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Obituaries Monday February 25th
Jack Clarkson Poe, age 86, of Wapello, died Saturday morning, February 23, 2013, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington. The son of John Clarkson and Lena Agnes Phillips Poe, he was born on August 5, 1926 in Oskaloosa. He married Mary Esther ‘Mickey’ Krumm on October 2, 1948 in Stockport. She died on December 15, 1982. Jack married Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Bryant on March 23, 1984 in Wapello.
He graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1944 and received his BA degree from William Penn College in Oskaloosa in 1950. He later received his MS degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois in 1967.
Jack served in the US Army during WW II and the Korean War. He was a high school teacher beginning in Lacey and then came to Wapello in 1953 and taught History and Spanish until becoming the Wapello High School Principal in 1971. He retired in 1985. While at Wapello High School he started the baseball and golf programs and assisted in the beginning of cross country.
He was an avid golfer and a Cubs and Bears fan along with many sports. He had served on the Keck Memorial Library Board, the Wapello School Board, and the Wapello Pool Board. He was a member of the VFW Glenn Allen Post 5166 of Wapello and a member of the Indian Hills Golf and Country Club.
Mr. Poe is survived by his wife, Liz; a daughter, Pam Wagner of Humble, Texas; two sons, John & Chris Poe of Wapello and Rich & Jana Poe of Quincy, Illinois; step children, Beth Keltner of Burlington, Bryon & Sheila Keltner of Wapello and Tom & Shelly Keltner of Wapello; twelve grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; and two step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mickey; a son, Steven; an infant son and infant daughter; and a sister, Betty Stockhill.
Cremation will take place at this time and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later time.
A Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of the Keck Memorial Library, Wapello Rescue Unit, and Wapello Community Ambulance Service.
The Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello is providing the care and arrangements.
Mrs. Marie I. Smessaert, 93, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 11:55 AMSaturday, February 23, 2013 at the BlessingHospital in Quincy, IL.
She was born August 16, 1919 in Blandinsville, IL the daughter of Carl A. and Grace Baughman Newman. On September 28, 1937 she married Charles L. Stevens. He died October 10, 1992. She married Clifford P. Slayton on September 18, 1999. He died January 19, 2003. On February 14, 2004 she married Henry Smessaert. H died January 7, 2010.
Marie worked at the former LaHarpeHospital from 1965 – 1986 where she was supervisor of housekeeping and later at the nursing home in LaHarpe. She was a member of the LaHarpe American Legion Auxiliary and the LaHarpe Christian Church.
She is survived by one son, Robert L. Stevens of Burlington, IA, 6 step-children, 6 grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 4 step-great-grandchildren, 1 sister, Elizabeth Olson of Quincy, IL and her special friend, Laura DeHaven of LaHarpe.
In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers and her parents.
Services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Nate McCarter officiating. Burial will be in the LaHarpeCemetery. Friends may call anytime between 3:00 and 8:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established for a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be left at www.banksandbeals.com.
Dan E. Williams, 64, of Burlington, died at 9:14 pm Thursday, February 21, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.
Born January 30, 1949, in Burlington, he was the son of John and Patricia Green Williams. He married Janis Ives. They later divorced.
Dan worked as an electrician for BNSF.
He was a graduate of Burlington High School.
He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.
He was of the Catholic faith. He was a member of IBEW Union where he served as bookkeeper. He enjoyed going on the river, fishing, and hunting.
Survivors include one son, Jacob Williams of Burlington; two daughters, Danielle Williams of Burlington, and Jenny; his mother, Patricia Williams of Burlington; step-daughter, Misty Kirchner of Burlington; five grandchildren, Chaz Williams, C.J. Williams, Aliya Taylor, Drake Emory, and Kadyn McIntyre; three brothers, Mark Williams of Donnellson, Steve Williams, and Chris Williams of Burlington; several nieces and nephews, and his ex-wife, Janis Williams of Davenport.
He was preceded by his father.
Cremation has been entrusted to Thielen Crematory.
There will be no visitation.
The memorial service for Mr. Williams will be 10:00 am Friday, March 1, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home with Reverend Randy Langner officiating and full military honors rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.
A memorial has been established.
Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory is in care of the arrangements.
A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Dan obituary at www.thielenfuneralhome.com.