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 www.rueggfuneralhome.com

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.

Joplin, Aileen Lela (Barker)

November 18, 2010

Aileen Lela Joplin, age 92, a longtime resident of the Greenville community, passed away November 18, 2010 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

She was born on November 24, 1917 at Coldwater, Mo., daughter of the late George Lee & Cora Belle (White) Barker.

Aileen worked as a homemaker and farmers wife most of her life. She had also worked for several years as a cook in the Greenville RII School District. When she was active she enjoyed fishing with her husband.

She accepted Christ as her personal savior many years ago and was a former member of the Greenville United Methodist Church. She was later baptized on May 25, 1997 and united with the First Baptist Church at Greenville. She remained a member there until death.

On February 28, 1951 she was united in marriage to Homer A. Joplin. He preceded her in death on July 13, 1994.

She is survived by her niece and guardian, Nina Costephens of Arnold, Mo., and many other nieces and nephews throughout Missouri and the United States; she is also survived by a host of friends and church family in the Greenville community.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by five brothers, Lyman, Elmer, Dennis “Dink”, Roy & Marvin Barker; and three sisters, Elsie Minson, Jeanette Cheleske and infant Alma Barker.

Libla, Goldie Jane (Rainwater)

November 15, 2010

Goldie Jane Libla, age 91, a longtime resident of Greenville, Mo., passed away November 15, 2010 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

She was born on December 8, 1918 at Clubb in Wayne County, Mo., daughter of the late John Lysander & Hester Ann (Nicholson) Rainwater.

Mrs. Libla was a lifelong homemaker and taking care of her family was always her top priority. She enjoyed sewing and canning.

At a young age she accepted Christ and was baptized, uniting with the Hickory Grove Missionary Baptist Church at Clubb.

On November 20, 1940 she was united in marriage to Willard Leon Libla at Lowndes, Mo. He survives, residing at Greenville.

Other survivors include two sons; Daryl L. (Phyllis) Libla of Greenville, Mo. and Richard Dale (Cheryl) Libla of Piedmont, Mo.; 5 grandchildren, Cindy (Derwin) Wood, Greg (Paula) Davis, Tammy (David) Mann, Nick (Jessica) Libla and Brad (Mira) Libla; and 2 great-grandchildren, Adam Davis and Zach Davis.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one daughter, Delores Davis; two brothers, the Rev. Roscoe Rainwater and Oscar Rainwater; and four sisters, June Rainwater, Mable Phelps, Octa Bennett and Ida Allen.

Whitaker, Jr., Leslie Lawrence

November 11, 2010

Leslie Lawrence Whitaker, Jr., age 66, of Florissant, Mo., passed away November 11, 2010 at his residence.

He was born on January 3, 1944 in Chicago, Ill., son of the late Leslie Lawrence Whitaker, Sr. & Barbara (Kirschner) Whitaker.

He grew up at Vulcan, Mo. and attended elementary school at Annapolis. He was a graduate of Hazelwood High School at Hazelwood, Mo.

Mr. Whitaker retired from McDonell-Douglas as a machinist. He had traveled across the United States for McDonell-Douglas trouble shooting aircraft problems. He had in the past also ran a farm at Vulcan. In the early 1970′s he had the largest hog operation in Iron County.

He enjoyed tinkering in his shop and was an accomplished writer. He had wrote two novels, “Dun Bars Station” and “One Needle”.

He was a member of the Victory Baptist Church at Florissant.

On January 24, 1971 he as united in marriage to Olive “Fern” Pearson at the First Baptist Church of Des Arc, Mo. She survives residing in Florissant.

Other survivors include one son, Prentice (Trish) Whitaker; one daughter, Katrina Whitaker; and one grandson Leslie Hargus all of Florissant, Mo.

Landing, Norma Jean “Jeannie”

October 31, 2010

Norma Jean “Jeannie” Landing, age 78, of Piedmont, Mo., passed away October 31, 2010 at Clarks Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont.

She was born on November 9, 1931 in Piedmont, Mo., daughter of the late Newton Bradford & Nora J. (Absheer) Bennett.

Jeannie was a certified reflexologist and the owner and operator of Jeannie’s Reflexology in Piedmont.

She enjoyed caring for her family and her reflexology clients. She loved to travel and garden.

She was a Christian and a charter member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Piedmont.

She had been united in marriage to Calvin G. Ferguson and Warren Landing. They both preceded her in death.

Survivors include four sons, James H. Ferguson of Piedmont, Mo., James C. (Linda) Ferguson of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Norman K. (Angie) Ferguson of Bowling Green, KY. and Randy K. (Kathleen) Ferguson of Piedmont, Mo.; one sister, Donna (Jerry) Watson of Piedmont, Mo.; 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Kathryn Ferguson.

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