Obituaries Tuesday October 29th

Richard A. Lewis, 92, of Burlington, died at 8:45 am Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Great River Klein Center in West Burlington.


Born August 3, 1921, in Piqua, OH, he was the son of Wilbur and Leila Meier Lewis. On December 29, 1941, he married Dorothy “Jane” Dennis in Greenville, Ohio.


Dick had worked at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, first as Chief of Guards, later as production manager, and then as assistant head of production.  He retired in 1975. 


He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving from August 7, 1948 until November 30, 1963.


He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge, was active with the Republican Party.  He had served on the Burlington Community School District School Board and the Des Moines County Board of Supervisors.


Survivors include his wife, Jane; three sons, Dick (Annie) Lewis of Niland, CA, Dennis (Clarice) Lewis of Dublin, OH, and Thomas (Deb) Lewis of Topeka, KS;  two daughters, Suzanne (Gary) Orton of Burlington, and Jane Ann (John Leathers) Goulden of West Burlington; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.


Cremation has been entrusted to Thielen Crematory.


There will be no visitation.


The memorial service with Masonic Rites for Mr. Lewis will be 10:30 AM Monday, November 4, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor Dean Moberg officiating.  Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.  Burial will be in Rock Island National Cemetery at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, memorials have been made for Great River Hospice or the charity of your choice.


Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory is in care of the arrangements.


Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Richard’s obituary at

Marcella A. “Sally” Dean    Age 92    of    West Burlington
Died Sunday 10/27 at the Great River Medical Center    West Burlington
Son    Lyle P. Dean    West Burlington, IA
Son    Wayne C. “Skip” Dean    Okeechobee, FL
5    Grandchildren    4    Great-Grandchildren
Brother    Richard Eckelkamp    Washington, MO
Friends may call    Noon until 7 p.m. Thursday, October 31st, at Lunning Chapel
Family will receive friends    5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, October 31st, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, November 1st, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be    Aspen Grove Cemetery

Joseph Patrick Daly, 72, of Carman, IL died at 5:40 PM Saturday, October 26, 2013, at his home.


Born January 31, 1941, in Burlington, he was the son of Hugh and Pauline Kassmeyer Daly. On December 24, 1981, he married Linda Rainwater in Carman, IL.


Joe worked for General Electric for 32 years, retiring in 1998.


He was a graduate of Burlington Notre Dame High School.  He later attended Burlington Junior College.


He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.


In his younger years, he attended catholic church but most recently was a member of First Assembly of God in Burlington.  He enjoyed working outside, making Native American artifacts for Rainwater’s Loving Touch, and spending time with his grandchildren.


Survivors include his wife, Linda of Carman; Annette McClaren, Jessica Daly, John Rainwater, Sherrie Benedict, Amanda Chavez, and Shonna Scantling, all who were raised by Joe; one sister, Ann Harrison of Florissant, MO; one sister-in-law, Donna Rainwater; and 14 grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Steve Daly.


Cremation has been entrusted to Thielen Crematory.


A Celebration of Joe’s Life will be from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM Saturday, November 2, 2013, at Melissa Nichols and Joe Hesseltine’s home at 516 Summer Street in Burlington.


A memorial has been established.


Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory is in care of the arrangements.


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

Johnny Dee Simmons, 56, of Burlington, passed away at 3:10 AM Sun day, October 27, 2013, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.


Born October 7, 1957, in Simi, CA, he was the son of Avon Warren and Edna Mae Watson Simmons.


Johnny worked for the Metro Group in Mount Pleasant for 11 years and had also worked in construction.


He was a graduate of West Burlington Arnold High School.


He loved the Lord and enjoyed motorcycles.


Survivors include three sisters, Connie Crawford and Bonnie Wood, both of Burlington, and Shirley Shepard of Ohio; one brother, Avon Simmons of Largo, FL; and several nieces and nephews, including Tyler Crawford of Burlington.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Cremation has been entrusted to Thielen Crematory.


The memorial service for Mr. Simmons will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home with Reverend Brad Cranston officiating.  Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.


Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory is in care of the arrangements.


Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Johnny’s obituary at

Charles Michael DeLashmutt, 86, of Burlington, died at Burlington Care Center, Burlington, Iowa, on Saturday morning, October 26, 2013.


