John Hunter 4/3/2014

April 3, 2014



John S. Hunter, Jr. passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014 at St Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO.  John was born on November 16, 1926 in Patterson, MO., to John S. Hunter, Sr. and Minnie Mae Hinkle Hunter.

On December 21, 1947 John was united in marriage to Essie Jeanette Westmoreland, who survives, and to this union seven children were born.

He loved his family and his Lord. He was the youngest of nine siblings.

He was a faithful member of the Piedmont Church of the Nazarene. He showed his love for God through eleven church building mission trips to countries around the world.

For many years, he was actively involved in the Patterson Alumni Association as well as the Community Center and the Community Cemetery Association.    John retired as a machinist at the Williams Patent Crusher Company in St Louis.

Surviving John is his wife, Essie, three sons; Wayne Edward Hunter of St Louis, Glen D Hunter of Patterson,  Leon Hunter of Lee’s Summit, four daughters; Marcella Davis of Madisonville, KY., Marlene Mae Hunter of St. Louis, Iris Ross of Piedmont, Loretta Jean Seager of Olathe KS., eighteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Preceding John in death were his parents John and Minnie Hunter.

Funeral service for John S. Hunter Jr. was held Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Piedmont Nazarene Church with Rev. Gary Rhodes officiating.  Music was provided by Vickie Norris, Jeanna Hunter, Glen Hunter and Marlene Hunter. Memories were presented by family members.  Pallbearers were Leon Hunter, Phillip Simon, Ernest Davis, Gary Ross, Douglas Ross, Brandon Hunter, Dustin Hunter and Douglas Hunter.  Honorary were Wayne and Glen Hunter.

Interment was in the Patterson Cemetery, Patterson, MO.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Piedmont Church of the Nazarene for “World Evangelism Fund” or Patterson, MO community center. Online condolences can be made at

John L. McKittrick, Jr. 3/31/2014

March 31, 2014

John L. McKittrick, JR, 68, of Omaha, Nebraska, died on Monday, March 31, 2014 in Rochester, Minnesota. He was born on December 18, 1945 in Alton, Illinois, to John and Alma (Dement) McKittrick. John was a loving father and grandfather. He demonstrated generosity and friendship to all that knew him. John believed in the Lord Jesus as his Savior.

He is survived by his son Jason; his grandchildren Ryan and Matthew; his mother Alma (Dement) McKittrick; and his siblings Mary McKittrick, Joe (Sandy) McKittrick, Sally (Don) Briggs, Ellen (Dennis) Ross, James (Cindy) McKittrick, Jerry (Sondra) McKittrick, and Janie (Bob) Renella. He was preceded in death by his father John L. McKittrick, SR.

Visitation for John was held Saturday, April 5th at 11:00 A.M. at Evangel Baptist Church in Silva MO with the service following at 1:30 P.M. Pastor Mark Hunsberger, Bro. Ken Moon, and Chris Froman ministered to the family and son Jason McKittrick brought the eulogy. Special music was provided by Cindy McKittrick, Marilee Ostrander,and Jan Paton. Joe McKittrick, Jerry McKittrick, James McKittrick, Shane Bolender, Chris Wildrick, Don Bonfiglio served as pallbearers.  Online condolences can be made at


Dorothy Lazzaro 3/31/2014

March 31, 2014

Dorothy “Dottie” Lazzaro, 86, of Annapolis, MO., passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 at her home.  Dottie was born in Calumet, MN on October 28, 1927.

On May 10, 1949 she was united in marriage Robert Duane Lazzaro, who preceded her in death, and to this union six children were born.  Dottie was an Army wife, traveling to 8 states including Hawaii and three trips to Germany before settling in at the Toppins farm in Annapolis, Missouri.

Surviving Dottie three sons; Dean Lazzaro and his wife Debbie of Littleton, CO., Tony Lazzaro and his wife Vickie of Baileyville, ME., Nace Lazzaro and his wife Anni of Coloardo Springs, CO., three daughters; Mardi Bond and her husband, James of Auburn, PA., Roberta “Bobbie” Koch and her husband Jeff of Lakewood, WA., and Deborah Toppins of Annapolis, MO., one brother; Albert Bunce and his wife Mary Lou of Deer River, MN., twenty grandchildren, forty-two great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Leon Bunce and Pearl Marquart Bunce, her husband; Robert Lazzaro, her son-in-law; Ron Toppins, three brothers; Lloyd, Melvin and Howard Bunce, one sister; Florence Vaudrin.

