February 7, 2013
Naomi Blanche Magdalene (Bridges) Keele of Greenville, MO, passed away Feb. 7, 2013. She was born June 12, 1930, in Silva, MO to the late Jennings Leroy and Luna Jane (Matthews) Bridges, and was part of the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Community. On Nov. 12, 1949, she was united in marriage to Eugene Keele, who survives. Mrs. Keele attended Montgomery Elementary School near Silva, Patterson High School, and graduated from Greenville High School in 1947. She attended Mineral Area College and graduated from Hannibal Junior College. Mrs. Keele was a teacher at Bounds Creek School, Frazier’s Creek School, and substitute taught at various other schools. She was a military wife and worked as a secretary for the president and vice president for William Jewell College and later, Mid-Western Baptist Theological Seminary, Keener’s Landing, Fairfield Bay, Grand Valley Lakes, and Grand Junction Pewter Co. She was the office manager for the Wellington Construction Company in Grand Junction for 20 years. The Keeles retired to Greenville, MO, where they became members of Greenville Baptist Church. Mrs. Keele enjoyed church work, singing in the choir, flower arranging, cooking, knitting, and sewing her own clothes, children’s clothes, and special shirts for her husband. She was a lifetime member of the Wayne County Historical Society.
Mrs. Keele was preceded in death by a son, Norvin Douglas Keele; and a brother, Aaron Dale Bridges. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Kay Eugenia O’Farrell and her husband Michael John of Wales, UK, and Kimberly White of Silva, MO; one brother, Paul Bridges and wife Joan of Silva, MO; one sister, Burless Irene Mace of Arnold, MO; three grandchildren, Joshua White, Jared White and wife Alicia, and Joel White; and three great-grandchildren, Bradley Sullivan, Haylee and Kylie White.
Visitation for Ms. Keele was held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 11:30-1 PM at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville, MO. Funeral services followed at 1 PM. Bro. Eugene Keele and Bro. Ken Gray ministered to the family and Kimberly White provided the music. Kimberly Keele, Joshua White, Jared White, Joel White, Paul Bridges, and Bradley Sullivan served as pallbearers. Burial was held in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Silva, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
February 5, 2013
John Everett Kitchell, age 60, of St. Louis, MO, passed away on January 29, 2013 at Butner, NC. John was born on January 15, 1953, in Annapolis, MO, to Robert and Elsie Mary Jane Stevens Kitchell. John grew up in the Annapolis area before making a home in St. Louis, MO. He had worked as a window cleaner for several years. He was of the Baptist faith. John played handball and won many trophies. He enjoyed target practice and was an avid gun collector. He also collected coins and comic books. John liked to train dogs and tinker with cars. He was very physically active and liked to help everyone. He is survived by his best friend and companion of ten years Marilyn Turner; three brothers; Donald Kitchell and wife Joann of Hannibal, MO, James Kitchell, Sr. and wife Sharon of St. Louis, MO, Logan Jack Kitchell and wife Delores of St. Peters, MO, two sisters; Linda Lewis of St. Louis, MO, Andrea Truskoski and husband Mark of St. Peters, MO; nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; Robert Earl Kitchell, Gary Kitchell; two sisters; Carolyn Goins and Judy Kitchell.
Visitation was held Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO with services following at 1:00 P.M. also at the funeral home chapel. Pastor Howard Casteel ministered to the family and Bobby Kitchell, Mark Truskoski, James Kitchell Jr, Jim Kitchell, Donald Kitchell, and Jack Kitchell served as pallbearers. Burial was in Annapolis Cemetery, Annapolis, MO. Online Condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
January 28, 2013
Bette Jean Burrows, 82, died on January 28th, 2013, at St. Anthony’s North Hospital of Westminster, Colorado.
She was born (Bette Jean Locke) on January 27th, 1931, in Whitewright, Texas, daughter of the late Charley Locke and Stella (Burkhalter)Locke, later Stella Whitlock. She trusted Christ as her Savior as an 8 year old, and committed her life to serve him at age 14.
