James M. Ruegg
In 1962 just out of high school,Jim began to work for the Gish Funeral Home and Ambulance Service in Piedmont,Missouri. In 1965,after deciding on a career path,Jim enrolled in the Dallas Institute-Gupton Jones, College of Mortuary Science. In May 1966, he received his funeral directors and embalmers license. Soon after receiving his degree, he was drafted into the United States Army-ground force in Vietnam, where he remained for one year. In 1988, Jim purchased Gish Bowles and Coder Funeral Homes. Soon after the purchase he changed the name to Ruegg Funeral Homes, Inc. which it remains today. Jim retired as a full time employee on February 1, 2010. As a resident of Piedmont for the past 40 years, Jim is active in assuring community involvement. He is an active member of the Harvest Baptist Church of Piedmont; Active member of the Piedmont Rotary Club (a Paul Harris Fellow & Past President of the Club), a member of the Wayne Lodge #546 A.F. & A.M., Piedmont Chapter #347 O.E.S. and he is a Shriner; He is also a member of the American Legion Post #281 in Piedmont. In 2007 Jim was named the Piedmont Area Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the year. Jim is the father of Alex Ruegg and Blythe (Ruegg) Waldschmidt. He is the proud grandfather of 7.