Obituaries Tuesday March 12th
Harry Y. Baxter, 82, of Burlington died Friday, March 8, 2013 at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington. Born September 29, 1930 in Burlington, he was the son of Raymond W. and Katherine “Kate” Wickham Baxter. Harry was a graduate of Burlington High School class of 1948. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1952 with a degree in Business and joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served until 1954.
On October 2, 1954 he married Elaine Bland from Washington D.C. in Oak Park, Illinois. They moved to San Francisco, California where he worked for Wells Fargo Bank and joined the Army Reserve. They moved to Burlington in 1956 and Harry started a long career working as a stock and commodities broker at the firm of Schoff & Baxter founded by his father and uncle. He became owner and president following his father’s death. He was a long time member of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Stock Exchange. KBUR listeners will remember hearing Harry give the daily stock and commodities closing report.
Harry continued his military career and served for 28 years in the U.S. Army on active and reserve duty. He commanded the 495th Engineer Battalion of Southeast Iowa from 1973 to 1977. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. After retiring from Schoff & Baxter, he worked part time in the office of the Des Moines County Veterans Affairs Office.
Harry also devoted a great deal of his time to working in politics on behalf of the Democratic party. He served as Chairman of the Des Moines County Democratic Party from 1970 to 1980 and served on the Democratic State Central Committee. He was active at the national level, most notably as an early supporter of Jimmy Carter’s bid for the Presidency. In 1975 he hosted the first campaign event in Iowa for Carter. In 1976 Harry was elected as a Carter delegate to the Democratic National Convention. In 1978 President Carter recognized Harry’s commitment to a strong military and appointed him to the Board of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Harry served as Vice Chairman in 1978 and Chairman in 1980. He was proud to have been Chairman of the Board the year that the first women cadets graduated from the Academy.
Harry was a political partner to his wife, former Iowa Secretary of State Elaine Baxter, in her political career. He played a key role in her many campaigns for local, state and national offices.
Another of Harry’s concerns was improving housing for senior citizens and for many years he served on the Board of the Burlington Low Rent Housing Agency as a Board Member and Chairman. In recognition of his efforts, he was presented the Leland McCosh award for outstanding public service to Greater Southeast Iowa.
Harry enjoyed playing tennis most of his life. For many years he was a member of the New Crystal Lake Club and the Burlington Golf Club where he served as president in 1970. He was an avid fan of tennis, golf, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, R. Wickham Baxter and sister-in-law Janet Baxter. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elaine, his two sons Harry W. of Miami Beach, Florida and John of New York, New York, his daughter, Katherine (Kate) Baxter Anderson, her husband Art and their children John and Will of Dallas, Texas. Also surviving are two nieces and their families.
Funeral services for Harry Y. Baxter will be held on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in Prugh’s Chapel. Pastor Jane Willan will officiate. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa. Military rites will be conducted by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. in Prugh’s Chapel. A memorial has been established for The Crapo Park Foundation and the Des Moines County Historical Society. Condolences may be left at www.prughfuneralservice.com.
Julia Ann Crowder, 74, died at her home in Farmington, Iowa, on Monday, March 4, 2013.
Born on October 21, 1938 in Aitkin, Minnesota, she was the daughter of Victor Kenneth and Mildred Holt Newstrom. She married John P. Crowder on March 20, 1960 in Aitkin, Minnesota.
Julia was a graduate of St. Luke’s Nursing School, Duluth, Minnesota and Open Bible College, Des Moines, Iowa. She traveled with her husband while he was stationed in the military bases of Germany, Taiwan, Hawaii and several others in the United States. Julia was a devoted mother and born again Christian. She loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart and soul while living and went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ upon passing.
She was a member of Bible Baptist Church, Kahoka, Missiouri.
She is survived by her husband, John Crowder; two daughters, Rebecca J. Crowder of Eldon, Iowa and Leah M. Lestina of Bensenville, Illinois; two sons, Joseph L. Crowder of Manistique, Michigan and Stephen J. Crowder of Katy, Texas; fifteen grandchildren; one brother, Bruce Newstrom of St. Cloud, Minnesota; one sister, Janice Boyd of Onamia, Minnesota; and sister-in-law, Barbara Jean Bright of Burlington, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Kenney.
Funeral services for Julia Crowder will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Prugh’s Chapel. Pastor Glen Yoder will officiate. Interment will be in Keokuk National Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa. The family will receive friends one prior to the service. A memorial has been established in memory of Julia Ann Crowder. Condolences may be left at www.prughfuneralservice.com.
Fern “Hannah” Irene Springsteen, 90, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Iowa on Friday evening, March 8, 2013.
Born on November 20, 1922 in Kingston, Iowa, she was the daughter of Joseph Leonard and Edith Fern Goble Brown. She married Harry E. “Barney” Springsteen on April 19, 1941 in Kahoka, Missouri. He died on September 24, 1986.
“Hannah” was a homemaker and also worked at Burlington Basket Company. She enjoyed growing flowers, embroidering, working puzzles and spending time with her family. She was of the Protestant faith.
She is survived by two sons, Harry (Arey) Springsteen Jr. of Arkansas and Chester (Sandy) Springsteen of Wapello, Iowa; four daughters, Sherry Hartz of Winfield, Iowa, Becky (Bob) Harvey of Middletown, Iowa, Gail Springsteen of Burlington, Iowa and Sandra (Bob) Smith of Macomb, Illinois; 27 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one grandson, Chad Sattler; one son, Ronald; two great-grandchildren, Amanda and Chad Jr.; one sister, Doris; and one brother, Leonard.
Funeral services Fern “Hannah” Irene Springsteen will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Prugh’s Chapel. Walter “Wally” Reynolds will officiate. Cremation will then be accorded and the interment of ashes will be held on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa. No formal visitation is planned. Friends may call at Prugh’s after 12:00 p.m., Tuesday. A memorial has been established for The American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be left at www.prughfuneralservice.com.
Charles Bailey ‘Chuck’ Simmons, age 77, of Morning Sun, died Monday morning, March 11, 2013, at his home. The son of Joseph Ben and Elsie E. Gruber Simmons, he was born on June 17, 1935 in Iowa City. He married Betty Morehead on August 22, 1953 in Burlington.
His family moved to Morning Sun when he was 8 and he graduated from Morning Sun High School in 1953. He owned and operated the Mediapolis Tree Service and later became an Ironworker through Local 577 of Burlington. He also farmed where he enjoyed his cattle and antique tractors along with his dog, Buck, who recently died. Chuck was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Morning Sun.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; a son, Rick & JoBeth Simmons of Morning Sun; two daughters, Grace Hartman & Dan Wischmeier of Yarmouth and Kerry & Ed Wilkerson of Morning Sun; 6 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and a brother, Allen Simmons of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents and a great grandson, Aidon.
Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Morning Sun where the family will meet friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
A private burial will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery in Morning Sun.
A Memorial Fund has been established for the benefits of the Parkinson’s Foundation and the Great River Hospice.
Cleo Louise Hassell Age 88 of Burlington
Died March 9th Where Great River Hospice House West Burlington
Son Dennis Hassell Dallas, TX
Daughter Karen Hassell Mount Pleasant IA
Sister Vera (Floyd) Krieger Burlington, IA
Brother Edwin Rienecke Arvada, CO
Friends may call
Family will receive friends One Hour prior to the time of service
Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14th, at Zion United Church of Christ
Burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery