Obituaries Friday March 14th

Jerome Lee ‘Jerry’ Cross, age 74, of Wapello, died Wednesday morning, March 12, 2014, at his home.  The son of Ronald Maurice and Fannie Lea Matthews Cross, he was born on January 8, 1940 in Burlington.  He married Mary Frances McKee on August 6, 1965 in Aledo, Illinois.

Jerry graduated from Wapello High School in 1957 and from Southeastern Community College in West Burlington.  He was a chemical technician at Monsanto. He loved his grandchildren, especially their cross country and track activities.  He was an advocate of Platelet donations and had an appreciation for medical study.  He was a Moderator for the Decorah Eagles as he enjoyed the outdoors including hunting and fishing.  Jerry was an avid reader and he loved his dogs.

His family includes his wife, Mary; two daughters, Elizabeth Kuhlemeyer of Hamel, Illinois and Sarah & Jesse Wright of Ottumwa; a son, Tom Cross of Silsbee, Texas; four grandchildren, Michael Vancil and Samantha, Gwynne, and Zoey Wright; three sisters, Debbie & Russ Wiley of Wapello, Sue Ellen Cross-Lea of Iowa City, and Carla & Keith Grimm of Wapello; and two brothers, Doug Cross of Wapello and Ronald Cross of Fairfax, Virginia.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at 3:00 to 6:00 PM on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Briggs Civic Center in Wapello.  The family will share music and memories at 3:00 PM along with a fellowship lunch for everyone to visit.

His body has been donated to the Deeded Body Program at the University of Iowa.  Burial will take place later at the Parsons Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Jerry would have encouraged Platelet donations along with memorial gifts to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Unit and the Raptor Resource Project.

The Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello is providing the care and arrangements for the Jerry Cross family.  Condolences may be sent and viewed at

John W. Allen, age 84, of Morning Sun, died Monday evening, March 10, 2014, at Mercy Hospice in Iowa City.  Mr. Allen was born September 27th, 1929, in Burlington, the only child of Orville W. and M. Marguerite Diehl Allen. 


His childhood days were spent on the family farm in LouisaCounty.  The initial years of his education were in a one-room rural schoolhouse near the family farm.  He later attended High School in Wapello where he graduated with the Class of 1947.  He then attended IowaStateUniversity, graduating in 1951 with a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering.


Immediately following graduation he began what was to become a 25 year career with Sylvania Electric Products, which later became GTE-Sylvania.  His first assignment with GTE-Sylvania was in a Radio Tube Factory in Burlington, where he became Manager of Engineering in 1959.  In 1968 he moved to the Williamsport, PA area where he was promoted to Product Line Manager of a custom printed circuit board manufacturing operation.  In 1974 Mr. Allen moved to St. Louis, MO to become Vice-President of Engineering and Quality Control for the Electrical Equipment Group of GTE-Sylvania.


Mr. Allen retired from GTE-Sylvania in 1976 and moved to the Branson, MO area where he purchased and operated the White Wing Resort located on TableRockLake.  After 8 years of ownership he sold the Resort in 1984 to enter into final retirement.  He continued to live in the Branson area until September of 2012, moving to Morning Sun.


During his collegiate years at IowaStateUniversity, he became an avid fan of amateur wrestling at both High School and College level.  He traveled many miles and spent many hours, particularly in the retirement years, attending High School and College matches and tournaments.  The result was the formation of many very fine and lasting friendships with the wrestlers, their families, and the coaches.  Mr. Allen treasured this accumulation of friendships as his true wealth until his death.


He leaves behind him relatives that include a first cousin, Gerrie Wolfe of Morning Sun along with a lifetime richly blessed with many fine and lasting friendships that were formed during his school days in Wapello and Iowa State University; from his 25 years of association with GTE-Sylvania; and from his 8 years as owner/operator of the White Wing Resort in Branson; as well as those many close friendships established through his interest in amateur wrestling.


The body was cremated.  A Memorial Service in the form of a ‘Celebration of Life and Friendship’ for the family and friends who are able and would like to attend will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church in Wapello.  A lunch will be provided along with prayers by Rev. Pam Kranzler.  Private burial will take place at the WapelloCemetery next to his parents.


In lieu of floral tributes, a contribution may be made to the Lives Under Construction Boy’s Ranch located at #296 Boy’s Ranch Road, Lampe, MO, 65681.

Jay Nelson, 54, of Burlington, died at 12:29 PM Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at his home.


Born September 4, 1959, in Burlington, he was the son of Daniel Martin and Sherry Lee Meyer Nelson. On November 1, 2008, he married Becky Sue Brenneman Mullinax in McGregor, Iowa.


He was a custodian for the Burlington School Systems for over 20 years, most recently working at Grimes Elementary School.


He was a 1979 graduate of Burlington High School.


He was a member of AFSCME Local 3490. He was an Iowa Hawkeye football fan.  He enjoyed his neighborhood garage parties and driveway bonfires, driving up north to look at the river, hunting, and family vacations to the cabins at McGregor, IA.


Survivors include his wife, Becky, his mother, Sherry Lee Nelson of Burlington; one son, Tyler Nelson of Burlington; three step-sons, Adam (Melissa) Mullinax, Peter (Abby) Mullinax, and Jacob (Rebecca) Mullinax, all of Des Moines; one step-daughter, Hannah (Chris) Mullinax of Davenport, IA; two grandchildren, Mia and Isaiah Tatum; one brother, Bryan (Becky) Nelson of Burlington; one sister, Kim (Darren) Grimshaw of Burlington; one nephew, Blake (Ashley) Nelson; four nieces, Breann Nelson, Amy Blakeman, Julie White, and Katie Brown; three great-nieces, Caleigh Nelson, Emily Smith, and Natalyn Blakeman; two great nephews, Brayden and Logan White; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Darrell and Linda Nielsen.


He was preceded in death by his father.  


Cremation has been entrusted to the care of  Thielen Crematory.


Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home.


Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery at a later date.


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


In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Burlington Community School District/Grimes Elementary.  


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

Mr. Lanny J. Crawford, 72, of Mt.Pleasant, died Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City.  Arrangements are pending at Elliott Chapel, New London.

Lorraine Pierrot, 71, of Wever, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, TX.  Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory.




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