Obituaries Monday May 19th

Edward J. Connors, 84, of Burlington, died at 5:50 PM Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.


Born August 22, 1929, in Burlington, he was the son of Edward Timothy and Gertrude Agnes McKeever Connors.


Edward worked at Georgia Pacific where he retired.


He was a U.S. Army Veteran stationed in Germany immediately after World War II.


He was a member of SS. John & Paul Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council #568.


Survivors include two daughters, Kelly (Wendell) Martin of Troy, OH and Cory (Jerry) Kroeger of Moline, IL; two grandchildren, Jessica Long and Austin Martin; one sister, Cy Meyer of TN; and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.


Cremation has been entrusted to Thielen Crematory.


The Memorial Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Connors will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at St. John the Baptist 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 Sacred Heart Cemetery with full military honors rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.


A memorial has been established to Great River Hospice.


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


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


Jimilee Michael Riney, 73, of Burlington passed on to his heavenly home Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in Burlington after a battle with cancer.

Born February 25, 1941 in Winchester, Missouri, he was the son of Richard Carlyle and Iva Maxine Bick Riney. On February 12, 1961 he married Erna Thirtyacre in Kahoka, Missouri.

Mr. Riney’s great-grandparents founded the town of St. Patrick, Missouri.

He graduated from Kahoka High School in 1959 and entered the U.S. Navy at 17 years old where he served aboard the USS Princeton from 1959 to 1961 then retired from the U.S. Navy ranked Chief Boatswains Mate in 1987 with 28 years of service for his country. He retired from J.I. Case in 1992 with 30 years of service then worked 16 years for Hy-Vee Food Store on Agency until his illness.

Mr. Riney attended First Baptist Church of Wayland, Missouri; First Baptist Church of Fort Madison, Iowa and was a past charter member of Calvary Baptist Church in Burlington, Iowa.

He loved traveling, horses, rodeos, listening to country music, watching NASCAR, attending his grandchildren’s school/sports functions and just spending time with his family. He was an Iowa Hawkeyes and Missouri Tigers fan but especially loved the Denver Broncos. He was also proud of his Native American heritage.

Survivors include his wife; two sons Michael Riney of Burlington and Mark (Kerry) Riney of Des Moines; two daughters Kimberly (Kevin) Nihart of Ankeny and Dawn (Larry) Helling of Fort Madison; grandchildren Jennifer (David) Hartwig, Christopher Sessions, Zachary (Kailee) Nihart, Aaron Sessions, Joshua Sessions, Kayla Riney, Karlee Sessions, Dakota Nihart, Brianne Riney, Cody Nihart and Madison Riney; two step-grandchildren Derrik Helling and Macy Helling; his brother’s children Kevin (Amy) Riney and Katie (Chris) Stump of Hanford, California; and other nieces and nephews.

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

The family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home.


The funeral service for Mr. Riney will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Nihart, Dan Deatrick and Mr. Aaron Sessions officiating. Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Thielen Funeral Home following the burial.


Memorials have been established to the Great River Hospice and the Bull Rider Relief Fund.


Mr. Donald Clyde Stevens, 89, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 2:05 AM on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center, LaHarpe.


Don was born August 26, 1924 in LaHarpe; the son of Clyde and Addie Helmers Stevens. On April 27, 1945 he married Mary Jane Boyd in LaHarpe. She preceded him in death on July 15, 2001.


Mr. Stevens served in the Navy during World War II. Early in life, Don worked at the Miller Grocery Store in LaHarpe as well as the Little Brothers Hardware Store. He served as the acting Post Master for LaHarpe in 1961. He then worked for the Illinois Dept. Of Transportation, before becoming the LaHarpe Township Road Commissioner, a position he held for 26 years. Don was a member of the LaHarpe American Legion for over 60 years, and served on the LaHarpe Fire Dept. for 25 years. He enjoyed following the local school sport teams. Don was a member of the LaHarpe Union Church.


Don is survived by three children: Sheila (Richard) Clover of Danville, IN, Todd (Carol) Stevens of LaHarpe, and Kevin Stevens of Chesterfield, MO; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and one brother: John Stevens of Wauwatosa, WI; as well as several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother Charles and two infant brothers.


Friends may call after 3:00 PM Monday, May 19, 2014 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the funeral home, with Rev. Rick Goettsche officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at the LaHarpe Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe Union Church and the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center. Condolences may be left at


Carl W. Barshinger, 55, of Burlington, died at 11:32 AM Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington. After a valiant two year battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, he went home to his Savior in heaven and is now healed.


Born January 27, 1959, in Sycamore, IL, he was the son of Charles William and Florence Harkness Barshinger. On September 5, 1987, he married Karen Friedrich in St. Louis, MO.


Carl worked as a contract administrator in the defense support industry for thirty years, living in Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, and Iowa. He most recently worked for American Ordnance.


He was a 1977 graduate of Sycamore High School in Sycamore, IL. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University and his Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University.


Carl was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hiking, working outside, watching college basketball, traveling, and singing show tunes off key. He also enjoyed dancing; he danced as well as he sang! He especially loved spending time with his family and friends and loved to kid around with people. Carl was a character with a great sense of humor. He made it his duty to embarrass his four daughters around their friends He had a never-quit attitude. Most importantly, Carl was a loving caring husband, father, and brother.


Survivors include his wife, Karen; four daughters, Leah Barshinger, of Iowa City, Camilla Barshinger, Micah Barshinger, and Jianna Barshinger all of Burlington; one brother, Don (Michael) Barshinger of Chicago, IL; two sisters, Nancy (John) Scully and Joan (Jim) Leahy both of Chicago, IL; and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home, and a short Service of the Word at 6:45 PM.


Cremation will be entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory following the visitation.


The memorial service for Mr. Barshinger will be 10:00 AM Thursday, May, 22, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor Christopher Roepke officiating. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Thielen Funeral Home following the service.


A memorial has been established.


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


Betty L. Johnson, 88, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 6:10 a.m. at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, MO.  She was born on June 29, 1925 in Centerville, IA to Lee & Leona Lindbloom Robey.
She graduated from Centerville High School in 1943 and worked for the Iowa Department of Social Services for 18 years. She married William G. Johnson on March 12, 1946 in Davenport, IA.  He preceded her in death on May 31, 1996.  She traveled with her husband for many years in the winter months to Texas & Florida.  During those travels, she made numerous lifelong friends.
She enjoyed attending her three sons sports activities and then her grandchildren & great grandchildren’s as well.  She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal, Iowa Hawkeye & Chicago Bulls fan.
Betty is survived by: 2-sons: Bob (Rosemary) Johnson of Osage Beach, MO & Tom Johnson of Ames, IA; 1-daughter in law: Helen Johnson of Fort Madison, IA; 6-grandchildren: Todd (Kristen) Johnson, Tony (Tara) Johnson, Kelly Johnson, Stacey (Dave Baker) Johnson, Oakey & Ollie Johnson; 6-great
grandchildren: Tate & Taylor, Quinn & Harris, Bayley & Kingston.  She was preceded in death by: her parents, husband & 1-son: Mike Johnson.
Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 19, 2014 with the family to receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory with Rev. Mark P. Spring officiating.  A memorial has been established for Fort Madison Bloodhound Athletics.  Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery.
Online condolences and a video tribute of Betty’s life may be viewed at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: