Obituaries Monday March 24th

Jean S. Dodd-Crusan, 94, of Mulkeytown, IL, formerly of Burlington, died at 12:53 AM Friday, March 21, 2014, at her son’s residence.

Born May 27, 1919, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Walter Francis and Edna Mae Vogelgesang Kelley.  On February 18, 1939, she married William L.L. Dodd in Keokuk, IA.  He died March 15, 1953.  On February 2, 1957 she married Harold Robert Crusan in Burlignton.  He died October 1, 1972.

Jean worked 23 years as a Clerical Secretary for Bethany Lutheran Church and six years for the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, retiring in 1989.

She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.  She enjoyed sewing and crocheting in her younger years.

Survivors include one son, Stephen L. (Diana Schrader) Crusan of Mulkeytown, IL,; two grandchildren, Heather Lowe-Crusan and Mackenzie Crusan; two great grandchildren, Hayli Timmons and Derek Lowe-Crusan; one sister, Sister Shawn Kelley, OSF of Clinton, IA; one nephew, Garrel Kelley of West Burlington.

Besides her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister.

Visitation will be from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Thielen Funeral Home.

The funeral service for Mrs. Crusan will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home with Reverend Rick Biedermann officiating.  Burial will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for Bethany Lutheran Church.

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

David M. Webb, 69, of Fort Madison, died at 10:05 AM Friday, March 21, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Born July 31, 1944, in Chicago, IL, he was the son of Marshall J. and Irene Graham Webb.

David loved to play pool and was very skilled at it.  He believed in natural healing and homeopathic remedies.  He could fix about anything.  He was very helpful to those in need and was a generous honest man.

Survivors include one daughter, Arianna (Jay) Anderson of  Waterville, OH; five grandchildren; two sisters, Marcia MacLean of San Diego, CA, and Susan Webb of Encinitas, CA; one brother, Mark (Fran) Webb of Burlington; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Stephen Webb.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory.

The memorial service for Mr. Webb will be at a later date at First Baptist Church – Mediapolis with Pastor Dan Baker officiating.

A memorial has been established.

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

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

Robert G. Wayman, 83, of West Burlington, died peacefully early Saturday morning, March 22, 2014, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington surrounded by his family.

Born February 24, 1931, in rural Elberon, he was the son of Everett and Evelyn Gertrude Walton Wayman. On September 2, 1956, he married Magdalyn Ann Schlotterbeck in Atkins.  She died April 18, 1997. On May 13, 1999, he married Rosemary Rita Koehler Banks in Danville.

Throughout his 30 year career, Robert had been an educator, coach, and administrator for Crawfordsville Consolidated Schools, Benton Community Schools, and for the West Burlington School District.  He retired in 1993, as principal of elementary and middle schools of West Burlington.

He received his B.S. in Physical Education and M.A. in Education Administration from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran, serving as Airman First Class during the Korean War from 1952 until 1956.  He had received the 60th Strategic Recon Squadron Commendation for Standardization Program.

He was currently a member of Harmony Bible Church in Danville, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and formerly a member of the Iowa State Education Association, Burlington Bowling Association, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Newhall and Concordia Lutheran Church in Burlington.

He enjoyed traveling, fishing, boating, bowling, golfing, attending auctions, Sequence and Pinochle, the Iowa Hawkeyes and time with family at the lake home.  He loved people and he loved his Lord.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary; two sons, Thomas R. (Rebecca) Wayman of Richmond Hill, GA, and Richard A. (Aaron) Hooks-Wayman of Westford, MA; three step-daughters, Tara S. (Eric) Dillard of Burlington, Holly J. (Paul) Armstrong of West Burlington, and Brandy L. (Mick) Foster of New London; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home.

The funeral service for Mr. Wayman will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Harmony Bible Church with Pastor Danny Dingus officiating.  A time of food and fellowship will be held at Harmony Bible Church following the service.  Burial will be in St. Stephen’s Lutheran Cemetery in Atkins, IA.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for The Maple Leaf Center a ministry of Harmony Bible Church

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

Mrs. Zoe Elizabeth Morgan, 93, of rural Niota, IL passed away at 10:00 PM Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Fort Madison Community Hospital in Ft. Madison, IA.

She was born on December 5, 1920 in Washington D.C. the daughter of Fredrick and Minnie Longshie Hughett. In 1938 Zoe married Clarence Morgan in Festus, MO. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1986.

As a young girl, her family traveled extensively, as her father was an accountant for the Frisco Railroad. When he became head accountant, the family settled in St. Louis, where Zoe finished secondary school early, having been skipped ahead several grades due to her incredible mind. Mrs. Morgan attended Lindenwood College in St. Louis and later Washington University, also in St. Louis, where she was the first woman to study chemical engineering. It was here that Zoe met Clarence. He literally knocked her off her feet, when a basketball he threw accidentally struck her in the head. This began their relationship, changing both of their lives forever.

Early in life Zoe worked for McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach, CA. She then worked as a florist for Gardenia in St. Louis. Closer to home Mrs. Morgan and her husband farmed and sold wholesale flowers from their homestead. She was just as comfortable operating a tractor, repairing motors and swinging a hammer as she was using her paint brush. She also worked for the IAAP in Middletown, IA, as well as the Sheaffer Pen Company in Ft. Madison. Zoe was active in the community, serving as the tax assessor. She was a member of the local garden club. Zoe was compassionate about animals and often opened her doors to stray pets. She enjoyed singing with the choir at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ft. Madison. She had a deep sense of magic and adventure, even backpacking in the Amazon Rainforest, climbing Machu Pichu, and exploring various countries in Europe into her eighties. Her hobbies included reading, playing the piano, pottery and painting.

