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Grace Fern Lavigne, age 87, entered into rest on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at her home in Festus. She was born to the late William and Iva Mae (Laremore) Hast in Qulin, Missouri on March 15, 1924. She is survived by sons; Ted (Alice) Pickering of Springfield, TN and John (Judith) Pickering of Barnhart, MO, daughters; Bonnie (Ronnie) Risenhoover of DeSoto, Connie Fields of Bastrup, TX, Betty Mattingly of St. Louis, and Marie (Henry) Rosenzweig of Festus, and also a daughter-in-law, Judy Pickering of Bastrup, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Jim Pickering, daughter, Donna Young, Infant, Jetty Pickering, brothers, Clois, Tidas, Harold, Johnny and Augustine Hast; sisters; Goldie and Doris Hast. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, spending time with family, listening to Gospel Music, and feeding her birds. She was a volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Society and loved her Bichon-Frise "Lacey". Reverend Bob Thebeau will officiate the service.  Visitation: Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012 Time: 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Visitation Location: Mahn DeSoto Chapel. Service:
Date: Monday, March 5, 2012  Time: 11:00 am. Service Location: Mahn DeSoto Chapel. Interment: Peaceful Ridge Cemetery. Memorials/Donations. Donations may be sent to the family, C/O Marie Rosenzweig, 114 N 5th St., Festus, MO 63028.

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Vernon Francis Lilly, age 91, of Imperial, Missouri, formerly of Festus, Missouri, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012 at his residence.  He was born February 17, 1921 in Festus the son of the late Luella (nee Herman) and John Lilly.  In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Lena B. “Kitty” (nee Kitts) Lilly, a son-in-law John Carter, and a brother John R. Lilly and his late wife Anna. He is survived by daughters Kaye Bins and husband Roland of Crystal City, Missouri, Marla Miller and husband Robert of Vero Beach, Florida, Christine Carter of Imperial, and Robin Lynne Schilly and husband Mark of Festus, grandchildren Tim LaRose and wife Wendy, Gene Bins and wife Leslie, Brett Bins and wife Tami, Melissa Schilly, Stephanie (nee Schilly) Masterson and husband Nick, 5 Great-Grandchildren and 5 Great-Great Grandchildren. He served in the United States Army during WWII, was a member of VFW Post #3777, American Legion Post #253, and the First United Methodist Church of Festus/Crystal City.  He worked as a machinist for Pittsburg Plate Glass Company in Crystal City and retired after 37 years. Visitation 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Monday, March 5, 2012 at Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus, with funeral services 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 6, 2012, officiated by Rev. Randy Gray, Pastor of Radiant Life Pentecostal Church in Festus.  Interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Crystal City, Missouri.  Memorials preferred to the American Heart Association.

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Rhonda Lynn Rapp, age 49, of Festus, Missouri passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.  She was born October 28, 1962 in Crystal City, Missouri the daughter of Marilyn (nee Kozloski) Guidicy of Festus and the late William Guidicy. She is survived by a son Chris Rapp and wife Kelli of Festus, a brother Bill Guidicy and wife Gail of Festus, a sister Gail Thoma and husband Bob of Columbia, Illinois, grandchildren Brooklyn Rapp and Landon Weiss and special friend Dennis Crocker. She was the owner/operator of Rhonda’s Hair Works. Visitation at Vinyard Hillcrest Funeral Home in Pevely, Missouri, Monday, March 5, 2012 from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at 1:00 P.M. officiated by Rev. Jarold Rux, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crystal City.  Interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Pevely.  Memorials preferred to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

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Juanita A. Warden, age 84, of DeSoto entered into rest at the Villa's on Friday, March 2, 2012. Born on May 12, 1927 in DeSoto; she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Bridget (nee Thebeau) Sansoucie. Her husband John J Warden, Jr. preceded her in death in August of 2010. Juanita had worked for Fo Jo Studio and enjoyed playing Bingo. She is survived by three sons: Tom (Connie) Warden, Cadet, Ed Warden and Rick Warden, both of DeSoto; three daughters, Deborah Warden of DeSoto, Jackie (Joe) O'Hanlon of Old Mines and Carol Sue (Dennis) Baker of DeSoto; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren. Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Warden, two brothers, Edward Sansoucie and Clarence Sansoucie; six sisters, Margaret Whitesel, Ethel Walsh, Virginia Henry, Marie Williams, Jean Rogers and Patricia Thebeau. Prayer service Monday evening by Deacon Ed Boyer. Mass, Tuesday, 10:00am with Fr. Alexander Anderson officiating. Visitation: Date: Monday, March 5, 2012 Time: 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Visitation Location: Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto Chapel. Service: Date: Mass, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Time: 10:00am. Service Location: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Interment: Calvary Cemetery. Memorials/Donations: Adopt an Angel Program, St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, 4th & Miller Street, DeSoto, MO 63020

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Leota J. "Lee" Dunn, age 81, of DeSoto entered into rest on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at her residence. Mrs. Dunn was an assembler for Bussmann Fuse Corporation and also a seamstress for Bemis Bag Company. Born September 7, 1930 in Neelys Landing, Missouri; she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Stella (nee Mayberry) Noland. Her husband, Ray F. Dunn preceded her in death,December 3, 2010. Mrs. Dunn is survived by a Special Son, Todd Hartry of Union; two daughters, Patricia Mordis and Ruby McCord both of DeSoto; three sister-in-laws, Bernice (Bobby) Payton of Dexter, Evelyn Dunn of St. Louis and Charlotte Dunn of Cape Girardeau; a brother-in-law, Pete (Vicki) Dunn of Festus; five grandchildren: Candy, Tina, Johnny (Melissa), Chris and Lee (Millie); twelve great-grandchildren, Frank, Brittain, Matthew, Cassie, Nichi, Elton, Kirsten, Jenna, Colin, Taylor, Brayden and Matt; and one great-great-grandson, Nicholas; special neighbors and friends. Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Loretta "Jean" Stogner, seven brothers, Gene, Bud, Bun, Herby, Don, Gerald and Darryl Noland; two son-in-laws, Elton Mordis and Harold McCord. Pastor Danny Loesch will be officiating funeral ceremony. Visitation: Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Visitation Location: Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto Chapel, Service: Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Time: 11:00am. Service Location: Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto Chapel. Interment: DeSoto City Cemetery. Memorials/Donations: Cardinal Glennon Hospital, 1465 S. Grand, St. Louis, MO 63104.