She was united in marriage to R. Gene Burrows July 31, 1955 in Ector, Texas. She, along with husband Gene served as Baptist medical missionaries from 1958 to 1999, he as a doctor, she as a registered nurse. They served with Baptist Mid-Missions of Cleveland, Ohio. She served in India, Bangladesh, Central African Republic, and Ivory Coast.
She was a member of Evangel Baptist Church, Silva, Missouri, and was a resident of Missionary Acres there, until December of 2012. She was also a member of the local community Women’s Club.
She is survived by her seven children: Rev. John Burrows of Westminster, Colorado, Ruth Reeves of Coudersport, Pennsylvania, Mary Frederick, and Lydia Johns, both of Munising, Michigan, Grace Carney of San Diego, California, Martha Baker of Graham, Washington, and Elizabeth Wood of Swan Lake, Montana.
She is also survived by her sister Elizabeth Clinton of Anna, Texas, and two brothers, Chuck Whitlock of Campbell, Texas, and Daniel Whitlock of Mt. Vernon Texas; as well as 25 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 PM till 8 PM, Friday, February 15th, at Evangel Baptist Church. The funeral will be at 1 PM Saturday, the 16th of February at church. Burial will be at the Greenville Cemetery. John Burrows and Pastor Mark Hunsburger will officiate. Musical tributes will be made by the family. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
Instead of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts in her name be sent to Bibles International, of Grand Rapids, Michigan (address may be had by calling Evangel Baptist Church).
Services will be held at Missionary Acres near Silva, MO. From St. Louis airport take 70 east to 55 south in downtown St. Louis. Once on 55, drive until you reach 67 south in Festus, MO. From there, you will drive approximately 100 miles until you reach 34 east. From 34, you will drive approximately 3.5 miles until you reach Evangel Baptist Church, located on top of a hill on the left side of 34 highway.
January 28, 2013
Leonard Murl Ruble, 66, of Des Arc, MO, passed away at his residence on Sunday, January 27, 2013. He was born on May 30, 1946, to Jack and Eunice Martin Ruble in Vulcan, MO. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Leonard was self-employed and owned and operated dump trucks. He is survived by four sons, Jayme Ruble of Des Arc, MO, Randy Rice of DeSoto, MO, Dean Schlechter and his wife, Nancy, of Pacific, MO, and Bryon Somers and his wife, Jessica, of Littleton, CO; one daughter, Jacqueline Murr and her husband, Randy, of Silt, CO; nine grandchildren, one great grandchild, one brother; Theodore “Ted” Ruble of Des Arc, MO, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Leonard Todd Ruble; one brother, Larry Ruble; and one sister, Diane Liles. Private Burial Services were held in Sutton Cemetery in Vulcan, MO. Online Condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
January 28, 2013
Randy Lee Hillis, age 43, of Williamsville, MO, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2013, in rural Wayne County. Randy was born on April 30, 1969, to Wilbert and Linda (Plants) Hillis in Poplar Bluff, MO. Randy attended grade school in Williamsville, and high school in Greenville. He loved to fish, hunt, and play horseshoes. He spent years working in the timber industry and had also worked for many years in the environmental field as a foreman and a truck driver.
He is survived by his mother and father of Williamsville; one daughter, Jordan Hillis, of Cabot, AR; one son, Brayden Hillis of Ellington, MO; one brother, Freddie Hillis of Williamsville, MO; grandfather, Clifford Thorkelson of Williamsville, MO. Randy was preceded in death by one brother, Terry Hillis; grandparents, Mary and Pearl Hillis and Hassie Thorkelson. Visitation was held Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at 12:30 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home in Williamsville, MO, and services followed at 2:00 P.M., also at the chapel. Pastor Kenny Condray ministered to the family and Bob Hillis Sr., Bobby Hillis, James Hillis, Lee Hillis, Lawrence Luke, and Scott Foster served as pallbearers Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery near Williamsville, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com
January 28, 2013
Michael Allen Davis, age 46, of Annapolis, MO, passed away, Monday, January 28, 2013, at the Parkland Health Center, Farmington, MO. Michael was born on April 3, 1966 in Potosi, MO to Arthur L. Davis and Shirley Giles Davis. On November 30, 1985, he was united in marriage to Theresa (Crowley) Davis and to this union two children were born. Mike was a hardworking man providing for his family laboring in the sawmill industry in his healthier years. He was of the Pentecostal faith. Mike loved to take his kids camping on the St. Francois River. He also loved to fish and hunt with his family and friends. But his greatest joy in life was his kids and grandchildren.
