Obituaries Monday April 8th

Connie Sue Miller
Age 61    of    Burlington
Died    4/4/13    Where    Great River Medical Center    West Burlington
Daughter    Nancy Miller    Burlington    IA
Daughter    MillerRachel    Burlington    IA
3    Grandchildren
2    Step Grandchildren
Sister    Phyllis Forsythe    Donnellson, IA
Sister    Linda Giffin    Burlington, IA
Sister    Bonnie Bell    Burlington, IA
Brother    Rolland Giffin    Crestview, FL
Friends may call    Noon until 7 p.m. Monday, April 8th, at Lunning Chapel
Family will receive friends 5 – 7 pm. Monday, April 8th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service    1 p.m. Tuesday, April 9th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be    Kossuth Cemetery, Mediapolis, IA


Wayne A. Schroeder, 97, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 1:50AMSaturday, April 6, 2013 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center.

Wayne was born in Olena, IL on September 19, 1915 the son of Oscar and Lenna Cavins Schroeder. On June 24, 1943 he married Opal Cortelyou near Raritan, IL.

He graduated from MediaHigh School and then began farming near Raritan. In 1944 he moved to the LaHarpe area where he continued to farm. He served on the LaHarpe School Board and other community boards. Wayne was a member of the Raritan Reformed Church where he served as a Elder for several years.

Mr. Schroeder is survived by his wife, 3 sons, Dr. Kenneth (Emily) Schroeder of Rochester, MN, Brian (Connie) Schroeder of Minier, IL and Gary (Donna) Schroeder of LaHarpe, 1 daughter, Anne (Dr. Greg) Hoekstra of Waterloo, IA, 8 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and 1 sister Dorothy (Al) Wickline of Galesburg, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Emory and Gail and 1 infant brother.

Services will be held at 3:00PMTuesday, April 9, 2013 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Rev. Bruce Goettsche officiating. Burial will be in the LaHarpeCemetery. Friends may call after 3:00PMMonday, April 8, 2013 at the funeral home where family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00PM. A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center or the Raritan Reformed Church. Condolences may be left at


Warren Wilber Kemper, age 74 of rural Wapello, died Friday April 5, 2013 at Great River Medical Center.  The son of Oscar and Hilda (Whitaker) Kemper, he was born September 1, 1938.  On April 27, 1958 he married Shirley Thomas at Morning Sun.  He was a 1956 graduate of the Wapello High School.  He served in the US Army Reserves from 1956-62. Warren was a third generation farmer on a farm southeast of Wapello. In his younger days, he was a 4H leader and also drove a school bus for the Wapello Community School District. Warren was head of the Township Trustees Fire Association. He was instrumental in helping to purchase new fire equipment for Wapello and surrounding communities. Warren has been involved with local and also national chapters of the Corn Growers Association.  He and Jack Parsons were very influential in bringing ethanol to Iowa. He was part of a committee called the Rivers and Locks Committee.  Their goal was to revamp the river locks and dams on the Mississippi River.  He made numerous trips to Des Moines and Washington D.C. to try to push this through. During the Flood of 1993, as a Louisa County Supervisor, Warren helped to bring in thousands of dollars for recovery efforts.  Also, in the Flood of 2008, he was instrumental in bringing Senator Grassley and Senator Harkin to Oakville to tour the devastation first hand.  Warren was a member of the JI Case Collector’s Association; JI Case Heritage Foundation; Past director of  Western Illinois Old Threshers Association;  He was a member of the Wapello United Methodist church. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan.


Survivors include; His wife Shirley of Wapello; two sons, Thomas and Melanie Kemper of Tama, Iowa; Mark and Heather Kemper of Wapello; one daughter, Judy and Kirk Gerst of Wapello; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren;


He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Evelyn Augsburger.


Friends may call on Monday from 2-8:00 p.m. at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello, where the family will meet with friends from 5-8:00 p.m.


The funeral service will be Tuesday April 9, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home, with Pastor Dan Doolin officiating, along with Dave Nelson, Dave Seick and Marvin Hardy.  Interment will follow at the Wapello Cemetery with graveside Military Rites. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow at the United Methodist Church.


Memorials have been established for Jefferson Township Cemetery Fund and the Wapello Youth League.


Donald Leroy Lord, age 87 of Mediapolis, died Saturday April 6, 2013 at Prairie Ridge Care Center.  The son of James Abel and Grace Belle (Steiner) Lord, he was born September 16, 1925 at Carman, Illinois.  He was married to Elnora Jones and they later divorced.  He was a graduate of Stronghurst High School.  He was a farmer and worked for many years for Farm Service and retired from  Sperry Union Elevator. He was a member of the Mediapolis First United Methodist church.


Survivors include:  two daughters, Mary and Dwight Mellinger of Burlington; Nancy Aquino of Burlington; two sons, Gary and Linda Lord of Mediapolis and Dick and Tina Lord of Burlington; 11 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; one niece and one nephew;


He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Jeff and Bobby, one brother Thomas, one sister Edith, and two grandsons, Heath Lord and Chad Crow.


The funeral service will be held Thursday April 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis, with Rev. Jeff Kodis officiating.  Interment will follow at the Carman Cemetery.


Friends may call on Wednesday from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis, where the family will meet with friends.


A memorial has been established for the Mediapolis Ambulance Service.