenna Ziegler, Shelby Henson, nine great-grandchildren; Ariel, Keagan, Drew, Allie, Laila, Emma Lee, Ella, Reid, and Anna Lee.
Visitation for Donald was held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, the service was held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, October 24, 2014 also at the chapel with Bro. Richard Sanders ministering to the family, and Bud Brinkley and Keith “Slug” Smith ministering in song. Burial was at Masonic Cemetery with Jason Lueddecke, Matt Lueddecke, Nathan Henson, Ian Berry, Lee Chitwood and Robert “Bubby” Burns serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
October 17, 2014
Russell Dale Tibbs, 62, of St. Louis, MO, formerly of Wayne County passed away Thursday, October 16, 2014, at de Greeff Hospice House, St. Louis, MO.
Russell was born December 31, 1951 at Coldwater, MO, son of Luther L. and Hilda Kennedy Tibbs.
In 1978 he was united in marriage to Joy Clifford and to this union one child Farrah Tibbs was born. He was of the Christian faith.
Russell had proudly served in the United States Navy and had been self-employed specializing in real estate sales for many years.
Russell was an avid hunter of big game especially with his friends Billy and Phil. He also enjoyed going to the stock car races with his brother James, family BBQ gatherings, and taking the children to a zoo or a circus.
In his adult years he mainly lived in Wayne and Madison counties.
He leaves behind his daughter, Farrah Tibbs, of St. Louis, MO; four grandchildren, Austin, Emily, Emma, and Louis; one brother, James Tibbs and wife Bonnie of Coldwater; two nephews, Jerry Tibbs and wife Susan of Silva, MO, and Phillip Tibbs and wife Heather of Fredericktown; five great nieces and nephews, Kenny, Jacob, Maria, Sarah and Geoffrey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, David Tibbs; and one infant sister, Linda Tibbs.
The visitation for Russell was held Monday, October 20, 2014, at 5:00 P.M., at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville, services followed on Tuesday, October 21st at 11:00 A.M. also at the chapel. Burial following at Lewis Cemetery at Lodi. Pastor Jerry Gibson ministered to the family and Jerry Tibbs, Phillip Tibbs, Austin Helm, Geoffrey Tibbs, John Helm, and Nick Clifford served as pallbearers Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.
October 17, 2014
Beverley Ann Funk-Vincent, 59, of Piedmont, MO., passed away on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at her residence. Beverley was born in Annapolis, MO., on April 10, 1955 to Harry Midkiff and Dorothy Stevenson Midkiff who preceded her in death.
Beverley grew up in the Heights Creek/Annapolis and Des Arc area and later moved to Piedmont.
Beverley was united in marriage to Carl Dean Funk who preceded her in death.
Beverley loved to fish and garden. She was a very social person and had many friends. Her greatest joy was spending time with her three kids and grandkids. She enjoyed her work as a home health care and was close to many of her clients.
Surviving Beverley is one son; Ray Million and his wife Cherri of Annapolis, MO., one daughter; Tawyna Million Abbott , five brothers; Leo (Fern) Casteel of Barnhart, MO., Earl (Annalou) Midkiff of Piedmont, Olen (Linda) Midkiff of Redford, JR (Barb) Midkiff of Piedmont, David Midkiff, three sisters; Sharon Midkiff of Piedmont, Ruth (Ralph) Galhar of Farmington, Judy Staples of Farmington, five grandchildren; Megan Million, Destiny Million, Trinity Miller, Destin Abbott, Aaron Abbott and soon to be delivered Airiann Million.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; and one son; Clinton Gary Million.
Visitation was held Monday, October 20, 2014, from 4:00-6:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Private Memorial followed at 6:30 P.M. at the chapel. Pastor Richard Sanders ministered to the family and Jane Ann Pepmiller, Terri Funk-Heuer, and Penny Funk-Justice provided music for the family. Cremation followed after services. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
October 11, 2014
Wesley D. Coleman, 57, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont.
Wesley was born November 14, 1956 to Everett Coleman and Mary Eaton Coleman at Poplar Bluff, MO.
Wesley is survived by his two brothers, Almon “Al” Coleman and wife Jean of Piedmont, MO, and Larry Coleman and wife Sherry of Owensville, MO; one sister, Sharon Morris and husband Larry also of Piedmont, MO; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James and Rodney Coleman.
Wesley grew up at Peachtree near Piedmont and spent his adult years in Piedmont. He had worked for the Sheltered Workshop for two years.
Wesley was known as a fun-loving, big-hearted man who was loved not only by his family, but by the entire community. He was a member of the Peach Tree General Baptist Church where for many years he participated in testimony service. He was always the first to stand up and testify to his Lord. Wesley was a cowboy at heart. He loved going to horse shows and was a member of the Wayne County Saddle Club. He went to many bluegrass festivals with his dad, and was a superfan of the Dukes of Hazard. He met John Schneider who played Bo Duke on two occasions. The second time there was no need for introduction because John Schneider recognized him.
Wesley also loved to rope. He would spend hours roping every day in his cowboy boots, shiny belt buckle, and cowboy hat. In his later years, he gained an appreciation of motorcycles. He turned in his cowboy boots for Harley attire, and even got to fulfill a dream when one of his buddies took him for a Harley ride. Wesley will be remembered the most, however, for being a people person. He was a friend to everyone, and loved to meet new people. If you were fortunate enough to meet Wesley, you never forgot him.
