Dorothy Wilfong 9/29/2013

September 30, 2013


Dorothy Lou Wilfong, 88, of Otterville passed away Sunday, September 29, 2013 at her home surrounded by family. She was born to Dora and Oscar Skaggs on December 16, 1924.

Sher was married to Junior Jake Jaco who proceded her in death. On November 12, 1955 she was married to Kenneth Wilfong, who survives of the home.

She is survived by two sons, Brady Jaco and Pam, Oscar Jaco and Brenda, both of Otterville; three daughters, Ina Goldey and Wilma Jaco, both of Otterville and Donna Guitterez of Sedalia; twenty-five grandchildren, fifty-three great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren; one sister, Eartha Yount, Hiram, MO

Her passion was spending time with family, gardening, her dogs and farm animals.

She is preceded in death by her parents, five brothers; Lonas Skaggs, Silas Skaggs, Denver Skaggs, Rosel Skaggs, and Cletus Skaggs. She is also preceded in death by three daughters, Nina Marlow, Tina Barrett, and Brenda Sims.

Visitation was held Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Campfire Fellowship Cowboy Church, Tipton, MO, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. A second visitation was held Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. with services following on Friday, October 4, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at the chapel. Pastor Jerry London ministered to the family and Chris Fox, Scott Fox, Mark Fox, Phillip Stemberger, Daniel Jaco, Dustin Wolfe, Ray Tackett, Brian Jaco, Cody Jaco, Brad Barrett, Eric Barrett, and David Marlow served as pallbearers. Burial was in Grassy Friendship Cemetery, Grassy, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Janice Joyce Throop 9/29/2013

September 30, 2013


Janice “Joyce” Throop, 78, of Des Arc, MO, passed away Sunday, September 29, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO.

Joyce was born January 6, 1935, at Fort Riley, KS, daughter of the late Floyd and Evadine “CoCo” (Thornbugh) Risinger. On August 28, 1955 she married John Walter Joseph Throop, Jr., who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son John Throop and wife Diane, Greenville, MO, one brother, Carroll “Wayne” Risinger of Barnhart, MO; six grandchildren, Crystal Radford and husband Ray, Greenville, MO, Brandon Throop, Piedmont, MO, Cory Throop and wife Rachael, St. James, MO, Jessica Taylor and husband Adam, Bloomington, IL, Erin Throop, O’Fallon, IL, Johnny Throop, O’Fallon, IL; and eleven great grandchildren, Jennifer, Hunter, MaKenzie, Chelsey, Ethan, Deven, Whitnee, Landon, Micaela, Lauren and Kaden.

Joyce was a Christian and belonged to Walker Branch United Baptist Church at Lesterville, MO.  She was a Cardinal baseball fan and Blues Hockey fan. She enjoyed watching Fox News and the Food Channel and listening to XM Radio.

She loved the companionship her little dog Ginger provided.

Visitation was held Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 12 noon at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville. Services followed at 4:00 P.M. at the chapel. Pastor Louie Robinson ministered to the family and burial followed at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery  Monday, October 7, 2013. Online condolences can be made at

Charles Leon Mell 9/27/2013

September 28, 2013


Charles Leon Mell, 71, of Patterson, MO, passed away Friday, September 27, 2013, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Charles was born November 16, 1941, in Piedmont, MO to Raymond Moses Mell and Opal N. (Vincent) Mell.

Charles had worked for Brown Shoe in Piedmont several years and later worked many years in the log woods. He was of the Protestant faith.

Charles is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sonja (Cobb) Mell, two sons, Raymond “Scott” Mell and Jeffery Wayne Mell both of Patterson; one daughter, Lisa Michelle Watkins and husband Mike of Cedar Hill, one honorary daughter, Michelle Birschbach and husband Joe of Arnold; three step grandchildren, Michael, Lindsay, and Taylor Watkins; four honorary grandchildren, Erin, Evan, Eli, and Elayna Birschbach; one brother, Richard Eugene Mell and wife Vivian of Patterson; three sisters, Ellen Louise Huff and Bill, Ivalee Mell, both of Piedmont, Ruth Ann Leach and husband Kenny of Patterson;  mother in law, Jane Cobb of Patterson; two sisters in law, Kathy Leach and Ernestine Mell both of Patterson.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert Leach and William Joseph Mell.

