Miscellaneous Wayne County, Missouri Obituaries

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Harold W. Walk II
Harold W. Walk, II, 34, died Jan. 21, 2003 in Columbus, Miss. He was born Feb. 3, 1968 in Lutesville, Mo., son of Wayne and Mary (Burch) Walk of McGee. He was united in marriage to Nancy Jean Barks May 4, 1990 and she survives, residing in Greenville. Mr. Walk was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a self-employed truck driver. He loved to hunt and fish. He had been an active member of the Jaycees for many years. In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by three children, Lydia, Trey and Cora Walk, all of the home; one brother, Perry Walk, McGee; grandparents, Claude and Lawatta Walk, McGee. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Floy Burch. The funeral was held Jan. 24 at Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel, Greenville, with Rev. Bill Sargent and Rev. Larry Underwood officiating. Pallbearers were Chip Costephens, Randy Robinson, Shannon Wren, Rusty Sly, Wayne Birmingham, Norman Shaffer, Joey Cameron, J.R. Allen and Gary Haney. Military honors were provided by VFW Post #6477 of Poplar Bluff and the Missouri Honor Guard. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery, McGee.

Clifton E. Rutter
Clifton E. Rutter, 37, died Jan. 22, 2003 at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Feb. 8, 1965 in Arcadia, Mo., son of Clifton L. Rutter of Annapolis and Lola Faye (Dean) Luten of Des Arc. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one brother, Charles Rutter, Potosi; two half-brothers, Chad Rutter, Kansas City, Kansas, B.J. Luten, Des Arc. The funeral was held Jan. 25 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, with Rev. Don Dement officiating. Those providing music were Rev. C.J. Casteel, Jack Rutter, Debbie, Danielle, Donnie Wright and Sonjia Dement.. Pallbearers were Cliff, Roger, Bill, Jack, Kenny and Donnie Rutter and Kenneth Rapps. Burial was in Mt. View Cemetery, Des Arc.

Lena D. England
Lena Dolly England, 89, died Jan. 24, 2003 in Piedmont, Mo. She was born May 31, 1913 near Annapolis, Mo., daughter of the late William and Bertha (Lewis) Alcorn. She married William E. England Dec. 2, 1935 and he preceded her in death. Mrs. England was a homemaker, who lived most of her life in Iron County. She was a long time member of the Walker Branch United Baptist Church in Lesterville. She is survived by two daughters, Glenna England, Piedmont, Dolores Lucy, Ironton; one son, Melvin England, Piedmont; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirley England; one son, Arnold England; one brother, Lyman Alcorn; three sisters, Julia Alcorn, Minnie Alcorn, Dolus Overall; one grandson, Farrell Bryan Esmond. The funeral was held Jan. 27 at Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel, Piedmont, with Rev. Clyde Hedgcoth officiating and music by Scott Tucker. Pallbearers were John Waller, Jr., Charles Crowley, Tim Esmond, Jim Hutchison, Dale Bryan and Charlie Goodsen. Burial was in Annapolis Cemetery.

Elsie Ward
Elsie Ward, 82, died Jan. 25, 2003 in Springfield, Mo. She was born May 23, 1920 in Brunot, Mo., daughter of the late Lee and Etta (Reeves) Duncan. She retired from Wayne Medical Center in Piedmont and attended the Patterson Methodist Church before relocating to Springfield. She is survived by four sons, Keith (Essie) Ward, Mt. Vernon, Ill., Darrell (Marietta) Ward, Springfield, Tom (Sue) Ward, Fredericktown, Ralph Ward, Bonne Terre; one sister, Marie Long, St. Louis; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Warren Lee Ward. The funeral was held Jan. 28 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, with Rev. Dennis Allen officiating and music by Linda Hall. Pallbearers were Mike Ross, Dennis Kime, Herman Prenzel, Gary Hall, Keith Hall, Gary Faith and Lindell Kearby. Burial was in Patterson Cemetery.

