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

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


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


Aaron L. Miller 1/19/2014

January 21, 2014


Aaron L. Miller, 63, of Greenville, MO. passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Poplar Bluff, MO. Aaron was born July 31, 1950 in Poplar Bluff, MO.

Aaron was united in marriage to Bill Talley and to this union two sons were born; she was then married to Joseph Henry Miller who preceded her death.

Aaron spent her childhood around the Holliday Landing area and later moved to Greenville.  She was baptized in 1973 at Missionary Acres.  She was of the Baptist belief and joined the Highway Missionary Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.  Aaron worked at Wal-Mart as a jewelry clerk and belonged to Eastern Star in Greenville, MO. She loved spending time with her friends and family.

Survivors include one son, William Robert Talley of Greenville, MO; two step-sons, Jimmy Miller of Festus, MO and Terry Atnip of St Charles, MO; and one step daughter, Vickie Cook of Festus, MO; three brothers, Madison Russell of Greenville, MO, Mike Russell of Williamsville, MO, and Dallas Russell of St Louis, MO; one daughter-in-law, Stephaine Talley of Greenville, MO; two grandchildren, William Talley Jr. and Sidney Talley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Henry Miller; her parents, Sidney Russell and Pat Brown Russell; and one son, Jonathan David Talley.

Memorial visitation will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 1:00-2:00 P.M. at Highway Missionary Baptist Church south of Greenville, MO. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M. also at the church. Online condolences can be made at

Jesse C. Middleton 1/19/2014

January 21, 2014


Jesse C. Middleton, 82, of Jackson Mo passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014 at his residence. Jesse was born on September 30, 1931 in Reynolds County MO.

On March 8, 1957 he was united in marriage to Willa Marie Bearden and to this union one daughter was born.

Jesse attended Riverside Elementary and then Des Arc High School where he graduated from in 1949. He proudly served his country in the US Army from 1953 until 1955.  Jesse was a of the Assembly of God faith.  He was converted at the Vulcan Assembly of God and joined the Des Arc Assembly of God Church.  He later joined the Fountain of Life in 2010 where he had attended since 1998 since he had moved to Jackson MO.

Jesse worked at the Brown Shoe factory and then ISP where he retired in 1997. After retirement Jesse and Willa moved to Jackson to be closer to their daughter. He enjoyed picking up walnuts, he spent many hours mowing grass at home and taking care of the church yards. Anytime you saw Jesse you  saw him with a smile.

Survivors include his wife, Willa Marie of the home, one daughter; Angela Middleton of Jackson, MO, one brother; Doyle Middleton and his wife Verlina of Piedmont MO, two grandchildren; TC and Kelsey Dobbs, and two great-grandchildren; Porsha Kerr and Makayla Dobbs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Christopher Columbus Middleton and Ethel Brawley Middleton and one brother, Paul Middleton.

Visitation was held Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 4:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services followed at 7:00 P.M. also at the chapel. A second visitation was held Thursday, January 23, 2014, at Fountain of Life Tabernacle in Jackson, MO, at 5:00 P.M. Funeral services followed Friday, January 25, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. also at the church.  Pastors Dewell Smith and Ron Marler ministered to the family and Carl Bearden, Roger Bearden, Dale Bearden, William Bearden, Roger Middleton, and Jerick Middleton served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Bloomfield, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Sharon Darlene Johnson Durbin 1/14/2014

January 14, 2014

Sharon Darlene Stevenson Johnson Durbin, 70, of Piedmont, MO passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at her residence. Sharon was born April 21, 1943 in St. Louis MO.

On June 3, 1960 she was married to Kenneth Ray Johnson, who preceded her in death. To this union two children were born. On August 31, 2013 she was united in marriage to Allen Durbin who survives.

Sharon was of the Protestant faith. She had worked as a department manager at Wal-Mart.

Survivors include her husband, Allen, one son; Johnny Johnson and his wife Annette of Piedmont, one daughter; Rosann T. Johnson of Piedmont, MO, one brother; Tony L Stevenson and his wife Charlene of Ellsinore, MO and two grandchildren; Hope and Gage Hunden.

She was preceded in death by her parents; John H. Stevenson and Rose Kemp Stevenson, and one brother; John Wayne Stevenson.

Online condolences can be made at

Ruth Wills 1/12/2014

January 14, 2014


Ruth Gallamore Wills, 94, of Greenville, formerly of the Wappapello area, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014, at Greenville Nursing and Rehab in Greenville. She was born March 24, 1919, in Texas County, MO, to parents James and Eva Atnip Page.
In 1936 Ruth Married Herman Gallamore and he preceded in death on July 18, 1975. She later married Leonard “Red” Wills on December 21, 1978 and he preceded in death on April 27, 1988.
Ruth attended Jacktown Church in Silva for many years and loved to sing hymns. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Ruth is survived by two sons, Billie Gallamore of Mission, TX, and Roger Gallamore of Beloit, WI; two daughters, Glenda Knutson and husband Chester of South Beloit, IL, and Deborah Yount of Wappapello, MO; six grandchildren, Steven Gallamore, Melissa Truckenbrod, Rhonda Singleton, Darrell Knutson, Joe Gallamore, and Christopher Yount; one brother, Lee Page and wife Betty of Loves Park, IL.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, James and Eva Atnip Page; two infant sons, James Carroll and Bobby Joe; four sisters, Alta Griffith, Hassie Thorkelson, Jean Burchard, and Lena Page; three brothers, Ernest, John, and Eddie Page.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 15,2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville, with the services following at 2:00 P.M. Brother Kenny Burchard ministered to the family with Darrell Knutson, Joe Gallamore, Curt Gallamore, Bob Nepean, Danny Nepean, and Greg Ziegler serving as pallbearers. Burial was at the Greenville Cemetery in Greenville MO.  Online condolences can be made at


