Obituaries Wednesday April 30th

Kenneth Charles Hartman, age 80, of Wapello, died Monday morning, April 28, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iowa City. The son of Lester Sr. and Winifred Anhalt Hartman, he was born on March 29, 1934 in Burlington. Kenneth married Lea Richardson on June 14, 1958 in Washington, Iowa.

Kenneth went to Mediapolis School, served in the United States Navy from 1953-1957 on the USS Sierra AD18. He was a 50 year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 13 and was a member of the American Legion in Columbus Junction.

His favorite activities were fishing, USS Sierra Reunions, reading books, and watching westerns.

His surviving family includes his wife, Lea; 5 children, Kevin (Christy) Hartman of Burlington, Cynthia Boomershine of Oakville, Brian Hartman, Christine (Mark) Wonders, and Angela (Kent) Savage all of Wapello; 11 grandchildren; 3 great granddaughters; 3 brothers, Fred (Nancy) Hartman of Winfield, Larry (Carman) Hartman of Oquawka, Illinois, and Dennis (Debbie) Hartman of Mt. Pleasant; 1 sister, Judy (Jim) Strauss of Morning Sun; and several nieces and nephews.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Richard and Lester Jr.; 1 sister, Alice Wiley; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Hartman; 3 grandsons; and a great granddaughter.

The funeral ceremony for Kenneth Hartman will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello with Pastor Dan Doolin officiating. The family will meet friends prior to the funeral from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home. A luncheon will follow the funeral at the Solid Rock Baptist Church Fellowship Room. Cremation will occur following the funeral with burial at a later date at the Aspen Grove Cemetery in Burlington.

A General Memorial Fund has been established.

Condolences may be given and viewed at


Doris Jean Hiller, 84, of Burlington, died at 4:27 PM Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington. Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory.



Max Gardner, 74, of Mediapolis, died at 11:57 AM Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.


Born August 9, 1939, in Blythedale, MO, he was the son of Alfred Eugene and Mildred Wave Gardner. In 1964 he married Theola Pauline Parkhurst and they later divorced.


Max worked as a machinist/welder for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for 35 years.


He was a 1957 graduate of Blythedale High School in Blythedale, MO and received a welding certificate from Southeastern Community College.


He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving from 1956 until 1957.


He was a beneficial member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Burlington Aerie 150. He received the safe driving award. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing, coin collecting, and especially spending time with his grandchildren.


Survivors include two sons, Mark Gardner of Burlington and Mike (Mary) Gardner of Swanton, OH; two daughters, Michele (Scott) Timmerman of Burlington and Maria (Darian) Timmerman of Burlington; 11 grandchildren, Christen Carman, Courtney Carman, Chance Carman, Gage Gardner, Riley Gardner, Breyden Gardner, Blayde Gardner, Lilly Timmerman, Josie Timmerman, Asia Gardner, and Rayna Gardner; one brother, Paul (Beverly) Gardner of Clarksdale, MO; and one sister, Ina Dunbar of Lamoni, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Lois Gardner.


Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory.


Visitation will be from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM Friday, May 2, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home.


The memorial service for Mr. Gardner will be 4:00 PM Friday, May 2, 2014 at Thielen Funeral Home with Reverend Dean Graber officiating and full military honors rendered by the Burlington Area Veteran Honor Guard. Burial will be in Blythedale Missouri Cemetery at a later date.


A memorial has been established for the Great River Hospice House.


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


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


Jerry Ray Adams, 73, of Burlington, died at his home in Burlington, Iowa on Sunday, April 27, 2014.
Born on August 21, 1940 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Raymond E. and Ruth Marie Bertlshofer Adams. He married Angela Ann Morgan on August 15, 1971 in Burlington, Iowa.

Jerry graduated from Burlington High School and the University of Iowa. He owned and operated the Sombrero for 25 years with his father, was a sales manager for Westland Ford, and managed Flint Hills Golf Course for 8 years before retirement.

He participated in the R.O.T.C. and served with the National Guard.

He was a member of SS John & Paul Catholic Church.

Jerry attended the Republican National Convention and was a delegate for
Ronald Reagan in 1980. He was very active in the Des Moines County Republican Party. He was a devoted Cub fan, a voracious reader, sometimes reading a book a day. He was an amateur photographer and enjoyed developing his pictures. He served on the Burlington Library Board and was a long-time president of the Heritage Hill Association. Jerry was a member of the Delta Epsilon Fraternity at the University of Iowa. He founded the Sombrero Open, the largest one-day golf tournament in Iowa at the time. He is a member of the Burlington Golf Club. He was devoted to his loving wife and his Wire Fox Terrier “Holly.” Jerry was known for his stories and told the best jokes.

He is survived by his wife; one foster son, Long (Dianne) Nguyen, three foster grandchildren, Daniel, Derek & Dustin Nguyen all of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Pamela (Edward) Wilson of Sperry, IA & Julie (Keith) Vaupel of Galesburg, Il; nieces and nephews, Jill Hirte, Brandon Wilson, Anthony & Clinton Vaupel & Myranda Vaupel Dixon, Elizabeth Toal Anderson, Benjamin Toal, Morgan Toal, Rachel Morgan Walsh, Sarah Morgan Berryman, Elizabeth Morgan Eckhardt,
Celeste Morgan Yaluk and Emily Morgan Jones. Several great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew, Michael Wilson

The Funeral Mass for Jerry Adams will be held in St. Paul Catholic Church on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir. Fr. Marty Goetz will officiate. Cremation will be entrusted to Prugh’s following the service. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery at a later date.

The Rosary will be recited in Prugh’s Chapel on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Following the Rosary the family will then receive friends until 7:00 p.m.

In Lieu of flowers memorials have been established for the Notre Dame Foundation, Heritage Trust North Hill Fountain Project and Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Association.