William E. 'Billy' Condray
William E. "Billy" Condray, 25, died Jan. 19, 2003 in Ellsinore, Mo. He was born April 15, 1977 in St. Louis, Mo., son of David Condray of Lowndes and JoAnn Hawley of St. Charles. Billy was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was employed by Williamsville Stone Company. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Casey and Michael Condray, both of Williamsville; one sister, Jerri Sue Condray, Williamsville; one stepbrother, Jay Clinton Rainwater, Ponca City, Okla.; grandparents, Bill and Loretta Hawley, St. Louis, Barbara Condray, Williamsville; great-grandmothers, Wilma Bratton, Williamsville, Eufa Condray, Lafe, Ark. The funeral was held Jan. 22 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville, with Rev. Kenny Condray officiating. Pallbearers were Roger Cravens, Jim Condray, Chris Marler, Scott Marler, Eric Fuchs and Wes Owens. Burial was in Duncan Cemetery, Piedmont. Military honors were provided by the Marine Corps of Fort Leonard Wood.

Claude W. White
Claude William White, 81, died Jan. 21, 2003 at Claru DeVille Nursing Center in Fredericktown, Mo. He was born July 29, 1921 in Minimum, Mo., son of the late William and Gusta (Chilton) White. He was united in marriage to Claudia Miller Jan. 12, 1946 and she survives, residing in Piedmont. Mr. White retired from Anheuser Busch, St. Louis. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the VFW. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the South Pacific from May 1942 until June 1945. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Alice Ward, Fredericktown, Linda Townsend, Poplar Bluff, Doris Ramsey, Piedmont; one son, Wade White, Willow Springs; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Aaron Ellinghouse. The funeral was held Jan. 23 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, with Rev. John Radford officiating. Pallbearers were Kevin Ward, Scott Macke, David Ellinghouse, Eric White, Bill Govero and Wayne Dodson. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery, Des Arc.

Clyde M. Reed
Clyde Malcom Reed, 80, died Jan. 22, 2003 at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington, Mo. He was born Aug. 29, 1922 in Vulcan, Mo., son of the late Charles and Martha (Hickman) Reed. He was united in marriage to Eunice "June" Middleton Oct. 18, 1948 and she survives, residing in Vulcan. Clyde was a veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Army and was a retired foreman for Brown Shoe in Piedmont. He was a charter member of Vulcan Assembly of God Church beginning Dec. 22, 1950. He is survived by three sons, Clyde Ray (Mary) Reed, Piedmont, Brent Wade (Rita) Reed, Elvin Trent (Patricia) Reed, all of Vulcan; two daughters, Janice Laraine (Gary) Schneider, St. Charles, Ill., Kerry Jalene (Paul) DeGregorio, St. Louis; one sister, Maple Jeans, St. Louis; 14 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by eight brothers, Claude, Bert, Chester, Cloyd Lester, Nay, Ray and Woodrow Reed and an infant; two sisters, Myrtle Ruble, Maudie Huff. The funeral was held Jan. 25 at Vulcan Assembly of God Church with Rev. Jerry Cuneio officiating and music by Trent Reed, Bill Bennett, Guy Stevenson, Terry Dement, Susie Dement, Helen Jackson and the congregation. Pallbearers were Brandon, Boyd, Trent, James and Clyde Matthew Reed and Neil Schneider. Honorary pallbearers were Sara Schneider, Katie, Ann, Debbie and Emily DeGregorio, Casey Kindt, Jennifer and Britney Reed. Burial was in John Ruble Cemetery, Vulcan. Arrangements were under the direction of Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont.

Hilda M. Swanson
Hilda Margaret Swanson, 89, died Jan. 24, 2003 at Reynolds County Memorial Hospital in Ellington, Mo. She was born March 25, 1913 in Independence, Colo., daughter of the late Axel and Jennie (Johnson) Swanson. Hilda was a missionary in Chile for 42 years. She was a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Piedmont. She enjoyed her work and writing letters. She is survived by one brother, George Swanson, Ellington; two sisters, Alice Carter, Piedmont, Florence Talk, Arlington, Texas. The funeral was held Jan. 26 at McSpadden Funeral Home, Ellington, officiated by Rev. Charlie Gillenwater and Rev. Pat Fitzgerald. Pallbearers were Fred Allen, Elvis Hall, Carl Meister, Carl Meister, Jim Lesh and Bill Carter. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of McSpadden Funeral Home, Ellington.

