Robert “Bob” Eugene Adair 07/01/2014

July 2, 2014

Robert “Bob” Eugene Adair, 80, of St. Louis, MO passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the de Greeff Hospice House in St Louis. Bob was born in St Louis on May 27, 1934 to Andrew Jackson Adair and Jane Thorsland Adair who preceded him in death.

On September 30, 1961 Bob married Phyllis Hurst and to this union one daughter was born.

Bob was raised in St Louis but spent a lot of time in the Leeper area, where he loved being on Black River. He attended the Hadley Tech High School in St Louis and then joined the US Marines for 4 years during the Korean War. After his stint in the service he went to work for and retired from Laclede Gas Co. He along with other retirees from the gas company had a breakfast club that Bob enjoyed.  He was an accomplished woodworker, he loved auctions, garage sales, hunting and fishing and he enjoyed cooking meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans.

Surviving Bob is his wife Phyllis, one daughter, Cassie Sparks of Indianapolis, IN; two grandchildren, Katie and Holly Sparks; and cousins, Bill, Naomi, June and Maggie Thorsland.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Bill and Dan Adair; and one sister Maggie.

The visitation for Bob was held on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 12:45 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO., with the service following at 1:00 P.M. also at the chapel, with his granddaughters, Katie and Holly Sparks and nephew, Mike Mock each providing a eulogy.  The burial  followed at Clay Cemetery in Piedmont. Bro. Steve McFarland ministered to the family, and Mike Mock, Richard Adair, Katie Sparks, Steven McFarland, Dan McFarland and Steve McFarland Sr. served as pallbearers.  Online condolences can be made at

Dorothy E. Deckard 6/19/2014

June 19, 2014

Dorothy E. Deckard, 88, of Patterson, MO., passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Barnes Jewish hospital in St. Louis, MO.  Dorothy was born July 5, 1925 in Wayne County to William “Bill” and Jenny Street.

Dorothy was united in marriage to Walter Deckard and together they raised seven wonderful children.

Dorothy had been a machine operator for a hinge factory.

She is survived by two sons; Jerry Deckard and John Deckard both of Patterson, MO., four daughters; Connie and husband Bob Crum of Patterson, MO., Joyce Ann and husband Raymond Banks of Dittmer, MO, Charlotte and husband Tom Zigler of Fenton, MO., and Sharon Deckard of Patterson, MO, one half-brother; Jack “Jerry” Street of Patterson, MO., two sisters; Josephine Pevril and Octa and husband Frank Montgomery both of Piedmont, MO., two half sisters; Eva and husband Bill Asher of Patterson, MO., and Mary and husband Jim How of Washington, MO., 18 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents, her husband, one son; Wayne Deckard, three brothers; Lewis, Vernon and Hal Street, two sisters; Darlene Keathley and Bertha Montgomery, and two grandchildren; David Deckard, and Tonya Deckard; 1 great grandchild; Kerry Deckard, and 1 great-great-grandchild; Silas Bentley Crum.

She is will be greatly missed by all those that are left behind.

Visitation was held Sunday, June 22, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services followed at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel in Piedmont. Burial was in Montgomery Chapel Cemetery near Silva. Pastor Jule Maskrod ministered to the family and Shayn Mabury, Michael Westmoreland, William “Billy” Zigler, Wesley Crum, Brian Deckard, and Joshua Crum served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

James Duree King 6/18/2014

June 18, 2014

James Duree King, 65, of Piedmont, MO., passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Barnes Jewish hospital in St. Louis, Mo.  James was born on November 19, 1948 in Bloomfield, MO, to Duree King and Annalee Stoffregen King who preceded him in death.

On June 19, 2000 James was united in marriage to Rebecca How, who survives.

James owned a car dealership; he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

James is survived by his wife, Rebecca; three daughters, Sherry Lewandoski of St Louis, MO, Jamie King of St. Louis, MO and Katie King of Piedmont, MO; two step-sons, Brian Head Parkersburg of West Virginia and Christopher Thurman of Wappapello, MO; two sisters, Susan Gordan of Poplar Bluff, Mo, and Joan Jaeger of St. Louis, MO; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and good friend, Donald Lattray of St. Louis, MO.

