Ira Charles Morris 12/30/2014

December 31, 2014

Ira Charles Morris, 84, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital in Poplar Bluff, MO. Ira was born in Patterson on August 12, 1930 to Oscar C. Morris and Lottie M. Shearrer, who preceded him in death.

Ira was united in marriage to Margo Toohey on November 9, 1994, who survives at home.

Ira entered the US Air Force in August 1947 and was discharged in November of 1951.

Ira was baptized in La Puente, CA in January 17, 1965 and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and was a member of the Arnold Hodge Post #281.

He was self-employed, doing maintenance on air conditioners, working most of the time at the Air Force Base in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He loved to garden and work on his home and play with his dog, Foxy.

Ira is survived by his wife; two sons, Chuck Morris and his wife Gwen of Fairfax, MO, Roger Morris and his wife Sharon of Festus, MO; three step-sons, Michael “Rile” McMullin of Piedmont, MO, Richard Reginald “Reggie” McMullin of Wright City, MO, William O’Brian “Willie” McMullin and his wife Kathy Jo of Boss, MO; one daughter, Charlene Wilson and Brad Smythe of Piedmont, MO; three brother-in-laws, Bob, Johnny and Eddie Boyer of Piedmont, MO; four sister-in-laws, Alice Morris, Ione Morris and her husband Ray, and Peggy Casey all of Piedmont, MO, Jane Barton of Florissant, MO ; and one aunt, Ruth Schofield of Piedmont, MO; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death where his parents; and one brother, Clyde Morris.

Visitation was held Friday, January 2, 2015, at 9:30 A.M., with services following at 11:00 A.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Pastor Elmo Parker ministered to the family and grandson Chris Wilson shared special memories of Ira. Chris Wilson, Tyler Wilson, Brad Smythe, Jason Klepfel, Joey Lawson, and Kyle Morris served as pallbearers. Dyln Jeffers and Billy Morris were honorary pallbearers. Recorded musical selections “I’m Coming Home” and “Look at Us” were played during the service. Burial followed at Rowland Woods Cemetery near Patterson, MO, with Military Honors provided by the Arnold Hodge Post 281 and the United States Air Force. Online condolences can be made at

Thomas Albert “Abby” DeBoard 12/22/2014

December 23, 2014

Thomas Albert “Abby” DeBoard, 82, of Des Arc, passed away on Monday, December 22, 2014 at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO. Abby was born in Annapolis, MO, on December 31, 1931 to William DeBoard and Georgia Hasley DeBoard who preceded him in death.

On February 16, 1974 he was united in marriage to Billie Faye Hampton.

Abby retired from General Motors as a water inspector. In the early 1980’s he gave his heart to God. He loved to witness to people about the Lord. He enjoyed this more than anything. He had a love for children and was known to have a pocketful of candy for them and the children knew it and loved to see him coming.

He is survived by his wife, one son, Rick DeBoard of Forsyth, MO; two step-sons, Charles Timothy Duckett of Des Arc, MO, Mark Eric Duckett of Ellsinore, MO; four daughters, Carolyn Sue Spivey of Farmington, MO, Linda Faye Pierce of High Ridge, MO, Glenda May Adams of Arcadia Valley, MO, Christina Golden of Des Arc, MO; two step-daughters, Diane Schwiet, of Arcadia Valley, MO, Sheila Green of Des Arc, MO; one sister, Glenda Genese of St. Louis, MO; and twenty-seven grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Frank DeBoard, David DeBoard, and Gene DeBoard.

Visitation was held Friday, December 26, 2014, at 10:00 A.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed at 2:00 P.M., at the chapel, with Pastors Laura and Roger Browers ministering to the family and Carolyn Sue Spivey providing the eulogy. Lucas Browers and Christina Golden ministered with music. Burial followed at Mt. View Cemetery, Des Arc, MO, with James Green, Thomas Golden, Tim Burkett, Doug Anderson, Ricky DeBoard and Dustin Woods serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

James Edward Kemper 12/22/2014

December 22, 2014

James Edward Kemper, 59, of Williamsville, MO, passed away Monday, December 22, 2014, at Greenville Nursing and Rehab. James was born on June 9, 1955 in Jacksonville, IL, to Clarence Kemper and Evelyn Berniece Hetzel, who preceded him in death.
James had been self-employed as a tuck pointer. He was of the Protestant faith.
He is survived by two brothers, Ricky Kemper and his wife Denice of House Springs, MO, and Randy Gene Phillips and his wife Patty of Richland, MO; three sisters, Toni Payne and her husband Bill, Cindy Arbogast and her husband Mike, and Tammy Phillips all of Richland, MO; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and a very good friend Steve Hillis of Williamsville, MO. There will be no public services. Online condolences can be made at

Marie Decker 12/17/2014

December 17, 2014

Marie Decker, 94, of Fredericktown, MO, passed away Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the Stockhoff Memorial Nursing Home in Fredericktown, MO.