James E. Kyle
James E. Kyle, 66, died March 23, 2003 in Des Arc, Mo. He was born June 27, 1936 in St. Louis, Mo., son of the late Willard and Dollie (Eldridge) Kyle. He was united in marriage to Alma Pauline Wolfe Jan. 15, 1958 and she preceded him in death March 7, 1997. Mr. Kyle was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a mechanic and owner/operator of a service station. He was of the Protestant faith. He is survived by three daughters, Melody Rogers, Adelanto, Calif., Theresa Young, Jonesboro, Ark., Judy Faulkner, Des Arc; four stepsons, David, Rudy, and Randy Dalton, all of Park Hills, Ricky Dalton, Kansas City, Kansas; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Bob Kyle; one sister, Wilma Jean Kyle. The funeral was held March 27 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, with Rev. Dewel Smith officiating. Pallbearers were Troy Silvy, John Griffen, Ricky Hoskins, Paul Strebler, Jason Stout and Andy Houghton. Burial was in Mt. View Cemetery, Des Arc, with military honors provided by the Veteran Honor Guard of Poplar Bluff.

Eula M. James
Eula Marie James, 67, died March 27, 2003 at her home in McGee, Mo. She was born Jan. 18, 1936 in McGee, daughter of Lillie (VanMatre) Wills of McGee and the late Clarence Wills. She was united in marriage to Hubert James Jan. 24, 1953 in McGee and he preceded her in death April 8, 1999. Mrs. James was a homemaker, a member of the VFW Auxiliary of Puxico and the Brush Creek Missionary Baptist Church of Zalma. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a special friend, James Laughlin of McGee, two brothers, Alfred Wills, Patterson, Bill Wills, McGee; five sisters, Mary Hill, Granite City, Louise Lafferty, Bloomfield, Lorene Williams, Wanda Rodgers, Norma VanMatre, all of Advance. She was preceded in death by one son, David James. The funeral was held March 29 at Morgan Funeral Chapel of Advance with Bro. Bill Sargent officiating and Bro. Lonnie Clubb assisting. Burial was in Brush Creek Cemetery, Zalma.

Thomas A. Shepherd, Jr.
Thomas A. Shepherd, Jr., 55, died March 27, 2003 in Marionville, Mo. He was born Nov. 6, 1947 in Annapolis, Mo., son of the late Thomas and Grace (Casteel) Shepherd. He married Barbara Hobbs May 14, 1973 in Campbell and she survives, residing in Marionville. Mr. Shepherd was a farmer. He was of the Pentecostal faith. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Glynis Alvarez, Columbia, Ladonna Brown, Fairview; two sons, Jason Shepherd, Holland, Mich., Kevin Shepherd, Marionville; five brothers, Mike and Dathan Shepherd, both of Pullman, Mich., Tyrone Shepherd, South Haven, Mich., Jeff Shepherd, Des Arc, Terry Shepherd, Mineral Point; two sisters, Rita Webb, St. Louis, Pam Buckner, Mapleton, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Amanda and Brandy Hentschel, Nicole, Clarissa, Dakota and Thomas Shepherd and Tyler Brown. He was preceded in death by one brother, Steve Shepherd. The funeral was held April 1 at Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel, Piedmont, with Rev. Clarence J. Casteel officiating. Music was provided by Rev. Casteel, Virginia Dinkins and Beth Francis. Pallbearers were Jason, Kevin and Danny Shepherd, Jack Elliot, Eddie Champion and Allen Gracia. Burial was in Annapolis Cemetery.

Mary 'Sue' Barks
Mary "Sue" Barks, 61, died Aug. 2, 2003 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She was born May 12, 1942 in Poplar Bluff, Mo., daughter of the late Lee and Edna (Burch) Golden. She was united in marriage to Marvin Barks Oct. 8, 1960 and he survives, residing in Silva. Mrs. Barks was a 1960 graduate of Greenville High School. She was a homemaker and of the General Baptist faith. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Ronnie (Robin) Barks, Silva; one daughter, Rhonda (Duane) Eads, Clubb; one half-brother, V.C. "Bud" Goodman, St. Louis; one half-sister, Dorma Spencer, St. Louis; four grandchildren, Leeanna and Dawson Eads, Jacob and Caleb Barks. She was preceded in death by one half-sister, Alma Mae Casey. The funeral was held Aug. 5 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, with Rev. Willis Guess and Rev. Kenny Burchard officiating. Music was provided by Glendell Twidwell and Daphne Hershey. Pallbearers were Ray Stith, Jr., Chester Shrum, Forrest Monty Twidwell, Mike Green, Paul Ray Costephens, Jr. and Larry Hill. Honorary pallbearers were C.L. McLane, Truman Barks, Marty Yount, Carl Rickman, Frank Warmack, Jesse Birmingham, Paul Bridges and Darryl Smith. Burial was in New Prospect Cemetery, Silva.

