Obituaries Thursday December 5th

Patrick A. Duffy, age 70 of Morning Sun, died Tuesday December 3, 2013 at the MorningSunCareCenter.  The son of Carl and Nina (Nichols) Duffy, he was born September 11, 1943 at Muscatine.  He was a graduate of the MorningSunHigh School.  He served for two years during the View Nam War in the US Army.  He was an iron worker and retired from Hawkeye Group in Mediapolis.  He was a member of the NRA and the Morning Sun American Legion, Hayes –Scott Post.

Survivors include:  one sister Patricia Hamann of Morning Sun; one brother Lyle Duffy of Sedona, AZ; two nephews,

He was preceded in death by his parents and one niece.


Cremation has been accorded and there will be no visitation or services and this time.  Inurnment will be at a later date at the ElmwoodCemetery in Morning Sun.  A memorial has been established for the Morning Sun Food Pantry.


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

Mr. Edward L. Gebhardt, 87, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 9:35 AMTuesday, December 3, 2013 at his home.

He was born on September 4, 1926 in Peoria, IL, the son of Harry and Carrie Long Gebhardt. On July 2, 1947 he married Maycel Bundy in LaHarpe.

Edward served in the Navy during World War II. He worked for Waller Brothers in Macomb, for the LaHarpe Lumber Co. and for 9 years at J.I. Case in Burlington. Ed also worked as a self employed carpenter for many years. He was a member of the LaHarpe Masonic Lodge #195, American Legion Post 301 and the VFW. He had served on the LaHarpe City Council, as well as the LaHarpe Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife, 3 sons, Ed (Carol) Gebhardt of Burlington, IA, Kerry (Beth) Gebhardt of Sciota, IL, and Marvin (Kelly) Gebhardt of Blandinsville, IL, 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandson.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Byron Gebhardt, 2 brothers Merrill Gebhardt and Charles “Bud” Gebhardt, and 2 sisters, Helen Fryrear and Janet Carter.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the LaHarpeCemetery with Rev. Rick Goettsche officiating. Military Rites will be given by the LaHarpe American Legion Post 301. Friends may call after 3:00 P.M. Thurday at Banks and Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe, where masonic rites will be held at 6:00 P.M. followed by visitation with the family until 8:00 P.M. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be left at

Larry W. Stewart, 59, of Danville, died at 1:20 AM Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.


Born May 26, 1954, in Burlington, he was the son of James N. and Louise Atherton Stewart. On May 14, 1977, he married Ruth Ann Baker in Burlington.


Larry worked for A.Y. McDonald and a gardener at the Southeastern Community College Greenhouse.


He had received his Associated of Arts Degree in Horticulture. 


He was of the Christian faith.  He was a member of the Stained Glass Artisans.  He enjoyed organic gardening, 70’s music, bird watching, and helping others.  He was known as a free spirit.  He loved Jesus, his dog, “Layla” and spending time with his family.   


Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann; one son, Matthew Stewart of Yarmouth, IA; one daughter, Sarah Stewart of Des Moines, IA; and two nieces.


He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert.


Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory.


Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM Saturday December 7, 2013 at Thielen Funeral Home where the family will receive friends.


The memorial service for Mr. Stewart will be 11:00 AM Saturday, December 7, 2013, at Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Baker officiating.  A private family burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.


A memorial has been established.


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

Nancy Lea Bonar, 70, of Burlington, Iowa died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa, on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.


Born on July 24, 1943 in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of LeRoy and Frances Schultz Swanson. She married Tommy Bonar on May 4, 1963 in Burlington, Iowa.


Nancy’s family was her number one priority and she loved them with all her heart.  She enjoyed cooking Sunday family dinners and watching her children and grandchildren’s sports activities.  Her pride & joy were her children and grandchildren.  Nancy was actively involved in her community. She was in the American Business Women’s Association, Burlington Steamboat Days and was actively involved in her church as a long standing leader with AWANA & Sunday School. She had a strong faith in God and was a past member of West Avenue Baptist Church and most recently, Sunnyside Baptist Church. Over the years she worked at Sylvania and Midwest Biscuit. Her most enjoyable job was office manager for the Burlington Steamboat Days Office.


She is survived by her husband, Tommy Bonar of Burlington, Iowa; one daughter, Wendy Klein of Burlington, Iowa; one son, Thomas (Gigi) Bonar of Burlington, Iowa; 5 grandchildren, Chloe, Sophie & Sadie Bonar and Brady & Kaitlyn Klein; one great-granddaughter, Evynne Bonar; one sister, Judy Trotter of Ft. Madison, Iowa; many nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents and one great-grandson, Zebediah Bonar.


Funeral services for Nancy Lea Bonar will be held on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Prugh’s Chapel, Burlington, Iowa. Pastor Dean Graber will officiate. Interment will be in Wapello Cemetery, Wapello, Iowa.


The family will receive friends on Sunday evening from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. in Prugh’s Chapel. Memorials have been established for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation & Great River Hospice. Condolences may be left at


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