Visitation was held Monday, October 13, 2014, at 6:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. also at the funeral home chapel. Burial was at Eaton Cemetery near Piedmont. Pastor Mike Green ministered to the family. Sean Montgomery and Genice Montgomery provided musical selections for the family. Larry Morris II, Michael Keller, Lee Chitwood, Jerry Alcorn, Jamie Coleman, Kent Coleman, and Chris Coleman served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
October 9, 2014
Kenneth C. “Corky” Prosise, 86, of Williamsville, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff MO. Corky was born on November 17, 1927 to Samuel Dewey Prosise and Lela Sutton Prosise who preceded him in death.
On November 16, 1951 he was united in marriage to Dolores A. Flood who preceded him in death, and to this union two sons were born.
Corky grew up in the Williamsville area and attended school there. In March of 1946 he became a member of the US Army and served his country proudly. He then spent over 2 ½ years working for Goddard Lumber Company in East St. Louis before going to work for General Motors Assembly Plant in St. Louis and retiring in 1980 after 30 years of service.
Corky was an avid fan of Cardinal baseball and a fountain of statistics. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and raising rabbits. During vacations the family would spend time on Clearwater Lake camping and boating and he would spend hours behind the wheel of the boat so the boys could enjoy water skiing. He was an active member of the Lions Club for many years and served as President for a period of time. The last several months Corky lived at Oakdale Care Center Assisted Living in Poplar Bluff, MO and enjoyed his time there.
Surviving Corky are two sons; James C. Prosise and his wife Lynn of Johnston City, IL and Jeffery W. Prosise and his wife Annie of Poplar Bluff, MO., one brother; James Wesley Prosise and his wife Pat of Poplar Bluff, MO., four grandchildren; James C. Prosise, Jr., Angelina (Steve) Summers, Jeffery M. Prosise, Natesha Prosise, seven great-grandchildren; Jaxson Prosise, Isiah Prosise, Elijah Prosise, Zakkory Summers, Gage Summers, Caleb Prosise and Gracie Prosise.
Preceding him in death were his parent, his wife, two brothers; Edmond Lee and Oris Prosise.
Visitation was Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Williamsville at 12:00 noon. Services following at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery in Fairview Heights, Il. Pastor Richard Sanders ministered to the family and Danny Camden, Patrick Camden, David Camden, Matthew Camden, David Gaddis, and Kenneth Prosise served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.
October 8, 2014
Virgie Laxton, 97, of Piedmont, MO. passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Clarks Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont. Virgie was born in New Madrid, MO. on May 17, 1917 to Ben and Bessie May Bilderback, who preceded her in death.
Virgie had been a homemaker and raised seven children, as well as many of the neighborhood children. She liked to cook and feed everyone that visited. Her hobbies were sewing and making quilts. She was of the Christian faith.
She grew up in the New Madrid area and then moved to the St. Louis area and spent her adult life before moving back to Piedmont.
Surviving Virgie are four sons; Milton Laxton of St. Louis, MO, Harold “Fuzzy” and his wife Sharon Laxton of Patterson, MO, Charles and his wife Tracy Laxton of St. Louis, MO., and Jerry and his wife Lilly Laxton of Patterson, MO., two daughters Linda Reeves of Farmington, MO., and Patsy Story of Piedmont, MO, 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; one son; Larry Laxton, three brothers; Willie, Lyman and Charles Bilderback, two sisters; Kathryn Morgan and Juanita Strawmatt.
There was a private service held, Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Clay Cemetery with Pastor Richard Sanders ministering to the family and Ervin Williamson, Randy Carter, Nathan Thorne, Patrick Thorne, Jeff Laxton and JR Laxton serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
October 7, 2014
William F. Koehr, 77, of rural Piedmont, MO., passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. William was born on April 18, 1937 in St. Louis, Mo to Ellsworth J. Koehr and Etta I Sanders Koehr who both preceded him in death.
On October 12, 1957 William was united in marriage to Patricia Schenk and to this union two children were born.
William lived and worked in St Louis before retiring to Piedmont. He attended Cleveland High School and spent the summers with his aunt and uncle Earl & Harriet Sanders near Piedmont. He spent 47 years as a pressman at St. Louis Post Dispatch and spent time in the Missouri Air National Guard.
He was of the Lutheran belief. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, target shooting and fly tying but the biggest joy of his life was his two granddaughters Kate and Allie. He had been a lifetime member of the NRA.
Surviving William is his wife; one son; William Scott Koehr of Piedmont, MO., one daughter; Elizabeth A. and her husband Steven Fluhr of St Louis, MO., and two granddaughters; Katherine and Alexandra Fluhr.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother; Robert Koehr.
Visitation was held Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 5:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed Thursday, October 9, 2014, at 10:00 A.M., also at the funeral home chapel with Bro. Pete Ruble ministering to the family. Burial was at Mann Cemetery near Vulcan, Justin Henson, Darrel Scaggs, Scott Koehr, Greg Pasadag, Steve Fluhr, Todd Buffington, Mike Stokes and Don Provance served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com