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Leo Siracusa, age 94, of Crystal City, Missouri passed away Monday, March 5, 2012 at Crystal Oaks Skilled Nursing Center in Crystal City.  He was born November 18, 1917 in Crystal City the son of the late Sylvia (nee Martin) and Stephano “Sam” Siracusa.  In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Katherine T. (nee Stevens) Siracusa, a sister Lillian Rhineberger, sister-in-laws Normalee Siracusa, Augusta Siracusa and Goldie Stevens and brother-in-laws Walter Rhineberger, Gene Harter and Joseph LeBoube. He is survived by sons Stephen Siracusa and wife Pat of Herculaneum, Missouri and John M. Siracusa of Festus, Missouri, a daughter Patricia K. Breeze and husband Kurt of Festus, brothers Steve Siracusa of Branson, Missouri,  Ernest Siracusa of Marietta, Georgia, a sister Dorothy Harter of Festus, a  brother-in-law Stephen Stevens of Crystal City, grandchildren Paul Siracusa and wife Robyn, Stacy Klusmeier and husband Conrad “Paul”, Kristopher Bishop and wife Shawn, Todd Bishop and wife Pragna, Scott Bishop and wife Rachel, John Robert Siracusa, Samantha Siracusa and Linley Siracusa, great-grandchildren, Chloe, Reese, Bryce, Addison and Lydia Bishop, Tyler,  Zachary and Nicholas Siracusa and Austin Alexander Klusmeier. He was a WWII veteran of the United States Army Air Force where he served as an airplane mechanic in the Pacific Theatre, a retired Plant Supervisor in charge of Maintenance at Pittsburg Plate Glass Company in Crystal City, a member of the VFW Post #3777, Elks Lodge #1721, Joachim Golf Club, Shekinah Masonic Lodge #256, former Crystal City Assistant Fire Chief and a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Crystal City. Visitation at Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, March 8, 2012, then after 2:00 P.M until time of service at 3:00 P.M. Friday, March 9, 2012 at Grace Presbyterian Church in Crystal City, officiated by Rev. Dewey Johnson, pastor.  Interment in Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens in Crystal City.  Memorials preferred to Grace Presbyterian Church.

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Dolores Genevieve (Summers) Chapman, age 82, formerly of Herculaneum, entered into rest Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Crystal Oakes Nursing Center, Crystal City. She was a homemaker and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church; she loved Cardinal baseball and country & bluegrass music. Born September 4, 1929, in Herculaneum, Missouri, to the late Sylvester and Genevieve (Dean) Summers. She is preceded in death by her husband, Darrell Nelson Chapman. Survived by her loving family which includes a daughter, Vickie (Chuck) Hamer of Festus; sons: Dick (Deborah) Chapman of Festus and Joe (Stephanie) Chapman of DeSoto; grandchildren: Kelly Hall, Michael Hamer, Cindy Hollock, Amy Greene, Michael Chapman, Aaron Chapman, Jeannie Chapman, Evannah Stewart and Keagan Stewart; and great grandchildren: Brenden, Katie, Nicholas, Abigail, Victoria, Chloe, Jade, Nathan, Hannah, April, Alan, Cameron, Trenton, Eric and Ethan. In addition to her husband and parents she is preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Allen; and three brothers: Homer Summers, Leonard Summers and Conrad Summers. Father Joe Wormek will officiate Mass. Visitation: Date: Sunday, March 11, 2012  Time: 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Visitation Location: Mahn Twin City Chapel, 515 Collins, Festus, Missouri. Service: Date: Mass: Monday, March 12, 2012  Time: 11:00 am. Service Location: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 555 Bailey Rd, Crystal City, Missouri. Interment: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials/Donations. Masses would be appreciated.

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Charles R. “Chuck” Johnson, age 44, of Herculaneum, MO, passed away March 8, 2012 in Herculaneum, MO. He was a Truck Driver for Hogan Transportation. Born November 14, 1967 in Gainesville, FL, he was the son of Catherine “Cathy” (Step-father Leonard Ballard) Ballard – Cadet, MO. He was preceded in death by his Father, the late Clyde W. Johnson, Sr. He is survived by his Daughter, Alyssa Johnson (& her mother, Jennifer Johnson) – High Ridge, MO; Brother: Ronald “Gene” (Melissa) Johnson – Cadet, MO (Preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde W. “Truck” Johnson, Jr. & James J. “Punky” Johnson.). Funeral Service Date and Time:   Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 7 PM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiated by: Pastor Robert Ayres. Visitation: Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 4-7 PM. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home.

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Jacob Michael Douglas, age 19, of Hillsboro entered into rest March 9, 2012 as the result of an auto accident in Jefferson County, Missouri. He was a senior at Hillsboro High School; he enjoyed cars, four-wheelers, fishing and especially "BIG" 4-wheel drive trucks. Born February 23, 1993, in Crystal City, Missouri, to Joseph and Kelley (DeClue) Douglas. He is survived by his loving family which include his parents: Joe and Kelley Douglas of Hillsboro; grandmother, Lois Douglas of Herculaneum; grandfather, Charles (Jonell) DeClue of DeSoto; brother, Kelton Douglas of Hillboro; nephew, Jeremiah Douglas; girlfriend, Cody Dove of Festus; many aunts, uncles and friends. He is preceded in death by grandmother, Juanita DeClue and grandfather, Orville Douglas. Father Joseph Wormek will officiate. Visitation: Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012  Time: 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Visitation Location: Mahn Twin City Chapel, 515 Collins, Festus, Missouri. Service: Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Time: 11:00am. Service Location: Mahn Festus Chapel. Interment:
Private. Memorials/Donations Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4207 Lindell Blvd, St Louis 63108.

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Phyllis Greenlee, (Wideman), 69 of Richwoods died March 9, 2012 at her home.  Mrs. Greenlee was an assembler for White Rogers and a member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Richwoods.  Born September 24, 1942, in Richwoods, she was the daughter of Maggie (Rutledge) Wideman of  Richwoods and the late Clarence Wideman. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Kevin (Lesa) Schutte of Bonne Terre; two daughters: Jennifer Greenlee of Richwoods and Kris (Kenny) Northcutt of DeSoto; a brother, Clarence (Karen) Wideman of DeSoto; a sister, Wilma (Jerry) Minx of Richwoods; five grandchildren, Zack and Zeb Schutte of Bonne Terre, Dayln and Tyler Greenlee of Richwoods and Janell (Jason) Wiesler, of Fenton, and one great-granddaughter, Olivia Wiesler of Fenton.Funeral services were private.  Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto.

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Gerald “Gary” Dawkins, age 71, of Pevely, Missouri passed away Saturday, March 10, 2012 at his residence.  He was born November 7, 1940 in Kirksville, Missouri the son of Leantha Elizabeth (nee Rice) and Gerald Eugene Dawkins. He is survived by a daughter Cynthia Marie Dawkins of Washington, a sister Jill Shinn of Kahoka, Missouri, a special friend Carol “Sue” Barnhart and several uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son Dale Dawkins and a brother Richard Dawkins. He was baptized in the Baptist Church by his grandfather, Jesse M. Dawkins and taught Sunday School for several years.  He was a veteran of the United States Army serving two tours in Vietnam, where he earned several honors.  He was the owner/operator of a barbershop in Pevely until his retirement. Graveside services to be held at National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks, Missouri at a later date.

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Billy Joe Hatley, age 58 of DeSoto, Missouri, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2012 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri.  He was born November 12, 1953 in Steele, Missouri the son of the late Ruby (nee Turnbo) and Leslie “Doc” Hatley. He is survived by his wife Teresa (nee Zavadil) Hatley, daughters Danyell Colter and husband Chris of DeSoto, Kimberly Mundwiller and husband Danny and Kaleena Hatley of DeSoto, sons Anthony Hatley of Park Hills, Missouri and Brandon Hatley of DeSoto, sisters “Sissy” MaKay and husband Isaac of Steele, Joannie Drennen and husband Carl, a brother Edmond Hatley of Steele and 15 grandchildren. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Hatley and a sister-in-law Camille Hatley. He was a crane operator for Granite City Steel Company. Visitation Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Vinyard Funeral Home, Festus, Missouri from 11:00 A.M. until time of service at 1:00 P.M.  Service concludes at the Funeral Home.