Preceding James in death were his parents; and two sisters, Carol and Jane Ratliff. No public services are planned at this time. Online condolences can be made at

Jacob Charles Henry Waller 6/15/2014

June 17, 2014


Jacob Charles Henry Waller, 19, of Piedmont, MO., passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014 near Piedmont, MO. Jacob “Jake” was born on June 12, 1995 to Wes Waller and Dana McLeod Deering, who survive him.

He was a people person.  He loved people, and loved to have fun. He loved to hunt and fish but only if the fish were biting, if not, he was ready to move on.

Surviving Jake are his parents; Wes Waller and Dana Deering, step-father;  David Deering , one brother; John Waller of Doniphan, MO., two sisters; Hannah Waller of Piedmont, MO., and Abbi Waller of Springfield, MO, and grand-mother Sue McLeod of St. Louis, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

The visitation for Jake was held at 9:30 A.M. for the public at Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont with the graveside services following at 11:00 A.M. the Bro. Mike Warren reading the obituary and Bro. Richard Sanders ministering to the family. Eulogizing Jake was his brother, John Waller and his sister, Hanna Waller, providing the music was Aaron Allen and Josh Belmar.    Tyler Miller, Darren McLeod, Tanner Jimmerson, John Waller, Kirk McLeod and Wes Waller served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at


George Earl Belmar 6/14/2014

June 16, 2014


George Earl Belmar, 77, Des Arc, MO died Sat. June 14, 2014 in the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO.  He was born on January 24, 1937 in Madison County, MO, the son of the late Buford and Sadie Parker Belmar.

On December 13, 1954, he was united in marriage to Wilma J. Morris and she preceded him in death on May 26, 2014.

Survivors include one son, Jerry (Laura) Belmar, Des Arc, MO, two daughters, Sharma (Charlie) Goodson, Des Arc, MO, and Nora (Gregory) Reuther, St. Louis, MO and one brother, Bro. Bill Belmar, Chesterfield, MO, 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Preceding in death are his parents and one sister, Bertie Belmar.

George Earl was a farmer.  He was a member and a deacon of the Beulah Baptist Church in Brunot, MO.

Visitation for George was held on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. for the public at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. The service followed on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Beulah Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Belmar ministering to the family. Music was provided by Jesse Belmar, Laura Belmar and Boone Pence.  Charles Goodson, Nicholas Reuther, Christopher Goodson, Tim Griffon, Jesse Belmar and Gene Parker served as pallbearers, with burial being in Beulah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requested donations to Beulah Cemetery.

Online condolences can be made at

Lawrence D Godfrey, Sr. 6/07/2014

June 12, 2014


Lawrence D. Godfrey, Sr., 86, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Nathan Adelson Hospice NW in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Lawrence was born in Dallas, Texas on October 15, 1927 to Sam Godfrey and Billie Goodwin Godfrey, who preceded him in death.

Lawrence was united in marriage to R. Loraine Bilbrey, who preceded him in death.

Lawrence proudly served his country in the US Army; afterwards he owned and operated a dry cleaning business. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by two sons; Larry Godfrey, Jr of Reno, Nevada and Patrick Godfrey of North Carolina and one daughter; Donna Godfrey Price of Las Vegas, Nevada, one sister Ann Henry of Dallas Texas, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Preceding Lawrence in death along with this parents, and wife were two brothers; Bill and George Godfrey and one sister; Rudell Sapphire.

Lawrence leaves many family and friends to mourn.

Visitation for Lawrence was held on Saturday, June 14th at 11:00 A.M. at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Williamsville.  There was a Masonic service held at 12:45 P.M. before the service began at 1:00 with Pastor Helen Edwards ministering to the family.  Music was provided by Debra Willes and Kristen Little. Burial was at Duncan Cemetery in Piedmont, with full military honors, with Jack Smith, Josh Smith, Clifford Smith, Brian Smith, Eric Raw and David Edwards serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Nolen D. Parker 6/7/2014

June 9, 2014

Nolen D. Parker, 91, of the community of Brunot, Missouri went home to be with the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at The Clark’s Mountain Nursing Home, Piedmont, Missouri, at the age of 91 years, 4 months, and 22 days.  He was born January 16, 1923 the third of nine children born to Oscar and Nellie.