Herman E. Wilfong
Herman E. Wilfong, 83, died Nov. 13, 2003. He was born July 16, 1920. He was united in marriage to Lois Rodgers Nov. 20, 1941, in Jackson and she survives, residing in Wappapello. Mr. Wilfong entered the CCC camp when he was 17. During WWII, he worked in a gun factory in California. He was a school bus driver in Zalma and worked at the Mingo Wildlife Preserve. He was a member of the Missouri State Highway Commission and initiated the development of Highway Z. He retired from Mingo Job Corps in 1966. Mr. Wilfong served as Wayne County Eastern District commissioner for eight years. He had been an active member of Bright Prospect Church. He enjoyed singing and hunting. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Herman (Becky) Wilfong Jr., Randy (Karen) Wilfong, all of Wappapello; one daughter, Carolee Wilfong, McGee; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. The funeral was officiated by Rev. Ray Placher with music by Glendell Twidwell, Daphne Hershey and Jean Placher. Graveside service was at Wilfong Cemetery with Alvie Richman singing.

Katherine Hamilton
Katherine Hamilton, 85, died Nov. 15, 2003, in Piedmont, Mo. She was born Nov. 19, 1917, in Piedmont, daughter of the late Albion and Velma (Hood) Daniel. She was united in marriage to Coyle Hamilton May 23, 1937, in Corning, Ark. and he preceded her in death Jan. 17, 2002. Mrs. Hamilton graduated from Piedmont High School and had attended every alumni banquet for the past 69 years. She was a bookkeeper for W.M. Luna Hardware store for 41 years. She served as secretary for the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 347 and was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Piedmont. She is survived by one daughter, Marilyn (Jack) Little, Wilmington, Del.; one sister, Sheila Lovelace, Piedmont; two grandsons, David (Sally) Little, Mark Little; two great-grandchildren, Zachary and Cristiana Little; two nieces, Bonnie Suss and Marlene Cornwall; three nephews, Jim Sutton, Terry McCormick and Joe Wayne McCormick; numerous grandnieces and nephews. Preceding her in death was one brother, Osborne Daniel, and one nephew, Jack Jenkins. The funeral was held Nov. 19 at Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel, Piedmont, with Rev. Jack Little officiating and music provided by Glendell Twidwell, Oresta Atnip and Jeanette Turnbough. Pallbearers were Mark Little, David Little, John Sutton, Houston Sutton, T. J. Sutton and Gary Rose. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Ruby Chilton
Ruby Chilton, 78, died Feb. 5, 2004, in Piedmont, Mo. She was born Oct. 22, 1925, in Deer River, Minn., daughter of the late Frank and Charlotte (Shilt) Burns. She was united in marriage to Otis Chilton Dec. 11, 1940, and he preceded her in death Nov. 14, 1977. Mrs. Chilton, along with her husband, owned and operated Chilton Grocery Store in Piedmont for many years. She was of the Methodist faith. She is survived by her twin sister, Ruth Gray, Piedmont. Preceding her in death were four brothers, Harvey, Earl, Leonard and Fred Burns, three sisters, Ellen Barrett, Gertrudy Thompson and Veda Millison. The funeral was held Feb. 8 at Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel, Piedmont, with Rev. Jason Abrams officiating. Pallbearers were Bud Jon, Michael Jamie Pruitt, Jerry Swedeen, Matt Swedeen, Justin Yoakem and Joseph Yoakem. Honorary pallbearers were Kayla Gray, Trebor Gray and Travis Pruitt. Burial was in Gressham Cemetery, near Ellsinore.