During his stays in the hospital he would brag on them to anyone who had the time to listen. Michael is survived by his wife Theresa of the home, one son; Brent and his wife Erin Davis of Raeford, NC; one daughter, April Davis of Annapolis, MO; five grandchildren, McKenzie, Sawyer, Breanna, Emmelynne, and Wyatt; his mother, Shirley Davis of Des Arc, MO; three brothers, Arthur Davis and wife, Ellen, of Des Arc, MO, James Davis of Ellsinore, MO and David Davis of Des Arc, MO; three sisters, Gloria De Koning of Table Rock, NE, Cynthia Heidrick of Owensville, MO, and Bonnie Blecha and husband, Lenny, of Table Rock, NE. Mike is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Davis, and one brother, Wesley Davis. Visitation will be held Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 1:00 P.M. also at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Burial will follow at Mt. View Cemetery, Des Arc, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
January 24, 2013
Donna Mae Dean, 67, passed away at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St .Louis, MO, on January 23, 2013. She was born in Wauwatosa, WI, on March 22, 1945, to Gerald and Margaret Shortridge Daly. Donna attended Des Arc , MO, and Annapolis, MO, schools. On August 29, 1962, she married Carl S. “Bud” Dean and to this union three children were born. Donna worked beside her husband in the logging industry when she was not managing the family’s home and helping to care for the farm. She loved to cook and quilt and work in her garden. She always looked forward to getting her family together and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Des Arc. Donna is survived by two sons, Leonard Dean and his wife, Miranda, and David Dean , all of Des Arc, MO; one daughter, May Scaggs of Des Arc, MO; four grandchildren, Jaden Dean, Shelby Scaggs, Ricky Scaggs and Jenna Dean; one brother, Chuck Daly and his wife, Ruth Ann of Festus, MO; two sisters, Judy Dean of Des Arc, MO and Georgia Malone of Poplar Bluff, MO; one sister-in-law, Dixie Daly of House Springs, MO; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Bill and Mick Daly; one sister, Margaret Gorse; two brothers-in-law, Wayne Dean and Sonny Malone.
Visitation was held at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO, on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. Funeral services were held in the funeral home chapel Sunday, January 27, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Des Arc, MO. Reverend Dewel Smith and Reverend Zach Hindman officiated the ceremonies and Kenneth “Dow” Daly, Mark Allen Daly, Jr. Green, Charlie Daly, Adam Langford, and Tony Brinley served as pall bearers. Online Condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com
January 23, 2013
Wendell Gordon Clyburn, 65, of Piedmont, MO passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at his residence. Wendell was born on January 9, 1948, in Leeper, MO to Lee Clyburn and Edna Cole Clyburn. Wendell grew up in the Greenwood Valley area and attended the Shady Nook School before graduating in May 1965 from Clearwater High School. Wendell answered the call to serve his country in the U.S. Navy on December 29, 1965 and served during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Fallon, Nevada and Miramar, California. He achieved the rank of 3rd Class Petty Officer and served as a crew chief working on aircraft. During his service, he received the National Defense Service Medal and a Letter of Commendation on 8/16/1967 for assisting in the search of a missing child and aiding in their return. He was honorably discharged from active duty on 12-09-1967 and remained in the Naval Reserves until 12/28/1971. On October 4, 1969 Wendell married Sandra Ellen Hodge and to this union three children were born. He worked for ASARCO in Glover and after 27 years he retired. Wendell felt like he had made some of his closest friends there. Wendell was a member of American Legion and the United Steelworkers of America Local 7450. He attended church at Shady Nook Church and Harvest Baptist Church in Piedmont. He enjoyed attending car shows, driving and restoring classic cars, and listening to the “oldies” radio station. He found happiness in socializing with his friends, classmates, and family.