The funeral was held on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with Bro. Tim Bridges officiating.  The pallbearers were Scott Mell, Jeff Mell, Mike Watkins, Kenny Leach, Denny Kime, and Rick Graham.  Burial was in the Patterson Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at


Jill Ramona Burkhead 9/26/2013

September 27, 2013



Jill Ramona Burkhead, 65, of Des Arc, MO passed away on September 26, 2013 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St Louis, Missouri.  Jill was born on October 16, 1947 to Jack R. DeVane and Betty Ann Homans in Chatham, New York.

Jill was united in marriage to Doyne Burkhead, who preceded her in death.  To this union six children were born.

Jill worked for Home Health Care.

Survivors include three sons:  Dwayne Burkhead of Pacific, Mo, Gary Burkhead of Pacific, Mo, Mike McKeethen, St.Peters, Mo, two daughters: Meegan Turnbeaugh, Hillsboro, MO, Brenda Reed, St. Louis, MO, seven grandchildren: Katthlean Burkhead, Krystin Fischer, Joshua Dabney, Hayley Burkhead, Gary Burkhead, Chase McKeethen, and Trey McKeethen.

Jill was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one daughter, Shauna Beardsley.

A memorial Service will be held on Sat. Oct. 5, 2013 at Ruegg Funeral home in Piedmont. Pastor Jack Ruble will officiate.  Visitation will begin at 12:00 P.M. and the Memorial  Service will follow at 1:00 P.M. Burial will be at a later date at Park Lawn Cemetery in St. Louis, MO. Online condolences can be made at


Kellie Sue Blanton 9/26/2013

September 26, 2013

Kellie Sue Blanton, 50, of Piedmont died on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

Kellie was born September 18, 1963 to Guy and Elizabeth Blanton of Piedmont.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her two sons, Nathan “BO” Blanton, Mt. Home, Arkansas, and Sam (Colette) Blanton, Viburnum, MO., five grandchildren, three sisters, Barbara (Steve) Crouch, Caseyville, IL, Sharon Alfoltus, St. Louis, MO., Tammy (Larry) Landing, Piedmont, MO., one brother, Tommy (Lori) Blanton, Belleville, IL., two adopted sisters, Taylor and Victoria Blanton of Piedmont, many nieces and nephews, uncle and aunt Iler and Wilma Blanton, Piedmont, MO., and Betty Tow of St. Louis, MO.

Her family and church family will miss her dearly. 

Kellie was a member of Church of Christ in Piedmont

Baby Warren Charles Poynor 9/24/2013

September 24, 2013

Baby Warren Charles Poynor was born on September 22, 2013, to Brittany Anthony of Greenville, MO and Lance Poynor of Lowndes, MO.  He passed away September 24, 2014, at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Other survivors include his grandparents, Shannon and Lisa Wren of Greenville, MO and Eddie and Kathy Poynor of Lowndes, MO; great grandparents, Linda Lewis of Dexter, MO, John and Pansy Atkinson of Poplar Bluff, MO, Clarence and Dorothy Myers of Gipsy, MO, and Barbara Wren of Greenville, MO.

Also surviving are his aunts and uncles, Rosie and Ryan Goebel of Greenville, MO, Mykel and Anna Limanen of Greenville, MO, Nick Poynor of Lowndes, MO, Bud and Chesley Wren of Shook, MO, Jay Massey of Bernie, MO, Matthew Wren of Dexter, MO, Brianna Paige Anthony of Greenville, MO and Pace Wren of Greenville, MO; and many cousins.

The funeral was Saturday, September 28, 2013, at Ruegg Funeral Homes in Piedmont, MO. Bro Larry Underwood ministered to the family and burial followed in Corinth Cemetery. Online condolences can be made

Winfred “Wimpy” Sanders 9/18/2013

September 19, 2013


Winfred “Wimpy” Sanders, 95, of Piedmont, MO passed away September 18, 2013 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.  He was born on November 22, 1917 to Peter Sanders and Clara (Cones) Sanders at Ruble Mo.  Wimpy grew up in the Garwood area.

Wimpy was united in marriage on October 7, 1939 to Bryce H. Vineyard and to this union four children were born.

Wimpy retired from owning Zephyr gas/service station and went to work for the Corp of Engineers. As a young man he worked at Vickers Electric in St. Louis. Wimpy was active in the American Legion, Lifetime Member of VFW, AARP, and a Charter Member of Piedmont Eagles. He proudly served his country during World War Two in the Navy.

