Obituaries Monday May 5th

Gerald “Gerry” Lee Fisher

Resident of: Burlington

Died: Friday, May 2, 2014

Where: at Burlington Care Center.

Survivors: Survivors include his wife, Kay of Burlington, two daughters, Susan J. Johnson and Christina “Tina” (Richard “Dick”) Lord both of Burlington. Four sons, Terry L. (Ginger) Fisher , Tom (Mary Jo) Fisher, Steve Fisher & Jason Fisher all of Burlington. 21 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Several Nieces and nephews

Funeral Mass: The Funeral Mass will be Monday, May 12, 2014 at St. John Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m.
Interment: Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery
Other arrangements: the family receiving friends one hour prior to the service.
A memorial has been established in memory of Gerald Fisher.

Prugh Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.


Thomas Eugene Haight

Resident of: Burlington

Died: Saturday, May 3, 2014

Where: Great River Hospice House

Survivors: Survivors include his wife Rosemary of Burlington, three daughters, Rosalee (Chris) Fiedler of Muscatine, Iowa, Ramona (Wade) Walker of Morning Sun, Iowa, and Rhonda (Rick) Dittmer of West Liberty, Iowa. One son, Rodney (Merri) Haight of Robins, Iowa. One brother, Mathias Haight of St. Louis, Missouri. 10 grandchildren, Caleb, Drew, Michael and Noah Fiedler, Waylon (Rhiannon) Walker, Shannon and Brandon Dittmer, Kayla, Kelsey and Kolton Haight, 2 great grandchildren, Shaun Pawledge and Wyatt Walker and several nieces and nephews.


Graveside Committal Service: Edwards Cemetery, Rural Oakville, Iowa
Other arrangements:
. Family and friends will gather at Prugh’s Chapel on Tuesday and depart for Edward’s Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. The family will receive friends in Prugh’s Chapel on Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice House.


Helen M. (Meierotto) Baxter, 90, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Fort Madison Community Hospital.  She was born on October 9, 1923 in West Point, IA to John & Gertrude (Stuekerjuergen) Meierotto.  She married Donald H. Baxter on October 2, 1948 in West Point, IA.  He preceded her in death on July 18, 2002.  She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in West Point and was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Holy Family Parish in Fort Madison.  She worked at the Sheaffer Pen Company for 6 years and Dunsworth’s Bakery for 20 years.  After working at the Fort Madison Community School District’s Richardson School for over 18 years, she retired in 1986.  She enjoyed reading and loved to go the Fort Madison Public Library.  She was a passionate gardener with many flowers and water gardens.  She was a master gardener.  She loved to sew, quilt and spend time with her family, especially during the holidays.
Helen is survived by: 1-son: Leon (Lou) Baxter of Fort Madison, IA;
2-daughters: Mary Baxter of Des Moines, IA & Jean (Tom) Neuweg of Fort Madison, IA; 2-grandchildren: Annie (Calvin) Meyer of Warsaw, IL & AnDrew Baxter of Fort Madison, IA; 1-great granddaughter: Ella Meyer; 2-brothers: James Meierotto & Carl (Dixie) Meierotto both of West Point, IA; 2-sister in
laws: Francis “Ann” Baxter of Fort Madison, IA & Betty Baxter of Chula Vista, CA; 1-brother in law: Gerald Hobbs of Fort Madison, IA and a number of nieces & nephews.  She was preceded in death by: her parents and her husband, Donald.
Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014 with the family to receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 and a Christian Wake Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. all on Monday evening at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  The funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Sacred Heart Church, Holy Family Parish with Rev. David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery.  A memorial has been established for Holy Family Parish or the Fort Madison Public Library.
Online condolences and a video tribute of Helen’s life may be viewed at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website:


Darrel A. Richards, age 91 of Columbus Junction, died Saturday May 3, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. The son of Harlan and Flora (Johnson) Richards, he was born October 21, 1922 at Dubuque, Iowa. On November 20, 1949 he married Ruth Maxine Steckman, she died October 3, 2013. He served in the US Army during W.W. II being in Japan and the Philippines. He worked as a telephone lineman.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Richards of Morning Sun and Dean Richards of North Hills, CA.; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother and one son Ted.

Cremation has been accorded and there will be no services or burial at this time.

Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Morning Sun is assisting the family with arrangements.


James Lloyd “Jim” Kelly, age 89, died Saturday May 3, 2014 at the Great River Klein Center in West Burlington. The son of Lloyd and Edna (Cowger) Kelly he was born April 28, 1925. On February 15, 1947 he married Mabel Ellen Dotson in Cedar Rapids.

He graduated from Mediapolis High School in 1942 and spent two years in the Air Force during World War II. He received his B.A. in Education from Coe College in Cedar Rapids and a Masters in Education from the University of Iowa. From 1948 to 1952 he was a teacher in the North English school district before returning to Mediapolis where he was the high school principal and athletic director for 35 years, retiring in 1987. In 1952 there were 7 teachers with 112 students; the school grew to 25 teachers and 420 students when he retired.

In the mid 60’s he had the privilege of election to the Iowa Girls Athletic Union. He loved statistics and kept compiling information on the coaches in high schools across the state. In 1973, he was elected to the Iowa Girl’s Hall of Fame Committee. He served for 37 years, 25 years as chairman. He has been honored to receive the Distinguished Service Award from State and National Athletic Directors; Softball Coaches Association and the Prestigious Jack North award from the Iowa Girls Athletic Union. He was a member of Iowa Principals Association and the Iowa Athletic Directors Association. He was also a member of the Mediapolis First United Methodist Church and the Mediapolis American Legion.

He enjoyed gardening, making furniture, wooden trains and toys. He loved traveling with his wife and family to visit relatives and attending sporting events.

Survivors include his wife Mabel, married 67 years; children Tom Kelly of Baton Rouge, LA.; Patty and Ed Stoller of Mediapolis; Nancy and Rick Little of Carrollton, Texas; Bill and Karen Kelly of Coralville; Mike and Mary Kelly of Rock Island, Illinois; 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Pam, one brother and one sister.

The funeral service will be Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Mediapolis First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jeff Kodis officiating; interment will follow at the Kossuth Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday from 2-7:00 p.m. at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis, where the family will meet with friends from 5:00-7:00. Memorials have been established for the Mediapolis Education Foundation and the Special Olympics.


Ralph L. Smith, 81, of Fort Madison, died at 8:30 PM Saturday, May 3, 2014, at his home in Fort Madison.


Born October 18, 1932, in Des Moines County, IA, he was the son of Earl L. and Elsie M. Dearmin Smith. On March 14, 1954, he married Beverly M. Lucas in St. John’s Church of Flint River Township.


Ralph worked maintenance at Burlington Community School District.


He was a member of St. John’s Church of Flint River Township. He enjoyed fishing, gold prospecting, woodworking, traveling in the motor home, and being with his family and grandchildren.


Survivors include his wife, Beverly; one son, Anthony L. (Chris) Smith of Lyman, WY; two daughters, June L. (Kim) Morgan of Burlington, and Rosemary I. (Kevin) Blint of Fort Madison; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; one brother, John L. Smith of Morning Sun; three sisters, Velma Upton of Burlington, Veda Burkey of New London, and Evelyn Vance of New London; and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory.


Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends.


The memorial service for Mr. Smith will be 10:30 AM We dnesday, May 7, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor Wally Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery, rural Burlington at a later date.


A memorial has been established for St. John’s Church and cemetery of Flint River Township and American Lung Association.


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


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