Wendell is survived by his two sons Travis Clyburn of Piedmont, MO, and Brandon Clyburn and wife Tracy of Rock Hill, MO., three grandchildren; Holland Clyburn, Mason Clyburn, Ainsley Clyburn, three brothers; Gaylon Clyburn and wife Peggy, Lubbock, TX, Wade Clyburn and wife Marilyn of Cape Girardeau, MO, Dennis Clyburn and wife Shirley of Springfield, MO, three sisters; Arlene Rush and husband Don of San Diego, CA, Virginia Hamby of Huntsville, AL, Beverly Prinsen of Cape Girardeau, MO, one sister in law; Joyce Clyburn of Patterson, MO.
Wendell was preceded in death by his wife, one daughter; Wendy Ellen Clyburn, two brothers; Tom and Wayne Clyburn and one infant sister Carol Nadine Clyburn.
Visitation was held Friday, January 25, 2013 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO at 5:00 P.M. Services followed at the chapel on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. Burial was at Alwood Cemetery near Piedmont. Pastors Pete and Jack Ruble ministered to the family. Tony Hughes, Todd Hughes, Troy Hughes, Devin Clyburn, and Dillon Sutton, and Roland Cole served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
January 16, 2013
John W. Usher,67, of Piedmont, MO, passed away January 11, 2013, at his residence in rural Piedmont, MO. John was born on November 5, 1945 in Urbana, IA to Lester Elzo Usher and Katherine Smith Lint. John was a Veteran of the Armed services and had past worked at McDonald’s as a grill operator. He is survived by his mother; Katherine Lint, and stepfather Elzo Leo Lint, two sons, Thaddeus and Joshua Usher both of Iowa, two daughters, Sheena Usher and Deena (Aaron) Davis, both of Piedmont, MO, one brother, Steve Lint, Overland, MO, six sisters; Carolyn Sue Reeves, Perryville, MO, Connie Mae Hoopingarner and husband Melvin, Wappapello, MO, Janet Lee Schemel and husband Carl, Perryville, MO, Diane Marie Judge, Bushnell, IL, Pamela Kay Manche, Perryville, MO, Theresa Lynn Marks and husband Dave, Chester, IL, and grandchildren, Alexus Usher and Daylon Davis. A family memorial service is planned at a later date. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
January 15, 2013
Patricia Diane Brown, age 54, of Greenville, MO, passed away January 14, 2013, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Diane was born April 1, 1958 to Cledis and Peggy Burchard in Rochelle, IL. Diane lived in Rochelle until age 14 and later moved to Poplar Bluff where she attended Poplar Bluff Senior High. Diane worked along side her family in various careers over her lifetime. She owned and operated People’s Creek Grocery in Wappapello from 1984-1993, worked with her sister at Sandee Western Wear in Puxico from 1991-1998, and, lastly, alongside her husband Kenny at K and D Taxidermy in the Greenville area. Diane’s hobbies were spending time with her family, fishing, canoeing in the St. Francois River, deer hunting, and reading. She was a Christian and was of the Baptist faith.
On March 22, 1974, Diane married Kenny Brown and to this union one son was born. Diane is survived by her husband; one son, Rex, and wife Diane, of Greenville, MO; one granddaughter, Alyssa Reed of Greenville, MO; her parents, Cledis and Peggy Burchard of Greenville, MO; one sister, Delitha and husband, Sanford, Smith of Puxico, MO. She was preceded in death by one brother, Cledis Wayne Burchard.
Visitation was held Thursday, January 17, 2013, at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville, MO at 5:00 P.M. Services followed Friday, January 18, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home chapel. Burial followed in Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Greenville, MO. Online Condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com