Wimpy enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and going to church. He loved playing cards at the AARP and BINGO at McDonalds. His constant companion was his pet dog Susie.  He enjoyed having family dinners with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, as well as hunting and fishing.

Wimpy is preceded in death by his wife, Bryce, one son, Larry Dale; and one daughter, Shirley Slevin; five Brothers, Joseph, Stanley, Monte, Worth, and Jess; three Sisters, Gladys Brame, Letha Brawley, Louise Schnonnver, and two grandchildren,  John Michael Reis, and Joseph Sanders.

Survivors include one son, Gordon (Carolyn) Sanders of Piedmont, one daughter, Betty Lou (Tom) Hughes of Cedar Hill, Mo, eleven grandchildren, Karleen Ries, Patterson MO, Paul Ries, Piedmont MO, Johnny Ries, DeSoto, MO, Vernon Reed, Festus, MO, George Page, Collinsville IL, Racheal Slevin, FL, Debbie Pennington, Poplar Bluff, MO,  Tommy Hughes, Cedar Hill, MO, Jeffery Hughes, House Springs, MO, Wendy Blass, West Point, NY, Amanda Hughes, House Springs MO, 19 Great Grand-children and 18 Great- Great- Grandchildren.

The funeral was Sat. Sept. 21, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Pastor Gary Aubuchon ministered to the family and Paul Reis, Johnny Reis, Vernon Reed, George Page, Eli Twidwell and Tom Hughes served as pallbearers. Burial was in Yount Memorial Cemetery with Military Honors provided by Arnold Hodge Post #281, Piedmont, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Erma Lee Scheifer Lawson 1/4/2013

September 9, 2013

Erma Lee Scheifer Lawson, 81, passed away the 4th of January 2013, in Michigan. There will be a memorial service, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Piedmont, at 11:00 A.M.

Erma Lee Scheifer was born 9 December 1931, to John William Scheifer (a/k/a/ “Cotton”, and to Martha Mae Haywood Scheifer. Erma Lee was the younger daughter. Her sister, Alma Jean Scheifer died the prior year at age 5. Mr. Scheifer had been injured, while working for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and operated a Taxi service in Piedmont for many years. He later became the Mayor of Piedmont. Mrs. Scheifer was employed, as a Supervisor At the New Era Shirt Factory. Erma Lee’s older brother, Jim was her personal HERO.

Erma Lee attended, and graduated second in her class, at Piedmont High School in 1949, behind her close friend Jackie White (now Carter). Erma Lee, Jackie and Jessie Reid (now Stevenson) were best friends through Elementary and High Schools.

Erma Lee and Jackie then enrolled at Southeast Missouri State Teachers College in the fall of 1949, where in January 1950 a mutual friend introduced Erma lee to me.

After attending Cape for two years, Erma Lee moved to St. Louis, with three others to rent an apartment together. Erma Lee became employed as a Secretary in the Personnel Department at Union Electric. It was during this time that Erma lee and I began to date. My Love for her was immediate and complete and we became engaged in the summer of 1952,, and were wed on 1 January 1953, by Reverend Chris Schieing, at the First Baptist Church in the prior location.

Our marriage was BLESSED, in May 1954, with the birth of son John, and again in June 1956 with the arrival of Patricia, Under the guidance of Erma Lee (she made the choice to be a stay at home Mother, until The Graduations from High School for both John and Pat. We are extremely proud of the manner in which each John and Pat have conducted their personal lives, and to their choices in selection of mates, Gayle, for John, and Bob for Pat.

To say that I have been truly blessed for our marriage, and for the developments of the lives of our children would be a GROSS UNDERSTATEMENT.

Job related transfers took our family on a “whirlwind tout” of the Midwest, from St. Louis to Kansas City (2 years), back to St. Louis 3 years), then to Grand Rapids, Michigan (5 years), on to Dayton, Ohio (4 years) then to Detroit (4 Years) and finally to Bolingbrook, Illinois (19years) when Erma Lee and I retired( June 1992). It was she who asked to return to the Grand Rapids area, where we had privileged so many friendships. (totally agreed)

While in Illinois, Erma lee became the Executive Secretary for the Principal Of one of the fine schools in that area While in Bolingbrook, Erma Lee was awarded several awards for her work in the school system.

