Landing, Paul Austin

December 10, 2010

Paul Austin Landing, 71 years old of Piedmont, MO, died Friday, December 10, 2010 in John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO.

He was born August 7, 1939 in Piedmont, MO, Son of the late Nathan Landing and the late Alma Meador Landing.

Paul was of the baptist faith.

Paul grew up in the Beckville Rd. area of Piedmont and graduated from Piedmont High School in 1956. After high school Paul enlisted in the Army and became an MP. He achieved the rank of PFC before he was honorably discharged.

Paul had later spent many years in the Arnold, MO area.

He married Betty J. Conner in 1959 and she proceeded him in death on September 27, 1997. To this union there were six children born.

Surviving are one daughter, Susan (Justin) Coffey of Farmington, MO, five sons, Michael (Shelia) Landing of House Springs, MO, Steven Landing of Piedmont, MO, Timothy (Angela Turner) Landing of Fenton, MO, Charles Landing of Farmington, MO, Paul N. Landing of House Springs, MO, Brothers, David (Karen) Landing of High Ridge, MO, Bill (Katie) Landing of Leasburgh, MO, Larry (Tammy) Landing of Piedmont, MO, Sisters, Vicki (Leo) Giovando and Mary (Danny) Montgomery both of Piedmont, MO, Linda (Larry) Wilson of St. Louis, MO, Carolyn (Bill) Seacord of Columbia, IL, Marilyn (Larry) Trowbridge of Annapolis, Mo, Katherine ( Earl Dewayne) Gatewood of Patterson, MO, and 14 Grandchildren.

In addition to his wife he was also proceeded in death by two brothers, Ronnie Landing and Carl Landing.

Paul enjoyed his many years of working on and driving trucks. He started Central Service and later changed the name to Landing Truck and Trailer. He spent over 40 years in the trucking industry.

Paul also enjoyed working on antique cars and spending time outdoors with his family. He was a very honest, good, loving, and hard working man. He was loved by many.

Schuldt, Charles William “Chuck”

December 4, 2010

Charles William “Chuck” Schuldt, age 78, passed away December 4, 2010 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

He was born on November 22, 1932 in Frankford, Ill., son of the late Charles Friedrich Franz & Carrie Fern (Potts) Schuldt.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served in the Korean War. He had been in the extermination business for over 30 years. He owned and operated Piedmont Pest Control and had previoulsy worked for W.B. McCloud and Company. He was a member of the Arnold Hodge American Legion Post No. 281 in Piedmont, and had been a member of the Faith Evengelical Lutheran Church in Joliet, Ill., since January 14, 1960. He had attended Harvest Baptist Church in Piedmont.

In November of 1958 he was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Blotnik. She preceded him in death on March 16, 1980. He was later united in marriage to Loretta Fears on September 25, 1980. She also preceded him in death on May 14, 2010.

Survivors include one son, Louis Schuldt and his wife Cheryl of Andover, MN.; one step-daughter, Debra Ruble and her husband Jack of Piedmont, Mo.; one brother, Roger Lee Schuldt of Mokena, Ill.; three sisters, Florence Ann Ball of Crest Hill, Ill., Joanna June McLemore of Gatesville, NC., and Wilma Frances Vandermark and her husband Jim of Beacher, Ill.; 3 grandchildren, Benjamin, Jessica and Christopher Schuldt; and a host of many other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents and wives he was preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Jean Koester.

Ruble, Lois Corene (Fowler)

December 4, 2010

Lois Corene Ruble, age 87, passed away December 4, 2010 at NHC Health Care Center in Desloge, Mo.

She was born on July 14, 1923 at Sullivan, Mo., daughter of the late George Marion & Ellen (Simmons) Fowler.

Corene grew up in the areas near Stanton and Sullivan, Missouri. She attended the Bacon Ridge Elementary School and later graduated from the Sullivan High School. During World War II she moved to Kansas City and worked at a defense plant. After the war was over she moved to St. Louis and soon met John Marshall Ruble a Veteran of the war. Corene and Marshall were united in marriage on February 23, 1946. They raised three children and had 64 wonderful years together.

Mrs. Ruble spent the majority of her adult life being a homemaker and taking care of the needs of her family. She enjoyed to cook and especially for company. Whenever someone would come by the house she would always insist they have something to eat and stay for a meal. She loved growing flowers and would plant a big row of Zinnias at the end of her husband’s vegetable garden every year. She took care of all kinds of indoor house plants. She would plant them in whatever was available, including her husband’s construction hard hat. She made wooden crafts with her husband and she would paint and varnish them. Her favorite pastime was reading. She loved reading the Bible most of all, but also historical novels and frontier stories.

