Obituaries Tuesday March 18th

Joseph Michael Butts, 67, West Burlington died Sat 3/15 at his home
Son         Jeremy Ives
Daughter    Jo Brown    Burlington
Daughter    Susan Butts    Burlington
6 Grandchildren
Sister Georgia Brobston, West Burlington
Brothers Albert L. Butts, Palmyra, NE & Steven R. Butts, Burlington
Following military rites at 11 a.m. Friday, March 21st, at Lunning Chapel we will go in
procession to Aspen Grove Cemetery for,the graveside memorial service and internment.




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Garold Dean Wilson, 78, of West Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa, on Friday morning, March 14, 2014.


Born on February 9, 1936 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Garold and Marquerite Freehill Wilson. He married Geraldine Mallonee in Burlington, Iowa, in 1957; they later divorced. He married Shirley Dorsey in Burlington, Iowa, in 1996.


Dean’s whole life was spent as a route sales representative in the wholesale food industry.  He worked for 11 years with Ideal Ice Cream Co., 12 years with Pepsi-Cola, and 24 years with Sterzing Food Co. before retiring in 1998. He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, Moose Lodge and Eagles Aerie 150. He was a devoted father and husband, an avid outdoorsman, enjoying bow hunting, fishing, golf, yard work and the Chicago Bears. He was a member of SS Mary & Patrick Catholic Church.


He is survived by his wife, Shirley; two daughters, Kim (David) Bailey of Sperry, Iowa and Karen Wilson of West Burlington, Iowa; four sons, Kevin Wilson of Burlington, Iowa, Kirk (Lisa) Wilson of Burlington, Iowa,  Kent (Gisela) Wilson of Danville, Iowa, and Kyle Wilson of Burlington, Iowa; one step-daughter, Sharon (Wade) Whisenant of Burlington, Iowa; one step-son, Robert Mahalic of Morton, Illinois; one brother, Donald (Dorothy) Wilson of Burlington, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Ryan (Stephanie) , Samantha (Cody), Annika, Connor, Collin, Travis and Karisa; one step-granddaughter, Ali; two great-grandchildren, Olivia & Kyler; several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; one infant son, Dwight; one brother and one sister.


The funeral service for Garold Dean Wilson will be held on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Prugh’s Chapel. Fr. Marty Goetz will officiate. Interment will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery.


Friends may call at Prugh’s after 10:00 a.m. Sunday with the family receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.


A memorial has been established in memory of Dean Wilson. Condolences may be left at

Lois Lorraine Pierrot, 71, of Wever, IA, died March 12, 2014, at Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, TX.

Born May 3, 1942, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Dorothy and Wallace Thye.  On June 6, 1964, she married Victor C. Pierrot from Wever, IA.  She graduated from Burlington High School in 1960 and Iowa State University in November 1964 with a B.S. in Dietetics.  She went on to complete an internship in Dietetics from the University of Iowa in 1965.

She and Vic lived in Moline and East Moline, Illinois, after graduation from college and then moved to Dubuque, IA, where she worked as a dietitian for several nursing homes and hospitals in the Dubuque area.  While in Dubuque, she began creating flower arrangements to be sold at Basket of Daisies, a shop in Cedar Falls owned by a friend of hers.  Later she and Vic moved to Bettendorf and she continued creating floral arrangements for the shop in Cedar Falls as well as one in Bettendorf.  After Vic retired, they moved to the farm near Wever, IA where Vic was raised.

Lorraine came from a musical family and always enjoyed music.  She sang with a Sweet Adeline’s barbershop group in Iowa City for a number of years.

Lorraine was always active in church wherever they lived. She especially enjoyed working with children in the church, helping them with Bible school, crafts and singing. Lorraine’s flower arrangements often graced the altar at church, and her table decorations made each and every banquet more beautiful. She was an accomplished cook, equally comfortable fixing a feast for family at holiday time or providing a meal for the Salvation Army.  She was a member of Crossroads Community Church in Burlington at the time of her death.

Flower arranging and interior decorating were passions she pursued throughout her life.  The interior of her home was always decorated for the current season.  She decorated for many weddings of family and friends.

Her love of her children, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews was boundless. Some of the nieces called Lorraine their “Favorite Aunt.”

Lorraine and Vic enjoyed traveling and spent a large amount of their retirement years traveling all over the country, often driving as much as 25,000 miles in a year.  They also took several trips to Europe where they served on mission teams with Greater European Mission working on churches in Europe.

She is survived by her husband Vic, son Darren in Albuquerque, NM, and daughter Paige in Wever.  She is also survived by one brother Forrest (Lynn) Thye of Blacksburg, VA, one sister Jerilee (Jim) Inghram of Lake St. Louis, MO, 5 nieces, 3 nephews, and 16 great-nieces and great-nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Wallace and Dorothy Thye.

Visitation will be from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Friday, March 21, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home.

The funeral service for Mrs. Pierrot will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Jason Unzicker officiating.  Burial will be in Claypoole Cemetery.  A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Thielen Funeral Home following the burial.

A memorial has been established for Village Creek Bible Camp in Lansing, Iowa.

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

Joseph “Joe” Howard Coleman, 71, of Burlington, died at 2:27 AM Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.

Born August 11, 1942, in Burlington, he was the son of Walter Scott and Ruth Anna Fitzpatrick Coleman. On May 15, 1971, he married Diane Kay Goble in Burlington. He previously was married to Judy Inghram on May 5, 1962 in Burlington.  They later divorced.

Joe was a shipping supervisor for Winegard Company for 35 years.  He played guitar in the band, Terry and The Tempest.  He was a published author of Zapata’s Horse: The Book of While, Ogallala-The Rise of Morning Sun, and the minimal man.

He attended Burlington High School.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, Specialist 4th Class stationed in Korea.

He was an ordained minister.  He was a member and volunteer bartender at VFW Post 10102 and the Burlington Gym.  He enjoyed music, writing, art, poetry, and Indian Culture.  He was an avid sports fan cheering on his favorite teams of the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears.  He also enjoyed fishing and camping with family and friends, Jesse James, Outlaws, BUDDA, and politics.

Survivors include his wife, Diane; four sons, Joseph “Joe” Coleman, Jeoffrey”Jeoff” (Miranda) Coleman, James “Jim” Coleman, and John Coleman, all of Burlington; one daughter, Kimberly “Kimm” Coleman of Burlington; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Diana Coleman of West Hartford, CT, and Kay (Delmar) Walker of Burlington.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father and mother in law, and two brothers, Peter Coleman and Walter (Sonny) Coleman.

Visitation will be from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home.

The funeral service for Joe will be 1:00 PM Friday, March 21, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home with Reverend Dean Graber officiating.  Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.  A celebration of life will be held at the Burlington Gym following the service.  Cremation will be entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory following the service.  Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery at a later date.

A memorial has been established.

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