Charles “Charlie” Laxton 1/9/2014

January 14, 2014

Charles “Charlie” Laxton Sr., 69, of Mill Spring, MO, passed away, Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Charlie was born May 26,1944, in Mill Spring, MO, son of Lawrence and Georgia Berniece Barton Laxton. Charlie grew up on the family farm and attended the Mill Creek School for kindergarten to sixth grade years and later graduated from Clearwater High School in 1963. Charlie was a Christian.
Charlie spent his career working as a union brick layer. He worked many years in the St. Louis area and retired from Western
Waterproofing. After retiring he returned home to the family farm. He enjoyed his horses and cattle and would often spend hours sitting on his four wheeler watching them in the field. When he wasn’t in the field he often visited the Mill Spring Station to visit with his friends. Charlie was a very opinionated and outspoken person who loved to talk. He was a loving and caring man that would do anything he could do to help. He will be remembered and missed by many.
Charlie is survived by one son, Charles “Chuck” Laxton and wife Connie of Mill Spring; one grandson, Dylan Cook, Mill Spring, MO; one brother, Arnold Laxton and wife Janice of Kalispell, MT. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Georgia Berniece Barton Laxton; two brothers, Willard and Anthony Laxton; and one sister, Emma Lee Huffman. A memorial service was held January 18, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. at Faith Family Worship Center near Piedmont. Pastor Wayne Street officiated. Online condolences can be made at

Charles Frederick Gillenwater 1/03/2014

January 9, 2014

Charles Frederick Gillenwater, 69, of Piedmont, passed away Friday, January 3, 2014, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  Charles was born in Knoxville TN on June 7, 1944.

On June 14, 1968 he was united in marriage to Jacqueline Loria, who survives at home, and to this union two sons were born.

Charles proudly served his country in the US Marines and later more proudly served his Lord as Pastor of churches.

Survivors include his wife, two sons; John Gillenwater of North Las Vegas, NV and David Gillenwater of Wheaton IL, one brother; Bert Gillenwater of Ft Lauderdale, FL, three sisters; Mary Hallock, Tampa FL, Virginia Hutchinson and Glenda Blan Conn both of El Paso  TX and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Hubert Gillenwater and Elma Taylor Gillenwater; and one brother, Nuwell Gillenwater.

A Memorial will be held at a later time. The family has requested memories be sent to them in lieu of flowers. You can send cards to Ruegg Funeral Home, 321 N Main, Piedmont, Mo or condolences can be made at

Douglas Alexander Johnson 12/28/2013

December 30, 2013


Douglas Alexander (Doug) Johnson, age 68, of Piedmont, MO passed away on Dec. 28, 2013 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO.  He was born February 16, 1945, in Chicago, IL,  son of the late George Alexander Johnson and Goldie Smith Johnson Thompson Stovall.  Doug lived with his grand- parents, Bill and Martha Smith, during his childhood.

Doug is survived by one brother, Dan Stovall and wife Norma, Clubb, MO; and three sisters, Karen Hancock and husband Jerry, Clubb, MO, Betty Weaver, Poplar Bluff, MO, and Georgia O’Brien and husband Eugene, Arnold, MO

One sister, Linda Jean Hancock preceded him in death.

Doug was a former member of Yount Memorial Baptist Church near Garwood and later became a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Piedmont, where he was past chairman of the Brotherhood Board. He belonged to Wayne Masonic Lodge # 526 A.F.A.M. where he was past Master for the year 2006-2007. Doug was also active in Piedmont Chapter #347 Order of the Eastern Star in addition to being a past member of the advisory board for the Piedmont Rainbows.  He was also a past member of the Piedmont Sesquicentennial Committee.

Doug worked as a self-employed electrician for the Emerson Electric and Libla industries.  He loved to tinker with computers, and walking to town to visit friends.

Visitation was held Monday, December 30, 2013, at 6:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Masonic rites were at 7:00 P.M. Monday night at the chapel. Services followed Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 1:00 P.M. also at the chapel in Piedmont. Pastor Kenny Burchard and Bro Richard McAllister ministered to the family and Scott McAllister, Victor Thompson, Rick Thompson, Mike Carson, Richard Sanders, Richie Ayers, Brandon Clark, and Danny Stovall served as pallbearers. Burial was in Yount Memorial Cemetery, Garwood, MO. Online condolences can be made at

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