Obituaries

Dr. Gemo Wong
At 84 years old and in the worst global pandemic, our dad chose to help his community, serve and heal, fight in the frontlines.  No one could convince him to retire, especially not when the community he loved needed him most. Ultimately, he died doing what he loved. Covid took an amazing man,...
Barbara Ellen Stegle Sweitzer, 97, of Cobden, died at 3:00 p.m. on December 2, 2020, at Hickory Point Christian Village in Forsyth, Ill. Barbara was the daughter of John and Josephine Cerny Stegle.  Barbara married Walter L. Sweitzer on December 23, 1948, in Cobden, Ill. Walter died on Aug. 24,...
Adrian L. Pender, 82, of Cobden, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at his home.  He was born on Dec. 1, 1938, in Alto Pass, the son of George R. and Mary Edith Leggans Pender.  He married Geraldine Raigner on Dec. 22, 1959, in Jonesboro. Mr. Pender is survived by his wife, Geraldine Pender of Cobden;...
Glenda Y. Russell
Glenda Y. Russell, 83, of Wolf Lake, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at the Du Quoin Nursing and Rehab Center.  She was born on Oct. 17, 1937, in Breckenridge, Minn., the daughter of Arthur and Vivian Wagner Hogness.  Mrs. Russell is survived by her children, Kevin Russell of Murphysboro, Missy Fairbank...
Jay Brett Helton
Jay Brett Helton, 62, of Cypress, died at 4 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at his home, with his wife Chris by his side.  Mr. Helton was born on May 5, 1958, in Colorado Springs, Colo. He graduated from high school in Escondido, Calif. Jay and Chris Patten were united in marriage on Nov. 27, 1993.  ...
Kyle Dean Kern
Kyle Dean Kern, 62, of Dongola, reached out for his Lord and Savior’s hand and was taken to his much-deserved heavenly home on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky. Mr. Kern was born on Feb. 25, 1958, in Mt. Vernon, the son of the Rev. John and Lydia Wells Kern. He accepted the...
Larry Lonzo Owen ‘Cowboy’
Larry Lonzo Owen, “Cowboy,” of Mounds, died peacefully at his home on Nov. 3, 2020, with his best friend and wife by his side. Mr. Owen went to be with the Lord on his 31st wedding anniversary at the age of 71. He was born on Aug. 14, 1949, the son of Ema Lee Develt Owen and Lonzo Owen. He was a...
Calvin Lewis Gore
Calvin Lewis Gore, 90, of Swansea, and formerly of Olmsted, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Cedarhurst Assisted Living in Collinsville. He was born on Nov. 11, 1930, in Olmsted, the son of Don Carlos and Pearl Bertha Basse Gore. Mr. Gore was a veteran of the U.S. Army (1953-1954) and served in Korea...
Amy Sue Adams
Amy Sue Adams, 53, of Cairo, died at 2:32 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Marion. She was born on Oct. 21, 1967, in Murphysboro, the daughter of Donovan and Brenda Parker Davis Sr. She had worked at the MAP Training Center. She was preceded in death by a brother. Survivors...
Patsy J. ‘Pat’ Ruffin
Patsy J. “Pat” Ruffin, 84, of East Cape Girardeau, died at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born on May 21, 1936, in Jackson, Tenn., the daughter of Vernon and Ruby Seeley Weir.   She was married on June 10, 1958, to Leon Ruffin.  He preceded...

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