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John Andrew Garner, age 60, of Hillsboro, died March 10, 2012 at his residence. Mr. Garner worked in commercial refrigeration for Courtois Mechanical. He was a veteran of U.S. Army, where he received both Bronze Star and Purple Heart awards. He was a member of Amvets Post #42 in Herculaneum, where he served as adjutant and was an Amvets rider, and was a member of VFW Post #1831 in DeSoto and American Legion Post #253  in Festus. Born September 15, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, he was the son of Paul L. Garner of Sunset Hills and the late Shirley M. (Smith) Garner. In addition to his father, he is survived by the mother of his children: Susan E. Garner of Belleville; three sons: Paul (Janie) Garner of Hillsboro, Chad (Jessica Berry) Cochran of St Louis and Cole (Mindy) Cochran of Spanish Lake; a daughter: Alison (Benito Yates) Garner of Belleville,IL; a brother: Bruce Garner of Jackson; three sisters: Paula (Lynn) Schenimann of Jackson, Donna Littrell of High Ridge and Laura Hawkins of Poplar Bluff; and eight grandchildre: Kaleb Selock, Kaley Smith, Ian Garner, Morgan Cochran, Cameron Cochran, Aidden Garner, Mackenzie Cochran and Conner Cochran. He was preceded in death by her grandson: Alexander Springsteen. Funeral services were held March 13 at Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus, officiated by Patrick Kemper . Burial was in the National Cemetery at Jefferson Barracks. Memorials may be made to Camp Hope (for wounded war veterans) P.O. Box 52, Farmington, MO 63640. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Twin City Chapel.

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Lillian M. Kaemmerer (nee Butery), age 88, passed away on March 11, 2012, at her home in Hillsboro, Missouri. She was born on February 21, 1924, in Vida, Missouri. Lillian was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, in Hillsboro, Missouri. She is survived by, Son-Greg (Janet) Kaemmerer, of Arnold, Missouri; Daughter-Rita Byrnes, of Hillsboro, Missouri; Grandson-Todd (Dawn) Byrnes, of Carvallis Oregon; Granddaughter-Angela (Jim) Boldt, St Clair, Missouri; Grandson-Curtis Kaemmerer, of Affton, Missouri; Granddaughter-Andrea (Shawn) Rodrick, of Blue Springs, Missouri; Granddaughter-Karey (Ahmed) Kaemmerer-Al-Ghanim, of St. Louis, Missouri; Grandson-Jeremy Kaemmerer, of Festus, Missouri; Grandson-Jonathon Kaemmerer, Festus, Missouri. Also survived by, 7 Great Grandchildren. Preceded in death by,Husband-Clifford Kaemmere; rSon-Gerard E. “Jerry” Kaemmerer; Father-Roy Butery Sr.; Mother-Ethel Butery (nee Harris); Brother-Roy Butery Jr.; Brother-Charles Butery; Brother-Eugene Butery. Visitation-Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 4 pm to 8 pm at Robert D. Brown Funeral Home, Hillsboro, Missouri.Funeral-Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 11 am in the funeral home chapel.Interment-Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery, Hillsboro, Missouri. Memorials to Jefferson Regional Hospice would be appreciated by the family.

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Mary Edna McClellan, age 85, of Dupo, Illinois passed away Monday, March 12, 2012 at Belleville Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois.  She was born January 10, 1927 in Viola, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Sarah Esther (nee Adcock) and Isaac Dalton Pollard. She is survived by her husband Howard McClellan, a daughter Janie Spangler and husband Doug of Herculaneum, Missouri, sons John Coffey and wife Cheryl of Troy, Illinois, Larry Coffey and wife Silvia of O’Fallon, Illinois, Rick Coffey and wife Rose of O’Fallon, a step-son George McClellan of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, step-daughter Dena Faulkner and husband Jim of Panama City, Florida, grandchildren Samantha Edgerly, Steve and Scott Spangler, Matt Coffey, Stacie DeVore, Tracy Gutterman, Amy Earls, Justin and Ryan Coffey, two step-grandchildren James Robert Faulkner and Sheri Schwaegel, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.  She is also survived by two nephews, Jim Ralston and wife Arminta, Jerry Reynolds and wife Joyce, one niece Linda Cole and husband Craig. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by brothers Eugene Higgins Pollard and Ganes Pollard, sisters Virginia McAlvey and Gladys Reynolds, fraternal twins Billie and Jessie, brothers-in-law Whitey McAlvey and Cecil Reynolds and one niece Sandra Wendt. Visitation at Vinyard Hillcrest Funeral Home in Pevely, Missouri from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, March 15, 2012 with services at 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 16, 2012 officiated by Brother Eric Eggers, Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church of Festus/Crystal City. Interment in Herculaneum Cemetery in Herculaneum. Memorials preferred to the American Heart Association.   

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Albert Katzenberger Jr, age 90, entered into rest March 14, 2012 in Cedar Hill, MO. He had retired from General Motors and was a US Army veteran. Born December 25, 1921, in Detroit, MI, to the late Albert and Rosa (Schifer) Katzenberger, Sr. Survived by his wife, Mini Lee (Coke) Katzenberger; son, Michael (Kathy) David ; daughters: Judy (Wally) Pomirko and Peggy Lee (John) Fuller; 8 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. Private service-arrangements by Mahn Twin City Chapel, Festus.

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Robert Lee Thomas, age 80, of St. Louis, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at St. Louis University Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri.  He was born June 15, 1931 in Jackson, Missouri, the son of the late Helen (nee Morrow) and Donald O. Thomas. He is survived by a sister Mary Helen Blackman and husband Kenneth of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and a brother Donald O. Thomas, Jr. of New Braunfels, Texas. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother Ferdinand M. Thomas, sisters Frances Deifenbach and Donna Gregory and a sister-in-law Doris Thomas. He was a self employed bookkeeper and a member of the Baptist Faith. Graveside memorial services and interment to be conducted at Herculaneum Cemetery in Herculaneum, Missouri at a later date. Services under the direction of Vinyard Funeral Home, Festus, Missouri.

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Melford J. Bridges, age 62, of Crystal City, MO, passed away March 15, 2012 at his residence in Crystal City, MO. Born July 19, 1949, he was the Son of the late Elmer and Ellen D. (nee Hawkins) Bridges. He is survived by his Brothers & Sisters: Larry Bridges, Alverez, TX, Sue Buerger, Hillsboro, MO, Jeanetta Amsden, Hillsboro, MO, Deborah Montgomery, Houston, TX (preceded in death by brothers, Quentin, Conrad, Melvin and Robert Bridges; sisters, Jenice Bridges, Jean Sapper-McIntyre and Joan Helm). Memorial Service: Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 1:00 PM at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Place of Inurnment: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, MO. Memorial Gathering: Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 12 AM – 1 PM at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home.