Visitation for Dottie was held Friday, April 4th at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont at 3:00 P.M. with the service following and family members officiating. Burial will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Fort Logan, Colorado. Online condolences can be made at


Frances Lucille Yates 3/31/2014

March 31, 2014

Frances Lucille Yates, 85, of Arnold, Mo., and rural Wayne County, passed away at her home in Arnold on March 31, 2014.  Lucille was born in Mill Spring on April 7, 1928.

On March 28, 1947 Lucille was united in marriage to Lloyd Yates and to this union one daughter was born.

Lucille was of the Baptist faith. She was converted in either 1941 or 1942 by Bro Handy. She joined the Canaan Baptist Church, aka Mattess Baptist Church in 1959. Lucille spent her childhood in the Mill Spring area and graduated from Piedmont High School.

Most of her adult life was spent in the Arnold area.  She worked at several jobs including, Missouri Pacific Train Depot in Kimmswick, Pigeon Pottery in Barnhart, GM Fisher Body in St. Louis, Johnson, Shingle Shoe Company on Forest Park Ave and Arnold United Missouri Bank in Arnold. 

Lucille enjoyed traveling, camping and riding her bicycle.  She had a large collection of dog figurines. She loved her many West Highland White Terriers, and she loved rock hunting and collecting.

Surviving Lucille is her husband, Lloyd, one daughter; Sharon Holzhauer and her husband Mark of St Louis, one brother; Donald Boatwright and his wife Pat of Arnold, one grandchild, Benjamin Butler and his wife Lura, three great-grandchildren, Mitchel, Matthew, and Marshall.

Preceding her in death were her parents; James Boatwright and Dorothy Hassell Boatwright, and one brother; Roy Boatwright.

The visitation for Lucille was held on Wednesday, April 2nd at 5:30 p.m.  at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. The service followed on Thursday the 3rd at 11:00 a.m. also at the chapel with burial at Carson Hill Cemetery in Mill Spring, MO. Bro. Bob Smith ministered to the family. Ben Butler, Mark Holzhauer, Gilbert Yates, Gilbert Yates, Jr., Burton Yates, and Bill Brutcher served as pallbearers.

Condolences can be made online at

John W. Yount 3/29/2014

March 31, 2014


John W. Yount, 54, was born on Oct. 6, 1959 in Lilbourne, MO and died on March 29, 2014 in Cape Girardeau, MO. 

Johnny was a wonderful father and Papa, father-in-law, son and brother.  He loved his grandchildren more than anything in the world.  His family was extremely important to him! He loved cooking, when his son, daughter-in-law and their five children came over to spend the night.  He loved to listen to music with Macie, and Jacob and doing silly dances with them and Ethan, Nate and Mikey.  He enjoyed teaching them things about hunting and fishing.  No matter what was happening, his grandbabies always came 1st!  Johnny was a prankster.  He loved playing jokes on everyone!  Especially scaring people!  He always took care of his Mom!  Whatever she needed he made sure it was done!  Johnny was a very simple man, as long as he had his family, he was content.  He would wrestle in the living room with his grandsons, even though he was extremely outnumbered.  Macie was his princess!  No matter what kind of mood you were in Johnny always made it better even if he had to act silly!

The first thing that comes to mind when Ethan thinks of his Papa is how he would always crack jokes at him.  The first thing that comes to mind when Nate thinks of his Papa is sitting around Granny;s table during deer season and talking about hunting stories even if they were a little out there.  The first thing that comes to mind when Mikey thinks of his Papa is how he always made fun of Mikey’s little mustache and his Papa teaching him about their coin collections and their little talks.

The first thing that comes to Macie’s mind when she thinks of her Papa is he always had a stuffed animal for her when we visited.  He would put on her headbands and act goofy.  Macie had her Papa wrapped around her little finger and he always treated her like a princess.

The first thing that comes to Jacob’s mind when he thinks of his Papa is walking up to the chicken coop and feeding the chickens.

Johnny loved his family so very much.  It was all that really mattered to him!  Johnny was a good man and our lives will never be the same without him!  He was so proud of his children!!

John was of the Baptist belief.  He went to Greenville School from Kindergarten to the 12th grade.  He was a graduate of Greenville High School. 

He worked in construction and lived in the Turkey Creek area during his adult life.

On Oct. 22, 1978, he was united in marriage to Michelle Sanders.  Survivors include his Mother, Eartha Skaggs Yount, Turkey Creek, MO,  two sons, Onas (Beth) Yount, Piedmont, MO, David Yount, Fredericktown, MO, one daughter, Stacie Sanders, Potosi, MO, two brothers, Marty (Laurie) Yount, Mike Yount, both of Turkey Creek, MO, one sister, Jeannie Sanders, Piedmont, one niece 6 nephews and 10 great nieces and 2 great nephews and nine grandchildren, Ethan, Nate, Mickey, Macie, Jacob, Drew, Ashlee, Adam, Alyssa.