Zoe is survived by 4 Daughters, Sunny Sue (Ben) Chaney of Kingsport, TN, Merry Alice Leach of Niota, IL, Bonny Melissa (Tippy) Gates of Niota, IL, and Gay Diane (Al Clark) Morgan of Te Awamutu, New Zealand, 5 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, son-in-law, Tom Leach and one sister, Sue Marie Hughett.

No Services are planned. A memorial fund has been established for the Lee County Hospice. Contributions may be mailed to; Zoe Morgan Memorial Fund, c/o Banks & Beals Funeral Home, PO Box 70, Dallas City, IL 62330. Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City, IL is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Harold Charles Abel, 86, of Burlington, Iowa, died on Thursday March 20, 2014 at Blair House, Burlington, Iowa.


Born on December 17, 1927, in Burlington, Iowa, he was the second of five children born to Jesse P. and Gertrude M. Beckman Abel. On February 7, 1953 he married Dorothy “Rusty” Redfern. She passed away February 6, 1987. On November 23, 1990 he married Rosemary (McLaughlin) Harkness.


Harold worked the family farm until his retirement. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship proudly recognized the Farm of Harold C. Abel as a “Century Farm” in 2004. He was also employed as a weather observer at the Southeast Iowa Regional Airport in Burlington from 1989-1996.


He was a Black Knight of the Knights of Columbus, a member of St. Vincent dePaul Society, and being a devoted Catholic, attended SS John & Paul Catholic Church. He served on the Des Moines County Mutual Insurance Company Board of Directors for 25 years and on the Mediapolis School Board for 9 years.


Harold loved airplanes and was a licensed pilot since the age of 16. He was a member of The Hilltop Flyers along with other flying clubs. He enjoyed flying to Farm Progress shows. His hobbies included reading, history, politics; he appreciated nature, music, dancing, traveling, and good food. When driving and observing the countryside he had a keen sense and awareness of the different types of topography and soils.


He especially enjoyed spending time with his family which included his wife, children, 32 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, all of his other relatives, as well as his many friends. He never knew a stranger. Harold had a great sense of humor. It was always fun to hear his boisterous laugh when he would read the comic “Dagwood” or watch Tom & Jerry cartoons.


Harold enjoyed meeting with his five day a week “McDonald’s Coffee Group”. This group of interesting friends would exchange their views and seemed to have solved a lot of the world’s problems. Above all, Harold cherished his faith and his loved ones.


He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Nancy (Darrell) Hitchcock of Columbia, MO, two sons, Michael (Carol) Abel and Brian (Anne) Abel, both of Mediapolis, IA; three step-daughters, Kimberly (Jeff) Staub and Carol (Joe) Huffman of Burlington, IA and Joni (Mike) Czura of Maple Grove, MN; one step­son, Michael Harkness of Aurora, IL; 32 grandchildren; 16 great­-grandchildren; one sister, Loretta (Grant) Stevenson, Burlington, IA; two brothers, Frances (Jeanne) Abel of West Branch, IA and Raymond (Pat) Abel of Mediapolis, IA and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.


He was preceded in death by his first wife, his parents and his brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Betty Abel.


The Funeral Mass for Mr. Abel will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. St. Paul Catholic Church, Burlington, Iowa. Fr. Marty Goetz will be the Celebrant. Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir. Interment will be held at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Dodgeville, Iowa.A rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening, March 24, at Prugh’s Chapel. The family will receive friends after the rosary until 8:00 p.m.


Memorials have been established for The Notre Dame Foundation, SS John & Paul Catholic Church, Saint Mary Catholic Church in Dodgeville, St. Vincent dePaul Society or Great River Hospice. Condolences may be left at

Frank E. Winter, 90, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Bickford Cottage, Burlington, Iowa, on Friday, March 21, 2014.


Born on April 5, 1923 in Maysville, Missouri, he was the son of Harry E. and Maude Steffey Winter. He married Miriam Oldt on June 26, 1946 in Burlington, Iowa.


Frank was a World War II veteran serving with the 34th Infantry in Africa, Sicily and Italy where he was taken prisoner.  He was a construction superintendent for Carl A. Nelson & Company for 35 years, retiring in 1981.


He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Malta Lodge, VFW, American Legion and Southeast Iowa Builders Association where he served many years as Chairman of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee. After retiring he enjoyed woodworking, gardening, golfing and being a member of the “Divot Patrol” at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.


He is survived by his wife, Miriam Winter; two daughters, Diane Winter Hilkin and Julie Winter both of Burlington, Iowa; one grandson, John (Allison) Hilkin of Centennial, Colorado; one granddaughter, Liz Hilkin (Doug Haake) of Austin, Texas; two great-grandsons, Elliott Hilkin and Desmond Hilkin both of Centennial, Colorado; nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Catherine Kelly; and one brother, Keith Winter.


Memorial services for Frank Winter will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Prugh’s Chapel, Burlington, Iowa. Rev. Melisa Bracht-Wagner will officiate. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.


The family will receive friends in Prugh’s Chapel one hour prior to the service.


Memorials have been established for the Des Moines County Humane Society and Des Moines County Conservation. Condolences may be left at

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