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Jerry W. Loveless, age: 69, of De Soto, Missouri, passed away March 15, 2012 at his residence in De Soto, MO. He was a Truck Driver for Browning Ferris Industries. Born July 11, 1942 in Akins, Arkansas, he was the Son of the late Marion and Hazel (nee Eakin) Loveless. He was also preceded in death by his Wife, the late Earldine Joyce (nee Wood) Loveless. He is survived by his Mother-in-Law: Sylvia Wood, De Soto, MO; his Children: Benjamin (Shawana) Loveless, Bonne Terre, MO, Brian (Julie) Loveless, Kenora Ontario, Canada, Gregory (Laurie) Loveless, De Soto, MO, Michael (Diane) Loveless, St. Louis, MO, Katrina Rae Loveless, De Soto, MO (preceded in death by one son, Andrew Cecil Loveless); Brothers & Sisters: Ruth Brown, Steeleville, MO, Emelene Schebaum, Steeleville, MO (preceded in death by five brothers, Quinton, Bryce, Allen, and Elvin Loveless; infant Brother; one sister, Louise Holt; two brother-in-laws, Joe Brown and Bob Schebaum); Grandchildren: 13. He was in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Funeral Service: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiated by: Randy Casey and James Waymire. Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, MO. Visitation: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 11 AM – 1 PM at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home.

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Michael W.”Mike” Bellafiore, age 68, of Festus, Missouri, passed away on March 16, 2012, at his residence in Festus, Missouri. He was born July 11, 1943, in Davenport, Iowa. Mike and his wife Cathy were married on June 11, 1966, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a retired fire inspector for High Ridge Fire Protection District, member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Hillsboro, Missouri, Third Degree Knight, Past District Deputy and Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus, Council #6401, Hillsboro, Missouri. Survived by, Wife-Cathy Bellafiore (nee Losemann), of Festus, Missouri, Daughter-Jennifer ( Chris ) Nelson, of Kansas City, Missouri, Son-Michael Bellafiore, of Festus, Missouri, Mother-Lucille Bellafiore (nee Kiene), of Davenport, Iowa, Sister, Donna Jasper, of Davenport, Iowa, Brother-Tony (Marna) Bellafiore, of Oswego, Illinois, Sister-Mary Ann (Pete) Crawford, of Dekalb, Illinois, Brother- Vince (Peg) Bellafiore, of Batavia, Illinois, Grandson-Henry Nelson, of Kansas City, Missouri. Preceded in death by, Father-Vincent F. Bellafiore. Memorial Gathering-Sunday, March 25, 2012, from 9 am  to 3 pm at Robert D. Brown Funeral Home, Hillsboro, Missouri. Memorial Service- Sunday, March 25, 2012, at 3 pm in the funeral home chapel. Interment-Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery, Hillsboro, Missouri. Memorials to-Jefferson Regional Hospice or Good Shepherd School would be appreciated by the family.

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William Donald "Don" Jones, age 83, of DeSoto, MO, entered into rest on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born on May 4, 1928, in Madison, Illinois to the late William Louis and Pearl B. (Anderson) Jones. He is survived by his fiance: Thelma L. Bradford of Desoto, MO, sons: Donald L. Jones of St Louis, MO, Warren Jones of St Louis, MO and Christopher (Brenda) Jones of Charleuoix, Michigan, daughters: Deborah L. Jones of St Louis, MO and Paula (Lloyd) Meyer of Barnhart, MO, 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers. He had been employed for 43 years as a foreman at Norfolk and Southern Railroad ans was a United States Navy World War II veteran. He was very active in the community being a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge #1721 for 40 years, American Legion Post #253 for 52 years, Southside Brothers Lodge, charter member of Spirit of St Louis Masonic Lodge #27 for 54 years, Mississippi River Eagles, St Louis Lodge #5 IOOF, Ascalon Commandery Post 16 of St Louis; he enjoyed volunteering at the lodges and gardening. Funeral service to be held on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11:00am at Mahn Twin City Chapel, 515 Collins Drive, Festus, MO. Visitation Thursday from 5-8pm. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Missouri Benevolent Trust (Elks)

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Geraldine M. Caldwell, 84, formerly of DeSoto, passed away March 18, 2012 at Lansdowne Nursing Center in St. Louis.  Mrs Caldwell was born September 27, 1927 in Perryville; the daughter of the late Floyd P. and Rose E. (Vernon) Layton.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry F. Caldwell. She is survived by two sons, Jasper "J.C." (Ida) Caldwell of Ballwin and William "Bill" (Pat) Sulls of Huntsville, AL, a brother, Eugene  (Joella) Layton of Perryville; two sisters, Betty Laurentius and Peggy Hudson, both of Perryville; three grandchildren, Ronna, Courtney and Nicole; and one great-grandchild, Cassidy Skye. Visitation is at 9a.m. and funeral services will be held at 10a.m. March 22, 2012 at Mahn Funeral Home, in DeSoto, officiated by Deacon Ed Boyer.  Burial is in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Adopt an Angel program at St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, 504 South Third Street, DeSoto, 63020.  Arrangements were under the directions of mahn Funeral Home. 

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James Calvin “J.C.” Robison, age  69, of Barnhart, Missouri passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012 at his residence.  He was born March 15, 1943 in Ullman, Missouri the son of the late Doris (nee Wessels) and Eldon Robison. He is survived by his wife Janet Rose (nee Baynes) Hemme Robison, sons T.J. Robison and wife Hannah of DeSoto, Missouri and Jeff Hemme and wife Stephanie of Columbia, Missouri, a daughter Lisa Watson of Springfield, Missouri, father-in-law John Baynes and wife Perly of Desert Hot Springs, California, sisters Shirley Brown and husband Bob of Kimmswick, Missouri, Marie Quigley and husband Pat of Fulton, Missouri, Carol Miller and husband Vern of Barnhart, Sondra Moon and husband Jody of Pevely, Missouri, Connie Sue Dement of Fulton, brothers Eldon Robison, Sr. and wife Barbara of Mississippi and Don Robison and wife Sandy of DeSoto, 7 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a sister Elsa Valentine, a grandson Ricky Watson, and a mother-in-law Louise (nee Presson) Baynes. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Arnold, Missouri, a retired bottler from Anheuser Busch Brewery and a veteran of the United States Army.  He participated in the 2011 Mid-Missouri Honor Flight for Veterans to Washington, D.C. He enjoyed riding his bike, working in the yard and spending time with family and friends. He knew no strangers and helped anyone in need at any time. Visitation 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus, Missouri, with funeral services 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 21, 2012, officiated by Rev. Kenneth Qualls, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Arnold, Missouri.  Interment in Shepherd Hills Cemetery, Barnhart, Missouri.  Memorials preferred to the A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association or the First Baptist Church of Arnold.

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Scott M. Ames, age: 40 of De Soto, MO, passed away March 19, 2012 at his residence. He was a mail handler for U.S. Postal Service. Born April 11, 1971 in St. Louis, MO, he was preceded in death by his Father: Richard Ames, and survived by his Mother: Patricia (Sparks) Ames, Farmington, MO; Grandfather: Earl Ames, Park Hills, MO; Grandmother: Dorothy Burgess, St. Charles, MO; Mother and Father –in-Law: Donald Sr. and Geraldine Strange, De Soto, MO; Wife: Kelly (Strange) Ames, De Soto, MO; Children: Mackenzie Ames, De Soto, MO,  Jacob Ames, De Soto, MO; Brothers & Sisters: Shelley (Mike) Robinson, Cuba, MO; Sister-in-Law: Dawn (Jonathan) Wofford, Fenton, MO; Brother-in-Law: Don Strange, Jr.; Nephews:  Zane and Zach Smith; Nieces: Grace and Emma Wofford. Funeral Service: Friday, March 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiated by: Don Golden. Place of Burial: Leadwood Cemetery. Visitation: Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 4 PM – 8 PM at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Faith Church St. Louis Street Ministry “In Memory of Scott Ames”. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home.