Marie was born on September 8, 1920 to Samuel Losh and Ella Moses Losh who preceded her in death.

On December 29, 1940 she was united in marriage to Harry Decker, who preceded her in death. To this union two children were born.

Marie was raised in St. Louis and attended school there. She worked in a department store doing clerical work and then in 1982 moved to Piedmont. She loved to shop but her main focus was her family. She loved to take care of them.

Marie is survived by one son; Jerry Decker of Piedmont, MO, one daughter; Eileen and her husband Michael Aimone of Godfrey, IL, one brother; Sam Losh and his wife Laura, three grandchildren; Nicole Roy, Michael Aimone and his wife Alyse and Steven Aimone, and three great-grandchildren; Makenlee, Marissa and Latham.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother; Melvin Hampton and one sister; Faye Prine.
Visitation for Marie was held Friday, December 19th from 12:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, with the services following at 2:00 P.M. in the chapel with Pastor Pete Ruble ministering to the family. Burial was at the Masonic Cemetery with Michael Aimone, Kenny Williams, Kent Faye, Steve Aimone, David Thurman and James Erhardt serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

William Gene Middleton 12/13/2014

December 15, 2014

William “Will” Gene Middleton, 41, of Piedmont, MO, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO.
Will was born on January 8, 1973 in Poplar Bluff, MO, to Stanford “Rusty” Jackson, who survives and Brenda Middleton who preceded him in death.
Will grew up in the Piedmont and Jackson area. He enjoyed walking on the gravel bars of the Upper Black River and riding his four wheeler on the trails and through the woods. He was a prolific reader of science fiction, enjoyed writing poetry and short stories.
Surviving Will is one daughter, Krysta Middleton of Jackson, MO; his grandmother, Eileen Middleton, of Piedmont, MO; aunts and uncles, Jan and David Young and Brad and Janice Middleton all of Piedmont; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Clifton Eugene Middleton. Memorial service for “Will” was held Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 3:00 P.M. at Murphy Cemetery, rural Piedmont. Pastor Pete Ruble ministered to the family and Reyt and Sadie Middleton provided special musical tributes. Online condolences can be made at

Arlie Sanders 12/13/2014

December 15, 2014 (1) (1)

Arlie Sanders, 81, of Piedmont, MO, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at his residence. Arlie was born in Bardley, MO, to J. C. Sanders and Maude D. Roberts Sanders who preceded him in death.

In April 1966 he was united in marriage to Janet Schoelhammer, who preceded him in death. Together they raised eleven children.

Arlie was raised on the family farm in Ripley County. He was all about nature, hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a member of the N.R.A., the North American Hunters Club and the United Auto Workers with Ford.

Arlie’s adult life was spent in Pacific, MO, where he worked and retired from Ford Motor Company. Arlie was a born again Christian.

Surviving Arlie are three sons, Jay Sanders and companion Lauri Pfaff, Shane Sanders, and Arlie “Buddy” Sanders, Jr., and his wife Connie all of Piedmont, MO; four step-sons, Bobby Archer of St. Louis, MO, Glenn Archer of Warrenton, MO, Joe Archer and his wife Laura of Robertsville, MO, Duane Archer, Union , MO; two daughters, Arlene Bates and her husband Chris of Warrenton, MO, and Sheila Lewis of Lake City, FL; one step-daughter, Anna Noelken of Warrenton, MO, two brothers, Bob Sanders and his wife Geraldine of Piedmont, MO; and Albert Sanders of Rock Island, IL; and three sisters, Beth Audry Elizabeth Ross, of Piedmont, MO, Betty Lamar, of Arnold, MO, and Anna Jean Barnett of San Diego, CA; and many grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife; one son, Denny Sanders; two brothers, Delmar Lee and Jimmy J. Sanders; and one sister, Mildred “Leona” Bennett.
Visitation was held Thursday, December 18, 2014, from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont. Services followed at 2:00 P.M. at the chapel with Pastor Richard Sanders ministering to the family. Burial will be at Masonic Cemetery, with Jay Sanders, Shane Sanders, Arlie “Buddy” Sanders, Jr., Jason Sanders, Lemorne Aaron, Colton Perry, Daniel Howe and Christopher Bates serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Mabel L. Ruble – Clark 12/10/2014

