Obituaries Tuesday January 28th



Mr. Thomas Byron Mueller, 74, of LaHarpe, IL passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:41 PM at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center.




He was born July 10, 1939, in LaHarpe, the son of Dr. B.I. and Flora Mueller. He was first married to Janice Lenix. They later divorced. He then married Earlene (Haynes) Yocum. They later divorced.




Tom was a 1957 graduate of LaHarpeHigh School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963. Earlier in life he worked at the Hamilton and Miller Grocery Store in Stronghurst, IL. He attended WesternIllinoisUniversity in Macomb, IL and received a degree as a lab and x-ray technician in Minneapolis, MN. He then worked at the MaryDavierHospital in LaHarpe and the BurlingtonMedicalCenter. Following his retirement from Burlington Medical center he worked for Farm King Supply.




Tom enjoyed bass fishing, the guys at the ruttin’ buck cabin and telling stories.




He is survived by one son, Steven (Melissa) Mueller of Byron, MN, three grandchildren, Nate, Lucas and Hannah Mueller, three step-children, David Yocum of Dallas City, IL, Bonnie Yocum of LaHarpe and Cathy (Randy) Hensley of LaHarpe, three step-grandchildren, Joel, Jennifer and Jacob Hensley, three sisters, Nancy Woodside of Mt. Carroll, IL, Mary Ann (Chuck) Lindgren of Maquoketa, IA and Susan,(Jeff) Westbrooks of Stratford, OK and two brothers, Boyd (Judy) Mueller of LaHarpe and Philip (Anne) Mueller of Springfield, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents.




His body has been donated to the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. A memorial fund has been established for improvements at the Dr. and Mrs. B.I. Mueller Wildlife Area (at the LaHarpe Reservoir) or the LaHarpe-DavierHealthCareCenter. Contributions may be sent to; Thomas Mueller Memorial Fund, c/o Banks & Beals Funeral Home, PO Box 503, LaHarpe, IL 61450. Condolences may be left at

Paul E. Fulton, 93, of Burlington, died at his home on Sunday morning, January 26, 2014. Born on May 22, 1920 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Paul E. and Edith M. Allison Fulton Sr. He married Elizabeth “Lottie” C. Nagel on April 27, 1965 in Monmouth, Illinois.


Paul was a Navy veteran of World War II. He worked in the automotive department of the Montgomery Ward store for many years. He enjoyed playing cards, traveling, dining out and especially spending time on the Mississippi River. He was a lifetime member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #84.


He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Lottie” Fulton.


 He was preceded in death by his parents.


Cremation care for Paul E. Fulton has been entrusted to Prugh Funeral Service. The family will receive friends on Friday afternoon, January 31, 2014 from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. at Prugh’s Chapel. Memorials have been established for Great River Hospice and BPOE #84. Interment of ashes will be at a later date. Condolences may be left at

Mary Katherine Thompson Young, 91, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Iowa, on Saturday morning, January 25, 2014.


Born on March 17, 1922 in Muscatine, Iowa, she was the daughter of Albert H. and Clella M. Welsch Thompson. She married Morris Leonard Young on May 31, 1950 at Messiah Lutheran Church, Burlington, Iowa. He died on December 27, 1989.


Mary was raised in Columbus Junction, Iowa, and attended the Vinton School for the Blind in Vinton, Iowa.  She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting and playing bingo. She loved her many pets and enjoyed dining out with friends. She worked as a nurse’s aide at St. Francis, Mercy Hospital, Klein Center, and Rose Bush. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and involved in quilting club and Helping Hands groups. After retirement, Mary volunteered at the Alternative High School to hold and comfort infants while parents attended school.


She is survived by one daughter – Katherine Reeves of Hannibal, Missouri; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Morris; and one son, Leonard and one sister, Jean.


Funeral services for Mary Katherine Thompson Young will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 115 S. Central, Burlington, Iowa. Pastor Ryan Cosgrove will officiate. Interment will be at a later date.


The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Following the service, a luncheon will be held in the fellowship hall.  A memorial has been established for Trinity Lutheran Church. Friends may call at Prugh’s on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Condolences may be left at

Karen Gilbert, 67, of  rural Denmark, died at 12:15 PM, Sunday, January 26, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.


Born July 9, 1946, in Keokuk, IA, she was the daughter of Wayne and Hazel Murphy Hervey. On June 12, 1965, she married Ben J. Gilbert in rural Keosauqua, IA.


She was a 1964 graduate of Keosauqua High School.


Karen retired from the Fort Madison Community School District after 30 years of service.


She enjoyed flowers, especially her rose garden, and she also enjoyed birds and had numerous bird feeders.


Survivors include her husband, Ben; one son, Bob (Becky) Gilbert of Bellevue, NE; two grandchildren, Cole and Sean; and several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Wayne.


Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory.


A private family graveside committal service for Mrs. Gilbert will be at Center Chapel Cemetery in Keosauqua, IA at a later date.


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


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


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