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James A. Leitner, 73, of DeSoto passed away on March 19, 2012 in DeSoto.  Mr. Leitner was a welder for Combustion Engineering.  Born September 18, 1938 in St. Louis, he was the son of the late Albert J and Margaret I. Leitner. He is survived by six dear friends, Charles (Becky) Ruhl, Sr. of DeSoto, Charles (Sandy) Ruhl Jr., of DeSoto and Charles III, Carley, Jeremy, and Amanda. Funeral services and burial were private.  Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home.

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Don A. Robinson, age 84 of Cedar Hill, MO, passed away March 19, 2012 at Pacific Care Center, Pacific, MO. He was President & CEO of  D.A. Robinson Inc. Off Spot Remover. Born August 6, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri, he was the Son of the late  David M. and Grace M. Robinson. He was also preceded in death by one brother, David Robinson. Graveside Service:  Thursday, March 22, 2012 @ 9:30 AM. Place of Burial: Robinson Family Cemetery, Cedar Hill, MO. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home.           

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Carl Lewis Charleville, age 83, of Pontiac, MO (formerly of Festus) passed to heaven on March 20, 2012 at the Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House in Mountain Home, AR. He was born on March 9, 1929 in Brickeys, MO the son of Walter Joseph and Sadah Marie (Youngblood) Charleville. Carl graduated from Festus High School in Festus, MO class of 1947. After graduation, he went to work for Pittsburgh Plate Glass in Crystal City, MO. He was united in marriage to Joanna Cash on February 3, 1951 in Bonne Terre, MO. This year they celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Carl was drafted into the United States Army, where he served during the Korean Conflict. After his honorable discharge from the military, he returned to Festus where he worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, Nash Engineering and a few other various jobs before moving to the Bull Shoals Lake area in Southern Missouri. He has been a resident of Pontiac,, MO for the past 29 years. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing the lake. He was a bench marksman and enjoyed meeting with his local gun club. Carl was a member of the St Williams Catholic Church in Gainesville, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Sarah Charleville. He is survived by his wife, Joanna of the home in Pontiac, MO, eight children: Roger Charleville and wife Becky of DeSoto, MO, Carla Tuokko and husband Ed of Ontario, Canada, Kevin Charleville of Ballwin, MO, Carol Gill and husband Bill of Bull Shoals, AR, Karen Crabtree and husband Ronald of Gainesville, MO, Craig Charleville and wife Jill of Festus, MO, Kelly Cantrell and husband Kenny of Iron Mountain, MO and Christy Nickolaus and husband Dan of Columbia, MO, 16 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, one brother: Ralph Charleville and wife Mary of Pontiac, MO and several extended family members and friends. A memorial service to be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7:00pm at Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus. Memorial visitation from 5pm-7pm on Wednesday. Committal service on Thursday at 10am at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.Deacon Jerry Stoverink to officiate services. Donations preferred to Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House, 774 Long Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653

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Donald Eugene “Gene” Jones, age 80, of DeSoto, Missouri passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City, Missouri.  He was born June 8, 1931 in Mortons Gap, Kentucky the son of the late Iva Catherine (nee Mitchell) and Roscoe Jones. He is survived by his wife Wanda M. (nee LeClere) Jones, sons Gary Wayne Jones of Warrenton, Missouri, Donald E. Jones, Jr. and wife Sue of St. Peters, Missouri, David Edward Jones and wife Cindy of Pacific, Missouri, Patrick Michael Jones and wife Terry of Sunset Hills, Missouri, daughters Sherri Ann Potsos of South St. Louis County, Missouri, Gayle Elizabeth Coon and husband Steve of O’Fallon, Missouri, Laurie Patricia Burney and husband Victor of Manchester, Missouri, Peggy Ann Schmitz and husband Christopher of Ballwin, Missouri, step-sons Daniel Joseph Kist and wife Janet of Piedmont, Missouri and Christopher R. Kist and wife Lisa of Kentucky, step-daughter Charlotte Lynn East and husband Roger of  Minnesota, 24 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife Patricia Rose (nee Lydon) Jones and a brother David Wayne Jones and his wife Diane. He was a Jennings city police officer in the 1950s, before opening Gene Jones Investigative Service. A memorial service will be held at a later date at his church, The Grace Center in Festus, Missouri.  In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Society of St. Vincent dePaul or The Grace Center Missions Fund.   

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Carol I. Moultrie, age 68, of De Soto, MO, passed away March 20, 2012 at her residence in De Soto, MO. She was a Homemaker. Born December 18, 1943 in St. Louis, MO, she was the Daughter of the late Howard and Iona (nee Staffelbach) Huskey. Survived by her Husband: Claus J. Moultrie, De Soto, MO, Children: Don Moultrie, Montgomery City, MO, Kim (Russ) Hasty, De Soto, MO; Brothers & Sisters: Howard (Sandra) Huskey, Isabella, MO, Shirley (Paul) Freeman, Hillsboro, MO, Sandra (Richard) Riley, Troy, MO, Linda Bozada, De Soto, MO, Sheila (Charles) Chilton, De Soto, MO, Steven Huskey, De Soto, MO, Carla Davis, Owensville, MO; Grandchildren: Tosha (Jon) DeBold & Elmer Cothern, Jr.; Great Grandchildren: Colin DeBold & Brody DeBold; Step-Grandchildren: Dave (Danielle) Hasty and Darrell Hasty; Step Great Grandchildren:  Hanna, Dominic, Hayden, & Malachi. Funeral Service: Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 1:00 PM at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiated by: Ron Duncan. Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, MO. Visitation: Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 5 PM – 8 PM. As an expression of sympathy memorials to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home.

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Fred Ardell Nation, age 83, of Festus, Missouri, formerly of Columbia, Missouri, passed away Wednesday March 21, 2012 at Crystal Oaks Rehabilitation Center in Crystal City, Missouri.  He was born November 1, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of the late Grace (nee Cliffton) and Robert B. Nation. He is survived by his wife Darlene (nee Reynolds) Nation, daughters Brenda Smelser and husband Earl of Herculaneum, Missouri and Shellie Roberts and husband Tony of Camdenton, Missouri, sisters Shirley Moore of Ferguson, Missouri and Alice Saller of Florissant, Missouri, grandchildren Doug Smelser and wife Robyn, Jennifer Sigman and husband Danny, PFC Shane Roberts and Cody Roberts, great-grandsons Brad Smelser, Drake Smelser, Drew Griffin and A.J. Sigman. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by 3 sisters and a brother. Fred was a mechanic and jack-of-all trades, a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and the owner/operator of Nation Forklift Repair in Columbia. After retiring he was a maintenance mechanic for Boone County Lumber Co.  He was a friend to everyone and will be missed by all. A memorial gathering will begin at 10:00 A.M. with a Celebration of Life memorial service at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Hematite Christian Church in Hematite, Missouri, officiated by Rev. Terry Crank.  Memorials in his memory may be made to COMTREA’s “A Safe Place”. Arrangements under the direction of Vinyard Funeral Home.

