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Marlene Shepherd, 78,  of Poplar Bluff, Mo. died Thursday, November
12, 2015 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.  She was born June
26, 1937 in Kansas City, Mo. to the late Boyd Burton and Maxine
Johnson Burton.  She spent most of her childhood in Kansas City and
Poplar, Mo.  She was a member of the Twin Springs Baptist Church.      
Marlene was formerly married to Wayne Shepherd of Lebanon, Mo.  He
She was a retired fifth grade school teacher.
Marlene liked to read western books, collect red bird figurines, and
when younger played tennis and liked water skiing. She enjoyed the
company of her miniature Doberman pincher.
She is survived by one son, Michael Shepherd of New York: two
daughters, Debbie Edwards of Bolivar, Mo. and Barbara Alumbaugh of
Park City, Kansas; four brothers, Lee Burton of Poplar Bluff, Mo.,
Robert Burton of Summerville, So. Carolina, Boyd Burton of Ballwin,
Mo. and Sid Burton of Mesa, Az.; two sisters, Mary Richards of
Sullivan, Mo. and Susan Bounds of Pocahontas, Ar.; seven
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack Burton and Wade
Burton; and one sister, Donna Chestnut.
A memorial service will be Sunday, November 15, 2015  at Twin
Springs Baptist Church at 5 P.M.  The Rev. Rodger Mayo will be
Marlene Shepherd
Ronald Stage, 71, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 at
Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.  He was born April 23, 1944  in
Yakima, Washington to the late Orvil Stage and Mary Conner Stage.   
Mr. Stage was a life time resident of Poplar Bluff.
Ronald married Anna L Garrison in 1968.  She preceded him in death  
Oct. 27, 2010.
Ronald was a retired machinist.  He served in the U.S. Army during the
Vietnam War.  He enjoyed bowling, Cardinal ballgames, and working in
his yard..
He is survived by three sons, James Stage, Gary Stage, and Steven
Stage, all of Poplar Bluff; seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren,
and one great-great grandchild.  
Visitation will be Monday at 10 A.M. at Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home Chapel
followed by a memorial service at 11 A.M.  Brother Ted Elledge will
officiate.  Burial will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Ronald Stage
 Paul W. Erwin, 89, of Cape Girardeau, Mo. died Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Cape Girardeau.  He was born in
Tennessee to the late Joseph Oscar Erwin and Tynie Maybell McGerity.  
He was a long time resident of Poplar Bluff, Mo.  He was a member of
the Heritage Apostolic Church.  
Paul married Lessie Scott in Piggott, Ar. April 17, 1948.  She preceded
him in death April 24, 2003.
Paul served in the U.S. Army during WWII.  After his service he
worked as a welder and pipefitter.  He enjoyed going to yard sales and to
the sale barn.
He is survived by two daughters, Patricia Martin of Valley Park, Mo. and
Paula Vernell Dowd of Glenallen, Mo.; one brother, Max Erwin of Paris,
Tn.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Preceding  him in death were one son, Raymond Earl Erwin; two
brothers, Ray Erwin and Carl Erwin; and four sisters, Arlie May
DePriest, Martha Jean Campbell, Rae Cheek and Nola Carter.  
Visitation will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday at Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home
Chapel followed by the funeral service at 11:00 A.M.  The Rev. Ivan
Dowd will officiate.  Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Steele, Mo.
at 2:00 P.M.  Memorials may be made to the Missouri Veteran's Home,
Hospice Unit, 2400 Veteran's Memorial Dr., Cape Girardeau, Mo.  63701.
Paul W. Erwin