Obituaries Wednesday February 12th

Alma Marie Beneke, 80, Chatham, IL died Fri 2/7 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL
She is survived by her son    Brian Lena) Beneke    Chatham, IL
Sisters Jane A. Harris, Waterloo, IA & Mary M. Abbas, Geneva, IA
Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 12th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be    Aspen Grove Cemetery
Family will receive friends 9 – 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 12th, at Lunning Chapel

Albert Junior Siegrist, 85 years, of Keokuk, Iowa died at 1:00 pmMonday, February 10, 2014 at the KeokukAreaHospital, Keokuk, Iowa.  He was born May 14, 1928 at Lomax, Illinois, a son of Albert Carl and Mildred (Logan) Siegrist.  On November 14, 1951, he married Ruth Marie Yurth at Fort Madison, Iowa


For years he worked in the warehouse and later did inside sales for Wilkens Pipe and Supply in Keokuk, Iowa.  Prior to that he worked a period of time at Sheaffer Pen Company and also operated Hudson Oil in Alexandria, Missouri.  He was a member of the SeventhDayAdventistChurch, Fort Madison, Iowa.  He enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family.


He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth Marie Siegrist, of Keokuk, Iowa; one son, Steven (wife Laura) Siegrist, of Warsaw, Illinois; three daughters: Lynn (husband Bob) Dorothy, of Keokuk, Iowa; Kim (husband Jay) Schneeberger, of Clinton, Iowa; and Stephanie (husband Kirk) Cameron, of Hamilton, Illinois; one brother, Donald Siegrist, of Niota, Illinois; one sister, Kathleen (husband Donald) Helling, of Mt. Hamill, Iowa; 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one grandson, and one great granddaughter.


Visitation will begin after 12:00 pmThursday, February 13, 2014 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, FortMadison where the family will greet friends from 1:00 – 2:00 pm Thursday afternoon.  A funeral service will follow and be held at 2:00 pmThursday, February 13, 2014 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, with Pastor Dennis Mix, officiating.  Burial will be at OaklandCemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa.  Memorial contributions have been established for SeventhDayAdventistChurch. Contributions may be left at the Barr Memorial Chapel.  Online condolences to the Siegrist family may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel website,



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Ruby Beckman, 92, of rural Mediapolis, Iowa, died at New London Nursing & Rehab, New London, Iowa on Sunday, February 9, 2014.


Born on April 28, 1921 in rural West Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of Edward and Grace Sater Klaus. She married Dwight A. Beckman on May 24, 1939 at Salem Lutheran Church, Flint River Township. He preceded her in death on March 16, 2006.


Family was top priority with Dwight and Ruby; they loved spending time with their grandkids as much as the kids enjoyed spending time with them. They also enjoyed traveling with and visiting friends & family and had taken numerous road trips to 49 of the 50 states. In their later years together, they had spent several winters in New Mexico. Ruby worked alongside Dwight in their farming operation until their retirement. She loved arrowhead hunting and had walked many miles in search of them, even spotting them from the tractor seat with her eagle eye. She was a great cook and had helped out at Gusto’s Café in Oakville for several years, where she was famous for her salads. 


Ruby loved raising flowers and was especially talented with orchids.  She also loved feeding and watching birds, especially hummingbirds. She was artistic and enjoyed needlework, painting, cake decorating and writing family history.  Ruby was an avid reader, especially enjoying Westerns. Her strong Christian faith was the hallmark of the way she lived her life and interacted with those around her. Her family praises God that she is at peace and reunited with her family and friends who have gone on before her.


She is survived by one son, Wayne (Connie) Beckman of New London, Iowa; one daughter, Darlene (Kenneth) Upton of Murtaugh, Idaho; daughter-in-law, Billie Bishop Beckman of Black Hawk, Colorado; her grandchildren, Todd Beckman, Tonia (Pat) Beckman Kapke, Erin (Tim) Upton Graham, Boone (Darcie) Upton, Kenna Upton, Chandler (Joshua) Beckman Ortiz, Wayco Beckman and Cody (Kara) Beckman; Nannette (Tracy) Stanger, Kirt (Shelly) Upton; six great-grandchildren; 9 step-great-grandchildren; 11 step-great-great-grandchildren and soon to be 2 step-great-great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dwight; one son, Harold; and one daughter, Jean; brothers and sisters, Edna, Francis, Everett, Harold, Urban, Carmen (Tom), and Captola Anderson.


Funeral services will be held in Prugh’s Chapel Friday, February 14, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Steve Parker, Rev. Jim Ruberg and Rev. Earlene Lekwa will officiate. Interment will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends in Prugh’s Chapel Thursday evening from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.


In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for Oakville Community Bible Church and Kingston United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left at