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 www.rueggfuneralhome.com
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.
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 www.rueggfuneralhome.com
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 www.rueggfuneralhome.com
July 24, 2013
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.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to several charities. Please contact the funeral home for a listing.
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 www.rueggfuneralhome.com
July 16, 2013
James Mason Boyer, age 61, of Ellsinore, MO, passed away, Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO. At this time there are no public services planned. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
July 10, 2013
Velma Rosetta Faulkner, age 69, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO. Velma was born October 5, 1943, in Greenwood Valley, to parents Burt Cole and Mary Johnson Cole. On May 10, 1965 she was united in marriage to Darrell Ray Faulkner.
Velma served her family as a home maker. She was a Christian and of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her husband Darrell of the home; two sons, Ray Snyder of Piedmont, MO and Charles Snyder of Poplar Bluff, MO; many grandchildren, four brothers, Raymond Cole and wife June, Alan Cole, Rowland Cole and wife Gwen all of Piedmont, Gary Cole and wife Cheryl of St. Louis, MO.
July 10, 2013
Bobby Don Montgomery, 46, of Piedmont, MO was born on July 6, 1967 in Oklahoma City, OK. He is the son of the late Clifford and Edith Goodson Montgomery. He grew up in the Piedmont area. He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and a class of 1985 graduate of Clearwater High School. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Masters degree in Teaching and was a member of the American Legion.
He was married to Rozanna Harris and to this union, two children, Jakob Allan Montgomery and Breeze Anna-Lynn Montgomery were born. Other survivors include his companion, Debi Nelson, three step-sons Bradley (Danielle) Harris, Piedmont, Sean Sonsoucie, MO, Joshua Sonsoucie, Houston, MO and step-daughter Ceamantha Allen, Poplar Bluff, one sister, Jennifer Ortega, Poplar Bluff, two nephews Vincente and Uriel Aranza and niece, Sheila Aranza. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Kaylin Hams, Kiley Allen, Colton Allen, Eva Sonsoucie, Breanna and Payton Sonsoucie.
Bobby was a veteran of the Air Force. He had been a teacher at Greenville High School for five years. He had served as a past coach for the Greenville High School and was going to be teaching high school algebra for the coming school year.
He loved to BBQ and have family gatherings. He loved sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals, fishing and hunting. He enjoyed spending time with all of his children, grandchildren, and all of his students. He loved his job as a teacher and sports coach. He loved to see family happy.
Visitation was held Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Burial followed at George Twidwell Cemetery in Silva. Pastor Jerry Montgomery ministered to the family and Brad Harris, Joshua Sonsoucie, Vicente Aranza, Jakob Montgomery, Ceamantha Sonsoucie, and Richard Morris served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
June 29, 2013
Visitation will be Monday, July 1, 2013, at 12:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
June 22, 2013
Erlene Smith, age 68, of Greenville, Missouri passed away Friday, June 21, 2013, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. Erlene was born July 13, 1944 in Pascola, MO to W.D. Birmingham and Juanita Fields Birmingham. She grew up in Greenville, MO and graduated high school there. She lived her whole life in Wayne County. She was united in marriage to Bobby Joe Smith in Kime, MO on January 26, 1963 and to this union one child was born. Erlene was converted to Christ in June of 1980 in Kime, MO. Erlene was a wonderful help to her husband in his ministry for many years. She was an active member of the Ijames Hill General Baptist Church as a youth and song leader. In her past time she loved feeding her birds and watching her roses bloom. She had recently started raising baby chickens, but her favorite hobby was spending time with her husband Bob of fifty years, her best friend and soul mate. Erlene is survived by her mother, Juanita Birmingham of Greenville, husband, Bob of Greenville, one son Patrick “PJ” Smith of Greenville, one brother, Jesse Birmingham and wife Beverly of Greenville; one sister, Pat Birmingham and companion Ivan Atrnip of Greenville, MO; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father.
Visitation was held Monday, June 24, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, Missouri. Funeral services followed Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. also at the funeral home chapel. Pastors Louie Robinson and Danny Robinson ministered to the family. Sue Allen, Gary Reeves, and Roy Garner provided musical tributes for the family. Wayne Birmingham, Craig Birmingham, Stephen Hahn, Scott Harvell, Doug Smith, and Sheila Cook served as pallbearers. Sheila Hendricks served as an honorary pallbearer. Sue Allen, Gary Reeves, and Roy Garner provided musical tributes to the family. Burial was in Greenville Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com