Obituaries Friday April 4th

LeRoy “Friday” Kerr Edwards, 85, of Morning Sun, Iowadied Tuesday April1, 2014 at the Morning Sun Care Center in Morning Sun, Iowa.

He was born in Wapello, Iowa on May 9, 1928 to Paul and Ivy Edwards.  He graduated from Morning Sun High School in 1948.  He married Thelma Eubanks and they had two sons, Leslie and Michael.  He later married Shirley Booten Ford on July 28, 1993.

Friday retired from the US Gypsum Plant in Mediapolis, Iowa.  Friday was a lifelong resident of Louisa County.  He was a member of the Burlington Eagles Club and Burlington Moose Lodge.  He enjoyed golfing and being with friends and family.

Friday is survived by two sons Leslie (Janice) Edwards and Michael Edwards;  four step-daughters Debra Williams, Tina (Mark) Wiegard, Rhonda (Kevin) Harris, Simone (Greg Smith)Ford and Stacey Ford; one sister Marge (George) Sodemann,  and two brothers , Paul Edwards and Jes (Bernice) Edwards;  nine grandchildren,  six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Cody Werther.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife.

Cremation has been accorded and there will be no visitation.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Elmwood Cemetery in Morning Sun, IA., with Rev. Sue-Ellen Sherman officiating.  A luncheon will be held immediately following the service at the United Methodist Church in Morning Sun, IA.

Memorials can be made to Hope Haven or the Elmwood Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund.

Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Morning Sun is assisting the family with arrangements.  On line condolences may be left at

Neola Noreen Salmon, 87, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa, on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

Born on March 22, 1927 in Moulton, Iowa, she was the daughter of Orley and Hazel Kirby Purdom. She married Leslie Olin Salmon on February 5, 1949 in Burlington, Iowa. He died on February 14, 2004.

She was a homemaker. She loved her pet dogs, and enjoyed flower gardening, cooking for her family and the company of others. She was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by three daughters, Beverly (Robert) Brookhiser of Stronghurst, Illinois, Cindy (Thomas) Lambert of Burlington and Brenda (Tim) Distelhorst, both of Burlington, Iowa; one son, Rick (Jane) Salmon of Burlington, Iowa; ten grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; four sisters, Virginia, Carol, Shirley and Mary; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and two sisters.

Private Committal services for Neola Noreen Salmon will be held in Aspen Grove Cemetery.  No formal visitation is planned.


In lieu of flowers memorials have been established for the Des Moines County Animal Shelter and St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. Condolences may be left at

Donald Leonard Salisbury, 78, of Burlington, died at 5:22 PM Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.

Born November 16, 1935, in Waterloo, IA, he was the son of Leonard and Evelyn M. Kerns Salisbury. On June 7, 1958, he married Jean Ann Allen.

Don was a school psychologist for twenty-four years at AEA 16 in Burlington, IA, five years in Manchester, IA, and two years in Waterloo, IA.

He graduated from Iowa State University in 1957 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Science and Education and then went on to work for Iowa Works in Marshalltown.  From 1960 to 1961, he went to the University of Iowa where he received his Masters degree in Vocational Rehabilitation.  He worked at Voc Rehab in Waterloo as a counselor for three years.  He completed his coursework to be a school psychologist in 1965.

He worked for AEA in Bremer and Butler Counties in Iowa for two years.  From 1967 to 1972, he was a school psychologist in Manchester.  In 1972 to 1979 he moved to Burlington to be Director of Hope Haven.  After that he sold life insurance for three years for Prudential Insurance Company and then went back to school psychology at Great Prairie AEA (16) in Burlington for the next 24 years.

He was a member of SS. John and Paul Catholic Church, where he was a Eucharistic Minister and visited the sick and homebound. He was also a member of the R.C.I.A. team for many years and enjoyed it immensely.  He was a man of strong faith.  He was a member of Knights of Columbus #568 and a 4th degree member of the Mackin Assembly #261.

He belonged to the Kiwanis Club and the Jaycee organization.  He had received the National Outstanding Jaycee of the Year award in 1972.  He was also a Little League coach for several years.

Don loved his family.  He enjoyed watching TV, reading, traveling, and good food.  He had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes.

Survivors include his wife, Jean; two sons, Terry (Kathleen) Salisbury and Scott (Lyn) Salisbury, both of Burlington; two daughters, Tammy (Richard) Luckenbill and Shelly (Monte) Ward, both of Burlington; 11 grandchildren, Joshua (Katie) Salisbury, Sheena (Curtis) Kass, Anne (Dustin) Crear, Jessica White, Brooke Luckenbill, David (Stephanie) George, Michael (Maria) George, Mya Salisbury, Shelby Rheinschmidt, Hope Ward, and Cole Ward; eight great-grandchildren, Audrey White, Avery Crear, Jackson Crear, Tayton George, Tanner George, McKenna George, Max George, and Ty Kass; one brother, Ronald (Betty) Salisbury of Dunkerton, IA; one sister, Darlene (Rick Milks) Nation of Waterloo, IA; three brother-in-laws, Dean Allen of Fairbank, IA, and Robert Allen of Denison, TX, and Gene Franzen of Arlington, IA; two sister-in-laws, Cleo (Charlie) Joerger of Fairbank, IA, and Dorothy (Ralph) Weber of Independence, IA; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and four sister-in-laws.

Visitation will be from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends following a 5:00 PM Knights of Columbus Rosary Service until 7:00 PM Monday, April 7, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home.

The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Salisbury will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Rev. Father Marty Goetz as the Celebrant.  Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Burlington.  A time of food and fellowship will be held in St. Paul’s Church Hall following the burial.

A memorial has been established for the Notre Dame Teachers Retirement Fund.

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

Eva B. Penrod, 67 years, of Fort Madison, Iowa died at 8:40 pmWednesday, April 2, 2014 at the GreatRiverMedicalCenter, West Burlington, Iowa.  She was born July 18, 1946 at Fort Madison, Iowa, a daughter of Woodrow Wilson and Martha Ellen (Carter) Brown.  She married Leroy Penrod.

Eva lived most of her life in FortMadison.  She worked as a supervisor at Hardees for eight years.  She worked at the Kensington for 20 years.  In 2003, she was a Citizen of the Year nominee.  She enjoyed reading, walking, crafts, and playing dominos with friends.  She was a member of the Union Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by four sons: Kevin (Kathy) Penrod; Kenneth Penrod; Kelly (Jodi) Penrod; and Kent (Tina) Penrod, all of Fort Madison, Iowa; one daughter Kassie (friend Kevin Carlson) Hogan, of Fort Madison, Iowa; one brother John “Jack” (Pat) Smutzer, of Fort Madison, Iowa; two sisters, LaVivian Prough, of Kirksville, Missouri and Joyce Pranger, of Fort Madison, Iowa; one half sister JoAnn Messmer, of Fort Madison, Iowa; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Harold Brown, and two sisters Ruth Prough and Helen Stockwell.

Per her wishes, her body has been cremated.  Her family will greet friends from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm  Sunday April 6, 2014 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison, Iowa.  A memorial service will be held at 10:30 amMonday April 7, 2014 at the funeral home.   Pastor Bill Willis will officiate.  Burial will be held at the OaklandCemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa.  A memorial has been established, contributions may be left at the Barr Memorial Chapel.  Online condolences to the Penrod family may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel website,



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