During that time, Erma Lee (she detested being called Erma, Insisting that she be referenced as Erma Lee) she developed a passion for Golf, and became quite good.

She loved to travel, and in our 20 + years of retirement, visited all lower 48 states with the exception of North Dakota. We finally started spending our Winters in the area near and around Vero Beach, Florida where Erma Lee began attending a weekly class in Water Color art. She painted more than 20 pictures, most of which were donated to friends, and relatives. She truly loved to paint, and her talent began to show, and improve, until her health declined.

In January 1961, at age 29 Erma Lee was diagnosed with having a disease named SCLERODERMA, for which there is no known cause or cure. Then, in 2010 she contracted Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, a “spin-off of the Scleroderma, which required that she use an oxygen tank at all times. Her health continued to decline, until the morning of our 60th wedding anniversary, 1 January 2013, when she woke me and said, she needed to go to E.R. with increased breathing difficulties. To demonstrate her “selflessness”, when I asked her which of the three local Hospitals did she want to go to, she said “Metro, it is the easiest facility for the kids to come to visit her because of location and parking/’ Two days later, the head Cardiologist at Metro, said she needed to transfer to Spectum Hospital, where the Cardiology Department is superior to that of Metro. She died, of heart failure at 2:00 a.m. 4 January 2013, after refusing mechanical means to continue her life., and in her last hour, told the staff that she wished that her remains be gifted to the University of Michigan Medical research department, for the study of the cause and cure of Scleroderma.

Lynda Sue Orlando 9/5/2013

September 9, 2013

In Loving Memory of Linda S. (Brooks) Orlando, St. Louis, MO, was born on Nov. 21, 1945 and died on Sept. 5, 2013. Preceding her in death was her dad Newell C. Brooks, grandparents, several aunts, uncles, and cousins.Survivors include her mother, O. Irene and and step-dad of 59 years, V. Bud Williams; one son, Andrew C. Orlando and friend Missy; and his dad Bonnie Orlando; three sisters, Sherry and John Hills, Rebecca and John D. Francisco, Rosalie and George Williams; one brother, Gary L. and Laurie Brooks; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nepews, great nieces, nephews
and a host of loving and caring friends. She will be sadly missed. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 with Bro. Jack Ruble officiating. Burial was in the Forest Chapel Cemetery, Piedmont, MO. Boone Pence, John Hills, Jeremiah Hills, Bonnie Orlando, Joe Orlalndo, Gary Brooks, and Andrew Orlando served as pallbearers. Local arrangements by Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont,MO. Online condolences can be made at

June A. Bearden 9/2/2013

September 3, 2013


June Ann Bearden, 71, of Piedmont, MO, passed away, Monday, September 2, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau, MO. She was born June 7, 1942 in Noble, IL, to Eldon and Pauline (Hasler) Oaster.

On March 11, 1967 she was united in Marriage to James W. Bearden and to this union two children were born.

June lived in St. Louis, MO with her husband and her boys until 1975. She worked as a registered nurse in St. Louis and in Wayne County before transitioning to a new career with Wayne County Division of Family Services, where she was a case worker until retiring in 2001. She was a member of the Peach Tree General Baptist Church near Piedmont.

June was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. She was a gentle, caring, and supportive soul who was dearly loved by her family and friends. 

She is survived by her mother, Pauline Oaster of Bethalto, IL, two sons, James Kent Bearden of Springfield, MO, and Joel Edward Bearden of Poplar Bluff, MO; one grandchild, Cole Bearden of Poplar Bluff, MO;  two brothers, Larry Oaster and wife Donna Of Maryville, IL, and John Oaster and wife Jane of Mt. Zion, IL; and one brother in law, Wayne Bearden and wife Sandy of Piedmont,MO.

June was preceded in death by her father, Eldon Oaster, and her husband James on April 11, 1997.

Visitation was held Thursday, September 5, 2013, from 1:00 P.M-3:00 P.M. at Peach Tree General Baptist Church near Piedmont. Services followed at 3:00 P.M. Pastor Mike Green ministered to the family and Cole Bearden, Delbert Street, Bob Moser, Terry Montgomery, Chris Ross, and Shawn Montgomery served as pallbearers. Burial was at Peach Tree Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

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