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Sharon Marie Reecht, age 73, of Festus, Missouri passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City, Missouri.  She was born January 6, 1939 in Festus, Missouri the daughter of the late Wanda Eileen (nee Neubrand) and Paul Eugene Reecht.  In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her daughter Allison Arnold-Barnett. She is survived by sisters, Paula Martine Reecht of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri and Janine Denise (Darrell) Barni of University City, Missouri, a son-in-law, Peter Barnett of Hartland, Maine and nieces Bridget Barni, Brittany Pullen, Marteen Barni and Elaina Barni. She was an office manager for the Amdahl Corporation in Sunnyvale, California and Convergys in Arnold, Missouri and an active supporter and a former leader of the Girl Scouts of America. Graveside services 1:00 P.M., Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Crystal City.  Memorials preferred to the Girl Scouts of America. Arrangements under the direction of Vinyard Funeral Home, Festus, Missouri.

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Mary "Lucille" Courtois, 90 years of age, DeSoto entered into rest on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at The Villa's. Mary was a homemaker; loved baseball games, dancing and the Casino's. She was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Born June 19, 1921 in Baratease; she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret (nee Missey) Wickerham. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl J. Courtois. Mrs. Courtois was the mother of Walter (Juanita) Courtois of Crystal City, Carl E. (Geneva) Courtois of Festus, Gary (Patsy) Courtois of DeSoto and Terry (Judy) Courtois of DeSoto, Carol (Richard) Cautrell of Festus and Janet (Eldon) Hayes also of Festus; she was the sister of Marcella (Perry) Hollingsworth of Shirley, MO and half sister to Shirley Dalton of Kennett and Bobbi of Kennett. Mrs. Courtois is also survived by eleven grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son Dale Courtois; brothers, Hank Wickerham, Ray Wickerham and Gene Wickerham and a sister, Faye. Visitation: Date: Sunday, March 25, 2012. Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Visitation Location: Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto Chapel. Service: Date: Monday, March 26, 2012, Time: 10:00am. Service Location: MASS: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.  Fr. Alexander Anderson will be officiaing Mass. Interment: Calvary CemeteryMemorials/Donations: American Diabetes Association, Saint Louis MO Office, 425 South Woods Mill Road, Town & Country, MO 63017.

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Raymond J. Horton, age: 95, of DeSoto, MO, passed away March 23, 2012 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City, MO. He retired as a blacksmith from the Missouri Pacific Railroad and also served as herd manager for the Bonne Terre Hereford Farm. Born August 10, 1916 in Belgrade, MO, he was the Son of the late Jessie & Essie (Neal) Horton. He is survived by his Children: Ken (Judy) Horton, Anthony N.M., Ed (Dolores) Horton, Moweaqua, IL, Mike (Brenda) Horton, Cadet, Patricia (Jack) Riches, Indianapolis, IN, Carl (Debbie) Horton, Blackwell, Wayne (Margaret) Horton, De Soto, Les Horton, De Soto; one step son: Walter (Fran) Doerner, Baton Rouge, LA (Preceded in death by two sons, Donald & Dale Horton); Brother: Walter (Ruth) Horton, Elvins, MO; Grandchildren:Several; Great Grandchildren:  Several. Member of Church: First Baptist Church-De Soto. Organizations:  Meredian Lodge #2 AF & AM, O.E.S. Chapter #442, Scottish Rite, York Rite. Funeral Service: March 27, 2012 @ 10 AM @ Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, De Soto, MO. Officiated by: Rev. Dr. Jeremy Muniz. Place of Burial: St. Francois Memorial Park, Bonne Terre, MO. Visitation: March 26, 2012 from 5-8 PM. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home.

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Robert Allen “Trebor”  Butenschoen, age 68, of DeSoto, Missouri entered the kingdom of Heaven Friday, March 23, 2012 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City, Missouri surrounded by his family.  He was born August 17, 1943 in Davenport, Iowa the son of Mabel (nee Hoelscher) Butenschoen of Colorado Springs, Colorado and the late Edward Butenschoen. He is survived by his wife Marilyn (nee Castens) Butenschoen, daughter Terrena Marie Butenschoen of DeSoto, brothers Neil Butenschoen of  Walker, Minnesota,  Ed Butenschoen and wife Lori of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Art Butenschoen and wife Phyllis of Billings, Montana. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving two years in Vietnam, a member of V.F.W. Post #1831, Amvets Post #48 and the Liberty Fellowship Church of God of DeSoto, Missouri. After his retirement from IBEW Local #2, Trebor spent much of his time collecting and recycling aluminum cans in the Jefferson County area in order to raise and donate money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, an organization that helps build state-of-the-art facilities for treating wounded veterans returning from war with extensive and traumatic injuries. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 30, 2012 at Liberty Fellowship Church located at 12312 State Route 21 in DeSoto, Missouri, beginning with a private memorial at 4:00 P.M. for family followed by a public memorial service at 4:45 P.M.  Immediately following the memorial service all are welcome to the V.F.W. Post #1831 in DeSoto to celebrate Trebor’s life and service to his beloved family, friends and country.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to:  Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, One Intrepid Square, West 46th Street & 12th Avenue, New York, NY  10036 or online at www.fallenheroesfund.org. 


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Linda Kathern Fox, age 57, of Pevely, Missouri passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City, Missouri.  She was born October 21, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of the late Lillian “Lucille” (nee Sanders) and John C. Haffly. She is survived by her husband James Fox, a daughter Nancy Forrester and husband Michael of Pevely and a brother Jerry C. Haffly of Rolla, Missouri. She was an upholsterer for H&R Upholstery in St. Louis. Visitation 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Vinyard Hillcrest Funeral Home in Pevely, Missouri.  Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at the funeral home officiated by Rev. Derry Bowling of DeSoto, Missouri.   Interment 2:00 P.M., Wednesday in Rayfield Cemetery in Reynolds County, Missouri. 

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Noah Edward Reid, 5 days, of DeSoto passed away on March 25, 2012.  Noah was born March 20, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis County, the son of Melody B. Reid of DeSoto. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two grandparents: Amy and Joel E. Reid, Jr. of DeSoto; five great-grandparents: Linda and Joel Reid Sr of Blackwell, Bill and Claudia Scott of Sullivan and Gwen Scott of DeSoto; and two great-great-grandmothers: Gladys Watson of DeSoto and Judith Hill of O'Fallon. Funeral services were held March 31 at Cadet Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. John Jones.  Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto.