She believed in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was borned again in 1950. She believed you had to ask for Salvation to receive it. In 1951 she united with the Vulcan Assembly of God Church as a charter member. She was later baptized in 1957. She served as a Sunday School teacher in the church for over 30 years and served as leader for the youth and young adults (Christ Ambassadors) for several years. She was a faithful member of the church as long has her health permitted. She was a great believer and supporter of mission work and had attended Bible College in Atlanta, GA.

She was a past director of the Iron County Regional Library Board and a member of the Book Study Club in Annapolis. She worked in the Annapolis Library as a substitute librarian and later went on to work as the full time librarian. She thoroughly enjoyed working there.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, John Marshall Ruble of Desloge, Mo.; one son, John Randal “Randy” Ruble and his wife Dianne of Cuba, Mo.; two daughters, Ann Davis and her husband Jack of Farmington, Mo. and Marsha Lynn Middleton and her husband Delmar of Vulcan, Mo.; one brother, Calvin Fowler and his wife Norma of Bourbon, Mo.; 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; many other relatives and community of friends and church family.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Ruble and June King.

Kiser, Bruce Samuel

December 1, 2010

Bruce Samuel Kiser, age 53, passed away December 1, 2010 at Benchmark Healthcare in Greenville, Mo.

He was born on April 3, 1957 in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the only son of the late Oscar “Pete” & Virginia (Howard) Kiser.

Bruce spent his entire life living on the family farm located at the Damon community between Piedmont and Patterson. Growing up on the farm he enjoyed his horses and ponies. He helped build wagons with his father and he enjoyed doing ceramics and drawing with his mother. The whole family enjoyed sewing and cooking together. He never lost his love for his family’s land and continued farming and raising cattle all of his life. He was of the Baptist belief and background and was a 1975 graduate of Clearwater High School.

He owned and operated Kiser Auto Body for 33 years. He restored antique cars and he could build motors. He had acquired a knowledge of restoring cars and motors that seemed amazing to many people. He was a charter member of the Clearwater Cruisers Car Club and served as President of the organization for 5 years.

He enjoyed many pastimes and interests throughout his life. He was a avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and cooking fish on the river bank. He loved to go to Sam A. Baker State Park at Patterson. He enjoyed trail rides on his motor cycles and collecting antiques. He had a special talent for woodworking and making knifes out of deer horns. He also enjoyed playing volleyball, cruising in his cars, and attending car shows and drag races. Bruce’s interest and hobbies always included his wife and kids. They did everything as a team, side by side.

Bruce always had time for the people in his life. No matter what he needed or wanted he always put others needs before his own. He was one big hearted man.

He was united in marriage on February 17, 1990 to Patricia Kay Scharr. They had 21 happy and wonderful years together.

Bruce is survived by his wife Kay and daughter Trisha Kiser both of the family home; one step-son, Michael Henson of Cookville, TN.; two grandchildren, Erin and Natalee Henson; a host of other relatives and a community of friends.

Drucker, Frederick Louis “Fred”

November 28, 2010

Frederick Louis “Fred” Drucker, age 85, a longtime Piedmont, Mo. resident, passed away November 28, 2010 at John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

He was born on December 30, 1924 in Freeport, Illinois, son of the late Frederick F. & Catherine D. (Dickus) Drucker.

Mr. Drucker worked as a diesel mechanic and had also worked in commercial construction. He was a Christian and in the past had been affiliated with the Piedmont Christian Church. He was a member of the Arnold Hodge American Legion Post No. 281 in Piedmont and he was a 35 year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. In his past time to enjoyed to hunt and fish.

He served as a Private in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper during World War II from December 1943 until December 1945. He had been awarded four overseas service bars; European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon; two Bronze Battle Stars; Good Conduct Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was united in marriage to Mary A. Clark. She preceded him in death on October 28, 2009.

Survivors include one son, Ron Clark and his wife Mercia of Highlandville, Mo.; three daughters, Donna Baker of Farmington, Mo., Patricia McGinnis of Orlando, FL. and Susan Peacock and her husband Randy of Colorado City, Tx.; 8 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Abigail Drucker.

Brooks, Logan Wyatt

November 26, 2010

Logan Wyatt Brooks, was stillborn at 10:40 a.m. on November 26, 2010 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

He weighed 4 lbs. and 8.9 ounces and was 17 1/2 inches long. Although he was only with the family a brief time he touched their lives and hearts forever. He was a beautiful gift and blessing and will always be loved. To the family he will always be their perfect angel.

He is survived by his mother, Jennifer Brooks of Piedmont; one brother, Chase Hunter Welchel of Eureka, Ill.; Grandparents, Latney II and Carolyn Brooks of Piedmont; special Uncle and Aunt, Latney III & Tammy Brooks of Bloomington, Ill.; and many other uncles, aunts and cousins.

