Obituaries Monday August 18th

Marjorie Ellen Stineman, age 98, of Wapello and formerly of Grandview, died Friday afternoon, August 15, 2014, at the Wapello Nursing & Rehab Center. The daughter of Ralph Roland and Vinnie B. Fulerton Cross, she was born on October 29, 1915 on the family farm in Louisa County, Iowa. She married Delno P. Stineman on January 30, 1937 in New Era, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 25, 2004.

Marjorie graduated from Grandview High School and the School of Cosmetology in Des Moines. She worked in cosmetology in her early adult years. She was the wife of an athletic coach and they lived where he taught and coached in Port Louisa, Sheldahl, Deep River, Shellsburg, and Morning Sun before returning to the farm in 1948 where she was a farm wife and mother.

She was a member of the Grandview Community Bible Church and the Federated Women’s Club. Marjorie was very artistic and enjoyed designing. She quilted, sewed, and did needlework along with enjoying travelling, visiting, and dancing.

Her family includes a daughter, Ruth & Homer Hamby of Silver City, New Mexico; four sons, Dwight Stineman of Belize, Central America, Lyle & Connie Sue Stineman and Noel & Connie Kay Stineman both of Grandview, and Myron Stineman of Phoenix, Arizona; eleven grandchildren, Sheldon, Darin, Mark, Jeff, Todd and Chad Stineman, Stuart Hamby, Molly Holliday, Carrie Faust, Amy Adam, and Kelly Ricketts; twenty great grandchildren; and a sister, Jane Forte of West Branch. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Delno; and a great grandson.

The funeral ceremony for Marjorie Stineman will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the Grandview Community Bible Church with Rev. Darryl Erickson officiating. Burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 10:00 to 11:00 AM Tuesday at the church and also for a fellowship lunch at the church following the burial. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Monday at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello.

A Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of the Grandview Community Bible Church, Great River Hospice, and Grandview Community Club.

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Helen Louise Brown, age 91, of Mediapolis and formerly of Kingston, died Saturday morning, August 16, 2014, at the Prairie Ridge Care and Rehab in Mediapolis. The daughter of William and Johanna Poehl Rickman, she was born on March 17, 1923 in Burlington. Helen married Willard Brown on August 8, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri. He preceded her in death on January 6, 2008.

She graduated from Burlington High School in 1941 and received her normal training at Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls also in 1941. She taught in one room schools in Des Moines County for several years and then had done some substitute teaching. She was a homemaker, a seamstress, and had provided child care.

Helen was a member of the United Methodist Church in Kingston. She had served as the church Treasurer and was the church Historian for 25 years.

Her family includes a son, Stephen & Sheila Brown of Whitewood, South Dakota; three grandsons, Chris & Michelle Groves, Shawn & Amy Brown, and Joshua & Terri Brown; eight great grandchildren; and two brothers, Richard Upton of Dallas, Texas and William Rickman of Geneseo, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willard; a grandson; and a brother, Howard.

The funeral ceremony will be held at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at the Kingston United Methodist Church, officiated by Pastor Earlene Lekwa. Burial will follow at the Kossuth Cemetery in Mediapolis. The family will meet friends from 1:30 to 2:30 on Wednesday at the church. A fellowship lunch will follow the burial at the church.

A Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of the Mediapolis Public Library, the Kingston United Methodist Church, and the Mediapolis Community Ambulance Service.