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Veronica "Tinken" Boyer, (nee Courtaway) of DeSoto, MO; born July 29, 1934 in DeSoto, MO; died Monday, March 26, 2012, at The Villa's in DeSoto, MO, surrounded by her family. Tinken was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. She worked for Tom Boy Grocery Store, The Fabric Shop and the Missouri Bargain Store. She enjoyed crafting with her husband Chuck, crocheting and sewing for her grandkids. But most of all she cherished the time spent with her grand children and great-grand children. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Hattie "Granny" (nee Coleman) Courtaway, Brother, Charles "Sonny" Courtaway, sisters, Theresa Theodoro and Mary "Tiny" Collins and nephew, Paul "Boots" Benton. Surviving are her husband, Charles "Chuck" Boyer of DeSoto, MO; daughter, Vickie (David) McAnally of DeSoto, MO; Sons, Charles (Sherrie) Boyer of Washington, IL and Jeff (Pam) Boyer of House Springs, MO; Grandchildren, Matt McAnally and Brad McAnally, Mandi Wagner, Kristen Briney, Lindsey Boyer, Megan Jackman, Drew Boyer and Brooke Boyer; 7 great-grandchildren; Brother, Paul "Jr" (Barb) Courtaway; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation: Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Visitation Location: Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto Chapel. Service: Date: Mass of Resurrection, Thursday, March 29, 2012, Time: 10:00am. Service Location: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Interment: Calvary Cemetery, DeSoto, MOFr. Alex Anderson officiating the Mass of Resurrection. Memorials/Donations: may be made in the form of Masses, Jefferson Regional Hospice or Alzheimer's Association appreciated.


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Gerald Lee Jackson, age 73 of Festus, Missouri passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City, Missouri.  He was born February 23, 1939 in Salem, Missouri the son of the late Stella May (nee Camden) Smith and George Leonard Jackson.  In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by brothers Paul, Clarence and Glen Jackson, sisters Verna May Crisco and Shirley Butler and a sister-in-law Edna Jackson. He is survived by his wife Nancy (nee Stringer) Jackson, sons Rusty Jackson and wife Ann of Imperial, Missouri, Jeffrey Jackson of Sullivan, Missouri and Jason Jackson of Festus, daughters, Tammy Doss of Moscow Mills, Missouri, Joyce Ann Cooper and husband Jerry of South County, Missouri Amanda Jackson of Troy, Illinois, brothers Donnie Jackson of Van Buren, Missouri and Tom Jackson and wife Ruth of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, 10 Grandchildren and 9 Great-Grandchildren. He was a welder for Combustion Engineering in St. Louis, Missouri and a member of Community Church of Jefferson County in Pevely, Missouri. Visitation from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Vinyard Hillcrest Funeral Home in Pevely with funeral services at 11:00 A.M., Friday, March 30, 2012 at the funeral home officiated by Pastor Mel Williams of Community Church of Jefferson County in Pevely.  Interment in Sunset Cemetery in Potosi, Missouri.  Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society.

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Otis L. Wilson, Age: 78, formerly of De Soto, MO, passed away March 27, 2012 at Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, MO. He was a retired Carman from the Union Pacific Railroad. Born May 21, 1933 in De Soto, MO, he was the Son of the late Freddy Elmer & Bessie Sarah Wilson. He was also preceded in death by his Wife, the late Nina R. (nee Killian) Wilson. He is survived by his Daughter Sandy (and her husband Don) Francis – Gardner, KS; Grandchildren:  Dylan (and his wife Samantha), Danielle, & Dalton Francis; Great Grandchildren: Hayleigh Francis. Preceded in death by siblings, Glenice Hinchey, Melvin Wilson, Lynn Weber, Melba Hayes, Shirley Byerley, Dolly Vandiver, & Raymond Wilson. He was a member of the Parkview Baptist Church and served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War. Funeral Service Date and Time: Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 11 AM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiated by: Bro. James Plymale. Interment: Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery, Mammoth, MO. Visitation: Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 5-8 PM. Memorials: to the Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64145. Funeal arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home.

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Bobby Allen Deems, age 87, of Herculaneum, Missouri passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at the Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  He was born September 6, 1924 in Butler, Missouri the son of the late Katherine E. (nee Kauffman) and Roy M. Deems. He is survived by his wife Helen I. (nee Emmons) Deems, a son Carl Deems and wife Timna of North Port, Florida, a daughter Janet Burgert and husband James of Herculaneum, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a sister Isabelle Cain. He was a member of Fairview Christian Church, a World War II Navy Veteran having served in the Pacific Theatre where he was awarded four bronze stars, and was employed as an electrician for Chrysler Corporation before his retirement. Visitation from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Sunday, April 1, 2012 at Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus, Missouri with services at 12:00 Noon, Monday, April 2, 2012 at the funeral home officiated by Rev. Norm Bell, Pastor of Fairview Christian Church, Festus, Missouri. Interment in National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks, Missouri.  Memorials preferred to the Missouri Veterans Home, 2400 Veterans Memorial Drive, Cape Girardeau, Missouri  63701. 

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Fern Pigg, Age:  82, of De Soto, MO, passed away March 28, 2012 at her Residence in De Soto, MO. She was retired after 30 years of service to the Hillsboro School District as Secretary. Born Dec. 20, 1929 in De Soto, MO, she was the Daughter of the late Ray & Mary Isabelle (Bakewell) McCurdy. She is survived by her husband Cleo M. Pigg, De Soto, MO; Children: Debbie (Alvin “Gene”) Allen – De Soto, MO, Larry (Sandie) Pigg – Festus, MO, Darren (Kimberly) Pigg – Grand Rapids, MI; Brothers & Sisters: Bev (David) Ringling – De Soto, MO, Jerry (Joan) McCurdy – De Soto, MO, Rev. Tom (Ann) McCurdy – Florissant, MO (preceded in death by one brother, Doug McCurdy); Grandchildren: Tammy (Brian) Sadler, Melinda (David) Draper, Susan (Brian) Pfeiffer, Christy (Jeremy) AuBuchon, & Amanda Pigg; Great-Grandchildren: Katelynn, Cora, Andrew, Ashley, Joshua, Brendan, Kirstan, Haley & Lyndse. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Victoria. Funeral Service: Saturday March 31, 2012 @ 11 AM @ First Baptist Church of Victoria. Officiated by: Rev. Tom McCurdy & Joseph Smith. Place of Burial: Hillsboro Cemetery. Visitation: Friday, March 30, 2012 from  4-8 PM @ First Baptist Church of Victoria. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home.

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Albert Ladd, Jr. “Sonny”, Age: 87, of De Soto, MO, passed away March 28, 2012 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He was retired from the United States Postal Service; worked at the City of De Soto Water Department; and the Union Pacific Railroad. Born April 16, 1924 in De Soto, MO, he was the Son of the late Albert & Lucy K. (Gowan) Ladd, Sr. He is survived by his wife Evelyn (Johnston) Ladd, De Soto, MO; Children: Melinda (Ken) Sisson – De Soto, Tammy (Bill) Menkhus – Festus; Brothers & Sisters: Gordon (Karen) Ladd –  Zolfo Springs, Florida, Catherine Dapron – Santee, CA, Sister-in-law: Virginia Ladd – De Soto, MO; (Preceded in death by siblings:  Albertine Ladd, Alba Parobek, Burton Ladd, Loma Lesage, Alta Ladd, and Wendath Ladd); Grandchildren: 6, Cody Sisson, Blair (Jessica) Sisson, Kelly Sisson, Stacy (Jon) Eisenbeis, Steven (Kacie Kernebeck) Menkhus, & Justin Menkhus; Great Grandchildren: 8, Madison, Logan, Nolan, Quinn, Caden, Kyndal, Courtney & Erik. He Served in the U.S. Navy during WWII; Retired from the Missouri National Guard and was a Charter Member of Amvets Post #48, served on the De Soto School Board. Funeral Service: Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 1 PM  Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiated by: Rev. Gene Moses. Place of Entombment: Calvary Mausoleum, De Soto, MO. Visitation: Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 4-8 PM. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home.

