Obituaries Friday September 27th



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Neil Allen, age 83, or rural Morning Sun, died Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at the GreatRiverMedicalCenter in West Burlington.  The son of Noel and Elta Garvey Allen, he was born on July 18, 1930 in Roseville, Ohio.  He married Jill Ellen Henry on June 18, 1955 in Kearney, Nebraska.


Jerry graduated from RosevilleHigh School in Ohio.  He attended ValparaisoCollege in Indiana.  He served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict.  He worked for GE as a Quality Control Engineer.


He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg, Virginia and a member of the Mediapolis Lions Club.  He enjoyed woodcarving, especially creating miniature clocks, doing crosswords, and computer activities.


His family includes his wife, Jill; a son, Charles Allen of Morning Sun; two daughters, Jane & Tom Cranston of Coralville and Nancy & Owen Ryder of Quebec, Canada; four grandchildren, Jessica & Jason Clark, Robert ‘RJ’ Hergert, Eric Pershing, and Carter Pershing; four great grandchildren, Sierra Rose, Christopher, Lea, and Ashley; a sister, Susan Horn of Georgia; a sister-in-law, Helen Allen of Brazil, Indiana; and an extended family including Luke & Anne-Mie Van Zandvliet of Belgium, Cory Dergance & Jason Darnell of Peru, Illinois, Bradley Murphy of Hephzibah, Georgia, Ann & Homer Keith of Cambridge, Ohio, and Rusty Johnson of Texas.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Noel; and two half-sisters, Dorothy Darnell and Jean Read.


The family will meet friends on Sunday, September 29, 2013, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis.  The funeral ceremony will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 30, 2013, at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home with Rev. Jerleen Schlesser officiating.  Cremation will follow the services and burial will take place at a later date in Kearney, Nebraska.


A Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of the Leader Dog for the Blind.


Condolences may be left and viewed at

William “Bill” Putz, 56, of Burlington, died at 1:05 PM Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.


Born June 7, 1957, in Evergreen Park, IL, he was the son of Charles and Anita Clare Barnard Putz.


Bill worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway as a conductor.


He graduated from the University of Illinois.  He was of the catholic faith.


He enjoyed music, art, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Black Hawks hockey, traveling, photography, car racing, cartooning, animals, and beer.


Survivors include his Fiancé, Debbie and her son, John Howard, both of Burlington; his father, Charles Putz of Evergreen Park, IL, one brother, Kenny Putz of Mt. Horeb, WI; two sisters, Nancy Putz of Chicago, IL, and Maryanne Lustig of Winfield, IL; one niece, Sarah Hinton; and three nephews, Todd Lustig, Matthew Lustig, and Zach Gordon.


He was preceded in death by his mom and one sister, Barbara Jo Putz Gordon.


Visitation will be from noon until 6:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM Sunday, September 29, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home.


The Funeral Service for Mr. Putz will be 10:00 AM Monday, September 30, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home with Rev. Father Hai Dinh officiating.  Cremation will be entrusted to Thielen Crematory following the funeral service.


A memorial has been established for the American Cancer Society.


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