Gooch, William Edward

January 5, 2011

William Edward Gooch, 82 of Mill Spring, MO passed away on January 5, 2011 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, in Poplar Bluff, MO.
He was born on August 22, 1928 to the late Walter Henderson Gooch and the late Minvrea Mae Boyer both of Ellsinore, MO.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Vita DeSimone. They were united in marriage on March 29,1948.
He is also survived by 2 daughters, Nina Marie (Gary)Boyer of Williamsville, MO and Victoria Ann (David) Wiese of Spring, Texas, 1 sister Evealyn (Homer) Robertson of Ozark, Alabama, and 5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 bothers John Gooch and Robert Gooch.
William loved to cook and barbeque. He was a member of the Catholic church since 1950. He graduated high school and had 2 years of college. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1946 and served 22 years in the U.S. Navy where he retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1968. He spent his childhood in St. Louis, MO, and most of his adult life traveling with the Navy. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Elks Lodge, NRA, Fleet Reserve Org., American Legion. A memorial service will be at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Piedmont, MO on February 5, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.

Groves, Michael Joseph

January 4, 2011

Michael Joseph Groves, 54, of Piedmont, MO, died Tuesday, January 4, 2011, at his residence in Piedmont, MO.
Michael was born October 8, 1956 in Great Lakes, IL. He spent his childhood in the Florrisant, MO area attending Charbonier Elementary and attending high school at Hazelwood West High School. In his childhood years Michael spent many summers with his grandparents, Essie and Coot Huff.
He is survived by his mother, Joan (Huff) Groves of Piedmont, MO, 1 son, Travis Lotspeich of Colorado, 1 daughter, Jennifer Groves, also of Colorado, 1 brother, Steve (Vickie Stoneking) Groves, Piedmont, MO, 2 grandchildren, cousins, and many friends.
Michael’s hobbies included, gardening, fishing and working with wood. In his working career he worked as a residential carpenter.
Michael loved to grow tomatoes, green beans, and corn, most of which he gave away. In his younger days he was an avid motocross racer.
He will be loved and missed by all his family and friends.

Donations can be made for the family at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, for funeral expenses.

Robinson, Dennis E

January 4, 2011

Dennis E. Robinson, 59 years old of Piedmont, Mo, died Tuesday, January 4, 2011 in St. Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau, MO.

He was born May 22, 1951 in Hinesville, AR, Son of the late John O. Robinson and the late Florence (Owens) Robinson.

Surviving are his wife, Donna Robinson, Piedmont, MO, 2 Sons, Jeremy (Jennifer) Robinson of Piedmont, MO, Michael Eli Robinson of Jackson, Mo, 2 Daughters, Nyesha (Brian) Hunt of Piedmont, MO, Valerie Welsh Rico of Farmington, AR, 3 Brothers, Melvin (Penny) Robinson of Fayetteville, AR, John E (Della) Robinson of Jackson, MO, Kenneth (Teresa) Robinson of Springdale, AR, 9 Grandchildren, Jennifer Wilkerson, Jessica Wilkerson, Christopher Wilkerson, Diana Rico, Liticia Rico, Dalia Rico, Jr. Rico, Alexander Rico, Michael Thomas, 2 Great-Grandchildren, Krystal Rico and Shayla Rico.

Dennis grew up in the Springdale, AR area and attended grade and high school there. He completed the GED program at Springdale Tech in 1985. At the time he scored the highest on his GED test in the state of Arkansas.
He later decided to go into the welding field in the 1970′s but had a longtime love of the outdoor life and chose to work on the barge lines. He began there in 1983 and started as a deck hand with promotions to firstmate, tankerman, and followed by the pilots license test in Memphis, TN in 1985.
The last assignment Dennis held was relief Captain for Patton Barge Lines. Dennis always enjoyed Cajun food while in Louisiana.
Dennis also ejoyed hunting, fishing, and camping in his free time.
Dennis was converted to Christianity in March of 1982 in Canalou,MO and later became youth director for Canalou Southern Baptist Church. He had recently attended the Clearwater United Baptist Church, Piedmont, MO
He will be missed by family and friends.

Henson, Meredith Merle “Merge” (DeWitt)

January 2, 2011

Meredith Merle “Merge” Henson, 89 years old of Mesa, AZ, formally of Wayne county died Sunday, January 2, 2011 in Mesa, AZ

She was born Saturday, October 15, 1921 in Lutesville, MO, Daughter of the late Kenneth DeWitt and the late Trecie Bollinger.

She worked as a assembly line worker in a piston ring factory for Ramco Piston Ring CO, St. Louis, MO.

Surviving are 2 Daughters, Sandra Hinz of Texarkana, TX, Vickie Fox of Canton, OH, and 9 Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Samuel A. Henson,1 Son, Samuel Henson, Jr., 1 Brother, Bonford DeWitt, and 1 Grandson, Darren Siebe.

Deering, Natalia Mae “Tally” (Waites)

January 2, 2011

Natalia Mae “Tally” Deering, 78 years old of Patterson, MO, died Sunday, January 2, 2011 in Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

She was born September 26, 1932 in Piedmont, Missouri, Daughter of the late Elmer Waites and the late Annie Iona Warrick.

She was a member of Patterson Assembly of God Church.

She worked as a homemaker and as a dime store, grocery store and furniture store clerk after marriage.