Born on February 7, 1927 in Melrose, Iowa, he was the son of Harry J. and Marcella M. McDonald DeLashmutt. He married Arlene E. Glantz on February 7, 1948 in Burlington, Iowa. She died on July 13, 1975. He married Virginia C. Caster Maurer on May 23, 1976 in Burlington, Iowa.


Charles was an Army veteran of World War II. We worked as a Government Inspector Supervisor at IAAP for 36 ½ years and the Olin Defense Corp. for 6 years. He enjoyed playing golf and bridge but most of all; he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Black Knights and SS. John & Paul Catholic Church and was an active volunteer.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; two daughters, Priscilla Maurer of Kansas City, Missouri and Sara DeLashmutt (Tom Ward) of Firestone, Colorado; one son, Thomas M. DeLashmutt of Kansas City, Missouri; two granddaughters, Grace & Sophie Ward; one brother, James (Gloria) DeLashmutt of Davenport, Iowa; several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Arlene; and one brother, Edward J. DeLashmutt.


The Funeral Mass for Charles M. DeLashmutt will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church, Burlington, Iowa. Celebrant will be Fr. Marty Goetz. Special music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir. Cremation has been accorded; private interment of ashes will be held at a later date.


The Rosary will be recited on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends thereafter until 7:30 p.m. in Prugh’s Chapel. A memorial has been established for SS. John & Paul Catholic Church.Condolences may be left at

Bessie Evelyn Bell died peacefully Sunday, October 20, at the home of her daughter, Deborah, in Ames, Iowa, two weeks short of her 101st birthday.

Bessie was born November 3, 1912, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Czech immigrants Albert and Barbara Soucek.  They gave her the Czech name Bozenka, which she reclaimed in later life.  She was very proud of her Czech heritage and credited her long and healthy life to her “100% Czech genes.”  She enjoyed attending Czech festivals and frequently offered to sing the Barbara Polka, in Czech, with polka bands.  She learned to play the Czech national anthem on the piano and played it daily until recently.

Bessie graduated from Iowa City High School in 1930.  In 1935, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Iowa, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing.  She was supervisor of the Internal Medicine Department of University of Iowa Hospitals for nearly four years.  She married Robert S. Bell in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 26, 1938.  During her husband’s internship in Madison, Wisconsin, Bessie worked at Madison General Hospital.  She and her husband moved to Burlington, Iowa where she was a homemaker for the remainder of her life, raising and caring for five children.

Bessie was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church.  She belonged to the University of Iowa’s Alumni Association and its Directors Club.  She was a member of the What-So-Ever Circle of Kings Daughters for over 60 years and belonged to several Burlington civic organizations.  She was a lifetime member of Players Workshop.  She was also a long-time member of the Great River Medical Center Auxiliary and volunteered at GRMC in many different capacities; she especially enjoyed working in the Emergency Department, which she did regularly until the last few years.  Bessie supported the Southeast Iowa Band, the Burlington Municipal Band and the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra.  She was a member of the Czechoslovak Society of America.

Bessie’s hobbies included piano playing, bridge playing and cooking.  She became an avid walker in her 70’s and walked several miles every day, earning silver and gold medals in first the regional and then state competitions of the Senior Olympics in North Carolina, where her daughter Deborah was living.  She loved to sing and charmed those around her with her singing as well as her always-sunny disposition.  For the last two and a half years of her life, she made her home with daughter Deborah and her husband, Mark, of Ames, Iowa.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Bell of Pasadena, California; Karen (Cliff) Tyllick of Austin, Texas; and Deborah (Mark) Blaedel of Ames, Iowa; and son Thomas of Burlington.  She is also survived by grandchildren John Bell Abt, Anna Blaedel and Emily Blaedel (Nick) Johnson, one great-granddaughter, Zoe Blaedel Johnson, and many nieces and nephews.  Bessie was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three brothers, an infant sister and her son, Robert.

Visitation will be at Prugh’s Chapel in Burlington on Friday, Nov. 1, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on November 2 at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Burlington, Iowa. A luncheon reception will follow immediately after the service at the church. Interment will be at Rock Creek Cemetery in Ollie, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church of Burlington, the Burlington Municipal Band, or Rock Creek Church Restoration Fund.  Condolences can be directed to                       


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