On October 2, 1946 he was united in marriage to Oval Celeste Kiser, at the home of a pastor, Bro. Abernathy in Piedmont, Missouri, who survives.  To this union was born four children; Betty (Gerald) Collier of Ironton, Missouri, Donald (Donna) Parker of Edmond, Oklahoma, Dennis (Sherry) Parker of Brunot, Missouri, and Wanda (Clay) Marsh of Brunot, Missouri. He is also survived by Grandchildren: Dale (Leighanne) Collier, David (Casey) Collier, Dana (Jarad) Jones, Dusty (Beth) Parker, Shelly (Jonathan) Finch, Jason Parker, Eric (Nettie) Marsh, Tracey (Jeff) Raney, and Michelle (Clinton) Miller; Fifteen Great-Grandchildren; Two Brothers; Glen and Elmo Parker of Piedmont, Missouri; Three Sisters; Thena Wilson of Annapolis, Missouri, Mildred Wilson of St. Louis, Missouri, and Priscilla Clements of Brunot, Missouri. Besides his parents, Nolen was preceded in death by two brothers; Roy and Zan Parker; one sister; Lora Heath.

Nolen served in World War II. He entered on October 24, 1944 at Jefferson Barracks; he was stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama; Fort Mead, Maryland; New York, New York; went to France and Germany and was released at Fort Sheridan, Illinois on August 10, 1946. Nolen was saved to faith in Jesus Christ on August 12, 1943 at Beulah Baptist Church during a revival. Neighbors said they could hear shouting from the Church that night. He was ordained as Deacon for Beulah Baptist Church on August 8, 1948, and served until his death.

Nolen loved life; he loved to tease, laugh and cut up. He loved telling stories about things that happened to him in his life; this gave him enjoyment. One story he told was that he and Oval had a flying truck. Because every time they went somewhere in it, a piece would fly off.

Nolen was a man who had strong convictions; a solid faith and a serving heart; on a particular day he helped dig a grave, then sung in the choir for the service, and was a pallbearer for the same service. Summary, Nolen always did what he could wherever he was needed.

Visitation was held Monday, June 9, 2014, at 5:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Beulah Baptist Church. Rev. Bill Belmar, Rev. Gerald Collier, and Rev. Elmo Parker ministered to the family and Dale Collier, David Collier, Dusty Parker, Jason Parker, Eric Marsh, Clinton Miller, Jonathan Finch, and Gene Parker served as pallbearers. Jeff Parker provided the music. Full military honors were provided by the Missouri Army National Guard and Arnold Hodge post 281 American Legion. Burial was at Beulah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Beulah Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at



Leta P. Fox 6/06/2014

June 6, 2014

Leta P. Fox, 94, of Patterson, MO., passed away at Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont, MO on Friday, June 6, 2014. Leta was born March 14, 1920, at Alton, MO. Daughter of Philander Martin and Nova Biffle Martin. In 1942 she was united in marriage to Samuel B. Fox and to this union two children were born. Leta grew up in the Alton, MO,area and after marriage she lived in Manchester, MO, Granite City, IL, Patterson , MO, Garden Grove, CA , and then back to Patterson , MO. She was converted to Christ at an early age. She had past attended Little Lake Church and Rings Creek Church. In Leta’s spare time she enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, enjoying her flowers, eating out, and spending time with
friends. Leta was a homemaker for many years caring for her family. She also sold Tupperware and Avon.

She is survived by her two sons, and two daughters , Billy Joe Fox of Williamsville, MO, and Johnny Dean Fox of Patterson, MO; Loreta Pearl May, and Wanda Lee Wigton , both from Springfield, MO area. Nine grandchildren, Danny, Jamie, Billy, Twila, Wanda, John, Eric, Rhonda, and Keiffer; many great grandchildren, and one brother Jared Martin of Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Walter “Pete” Martin, George Martin, Joe Martin, Chester
Martin, and Herbert Martin; Three sisters, Zella Barton, and twins whom passed shortly after birth.    