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Brian Christopher Stoll, age 25, of Festus, Missouri passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2012 in St. Louis County, Missouri. He was born July 23, 1986 in St. Louis, the son of Karen (nee Osterberg) and John “Jack” Stoll, Jr. In addition to his parents he is survived by a brother, Aaron Stoll of Glen Carbon, Illinois and a grandmother Ruth (nee Tennant) Osterberg of Catawissa, Missouri. He is preceded in death by grandparents John N. Stoll, Sr. and Peggy Joyce (nee Heiserer Stoll and Douglas Osterberg. He was a 2005 graduate of Festus High School and attended the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. A Memorial Gathering will start at 4:00 P.M. with memorial services at 5:00 P.M., Monday, April 2, 2012 at First Christian Church - Disciples of Christ of Festus-Crystal City, Missouri, officiated by Rev. Joel Aurand. Interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Crystal City, Missouri. 

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Willa Virginia Von Behren, age 84, of Festus, Missouri passed away Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City, Missouri.  She was born December 18, 1927 in Farmington, Missouri the daughter of the late Nellie C. (nee Graham) Schwartz and Edward Schwartz. She is survived by sons Richard Von Behren of Vassar, Kansas and Ronald E. Tefft, Sr. of Festus, grandchildren Adrienne Von Behren, Erich Von Behren, Ronald Tefft, Jr. and Tara Schniehahn. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a sister Lita Mae Sutterfield and her husband Willis “Bill” and two daughter-in-laws, Dale Von Behren and Betty Tefft. She was a retired tester for White Rodgers Company in St. Louis, Missouri. Visitation from 10:00 A.M. to time of service at 1:00 P.M. at Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus on Saturday, March 31, 2012 officiated by Rev. Dennis Heck, Chaplain for Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City.  Interment in Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens in Crystal City.

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Janie Maxine Hart of DeSoto, Missouri was born on October 9, 1942 near Bunker, Missouri and departed this life on March 29, 2012 to be with her Savior and Lord. Janie retired as a Pre-School Teacher/Director of DeSoto Day Care in 2003. She was also a lifetime member of the Community Improvement Association of DeSoto. She enjoyed bird watching and working crossword puzzles. She is survived by her loving family; son, Dean Counts and special friend, Debbie Talley of Desloge, grandson, Douglas Counts of St. Louis, granddaughter, Heather Counts of Arnold, sisters, Louise Tucker of Bunker, MO, Agnes May of Waterloo, IL, Joy Kelsaw of O'Fallon, MO and Wanda Becker of Farmington; brothers, Roy (Sandy) Becker of Red Bud, IL and Donald (Ruth) Becker of Arnold; special friend, Otis Blake of DeSoto, nineteen nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends. She was preceeded in death by her husbands, Claude Counts and Dean Hart; daughters, Claudia and Teresa and son, Bob; parents, Herman and Jessie (Self) Becker, brother, Roger Becker, nephews, Tony Becker and Scott Kelsaw, and brothers-in-law Walter Kelsaw, Edward May and Luther Tucker. Visitation: Date: Saturday, April 7, 2012 Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Visitation Location: Mahn DeSoto Chapel Service: Date: Saturday, April 7, 2012 Time: 12:00 Noon Service Location: Mahn DeSoto Chapel. Interment: Private Funeral Services will be officiated by Reverend Kenneth Parker.  Memorials/Donations: Donations may be sent to the Jefferson Regional Medical Center Hospice Program, P.O. Box 350, Crystal City, MO 63019.

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Ernest Vincent (Ernie) Cook, age 80, was born in Festus, Missouri on July 19, 1931.  Ernie was the 12th of 13 children born to the union of the late Elmer O. Cook and Carlie (nee Williams) Cook. Ernie was a life long resident of Festus where he was a member of Ward Chapel A.M.E. Church. He was joined in matrimony to Evelyn (nee Blanks) Cook on October 1, 1957 in Festus with Rev. Waldo R. White officiating.  To this union five children were born. Ernie attended Douglas Elementary and Douglas Cooperative High School in Festus.  He was a member of the United States Army/Korean War Veteran.  He was employed at St. Joe Lead Company in Herculaneum for many years, with a short stint as a custodian with the Festus R-VI School District before joining on with River Cement Company in Festus. He retired from River Cement in 1995. Ernie was a member of American Legion Post #253 and VFW Post #3777.  He loved his family.  He had a passion for gardening; he loved working in his yard and planting flowers.  He was very handy with his hands.  Another one of his great skills was in the kitchen and on the grill.  His great cooking skills and hospitality will be sorely missed by many.  He loved to see anyone stopping by his home, to get enough to eat and drink.  He could make a mean barbeque sauce, many of his family have tried to imitate it, but it is yet to be duplicated.  He was an avid sports fan. A Chariot of Angels came down on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8:10 p.m. and carried Ernie to Glory.  He was our ROCK…Ernie will be sorely missed by his wife of fifty-four years, Evelyn who was at his side, along with his four surviving children, Glenda (Tony) Ellis of Columbia, Missouri, Rochelle (Sid) Mayes, Monica Parks, and Reginald Cook all of Festus, Missouri, eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Other survivors include two son-in-laws, three sister-in-laws, Priscilla (nee Gray) Cook, Darlene (Kenneth) Dowe, Peggy (the late Donald) Bingham, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, twelve siblings, Clifton, William, Harold, Cecil, Wilma (Wingo), Carl, Lloyd, Margaret (Gill) Erma (Kinder), Kermit, Barbara Jane Cook and Doris Bland.  Two sons, Ernest V. Cook, Jr. and Ernest Tyrone Cook.  One grandson, Corey Parks, one great-granddaughter, Aaliyah Mayes, godson Sterling Underwood and in-laws Ward and Deloris (nee Hester) Blanks. Visitation 4:00 P.M. until time of  service at 7:00 P.M., Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Vinyard Funeral Home, Festus officiated by Rev. Ronald Luellen, Sr.  American Legion Service at 6:30 P.M.   Interment 10:00 A.M. Friday, April 6, 2012 at National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks, Missouri.

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Raymond L. Schutte, Age: 55, of De Soto, MO, passed away March 31, 2012 at his residence in De Soto, MO. He was a Self-employed Used Auto Parts Dealer. Born January 29, 1957 in St. Louis, MO, he was the Son of the late Woodrow Schutte & Frances (nee Baker) Schutte Catlett. He is survived by his Step-father: Phil Catlett, De Soto, MO; Wife: Shirley Schutte, De Soto, MO; Children: Mikel (Sharice) Blount, Sr.  – Rock Springs, WY; Lee Ann Schutte – De Soto, MO; Brothers & Sisters: Bob (Shirley) Schutte – De Soto, MO, Eddie (Glenda) Schutte – Hillsboro, MO, Ruby (Speedy) Sutton – Annapolis, MO, Alberta Miller – De Soto, MO; Grandchildren: Mikel, Jr., Kalisha, & Hayden. Preceded in death by siblings, Walter, Melvin, & LeRoy Schutte. Funeral Service Date and Time: Thursday, April 5, 2012 @ 2 PM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiated by: Pastor Derek Jones. Interment:Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation: Thursday, April 5, 2012 Noon - 2 PM. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home.                  


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