Preceding him in death was one son, John Henry Yount, and his father Ezra Yount.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville, MO with Pastor Jerry London officiating.  Pallbearers were Onas Yount, David Yount, Ethan Yount, Nate Yount, Michael Yount, Justin Fox, Dillon Yount, and Dwayne Yount.  Burial was in the Graham Cemetery, Wayne Co., MO.


Merle June Kuenzle 3/15/2014

March 17, 2014


Merle June Kuenzle, 93, of Greenville, MO, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 at her residence. Merle was born March 4, 1921 in St. Louis, MO.

On June 21, 1940 she was united in marriage to Leo J. Kuenzle, who preceded her in death. To this union eight children were born.

Merle was a cook at Greenville Head start.  She was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Kime General Baptist Church.

Survivors include her five sons; Donald and his wife Martha of Gleason, TN, George and his wife Dana of St. James, MO., Paul and his wife Jeana of Cadet, MO, James and his wife Sheila of Warrenton, MO, and John and his wife Karen of Hillsboro, MO, three daughters; Barbara Lancaster of Pinetop, AZ, Peggy Pond of Potosi, MO and Sue Gilbert of Hillsboro, MO, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo, her parents, Albert Pedigo and Nancy Kesterson Pedigo, and three brothers; Bill, Norman and Charlie Pedigo.

The visitation for Merle was held on Wednesday, March 19th at 5:30 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville. The service followed on Thursday the 20th at 11:00 A.M., also at the chapel with Pastor Kenny Burchard and Pastor Louis Robinson ministering to the family. Dana Kuenzle sang “Just Inside the Eastern Gate.” Donald Kuenzle, George Kuenzle, Paul Kuenzle, James Kuenzle, John Kuenzle, Chris Kuenzle, Mike Kuenzle and David Kuenzle served as pallbearers. Burial was at Greenville Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

Jane Cobb 3/13/2014

March 15, 2014

Margaret “Jane” Cobb, 91, was born on Nov. 16, 1922 in Patterson, MO to Roger Q Black and Nina E. Black.  She died March 13, 2014 at the National Health Care Center in Desloge, MO.

 She married George D. Cobb on Aug. 29, 1942 and he preceded her in death in Dec. 1994.

Jane was a secretary for Clearwater school district at the Patterson campus for many years.  When the Patterson campus closed, she worked as an aide in the kindergarten room at the Piedmont campus until her retirement.

Jane was a member of the Patterson Methodist Church for many years.

Jane is survived by two daughters, Sonja Mell of Patterson, Ramona (Bruce) Cross of Collinsville, Illinois, five grandchildren, Scott and Jeffrey Mell of Patterson, Lisa (Mike) Watkins of Cedar Hill, Bert (Rachel) Cross of Kirkwood, MO, Pamela (Mike) Landwehr of St. Louis and one great-granddaughter, Vivian Cross of Kirkwood, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Al Hensen, and son-in-law, Charles Mell.

Visitation was held Monday, March 17, 2014, at 9:15 A.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed at 11:00 A.M. Pastor Jack Ruble ministered to the family and Scott Mell, Jeffrey Mell, Mike Watkins, Bert Cross, Kenny Leach, and Mike Landwehr served as pallbearers. Burial was in Patterson Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

Hazel Gentles 3/13/2014

March 13, 2014

Hazel Gentles, 87, of Piedmont, MO. passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Clarks Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont. Hazel was born in Piedmont on February 26, 1927.

On August 23, 1947 she married Dalpha W. Gentles and to this union three sons were born.

Hazel spent her childhood in Piedmont and went to a one room school, known as Dale school. She lived in St. Louis, East St. Louis, and Arnold before making Piedmont their home. She worked at various jobs, including the shirt factory, international hat factory, special school district bus aide, but the job she enjoyed the most was that of housewife and cooking for her family. Some of the special things she made were boiled cabbage, gulosh, soup, fried chicken, pies, cakes, cobblers, chicken and dumplings and seven layer salad that she always forgot to set out for the meal.

Hazel loved to go to garage sales and 2nd hand stores. She always enjoyed family gathering at Grandma and Grandpa Darden’s house where everyone would play music, sing and play games, such as anny over. Of course, they would include large meals, homemade ice cream and plenty of deserts. One time she ran out of table space so they took the door off the house, backed two pickups up so the tail gates were together placed the door across the tailgates, filled the door with food and had a feast.