Joel F. Livingston
Joel Franklin Livingston, 73, died Feb. 2, 2004, at St. Francois Manor in Farmington, Mo. He was born Nov. 26, 1930, in Ruble, Mo., son of the late Lyman and Ida (Paul) Livingston. He married Jane Ford and she preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Norwilda Siegler Aug. 17, 1966, and she preceded him in death. Mr. Livingston worked for McCabe Power in St. Louis as an assembler. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was of the Protestant faith He is survived by one son, Joel Franklin Livingston, Jr., Coquille, Ore.; one daughter, Gaye Lynn Taylor, Ore.; three brothers, Grover Livingston, Emmetsburg, Iowa, Jim Livingston, Piedmont, Gerald Livingston, Arnold; five sisters, Imogene Lucas, Jane Swope, both of Fredericktown, Lorraine Moore, Connie Eudy, both of Farmington, Shirley Luther, St. Louis; one stepson, Larry Siegler; one stepdaughter, Jan Rothweiler, Piedmont; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Leroy Livingston, two sisters, Helen Goodson, Martha Beaty, two grandchildren, Kristina and Michael. The funeral was held Feb. 9 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, with Rev. Chuck Lotz officiating and music provided by Glendell Twidwell and Rita Bridges. Pallbearers were Reggie Montgomery, Steven Livingston, Gerald Livingston, Alan Siegler, John Millikan, Dale Swope and Ted Eudy. Burial was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.

Edward D. Braman
Edward D. Braman, 46, died Feb. 7, 2004, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was born Feb. 26, 1957, in St. Louis, Mo., son of the late Willard and Dorothy (Hembie) Braman. Mr. Braman was a self-employed laborer. He is survived by his companion of 22 years, Della Foster, who resides in Greenville; three sons, Robert Braman, Thomas Braman, both of Greenville, Edward Braman, Jr.; one brother, Robert Braman, Scopus; one sister, Dorothy Jones, Marble Hill; four stepchildren, Mona Rich, Greenville, Karen Winchester, Van Buren, Frank Foster, Ellsinore, Dennis Foster, Hopkinsville, Ky.; 12 grand-children. A service of remembrance was held Feb. 10 at Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel, Greenville. Cremation and private burial followed the service.

William E. Akers
William E. Akers, 67, of Chesterfield, died Feb. 6, 2004. He was married to Penelope Brockmeyer and she preceded him in death. Mr. Akers loved to fly and ride his motorcycle. He enjoyed the outdoors and was a frequent visitor to Clearwater Lake. He is survived by one son, Patrick Akers; seven sisters, Helen Stuart, Ruby Ford, Erma Cooper, Dixie Niehaus, Delores Wakefield, Joan Bourn, Judy Elgin; three brothers, George, Jerry and Larry Akers; one granddaughter, Tiffany Akers. He was preceded in death by one son, Christopher Thomas Akers. The funeral was held Feb. 9 at Antioch Baptist Church, Chesterfield. Burial was in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Schrader Funeral Home, Ballwin.

Coy L. Tigart
Coy Lee Tigart, 59, died Feb. 6, 2004, in Piedmont, Mo. He was born July 30, 1944, in Newberry, S.C., son of the late Coy and Edna Tigart. Mr. Tigart was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in Viet Nam from 1962 to 1966. He had lived and worked in Houston, Texas as a truck driver for Williams Brothers Construction Company for many years. He is survived by one son, James Tigart, Sikeston; one brother, Bobby Edwards, Baltimore, Md.; two sisters, Sue Mobley, St. Joseph, Tenn., Dorothy Hale, Piedmont; one grandson, Trey; adopted brothers and sisters, Nathan Hale, Piedmont, Daniel Hale, Millersville, Beverly Wymore, Arnold, Bonnie Funston, Herculaneum, Patsy Sullivan, Olathe, Kan. He was preceded in death by one brother, Bennie Edwards. The funeral was held Feb. 9 at Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel, Piedmont, with Rev. Steve Sale and Rev. Daniel Hale officiating. Pallbearers were Bill Sullivan, Marck Funston, Tom Wymore, Everett Carter, Clint Johnston and David Johnston. Graveside military honors were provided by Navy Honor Guard. Burial was in Peach Tree Cemetery.