December 10, 2014

Mabel Lucille Ruble-Clark, 88, of Piedmont, MO, passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Clarks Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont. Mabel was born on July 28th, 1926 in Caledonia, MO to John Marr and Stella Cluff who preceded her in death.
On September 5, 1940 Mabel was united in marriage to Joel A. (Jack) Ruble and together they raised 14 children. Joel passed away in 1982. In April 1984 Mabel married James E. Clark, who preceded her in death in 1994.
Mabel was a school bus driver for 21 years but her greatest accomplishment was that of homemaker. She loved her family and having them around her.
Surviving Mabel are five sons; Robert (Pat) Ruble of Poplar Bluff, MO, Pete (Kathy) Ruble of Piedmont, MO, Richard (Vivian) of Charlotte, NC, Charles (JoAnn) Ruble of Pleasant Hill, MO, and Randall Keith (Teresa) Ruble of Vulcan, MO, six daughters; Patricia (George) Howard of Piedmont, MO, Helen (Ron) Hughes of Farmington, MO, Ruth (James) Clark of Piedmont, MO, Hazel (Ron) Hopkins of Dix, IL, Sandra (Robert) Phelps, of Annapolis, MO, and Judith Koehr of Maui, Hawaii, one daughter-in-law; Debbie Ruble, one brother; Joseph T. (Louise) Marr of Marshall, MO, 41 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren, 22 great-great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.
Preceding her in death are her parents; her husbands; two sons; Infant James Ruble and Jack Ruble, one daughter; Betty Bieser, one brother; David Marr, two sisters; Maudie Moss and Gladys McGuire, two grandchildren; Amy Harris and Julie Scott, and two great-grandchildren; Amy Kingery and Justine Stidmon.
Visitation was held Friday, December 12, 2014, at 5:00 P.M. at Harvest Baptist Church, Piedmont, MO. Services followed on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. also at the church.Burial was at Ruble Cemetery, rural Piedmont, MO. Pastor Pete Ruble ministered to the family and family members shared special memories of Mabel. Musical selections were provided by the church and Kyle Henson, Tyler Henson, Justin Henson, Jerod Henson, Ben Ruble, Adam Ruble, Jason Ruble, Scott Ruble, Ken Clark, Steve Howard, Jeff Howard, and Rob Ruble served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Willis Marion Jones 12/9/2014

December 9, 2014

Willis Marion Jones, 84, of Piedmont, MO, passed away on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Clarks Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont. Willis was born in Fisk, MO, on September 3, 1930 to William Jones and Jessie Clark Jones, who preceded him in death.

Willis was united in marriage to Anna Sue Brewington on December 22, 1951, and to this union two children were born.

Willis proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and had a career in banking for many years serving as bank executive.

Willis is survived by his wife Sue; one son, Kevin (Glenda) Jones of Piedmont, MO; one daughter, Paula (Ken) Simmons of Branson, MO; four grandchildren, Ean Ramsey, Lance Brunk, Sarah Williamson, Jenny Jones; five great grandchildren, Austin Willis, Brayden Willis, Edyn Ramsey, Case Williamson, Kolt Williamson; one brother, Donald L. Jones of Poplar Bluff, MO; and one sister-in-law, Evelyn Jones of Poplar Bluff, MO.

Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother; Harold Jones; and one sister, Isobel Clark. There are no pubic services planned. Online condolences can be made at

Charles G. Bennett 12/7/2014

December 9, 2014

Charles Gilbert Bennett, age 76 of Clarksville, passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Gateway Medical Center.
Charles was born on October 11, 1938 in Columbia, IL, the son of George T. Bennett and Maxine Adams Bennett. He was a retired veteran of the United States Army.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Michals; nieces, Toni Taylor, Sophie Michals, and Sara Michals; nephew, Charles Michals; several cousins; special friend, Ivonney Howland and a host of other family and friends.

Visitation was held Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 11:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. Services were held at 2:00 P.M. at the chapel. Pastor Fred Goad ministered to the family and Charley Michals, John Spencer, Ivonney Howland, Donald Akers, Fred Goad, Ronnie Street, Al Wills, and Jim Ruegg served as pallbearers. Burial was at Mt. View Cemetery, Des Arc, MO with Full Military Honors provided by United States Army Fort Leonard Wood military funeral honors team.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at 1818 Patterson Street Nashville, TN 37203 and/or the American Diabetes Association at P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312.

Online condolences can be made at

Alice “Dolores” Bennett 12/7/2014

December 9, 2014

Alice “Dolores” Bennett of Williamsville, Missouri passed away at home with her husband by her side Sunday, Dec 7 2014.
Dolores grew up in Savannah, GA; graduated from Jenkins High in 1960, then from Georgia Southern College in 65.
Dolores was a teacher by profession. She was a spiritual woman who loved to work in her garden or draw/paint.
She married Jimmy/Jim Bennett in July of 1966 and as a military wife, she traveled the world as they raised a family.
She will be missed by her husband of 48 years, her 3 children Kim, Kelly and Kevin; six grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren;.
3 brothers, Michael, Robert and David and her sister Debbie.
A family celebration of her life is pending…
Ruegg Funeral Home of Williamsville, MO, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

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