Obituaries

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Craig Dirke McCombs

Craig Dirke McCombs

Craig Dirke McCombs of Salina, KS formally  of Ironton, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. He was 37.

Dirke was born on Dec. 31, 1981 in McComb, IL, a son  of Craig Robert McCombs and Mary Jane Titus, who survive.

Also surviving are four children, Abbigail, Lucas, June, and Bradley McCombs; three brothers, James “JR” McCombs (Sarah Knapp), Jacob (Tammy) McCombs, and a stepbrother Kevin Titus; a stepsister, Kayla (Jordan) Brouwer; his stepfather, Rick Titus; his grandfather, Robert Lee “Jake” McCombs; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Dirke was preceded in death by three grandparents, Walter and Shirley Livingston, and Phylis McCombs.

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21
Jan

Shari R. Orrick

Shari R. Orrick

Shari R. Orrick of De Soto died on Monday, January 7, 2019. She was 41.

Mrs. Orrick was a police officer in Pine Lawn and Olympian Village.

She was born on June 10, 1977, in Fitchburg, MA, the daughter of Terry Chaffee-Veroneau of Worcester, MA, and the late Timothy Gorman.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Orrick of De Soto; her parents, Sharon (Dickey) and Alan G. Harris of Arcadia; a daughter, Erin Lynn Riley (Cory) Logsdon; a son, Joseph Wyatt Pinson; two stepdaughters, Amelia Lee Orrick and Melissa Ann Orrick; two sisters, Krista (Mark) Meinders of Lake Winnebago and Alisha (Waylon) Cavinder of Springfield; and three nieces, Jordyn, Ashtyn and Claire.

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21
Jan

Doris Jean (Miller) DeHater

Doris Dehater

Doris Jean (Miller) DeHater of Black passed away on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.  She was 56.

She was born on March 7, 1962 in Farmington to James Albert Miller Jr. and Melba Ruth (Radford) Miller.

She was a devoted loving wife, loving mother, grandmother and long-time member of Pentecostal Church in Centerville. She dearly loved her family, her friends, and her dogs.

Doris was retired from Belleview Valley Nursing Home, she loved the outdoors, riding her 4-wheeler and boating, going to the lake with her husband and her favorite hobby was crocheting gifts for her family members.  She loved her two talking Amazon Parrots and spending time with her family.

Doris had a strong faith in her Lord Jesus Christ and she loved Christian music.  She will always be remembered for her caring and giving nature and giving happiness to others whenever possible.

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21
Jan

Robert Eugene Richards

Robert Eugene Richards, known to most as “Bob,” passed away on Jan. 1, 2019 in Ellington. He was 90.

Bob was born on May 23, 1928 in Iron County, the son of the late Floyd and Gertrude (Doggett) Richards.

He is survived by two brothers, Norman Richards and wife, Shirley of Caledonia, and Samuel Richards and wife, Debbie of Fenton; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by two sisters, Doris June Miller and Mary Richards.

Bob proudly served his country in the United States Navy for 24 years.  He served in World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War.  Following active duty, he worked several more years cooking in the Officer’s club.  After retiring he moved to Banner, where he has enjoyed farming.  Bob enjoyed cooking and listening to music.

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06
Jan

Doris Jean (Miller) DeHater

Doris Jean (Miller) DeHater

March 7, 1962 – December 29, 2018

 

Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. from Bryson Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation was held on Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Bryson Funeral Home. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brysonfuneralhome.com.

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06
Jan

Robert (Bob) Eugene Richards

Robert (Bob) Eugene Richards

May 23, 1928 - January 1, 2019

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Don Akers officiating. Visitation began at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Interment with full military honors was in Caledonia Methodist Cemetery following the funeral service. Memorials may be made to the Farmington VA Clinic. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brysonfuneralhome.com.

Complete obituary information in the next issue of The Mountain Echo.

Fri
04
Jan

Beatrice Brandel

Beatrice Brandel

Beatrice Brandel of Ironton passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.  She was 85.

Beatrice was born on March 24, 1933 in Biehle. She was the daughter of Emil and Alice Dosenbach of Perryville.

On March 26, 1949, Beatrice was united in marriage to Roy Lee Brandel.

Surviving children include two sons, Larry (Sharon) of Oak Ridge and Terry (Debbra) of Ironton; and three daughters, Linda (Ray) Miget, Sharon (William) Dement, and Sandra Keeney.

Preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Craig; and one infant grandson, Paul Miget.

Beatrice has 17 grandchildren, one step-grandchild, 35 great- grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

The many interests of Beatrice included making quilts, feeding and watching the birds, working in the yard and growing flowers and spending time with her family and friends.

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04
Jan

Dr. Richard Carl Holmes

Richard Holmes

Dr. Richard Carl Holmes of Ironton passed away on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. He was 87.

Richard was born on Nov. 23, 1931 in Rolla, the son of the late Richard Groves and Amy Catherine (Wilkinson) Holmes.

On June 28, 1958, he was united in marriage to Anna Marie Nichols who survives.  To this union seven children were born; Catherine Holmes of Farmington; Carl Holmes, who preceded him in death; Willa Frattini and husband, John of St. Louis; Paul Holmes of Overland Park, KS; Richie Holmes of Columbia: Amy Beaton and husband, John of Poplar Bluff; and John Holmes of Berlin, Germany.

Also surviving are six grandchildren and one great-grandson, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents and son, Richard was also preceded in death by his brother, Samuel Price Holmes.

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04
Jan

Ruby Mildred Harris

Ruby Mildred Harris of Farmington passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. She was 91.

She was born March 31, 1927 in Mineral Point, the daughter of the late Carl Joseph and Mary Ann (Key) Miller.

Ruby is survived by three sisters, Carol Johnson of Bismarck, Margaret Hart of St. Louis, and Naomi Milne also of St. Louis; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ruby was preceded in death by two sisters, Delores Schaefer and Doris Miller; and her brother, Carl K. Miller.

Ruby worked as a line inspector for St. Louis Die Casting.

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04
Jan

Paula Blankenship

Paula Blankenship

Paula Blankenship of Pilot Knob passed away on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 at Iron County Medical Center.  She was 62,

Paula was born on July 13, 1957 in St. Louis, the daughter of Jesse and Elen (Jackson) Blankenship.

Paula is survived by her mother, Elen Jackson of Arcadia; two sons, Corey Blankenship of Ironton and Dylan Blankenship of Bonne Terre; her “other half,” Raymond Engemann of Pilot Knob; his daughter, Nicki; two brothers, Dan Blankenship and wife, Jane of Farmington, and Bill Wilson and wife, Brenda of Arcadia; three sisters, Jeanne Adams of Arcadia, Patty Anderson of Farmington, and Susan Parks and husband, Rick of Lesterville; her special great-nephew, Nash; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Paula was preceded in death by her father, Jesse Blankenship; and two brothers-in-law, Wilfred “Bill” Adams and Wayne Anderson.

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