Surviving are Husband, Calvin Deering of Patterson, MO, Son, David Deering of Patterson, MO, 2 Daughters, Cheryn (Rev. Keith) Carnahan of Waynesville, MO, Lynn (Dale) Bearden of Piedmont, MO, 4 Brothers, Bill (Catherine) Waites of Piedmont, MO, Melvin (Jenny) Waites of Salem, MO, David (Beth) Waites of Patterson, MO, Lee (Shirley) Waites of St. Louis, MO, 2 Sisters, Linda (Carl) Lunyou and Cheryl (Dale) Libla both of Piedmont, MO, 7 Grandchildren, Trent Deering, Travis Carnahan, Aaron Carnahan, Sarah Joy Raglin, Breanna Bearden, Shalyn Bearden, Samuel Bearden, Amber Deering, 15 Great-Grandchildren McKenna, Ethan, Seth, Luke, Cailin, Kristen, Haley, Alex, Ashley, Amy, Alyssa, Aubrey, Morgan, Desirae, and Camren.

She was preceded in death by Her parents, 1 brother, Joe Waites, 3 sisters, Myra Vavak, Lois Seals and Jeannine Schmid.

Natalia loved her husband and was devoted to Calvin Cleecy Deering for 57 years. She enjoyed working and traveling with him. Her special love was children. Teaching them that Jesus loved them and singing with them in Children’s Church as their leader was her gift that she gave for over 40 years. She was known as the best devotional storyteller and for her laughter. She always taught and shared the heart of Christ with joy and laughter. Natalia or “Tally” gave of herself, meeting the needs and caring for all around her. Some other activities include Missionettes Leader and cooking. She was known for her fried potatoes, wedding cakes and homemade rolls. Her grandchildren remember how she loved to play Hide-N-Seek with them and would call “yoo-hoo” to help them find her. Now she is known by her great-grand children as Grandma Yoo-Hoo. Most of the community knew Tally as “Aunt Tally.” The trait her children remember most about their mother is her heart of love- God’s love to any and all she met.
The services were held Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Ruegg Funeral Homes, in Piedmont, MO. The Pallbearers for Natalia were John Lunyou, Nick Libla, Brad Libla, Doug Wood, Darin Shearrer, Robbie Henson. The services were officiated by Rev. Darrell Loughridge and the Rev. Keith Carnahan. Calvin and Natalia were interred at Greenville Cemetery, in Greenville, MO.

Wedig, Elnora A (Hampton)

December 31, 2010

Elnora A Wedig, 81 years old of Piedmont, Mo, died Friday, December 31, 2010 in Clarks Mountain Nursing Center, Piedmont, MO

She was born August 24, 1929 in Hadley, MO, Daughter of the late Turner Hampton and the late Mary Jane Lundry.

Elnora grew up in Ruble, MO in her early years and attended the Roland Hill one room school house. She later spent time in Big Piney, WY, followed by living many years in the St. Louis, MO area in her adulthood.

Elnora and her sister Leota were both saved at the United Baptist Church on Russell Street in St. Louis, MO.

During her working years she spent time at Puro Corp and Sigma Corp as an assembly line worker.

She was married to Ernest Dinkins and Frank Wedig and they both proceded her in death.

Surviving are Son, Mike (Judy) Dinkins of Patterson, Mo, Daughter, Sandy (Andrew) Dunn of Arnold, MO, Brothers, Henry (Elsie) Hampton of Piedmont, MO, Vernice Lloyd “Bunch” Hampton of Ellington, MO, Sister, Alsa Morrow Buxton of Overland, MO, Grandchildren, Tammy Brinkley, Summer Bentley, Christie Riley, Andrea Dunn, Great-Grandchildren, Ashley Fitzwater, Nathan Mayberry, Reese Bentley, Tori Bentley, Great-Great-Grandchildren, Gabe Powers and Legend Powers.

In addition to her husbands she was proceded in death by brothers, David Hampton, Neeley Hampton, sisters, Alta Mae Davis, Leota Collyott, and Wanda Cowin.

Elnora loved to read books by her favorite author Nora Roberts and enjoyed playing bingo at the community room at the Meadowbrook Apartements. She was happy to give her Bingo prizes to her Great Grand daughters, Reese and Tori when they visited.

Freiburghaus, Adam

December 22, 2010

Adam Freiburghaus
December 15, 1987 – December 22, 2010

We at Ruegg’s Funeral Home wish to express our condolences to this family on their loss.

Propst, Dennis

December 12, 2010

Dennis Propst, age 47, of Dexter, Mo., passed away December 12, 2010 at the Golden Living Center in Dexter.

He was born on December 9, 1963 in Los Angeles, CA., son of the late Charles & Shirley (Rogers) Propst.

He grew up and lived for many years in the Zalma community in Bollinger County. He had been affiliated with the Lowndes Community Church of Christ at Lowndes, Mo. He had worked as a truck driver for disaster cleanup areas. He enjoyed camping with his family.

Survivors include two daughters, Brandi Scott of Dexter, Mo. and Stacy Propst of Gipsy, Mo.; two brothers, Danny (Donna) Propst of Zalma, Mo. and Charlie (Becky) Propst of Greenbrier, Mo.; three sisters, Kathy Miller of Dexter, Mo., Malinda Propst of Puxico, Mo. and Charlotte (Travis) Barnes of Zalma, Mo.; 1 grandchild, Nicole Elsworth and a host of other relatives and friends.

No public services were held. Ruegg Funeral Home of Greenville was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to

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.

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