Obituaries Wednesday May 8th

Alan Hilleary Vaughan, 49, of Burlington, Iowa, died at his home on Monday evening, May 6, 2013.


Born on December 18, 1963 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of James H. and Nancy Vaughan.


Alan graduated from Burlington High School in 1981. He worked at Diamond Dave’s for thirty years, was co-manager and loved cooking. He enjoyed life in the country with his pet dog, Samantha, raising chickens, woodworking and making woodworking gifts for his family. Holidays were special times with Alan ringing the Christmas sleigh bells for the nieces and nephews. Easter was also memorable with Alan hiding hundreds of Easter eggs for everyone to find. He was of the Christian faith.


He is survived by his mother, Nancy of Burlington, Iowa; one brother, David (Pam) Vaughan of Burlington, Iowa; two sisters, Cindy (Curtis) Neff of Burlington, Iowa and Diane Vaughan of Biggsville, Illinois; eight nieces and nephews, Miranda Woods, Melissa Woods, Moriah Woods,  James Woods, Austin Vaughan-Welch, Karla John,  Emily (Jeremy) Kemp and Caleb Neff; great-nieces and great-nephews, Darren Webb, Luke Ditsworth, Brianna Kincaid, Nicholas Woods, Taylynn Jo Woods and Roland Armitage; aunts and uncles, Richard & Holly Williamson, Karen & Jim Underhill, Robert & Cathy Cusick, Mary Jane  & Jim Kaufman and several cousins.


He was preceded in death by his father, James, paternal and maternal grandparents, one uncle and one cousin.


Memorial services for Alan H. Vaughan will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at First Assembly of God Church, 1809 Agency, Burlington, Iowa.Pastor Larry Mumma will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be left at

Donald J Devore, age 63, passed away on May 6th 2013 at Genesis East in Davenport, Iowa. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, May 9th 2013 in Wapello, Iowa at the South End Park.

Don was born on March 5th 1950 in Muscatine to George and Ethel Devore. During his adolescence there were always fun times with siblings, cousins and friends. He graduated from WapelloHigh School in 1968.


One year later he married Patricia McClure in Morning Sun and they were married for 28 years. Don and Patty moved to the Muscatine area where he completed his AA in Business Administration. From there they moved to the Cedar Falls area where Don was a Black Hawk Deputy Sheriff before starting his career with John Deere. While working he completed his BA and Master’s Degree at the University of Northern Iowa.


Don and Patty relocated to Reinbeck and raised their four children; Tricia, Andrea, Jennifer and Donovan. Don was an active member of the UnitedChurch of Christ. He made special efforts to support all of his children’s activities.


He retired in 2001 from John Deere after 29 years. During his tenure he worked primarily at the Foundry as a Supervisor and Buyer. After retirement, Don returned to his hometown of Wapello.


During his life Don enjoyed hunting with his family, photography, historical collections, and avidly researching Civil War and WWII history and family genealogy. He also loved to visit and spoil all seven of his grandchildren, and was excited to learn he had a new grandchild on the way.


Don was preceded in death by his father George and a brother, Terry.  Don is survived by his mother, Ethel Devore; daughters, Tricia (Bryan) McCabe, Andrea (Greg) Kreitner and Jennifer (Brian) Metcalf; son, Donovan (Andrea) Devore; significant other, Betty Booker; brothers, Dan and Scott (Sandy) Devore; sister, Patricia Devore; and grandchildren, Seth, Ella, Grace, Reed, Emmett, George and Michael.


The family is hosting an informal celebration of life on Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 5-7 PM at the SouthEndPark Recreation area in Wapello, Iowa.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association his honor.


The Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello is providing the care and arrangements for Don Devore.

Carol Hollister, age 57 of New London, died Sunday May 5, 2013 at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  The daughter of Emil and Joyce (Whorton) Lieb, she was born June 26, 1955 at Burlington.  She worked at Metro Group in Mt. Pleasant for over 20 years.

Survivors include:  two daughters, Wendy Hollister-Recker of Twin Lakes, Wisconcin; Becky Ford of Burlington; one son, Josh Hollister of New London; five grandchildren; two sisters, Carla Lieb of Fort Worth, Texas; Rose Rude of Buckeye, Arizona; one brother, Emil Lieb, Jr of Burlington; special friend Wade Hostetter of Morning Sun;

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation has been accorded and there are no services planned at this time.

Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Morning Sun is assisting the family with arrangements.

Margaret Mary Ripple, 92, of Burlington, died at 2:55 PM Mon day, May 6, 2013, at her home in Burlington.


Born March 20, 1921, in Brookville, PA, she was the daughter of Leonard B. and Marie O’ Loughlin Shannon. On November 8, 1942, she married John Leo Ripple in Brookville. He died December 11, 2005.


Margaret worked as a legal secretary and civil service for Rationing Board during WWII, then retired from Homemaker Health Service in 1982.


She was a member or SS. John and Paul Catholic Church.


Survivors include four sons, John M. (Beth) Ripple of Burlington, Joseph Ripple of New York, NY, Richard (Barbara) Ripple of Tampa, FL, and Dan (Kathryn) Ripple of Livermore, CA; two daughters, Mimi Smutzer of Freeport, IL, and Susan (Greg) Holtkamp of Burlington; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, five sisters, one son, Jerry and one son-in-law, Bob Smutzer.


Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends following a 5:00 PM Rosary Service until 7:00 PM Thursday, May 9, 2013, at  Thielen Funeral Home.


The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Mrs. Ripple will be 10:00 AM Friday, May 10, 2013, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Rev. Father Marty Goetz as the Celebrant.  Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir.  Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.  A time of food and fellowship will be held at St. John’s cafeteria following the burial.


A memorial has been established for St. Vincent dePaul food pantry.


A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Margaret’s obituary at



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