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Charles J. Rupert, 93, of Fort Madison passed away at 11:00 P.M. Friday August 15, 2014 at the Fort Madison Community Hospital. He was born November 21, 1920 in Quincy, Illinois to Melvin and Celesta Mae (Dailing) Rupert Wendling. On June 29, 1947 he married Patricia Flo Latherow in Macomb, Illinois. She preceded him in death on October 6, 2012. Charles was a 1939 graduate of Quincy High School, Quincy, Illinois, where he was very active in their athletic program. He then attended Gem City Business College in Quincy. He was a veteran of the United States Naval Air Corps serving during World War II. In 1946 he went to work for the W.A. Sheaffer Pen Company. After 36 years he retired as Manager of International Operations in 1982. During this time, he traveled extensively overseas followed by more of the same as executive consultant and USA representative for the Sailor Pen Company of Tokyo, Japan, during the years 1983 – 1987. In 1953 while President of the Fort Madison Junior Chamber of Commerce, he was selected as “Fort Madison’s Outstanding Young Man”. He was a longtime member of the Union Presbyterian Church, the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, the Fort Madison Rotary Club, and the former Fort Madison Country Club. He was a former chairman of the local Red Cross, chairman of the Fort Madison Municipal Water Board Trustees, and former member of the RSVP Advisory Council, and the Fort Madison Board of Adjustment. He enjoyed being with good friends, golfing, music, especially piano and violin, and working in his yard, but most of all being with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes on TV, both basketball and football, and also tournaments. He is survived by one son, Craig Rupert, of Richmond, Virginia; two daughters, Ann Matthews, of St. Louis, Missouri, and Janet (husband Alex) Bassel, of St. Louis, Missouri; two grandchildren, Katie and Scott Bassel; 3 sisters, Shirley Pieper, Sandra Schaffer and Linda Scharnhorst, all of Quincy, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, father, mother, stepfather, two sisters Dorothy Hanner and Betty Waterman, and three brothers, Jack, Donald, and Melvin.

The family will meet friends from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. Tuesday August 19, 2014 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday August 20, 2014 at the Barr Memorial Chapel and graveside services will be at 2:30 P.M. at the Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy, Illinois. Reverend Cheryl Simpson will officiate.

The family would like to express its gratitude to the staff at Sunnybrook Assisted Living for their loving care to Charley and family, and to the house dog, Buddy, for his constant companionship. They would also like to recognize the staff at the Fort Madison Community Hospital for the excellent care and treatment they provided. A memorial has been established for the Fort Madison Elks Lodge; contributions may be left at the Barr Memorial Chapel. Online condolences to the Rupert family may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel website


Mr. Fred Cameron, 76, of Nauvoo, IL, formerly of LaHarpe and Fountain Green, IL passed away Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 9:21 AM at St. John’s Hospial in Springfield, IL.

He was born September 22, 1937 in Franklin, KY, the son of Norman Mathew and Emma Gertrude West Cameron. On February 13, 1964 he married Wanda Mae Bundy Torrence. She preceded him in death on May 6, 2008.

Mr. Cameron worked for the city of LaHarpe for many years, first for the water department, then as deputy city marshall and finally as LaHarpe City Marshall. He also worked for the Hancock County Sheriffs office as a dispatcher. He retired in 2000 after 28 years in law enforcement.

He is survived by a daughter, Candy Sue Carle of Nauvoo, a son, Ed Torrence of LaHarpe, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister, Willadean Cook and a daughter, Joan Sherwood.

As per his wishes, no services are planned. Banks and Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe is assisting the family. Condolences may be left at


April Dawn Love Petty Templeton Walker, 42, of Mount Pleasant, died at 6:00 PM Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.


Born April 13, 1972, in Iowa City, IA, she was the daughter of Bill and Marjorie Long Petty. In May 2013 she married Mark Walker in Trenton, IA.


April was a heavy machine operator for a coal plant in Cedar Rapids.


She received her Associate’s Degree from Southeastern Community College.


She attended Harmony Bible Church. She was thoughtful and caring, always sending people cards and gifts. She enjoyed art, singing Karaoke, cooking, fishing with her step-dad and younger siblings, and especially spending time with her children and grandchildren.


Survivors include two daughters, Bailey Templeton of Mount Pleasant, and Stormy Templeton of Pella; one step-son, Kenneth Templeton of Kahoka, MO; one step-daughter, McKenna Templeton; two grandchildren, Dakota Redmann and Drew Redmann; her father Bill Petty of Wapello; her mother, Marjorie McGowan of Wapello; two brothers, Richard Petty of Wapello, and Scott (Rachelle) Petty of Wapello; two sisters, Lori (Dave) Basset of Muscatine, IA, and Tracey McGowan of New Boston, IL, and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.


She was preceded in death by her step-father, Allen McGowan.


Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory.


The family will receive friend from 10:00 AM until noon Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Harmony Bible Church.


The memorial service for Mrs. Walker will be noon Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Harmony Bible Church with Dana Jurgens speaking.


A memorial has been established for Harmony Bible Church.


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


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