No public services are planned. A private family memorial service and burial will be held at a later date. Ruegg Funeral Home of Piedmont was in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the family; c/o Ruegg Funeral Home, 321 N Main, Piedmont, Mo. 63957. Online condolences can be sent to

Hilliard, Thomas Michael “Tom”

November 25, 2010

Thomas Michael Hilliard, 50 years old of Piedmont, MO, died Thursday, November 25, 2010 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO.

He was born December 29, 1959 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Son of Donald Hilliard and Roberta McKenzie Hilliard.

He retired with honors from the United States Marine Corps, a twenty year career he truly loved. During his tenure with the Corps he worked as a helicopter mechanic.

Thomas enjoyed spending time with his son whom he was very proud. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on cars.

Surviving are his wife, Doris Hilliard, San Diego CA, his son, Matthew Hilliard of Piedmont, MO, Step Daughter, Davina Go of San Diego, CA, Sister, Donna Davidson, Mother, Roberta Mahlo,step father, Duane Mahlo all of Piedmont, MO. Several Nieces and Great Nieces and Nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Hilliard and his brother Timothy James Hillard.

Waltman, Ilva Noreen

November 20, 2010

Ilva Noreen Waltman, age 76, of Des Arc, MO. passed away November 20, 2009 at her residence.

She was born July 26, 1933 in Des Arc, MO., daughter of the late Cecil “Billy” & Lizzie (Brooks) Johnson.

She was united in marriage to Billy Ray Kelley, Sr. He preceded her in death. She later married Richard Waltman, who also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Waltman was a CNA for Home Healthcare and of the Protestant faith.

Survivors include one daughter, Judy (Alen) Smith of Seattle, Washington; one sister, Shirley (Sanford) Kelley of Des Arc, MO.; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Jimmy Ray Kelley and Bobby Ray Kelley; one daughter, Cindy Lee Kelley, and four brothers, Brasel, Willard, Jimmy and David Johnson.

Rhoden, Baby Nikki Sheah

November 20, 2010

Baby Nikki Sheah Rhoden, was stillborn November 20, 2010 at Silva, Mo.

Survivors include her parents, Russell “Rusty” Rhoden, Jr. and Linda Weston of Silva, Mo.; four brothers, Brandon, Robert & Curtis Rhoden and William Weston; one sister, Heather Rhoden; grandparents; Russell Rhoden, Donna Rhoden & Marvin & Jeanette Weston.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Nick & Veda Rhoden, Hollis Rainwater, Dorothy Rainwater-Shelton, Bill & Dolly Weston and Eugene & Christine Elledge.

Yant, Chelsea Renee

November 19, 2010

Chelsea Renee Yant, age 16, of Piedmont, Mo. passed away November 19, 2010 at Piedmont.

She was born on June 10, 1994 at Poplar Bluff, Mo. She was Junior at Clearwater High School in Piedmont where she had been active in FBLA, National Honors Society & Spanish Club. She was a member of girls Softball team as the right fielder. She attended the Harvest Baptist Church in Piedmont.

Chelsea was a beautiful person inside and out. She had a way of flashing her smile and making everyone else smile too. She loved with all of her heart and was loved by many. Chelsea enjoyed spending time with her friends, boyfriend and family and never seemed to meet a stranger. She loved playing softball and loved each and every player and coach. She’d laugh when they called her “Chizzy Anne”.

One of Chelsea’s favorite quotes by Tony Campoto says “When you were born, you cried and everybody else was happy. The only question that matters is this: When you die, will you be happy when everybody else is crying?”

Chelsea is definitely happy and smiling down from heaven.

Survivors include her parents; Michael & Lora (Petrey) Yant of Piedmont; one brother; Kevin Yant of Piedmont, Mo.; grandparents; Connie Yant of Piedmont; Dannie & Brenda Petrey of Patterson; Great-grandparents; Elvin & Dorothy Tyler of Piedmont; and Frances Williams of St. Louis, Mo.; her boyfriend, Dustin Whitaker of Piedmont; Uncles, Matt Petrey of Patterson; Scott (Amanda) Yant of Fredericktown; Aunts, Lisa (Richard) Brewington, Cindy (Eddie) Thompson and Christina Merlotti all of Piedmont, MO.; Great Aunt & Uncles, Tommy & Betty Williams of Wentzville, Mo. and Laura & Bob Arnett of Piedmont, Mo.; Honorary Aunt, Sam Miller of Piedmont, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Shelby Yant; great-grandfather, Tommy Williams, Sr. and great-grandparents, Cecil & Pearlie Petrey and Rev. Plesie & Cornilia Yant.

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