Visitation was held Sunday, June 8, 2014, from 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services followed at 2:00 P.M.  Bro. David Ryzenga and Pastor Gary Aubuchon ministered to the family and Danny Fox, Billy W. Fox, Jamie Fox, Johnny Fox, Billy J. Fox, and John Leroy Wigton II served as pallbearers. Dakota Fisher and Matthew Grojean provided the music.Burial followed at Rowland-Woods Cemetery, Patterson, MO. Online condolences can be made at


Darlene E Beezley 6/1/2014

June 2, 2014

Darlene E. Beezley, 82, of Patterson, MO, passed away at her residence on Sunday, June 1, 2014. She was born January 13, 1932, in Kime, MO to parents Hoyce Layton and Golda Bazzell Layton.

Darlene spent much of her early years in the St. Louis area attending school in Webster. In 1951 Darlene received Christ as her Savior at New Harmony Baptist Church in St. Louis. She lived a life of service to her family and others.

On May 27, 1950, she married her love Thomas W. “Tom” Beezley. They shared many fond memories together and raised three children together. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, crocheting, ceramics, and embroidery. Darlene loved children and was a wonderful childcare provider. Through her working years she worked at the nursing home and provided babysitting services for others and her own grandchildren.

Darlene is survived by her husband Tom; one son Danny “Dan” Beezley and wife Sandy of Patterson; two daughters, Robin Casey and husband Alan of Piedmont and Ronda Walker of Marble Hill, MO; six grandchildren, Stephanie Walker, Crystal Walker, Veronica Clubb and husband Rick, Dan Casey, Christopher Beezley and wife Meagon, and Emily Beezley; five great grandchildren, Kelly Layne, Makenzie Casey,  Alyvia Casey, Grace Beezley, and Faith Beezley;  three brothers, Hoyce Ray Layton of Winfield, MO, Donald Layton of O’Fallon, MO, and Robert Layton and wife Linda of Amelia, OH; two sisters, Sue Wlodarcik of Piedmont, MO and Brenda Holsapple and husband Ron of Ballwin, MO.

The visitation for Darlene was held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with the service following on Thursday, June 5th at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Alan Casey ministering to the family and Ronda Walker reading the 23rd Psalms.  Pam Green provided the music and Danny Casey, Christopher Beezley, Brent Wlodarcik, Bobby Layton, Rick Clubb, and Kyle Adams served as pallbearers with burial at Flatwoods Cemetery.

Online condolences can be made at

Wilma Jean Belmar 5/26/2014

May 28, 2014


Wilma Belmar, 77, passed away at her home in the Brunot Community surrounded by a loving, caring family Monday May 26, 2014.  She is survived by her husband George whom she married December 13, 1954. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ena Melton Morris and her father and mother-in-law Buford and Sadie Belmar.

In addition to her husband she is survived by one son Jerry (Laura) Belmar, two daughters Sharma (Charley) Goodson and Nora (Gregory) Reuther.

Six grandchildren, Charles (Amber) Goodson, Christopher (Laura) Goodson, Brenda (Timothy) Griffon, Jesse Belmar, Lauren and Nicholas Reuther.

Five great grandchildren, Nadia, Alexis, Elliott, Levi Goodson and Emma Griffon.

One brother Richard Morris and five nephews.

Wilma was a faithful member of the Beulah Baptist Church where she had been a member for sixty years.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She had been a manager for Tupperware for many years.

She loved to travel, read, cook and do China painting, and loved to spend time with her grandchildren. She will be missed by all that loved and knew her.

Visitation for Wilma was held on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, the service was held on Friday, the 30th at Beulah Baptist Church at 11:00 A.M. with Bro. Bill Belmar ministering to the family.  Music was provided by Jesse Belmar, Laura Belmar and Boone Pence.   Charles Goodson, Christopher Goodson, Jesse Belmar, Nicholas Reuther, Tim Griffon, and Gene Parker served as pallbearers with burial being in the Beulah Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations to Beulah Cemetery or Legacy Hospice can be made. Online condolences can be made to

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