Hazel was of the Pentecostal belief and a member of the Piedmont Church of God, joining the church in 1960.

Survivors include her husband, three sons; Alan Lee and his wife Earlene, Danny Ray and his wife Debby and Darin William and friend Darla Kemp, one brother; Elvin Ray Darden and his wife Ocleta, and two sisters; Myra Brawley and Judith Marie Robertson and her husband Roy, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Jacob Andrew Darden and Eliza Elizabeth Pruitt Darden, three brothers; Robert Lee, Elmer and James Darden, and sister; Lena May Clemons.

Services  for Hazel were Saturday, March 15th at 11:00 A.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont,  with burial at Forest Chapel Cemetery near Piedmont.  Pastor Wayne Street ministered to the family and Shane Eubanks, Matt Gentles, Jacob Gentles, Danny Moroney, Cecil Clements, Andy Alcorn, and Jerry Darden served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Thomas L. “Jack” Roach 3/12/2014

March 13, 2014


Thomas Luther “Jack” Roach, 84, of Lodi, MO, passed away on March 12, 2014 at the Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO.  He was born on Nov. 6, 1929 in Patterson, MO, the son of Thomas W. and Mary B. Payne Roach.

He was united in marriage to Hazel White on Dec. 24, 1949 and she preceded him in death. 

Survivors include two sons, Stanley (Jamie) Roach, Imperial, MO, Keith (Charlotte) Roach, Fredricktown, MO and one daughter, Deborah K. (Dan) Hargraves,  Jackson, MO, 6 grandchildren, Michelle Pavlovic, Reggie Lafaye and Antonia, Heather Prusinowski and Frank, Hollie Cunningham and Tyler, Thomas Roach, Mitchell Roach and Britnee, two step-grandchildren, Jason Hargraves and Dawn and Danah Brandel and Rob.  He has 11 great-grand-children , Kristopher, Chloe, Ava, Emma, Ethan, Benjimin, Seth, Rowan, Rachel, Kimberly and Kylie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 3 brothers, Dan Roach, Clayborn Roach and Raymond Roach, and 7 sisters, Maureen Davis, Della Henderson, Fledda Harris, Lottie Reese, Thelma Bennett, Margart Nester and Reva Newby.

He had worked for Ford Motor Co. and attended the Mt. Pisgah General Baptist Church.

Visitation for Jack was Saturday, March 15th at 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at New Hope General Baptist Church in Silva. The service followed on Sunday the 16th at 2:30 P.M. also at New Hope General Baptist Church. Pastor Mike Green and Bro. Mike Allen ministered to the family and Thomas Roach, Mitchell Roach, Tyler Cunningham, Frank Prusinowski, Jeff White, and Tommy Wilson served as pallbearers. The Bridges ladies provided the musical selections. Burial followed in Lewis Cemetery in Lodi, MO. Online condolences can be made at


Matthew Lee Powers 03/11/2014

March 12, 2014

Matthew Lee Powers, 66, of Patterson, MO passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at his residence.  Matthew was born August 24, 1947 in Blytheville, AR.

On September 15, 1977 he was united in marriage to Jan Wilkening and to this union three sons were born.

He was very gifted and had many interests – there generally was nothing he couldn’t do once his mind was set on it, including learning music, notably the guitar and harmonica.  He was a huge American sports car buff and was a very skilled mechanic.  For many years he worked restoring classic Corvettes. He was also an excellent cook, avid gardener, innovative problem solver, divergent thinker, and skilled jewelry maker, artist, photographer, entrepreneur, carpenter and fisherman – he very much loved everything involving the arts, the outdoors and the home he helped build.  He taught himself all of these skills and was passionate about sharing them with his family.

He loved America and freedom, serving his country during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of sergeant.  As a former master marksman in the Army and lifetime NRA member, his love and understanding of weaponry extended to hunting, as well as trading, collecting, repairing and building guns.

A former native of Chicago, his favorite city, he was known for his strength, directness, and tough demeanor.  He expected a lot of people and wanted them to expect a lot of themselves.  At the same time, he was a compassionate and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and provider.

Survivors include his wife Jan, three sons: Matthew Powers and his wife Diane of Van Buren, Christopher Powers of Springfield, and Brandon Powers of the home, one sister; Suzy Ellsworth of Chicago, IL and two grandchildren; Gabriel Powers and Legend Powers

He was preceded in death by his parents; Curnal Lee Powers and Bernice Crawford Powers.

Private military honors were provided by Missouri Veterans Honor Guard and Arnold Hodge Post #281 of the American Legion. Online condolences can be made at

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