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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.
Licensed Funeral Director
Frances Ruegg, wife of Jim Ruegg, is a retired school teacher of 22 years. She has been a funeral director since 1976. She was a book keeper and secretary for Ruegg Funeral Homes, Inc. from 1989-present. She is an active member of the Harvest Baptist Church of Piedmont and a member of the Piedmont Chapter #347 O.E.S. Frances is the mother of Alex Ruegg and Blythe (Ruegg) Waldschmidt. She is the proud grandmother of 7.
Funeral Director and Embalmer Licensed Insurance Agent
Upon graduation from high school, Alex enrolled at St. Louis Community college at Forest Park to major in mortuary science. In 1997,Alex attained his funeral directors licensed. After receiving his mortuary science degree in 1998, Alex went on to receive his embalming license in 1999. Alex served as Vice-President of Ruegg Funeral Homes, Inc. for seven years. He is also a licensed insurance agent. He is an Past President of the Piedmont Rotary Club. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and a former assistant District Governor of Rotary District #6060.
Licensed Funeral Director
Ronnie J. Street of Patterson has been employed by Ruegg Funeral Home since 1999 and been a licensed Funeral Director since 2001. Ronnie was raised in the Patterson community and is a 1961 graduate of Clearwater High School. He married the former Carolyn Sutton. He is a Veteran of the U.S. Army, Vietnam era. Ronnie is active in the community as a member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Piedmont Rotary Club and a member of the Wayne County Historical Society