Fred Tibbs
Reuben "Fred " Tibbs, 82, died Feb. 3, 2004, at John J. Pershing V.A. Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born Sept. 29, 1921, in Burbank, Mo., son of the late Reuben and Bernice (Thompson) Tibbs. He was united in marriage to Jean Renfrow Sept. 16, 1953, and she preceded him in death Jan. 26, 1962. Mr. Tibbs worked for General Motors in St. Louis as a spray painter. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during WWII. He enjoyed the outdoors and particularly, fox hunting. He was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by two sons, Darrol (Becky) Tibbs, Clubb, Randy (Selisa) Tibbs, Piedmont; one brother, Robert (Dorothy) Tibbs, Lowndes; one sister, Betty (Ted) Harris, Fulton; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Harry and Clarence Tibbs, two sisters, Edith Cottrell and Frances "Sissy" Tibbs. The funeral was held Feb. 6 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, with Rev. Kenny Burchard officiating and music provided by the Jacktown Choir and Barney Rothenhoefer. Pallbearers were Joe Eads, Duane Eads, Dave Wojtkowsklu, Marlyn Edmonds, Tim Burchard and Gene Stuhr. Honorary pallbearers were Leon Beaty and Marvin Evans. Graveside military honors were provided by Dexter Honor Guard. Burial was in Greenville Cemetery.

Ronald S. Yount
Ronald S. Yount, 68, died Feb. 4, 2004, in Imperial, Mo. He was born Oct. 9, 1935, in Hiram, Mo., son of the late Elmer and Gertrude (Matthews) Yount. Mr. Yount was a mechanic. He is survived by one son, Gene Werchow; one daughter, Pamela Freebersyser; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Darrell Yount. The funeral was held Feb. 12 at Schrader Chapel, Ballwin, with Rev. David Hoke officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park, Jennings.

Franklin D. Shular
Franklin D. Shular, 70, died Feb. 3, 2004, at Three Rivers Healthcare North in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born July 6, 1933, in Shook, Mo., son of the late Boyce and Opal (Ward) Shular. He was united in marriage to Ruth Inez Dougherty Aug. 25, 1956, and she survives, residing in Williamsville. Mr. Shular had worked as a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry. He was of the Protestant faith. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Debra (Donald) Duckett, St. Louis, Donna Shular, Spring Branch, Texas, Karen (Bob) Day, Naylor, Shelby Lindsay, Williamsville; one brother, Donald Shular, DeKalb, Ill.; one sister, Eva Smith, Lowndes; six children. The funeral was held Feb. 6 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville, with Rev. Richard Taylor officiating and music by Linette Nelson. Serving their grandfather as pallbearers were Brian Duckett, Robert Duckett, Amanda Day, Dale Day, Daniel Shular and Matthew Bristow. Burial was in Wesley-Dixon Cemetery, Hiram.

Gene Allen
Gene Allen, 68, died Feb. 9, 2004, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 26, 1936, in Piedmont, Mo., son of Eileen Allen, who survives and resides in St. Charles, and the late Clifton Allen. Mr. Allen was a purchasing agent for Brown Shoe Company for 40 years. He is survived by two daughters, Tanya (Randy) Myers-Brown, St. Peters, Gena (Jeff) DeLashmit, O'Fallon; two sisters, Perma White, St. Charles, Nina Brunk, Jefferson City; two grandchildren. The funeral was held Feb. 11 at Baue Funeral Home and Memorial Chapel, St. Charles.

Delmar R. Brooks
Delmar Ray Brooks, 55, died Feb. 5, 2004, at his home in Piedmont, Mo. He was born Feb. 15, 1948, in Des Arc, Mo., son of the late James and Nettie (Gray) Brooks. Mr. Brooks had worked for the Handle Mill in Des Arc. He was of the Protestant faith. His father preceded him in death March 23, 1989, and his mother, June 14, 2002. The funeral was held Feb. 9 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, with Rev. Dewel Smith officiating. Pallbearers were Chuck Morris, Doyle Middleton, Jim Crutchfield, Alex Ruegg, James Brooks and David Brooks. Burial was in Mt. View Cemetery, Des Arc.


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