Obituaries Tuesday November 26th

Jim Bell, 92, of Burlington, died at 1:10 PM Sunday, November 24, 2013, at his home.


Born May 26, 1921, in Stoutsville, MO, he was the son of Herman William and Vivian R. Redman Bell. On February 26, 1945, he married Mildred Ethel Hart in Monroe City, MO.


Throughout his life, Jim had worked at the parking ramp at Burlington Medical Center, the Des Moines Register as a distributer, Deery Brothers as a driver, at a bank in Quincy, at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, Bock’s Flower Shop, as a truck driver, and at Campbell Chain Co.  He had retired from General Electric after 20 years.


He was a 1940 graduate of Monroe City High School and was a graduate of Quincy College.


He was a member of Parkside First Baptist Church where he had worked as a custodian, and the Organic Garden Club.  He was a Master Gardener and was skilled at chair caning.  He had worked at Election Boards, and enjoyed card parties, fishing with his family, and, in his younger years, square dancing.  He especially enjoyed his grandkids and great-grandkids.


Survivors include his wife, Mildred; five sons, Daniel Bell Sr. of Burlington, James (Cheryl) Bell Jr. of Danville, Wayne (Gloria) Bell of Burlington, Ernest (Debbie) Bell of Burlington, and Darrell (Rose) Bell of Lomax, IL; two daughters, Jean (Gary) Reeves of Brookfield, IL, and Susie (Tom) Albert of West Concord, MN; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and two on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Kenny Bell, one daughter, Janice Schneider, one grandson, one great-granddaughter, and two sisters, Francis and Dotie.


Visitation will be from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Friday, November 29, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home.


The funeral service for Mr. Bell will be 10:00 AM Saturday, November 30, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home with Reverend Ron Jewett officiating.  Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.  A time of food and fellowship will be held at Parkside First Baptist Church following the burial.


A memorial has been established for Parkside First Baptist Church.


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 Jim’s obituary at



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Kenneth L. ‘Pappy’ Whitham, age 79, of Mediapolis, died Monday morning, November 25, 2013, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  The son of Forrest & Evelyn Gibbs Whitham, he was born on November 19, 1934 in rural Morning Sun.  He married Marcella Dameron on August 28, 1955 in Burlington.


Kenny graduated from MorningSunHigh School.  He worked for a while at the locker plant in Morning Sun.  He owned and operated Tri-County Concrete for several years and later retired from J I Case in Burlington. 


He enjoyed hunting, fishing, turtle trapping, and camping.  He simply loved the outdoors and spending time on the river.


Kenny is survived by his wife, Marcella; two daughters, Lori & Mark Stevens of Burlington and Shelly Whitham Colter of Burlington; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a brother, Bob & Sharon Whitham of Burlington; and his two grandpups.


He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Marvin.


Following cremation a Celebration of Life for Kenny Whitham will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2013, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the MediapolisCity Hall.


A Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of GreatRiver Hospice and the Mediapolis Community Ambulance Service.


The Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis is providing the care and arrangements for the Kenny Whitham family.

Garry Thomas, 56, of Burlington, died at 11:33 AM Sunday, November 24, 2013, at his home.


Born April 3, 1957, in Elkhart, IN, he was the son of Tommy and Cullie Mae Burrage Thomas. He married and later divorced Freddie Peters. On July 22, 1995, he married Rosann Mellece Brooks in Burlington.


Garry owned and operated Thomas Janitorial Service.


He was a 1975 graduate of  Burlington High School and a 1977 graduate of Southeastern Community College.  He had also attended Lakeland College in Sheboygan, WI.


He was an avid Los Angeles Lakers fan, and enjoyed watching sports. During college, Garry had played basketball for the SCC Black Hawks as a starting point guard where his team placed 5th at the national tournament and he held the assist record for many years.    He had a passion for politics and was proud of the 9 1/2 years he served as a Burlington City Councilman during which time he helped to establish a youth center and founded the renewable energy committee.  He also served as Mayor Pro-tem.  He was founder and past president of the South Hill Neighborhood Association, and a board member of the Community Health Center of Southeastern Iowa.   He had a strong faith in God and served as pastor of Glory Redemption Church in Fort Madison.


Survivors include his wife, Rosann; one daughter, Gianina Thomas of Burlington; four sons, Jason Kokjohn, and Joshua (Megan) Kokjohn, both of Burlington, Michael Hicks of Fort Madison, and Domonick Hicks of Burlington; 12 grandchildren, Giovanna, Rashon, Jhavarion, Elijah, Trevor, Caden, Layla, Jordan, Royce, Lauren, Tayshaun, and Kimora; his mother, Cullie Mae Thomas of Burlington; four brothers, Tommy Lee Thomas Jr. of Columbia, MO, Jerome (Julie) Thomas of O’ Fallon, MO, Dennis Ray Thomas of East Saint Louis, MO, and Greg (Karen) Thomas of Glendale, AZ; four sisters, Jo Ann (Perry Retig) Thomas of Burlington, Bernice (Otis) Pettit of Saint Charles, MO, Shirley (Joe) Grant of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Patricia (Christopher) Haley of Four Oaks, NC; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by one son in infancy, his father, grandparents, and one nephew. 


Visitation will be from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home.


The funeral service for Pastor Thomas will be 10:30 AM Friday, November 29, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor Herold Hamner and Elder Fred Starling officiating and full military honors rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.  Cremation will be entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory following the service.  Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for his grandchildren.


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

Gerald “Jerry” Laubenthal    Age 55    of    Burlington
Died    Thursday 11/21/13 at the Great River Medical Center    West Burlington
Wife: Linda Laubenthal    Burlington    IA
Daughter    Brandy (Jason) Jackson    Palm Springs    CA
Daughter    Ahsley Dyer    Cedar Rapids    IA
Step Daughter – Lexi Rodgers of Burlington, IA
Step Daughter – Lilly Lock of Burlington, IA
Step Daughter – Lanee Lock of burlington, IA
Step Daughter – Ashlee Erickson of Ellijay, GA
Step Son – Adam Sloverof Fort Madison, IA
1    Step Grandchild
Sister Kim (Shaky) McGallion Bacliff, TX
Memorial Funeral Service    4:30 PM Wednesday, November 27th, at Lunning Chapel

Albert “A.J.” Eugene Jacobs    Age 71    of    Burlington
Died    Saturday November 23rd at the Burlington Care Center    Burlington
Sister    Clara Jacobs    Burlington, IA
Brother    Lloyd (Janet) Jacobs    New London, IA
Family will receive friends    One hour prior to the time of service on Friday
Funeral Service    1 p.m. Friday, November 29th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be    Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery

Jerry L. Detrick    Age 67    of    Burlington
Died Saturday    11/23/13    Great River Hospice House    West Burlington
Wife: Barbara Detrick Burlington    IA
Daughter    Tammy Gemme    Burlington    IA
Daughter    Cora Mae Allen    Des Moines    IA
Daughter    Jeri Lynn Detrick    Burlington    IA
Daughter    Pamela Jean Detrick    Burlington    IA
Stepson – Jerry Lyn McClure of Overland Park, KS
5    Grandchildren    2    Great-Grandchildren
3 Step Grandchildren
Sisters: Nancy (David) Galbraith of Gladstone & Esther Grimes of Monmouth
Brother: Dale Detrick of Monmouth
Family will receive friends 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, November 25th, at First Church of the Nazarene
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 26th, at First Church of the Nazarene