Obituaries Monday January 20th

Mary L. Anderson Tortat, 89, of Keosauqua, IA and formerly of Fort Madison, IA, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 12:25 p.m. at the West PointCareCenter.  She was born on January 21, 1924 in Fort Madison, IA to Clarence & Daisy Peacock Poe.  She married Kenneth M. Anderson on July 12, 1941.  He preceded her in death on May 26, 1989.  She later married Frank Tortat on May 17, 1996.  She was a homemaker and member of the Church of God Independent Holiness.

       Mary is survived by: her husband: Frank Tortat of Keosauqua, IA;  3-sons: Marvin (Juanita) Anderson of rural Wever, IA, Bruce Anderson of Fort Madison, IA & Scott (Sharon) Anderson of West Point, IA; 2-step daughters: Kaye (Terry) Morrow of Mt. Pleasant, IA & Janice McTee of Mt. Pleasant, IA; 11-grandchildren; 5-step grandchildren; 13-great grandchildren; 3-step great grandchildren; 1-great great granddaughter; 2-sisters: Marjorie MacMeekin of Sacramento, CA & Charlotte (Maurice) Loges of Primrose, IA.  She was preceded in death by: her parents, 2-step mothers: Emma Poe & Ethel Poe, her first husband, 2-sons: Gerald & Dean Anderson, 1-brother in infancy & 2-sisters.

       Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 with the family to receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 with Revs. Bill Carpenter & Paul Miller officiating.  Burial will be held at OaklandCemetery in FortMadison.  A memorial has been established and contributions may be left at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  Online condolences to Mary’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website:

John M. Blake, 79, of Burlington, died at 1:45 AM Saturday, January 18, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.


Born June 15, 1934, in Burlington, he was the son of Ralph Lewis and Mary Frances Evans Blake. On December 19, 1976, he married Mary  Langer in Oquawka, Illinois.


John started farming with his father in Mediapolis and then went to work as an Iron Worker from Broeker Construction.  In his retirement years he was a rural mail carrier for the United States Post Office.  


He graduated from Mediapolis High School.


He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #579.  He enjoyed playing computer solitaire, playing pool, and playing cards with his friends.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.  


Survivors include his wife, Mary; two sons, Darrin (Beate) Walker of Burlington, and Chad Larson of Iowa City, IA; five daughters, Diane (Craig) Beck of Burlington, Coleen (John Rauch) Blake of Chicago, IL,  Denise (Dan Hiatt) Blake of FL, Lynn Blake of CA, and Debra Yansky of TX: eight grandchildren, Jacob, Ian, Sophia, Daryl, Davin, Nadine, Katie, and Sarah; one great-grandchild, JJ, and one sister, Betty  Scott of Burlington; and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Dorothy Ann Broeker.  


Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory.


According to John’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Burial will be in Kossuth Cemetery, Mediapolis.


A memorial has been established for Systems Unlimited, is a non-profit corporation serving people with disabilities and other challenges throughout eastern Iowa,  2533 Scott Boulevard SE Iowa City, IA 52240.


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


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

George Elwyn Haganman, age 82, of Keosauqua, died Saturday morning, January 18, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Home in Keosauqua.  The son of Robert and Eva Lee Haganman, he was born on June 17, 1931 in Swedesburg.

George graduated from Birmingham High School and attended Parsons College and graduated from University Colorado.  He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War, being stationed in Newfoundland.  George worked as an auto mechanic, being an exceptional mechanic that could repair almost anything.  He enjoyed the outdoors and was a writer.

He is survived by a brother, Roger & Janet Haganman of Stockport; a sister-in-law Margery Haganman of Wapello; and nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Virgil; a sister, Doris Barker; and three infant siblings.

A graveside service for George Haganman will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at the Winfield-Scott Township Cemetery in Winfield.

The will be no visitation.  The Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello is providing the care and arrangements for George Haganman.

Condolences may be sent and viewed at



Survivors include:  his wife Becky of Mediapolis; one son Brian Vose of  Devils Lake, North Dakota; one daughter, Brenda Vose of Jacksonville, Florida; two grandchildren; two brothers, Albert Frank Vose of Maui, Hawaii; Marvin Vose of Pueblo, CO;

He was preceded in death by his parents.


The funeral service will be Tuesday January  21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mediapolis First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Debbie Miller officiating.

Friends may call Monday from 2-7:00 p.m. at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis, where the family will meet with friends from 5-7:00 p.m.

The body will be cremated following the service and family interment services will be at AspenGroveCemetery later.


In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Mediapolis First Presbyterian Church, BigHollowRec.Center, and the Mediapolis Public Library.

John Charles Vose, age 75 of Mediapolis, died Friday January 17, 2014 atGreatRiverMedicalCenter.  The son of Raymond Charles and Sarah (Slaton) Vose, he was born October 27, 1938 at MaconMissouri.  On June 12, 1960 he married Becky Barton in Burlington.  He was a graduate of the MediapolisHigh School and the University of Iowa.  He was employed at Benner Tea, US Gypsum  Plant and retired from Winegard Company in Burlington.  He was a member of the Mediapolis First Presbyterian Church, the Mediapolis Lions Club, and Ducks Unlimited.  He had been active in the Boy Scouts of America and served as mayor and as a city councilman for Mediapolis for many years.

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