Obituaries Monday August 11th

Verna Arlene Haase, 92, of Burlington, formerly of Scottsbluff, NE, died at 7:50 AM Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the Blair House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Burlington.


Born March 12, 1922, in Fairbury, NE, she was the daughter of Clyde and Minnie Williams Wilson. On October 14, 1945, she married Melvin J. Haase in Fairbury, NE. He died July 27, 2002.


Verna worked in Customer Service at United Telephone Company of the West.


She graduated from Fairbury, Nebraska High School in 1940.


She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Scottsbluff, NE. She enjoyed gardening, ceramics and especially family history.


Survivors include two sons, Steven E. (Kathy) Haase of Burlington, and Richard A. Haase of Del Mar, CA; two grandchildren, Bryan (Melissa) Haase of Des Moines, and Chad (Monique) Haase of Roseville, CA; four great-grandchildren, Jacob, Alex, Nicolaus, and Kevin; one brother, Dale Wilson of Fairbury, NE; and several nieces and nephews.


Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Virginia Bankus and Mavis Patterson.


Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory.


A private family burial for Mrs. Haase will be at a later date at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff, NE.


Memorials have been established to Great River Hospice in Burlington.


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


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


George Marsden, 72, of Dallas City, IL lost his battle with cancer at 6:30a.m. Monday, July 14, 2014 at his home.

George was born on May 16, 1942 in Dallas City the son of Paul and Thelma Burrell Marsden. He married Karen Mosley in Dallas City on Novemebr 15, 1963.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He later ran the Dental Lab for the University of Iowa. He then moved back to Dallas City to raise his children and ran his dental lab business for many years. George enjoyed many things in life, including, being a father, being on the river, motorcross racing, flying, playing pool and partying with friends. George spent countless hours in his garage working on and inventing things. He enjoyed learning new things. He was always supportive of his sons’ interest.

He is survived by his wife, Karen, two sons, Mark (Brenda Menke) Marsden of Dallas City and Steve (Laura Osbourne) Marsden of Nacogdoches, TX, brother, Mike (Judy) Marsden of Dallas City, sister, Mary Alice (Sid) Kranenberg of California, four other siblings and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Marsden was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Marilyn McDermott and Nedra McKasson.

A visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 until 8:00p.m. Friday, August 15, 2014 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for the Disabled American Veterans. Condolences may be left at


Vern Wesley Comstock, 92, of Hamilton, IL passed away on August 7, 2014 at River Hills Village in Keokuk, IA.

Vern was born August 31, 1921 in LaHarpe, IL, the son of Floyd & Ruby (Bainter) Comstock. He grew up in the LaHarpe area, attended elementary school at Gillead and graduated from LaHarpe High School in 1939.

Vern proudly served his country in WWII from 1942-1945. He was a part of the Normandy Invasion on Omaha Beach. He served as mail clerk in the 8th Cavalry Reconnaissance troop in France, Luxemburg, Holland, and Germany. He drove 43,000 miles with his army jeep during his daily delivery of mail to the troops. He remained with his unit until the war’s end. He enjoyed renewing friendships he made during the war and attended several 8th Cavalry Recon Reunions.

When he returned home from the war, he began farming and married Darlene Little. He began his life as a farmer in the LaHarpe area, later moving to Hamilton; he had a lifelong passion for farming.

Vern was active in community service, serving on the Western Illinois Electrical Coop Board for twelve years, a director on the statewide Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, Harmony Mutual Insurance Board, Monmouth Production Credit Association, the LaHarpe Hospital Board and the Elm Grove School Board.

Vern was an avid pool and billiards player during his life and enjoyed visiting with his friends and neighbors.

Vern was a member of the LaHarpe Methodist Church for many years before moving to Hamilton, IL in 1971 where he joined the Hamilton Methodist Church.

Vern and his son Max of Springfield, IL traveled to Washington, DC with other WWII veterans in May 2013 on the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.

Vern is survived by his wife Darlene, of 69 years, daughter Jeanne
(Neil) Bennett of Iowa city, son Max (Linda) Comstock of Springfield, IL, four grandchildren, Gwen Bennett (Tom Rogers) of Barrington, IL, Nicole Bennett (Michael Nguyen) of Atlanta, GA, Angela Comstock of San Ramon, CA, Phillip (Kristy) Comstock of Springfield, IL and Gregory Comstock of Grass Valley, CA; four great grandchildren, Griffen and Liem Bennett-Nguyen, Ariana and Kenzie Comstock; and one cousin, Mardell (Lloyd)Best of Springfield, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Don Riley and Nicholas Gleason officiating. Burial, with military rites, will follow in the LaHarpe Cemetery. A visitation will be held Monday from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. A memorial fund has been established for the Lee County Hospice, River Hills Village, and the Hamilton Methodist Church. Condolences may be left at


Ruth Marie Hill, 87 of Burlington died Sat 8/9 at Blair House Nursing and Rehab in Burlington.
Daughter Marian Kay (Jeff) Fritz Burlington IA
Daughter Sally Jo (Charles) Bright Burlington IA
4 Grandchildren 4 Great-Grandchildren
Friends may call Noon until 7 p.m. Monday, August 11th, at Lunning Chapel
Family will receive friends 5 – 7 p.m. Monday, August 11th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 12th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be Aspen Grove Cemetery


Kelli Denise Stevens, 51,of Burlington died Sat 8/9 at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.
Husband Thomas E. Stevens
Mother – Nellie Hill of Burlington, IA
Sister Linda (Jim) Turner Muncie, IN
Sister Beverly Foster West Burlington, IA
Brother Larry Hill Blanchester, OH
Brother Wayne Hill Clinton, IA
Friends may call Noon until 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 12th, at Lunning Chapel
Family will receive friends 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 12th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 13th, at West Burlington Christian Church
Burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery