Obituaries Tuesday September 17th

Dale Eugene Anderson, 91 years, of McDonald, Tennessee and formerly of Fort Madison, Iowa died at 1:10 amSaturday, September 14, 2013 at the Life Care of Collegedale, Tennessee.  He was born June 28, 1922 at New London, Iowa, a son of Earl and June (Mathews) Anderson.  He first married Lois Eichholz.  They later divorced.  On October 8, 1983, he married Joye Bess Gresham Counts at Fort Madison, Iowa.  She preceded him in death July 23, 2004


He worked for True Temper for 12 years, then at the Crandon Paper Mill for 27 years.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Montrose.  He loved to pitch horseshoes, fish, sing, dance, and play musical instruments.


He is survived by three children: Charlotte Anderson, of McDonald, Tennessee; Roger (wife Kathy) Anderson, of Fort Madison, Iowa; and Vicky Van Winkle, of Fort Madison, Iowa; one stepson, Mark (wife Liz) Counts, of Fort Madison, Iowa; nine grandchildren; two step grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and one sister, Mazie Englehart, of Minnesota.  He is preceded in death by his parents, wife and three sisters.


Visitation will be from 6:00 – 7:00 pmTuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, FortMadison with a Christian Wake Service at 7:00 pm Tuesday evening.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 amWednesday, September 18, 2013 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, FortMadison.  Burial will be at the OaklandCemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa.  A memorial has been established, contributions may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel, FortMadison.  Online condolences to the Anderson Family may be made from . 

Edlef P. Boysen, age 93, passed away Sunday, September 15, at his home in Mediapolis, Iowa.  Edlef was born August 12, 1920, at home in rural Morning Sun, the son of Thede and Marie (Hinrichsen) Boysen.  He married Maxine Kerr of Columbus Jct., Iowa, on March 3, 1940.

Edlef graduated from Wapello High School in the class of 1938. He farmed until 1955, and then rented the farm out and was a salesman for Walnut Grove Products for 30 years.  He retired at age 65, but worked part time for fertilizer companies in the spring and fall. 

While farming, Edlef served on the Des Moines County Extension Board, the Farm Bureau Board, and Sperry Consolidated School Board.  He was a past member of the Burlington Elks Club, Mediapolis Odd Fellows Lodge, and Burlington Fraternal Order of the Eagles. Edlef is a member of the Presbyterian Church.  He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much and followed them in all their school activities.  He also enjoyed a good card game and taking trips. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Albert, two sisters, Ann (Mrs. Irving) Diehl and Suella (Mrs. Richard) Forrest, and his wife Maxine.  Survivors include one sister, Margaret Biggerstaff, Winfield; three daughters, Jan Bozman of Moline, Illinois; Joyce Fischer of Morning Sun; Diana Powers of Mediapolis; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. 

A memorial has been established for Mediapolis Ambulance Service, Mediapolis Fire Dpt., First United Presbyterian Church, Mediapolis, and Shinar Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Pleasant Grove. 

According to his wishes, cremation has been accorded. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 7:00 on Thursday, September 19, at Hagele & Honts Funeral Home, Mediapolis.  Family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00.  The funeral will be at 10:00 on Friday, September 20, at the First United Presbyterian Church in Mediapolis.  Rev. Shane McCampbell and Rev. Debbie Linville will officiate.  Friends are invited to join the family for lunch at the church immediately following the service.  Following the luncheon, interment will be at the Cambrian Cemetery, Columbus City, Iowa.

Mark D. Grimm, age 90, of Wapello, died at his home Sunday afternoon, September 15, 2013.  The son of Chris and Julia Massner Grimm, he was born on March 31, 1923 in Albert Lea, Minnesota.  He married Margaret Friederich on June 17, 1951 in Taylor, Missouri.

Mark attended Huron School in rural Des Moines County.  He was a farmer in the Wapello area and sold John Deere farm equipment for Hillyard Implement in Winfield.  He also became a Real Estate Broker.

He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church at Mediapolis.  He became a believer in his Christian Faith as a young man and lived his entire life by his faith, often sharing it with anyone he became acquainted with.  Mark was a pilot of his own plane and helicopter.  He enjoyed fishing, traveling worldwide with his wife, reading, and his family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

His family includes his wife, Margaret; a daughter, Bev & Keith Kuntz of Wapello; four sons, Curt & Karen Grimm and Kent & Denise Grimm both of Wapello, Chris Grimm of Burlington, and Steve & Christina Grimm of Wapello; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-two great grandchildren; a sister, Mavis Hermann of Morton, Illinois; and a brother David & Sue Grimm of Verona, Missouri,  He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ursela Barth; and five brothers, Clyde, Floyd, Jess, Kenneth, and Charles.

The funeral ceremony for Mark Grimm will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Mediapolis, officiated by the Ministers of the Church.  Burial will follow at the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, rural Oakville.

Friends may call from noon to 7:00 PM on Tuesday at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello where the family will meet friends from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  The family will also meet friends from 9:00 to 9:45 AM on Wednesday at the Church and during a fellowship lunch after the committal also at the Church.

A Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of the Great River Hospice.

Earlene Frances James Bowman Costilla, 72, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Iowa, on Saturday, September 14, 2013.


Born on May 12, 1941 in Ft. Madison, Iowa, she was the daughter of Earl F. and Dorothy M. Simpson James. She married Richard G. Bowman in November of 1958 in Kansas City, Missouri; they later divorced. She married Gonzallo Costilla on December 18, 1988 in Ft. Madison, Iowa. He died in September of 1999.


Earlene was a homemaker. In the early 1970s she was co-owner of the B & F Cigar Store. She was a sales representative for Avon for 10 years. She also sang in her first husband’s country & western band for 15 years. She enjoyed her country & western and rock & roll music, especially Elvis Presley. She enjoyed playing cards, going fishing, boating, going to the casino and the companionship of her loving pet dog, Bear. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church.


She is survived by four daughters, Sherri (Harry) Adams of Hopper Mills, Illinois, Darla (Joe) Doss of Burlington, Iowa, Lisa Hand of Carman, Illinois and Dana (Troy) Hensley of Aledo, Illinois; two sons, Michael (Christina) Bowman and Mark (Kelly) Bowman Sr., both of Burlington, Iowa; one step-daughter, Mary Gonzalez of Houston, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; 14 step-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews from the tri-state area.


She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands three brothers and three sisters.


Funeral services for Earlene F. Costilla will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Prugh’s Chapel, Burlington, Iowa. Rev. O.C. Wimley will officiate. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Ft. Madison, Iowa.

Friends may call on Wednesday after 8:00 a.m. The family will receive friends in Prugh’s Chapel on Wednesday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory. There will a luncheon at the Bowman Automotive Repair, 400 Summer St. in Burlington following the graveside committal service. Condolences may be left at

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