Obituaries Wednesday January 25th

Vincent Leroy Roberts “CC” or “Vince”, age 62 of West Burlington, Iowa died Monday, January 16th, 2017, in El Reno, Oklahoma doing what he loved best “vacationing, visiting with family and friends”.

The son of Wilfred (Bill) & Mary Roberts of Burlington, Iowa was born 13 May 1954 in Sigourney, Iowa.  He married Terrie Johnson and later divorced.  They had no children.  His current best friend was Linda Dickey.

Vince loved life and people.  He had a mountain of friends and would give you the shirt off his back.  He certainly will be missed.

Vince graduated from Burlington High School with the class of 1971 and later received his degree in Business Administration from Western University in Macomb, Illinois.

He was employed by the BNSF Railway for 42 years as a Maintenance of Way Foreman and recently retired.  Vince enjoyed golfing and watching sports.  He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers having started watching them at 9 years of age.  He also loved the Iowa Hawkeyes and rarely missed a game of either team.

His family includes his parents and one brother, Douglas Roberts (Janice) and one sister, Gwendolyn Renner (David) of Chillicothe, Illinois and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by grandparents on both sides and several uncles and aunts.

A public Celebration of Life will be from 3-5 on Saturday, January 28th at the Moose Lodge in Burlington, Iowa.  His cremation remains will be inurned at Greenwood Cemetery, West Burlington, Iowa at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to the Diabetes Foundation.


Mrs. Gayla Lee Howard, 48, of Burlington died at 2:56 a.m. Monday, January 23, 2017, at Great River Medical Center.

Born June 29, 1968 in Galesburg, Illinois, she was the daughter of Gaylord and Leanne (Painter) Sargent.  On October 31, 2009 she married James Howard in Burlington.

Mrs. Howard left high school due to health reasons, but went on to get her GED and CNA certificate from Southeastern Community College and worked as a nursing assistant.

She enjoyed crocheting, riding motorcycles, and fishing.  She was an avid animal lover and loved riding horses when she could and her cats.

Survivors include her husband, James Howard of Burlington; one daughter, Kyrie (Michael) Howard-Nusbaum of Ames; and three sons, Trevor Howard, Trent Howard and Terrance Howard all of Burlington.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

There will be no visitation or service at this time.

According to Gayla’s wishes, cremation has been entrusted to Lunning Chapel.



Norma Jean Reynolds, 92, of Burlington, died peacefully with family by her side at 1:14 AM, January 24, 2017, at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus, Nebraska.


Born September 16, 1924, in Burlington, she was the daughter of James Harvey and Dorothy Ann Catenzaro Reynolds.


In 1950, she went to work for Block & Kuhl and Carson Pirie & Scott and was department manager. She later worked at Schramm’s for 25 years and was one of Schramm’s top sales clerks for 5 years.


She was a member of SS. John & Paul Catholic Church.  She loved dancing, music from Bach to rock and roll, decorating, collecting cook books and watching soap operas.  She loved spending winters in Arizona with her special cousins Jim & Karen Smith and their families.


She is survived by cousins in Arizona, California, and Nebraska, South Dakota and Texas.


The Private Graveside Committal Service for Miss Reynolds will be at a later date at Sacred Heart Cemetery.


Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Darlene Anna Broeker, 87, of West Burlington, died on Monday, January 23, 2017, at the Great River Medical Center.


Born March 30, 1929, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Orville Schloss and Anna Marie Zart Richardson. On June 6, 1947, she married the love of her life Dale M. Broeker.  He died on August 11, 1983.


Darlene worked as a radiologist tech for the Burlington Medical Center and Great River Medical Center.


She was a member of the West Burlington Christian Church.  She gave so much of her heart to her church, community and charities.  She was a warrior for our Lord and Savior, and witnessed clear through her last days until He took her home.  Grandma Bb (nickname) had a goal to walk again and go shopping.  We are sure she is walking today.


Dale & Darlene’s life was blessed with the birth of their twin daughters, Lana (Bill) Sherwood of West Burlington, and Linda (Fred) Wingstrom of Fort Morgan, CO; four grandchildren, Jeffery (Nicole) Sherwood of Littleton, CO, Jim (Alicia) Sherwood of West Burlington, Alicia (Rod) Rider of Farmington, IA, and Thomas (Marilyn) Shelledy Jr. of Douglas, WY; seven great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Colton, Merissa, Aashka, Zack, Matt, and Kali; one brother, Dave (Charlotte) Richardson of Blanchester, OH; and many nieces & nephews.


Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, step-father, Martin Zachmeyer, and one brother, Orville.


Following Darlene’s wishes she has deeded her body to the University of Iowa in hopes that the living can benefit from the knowledge through the gift of her body.  No visitation or services are planned.


In lieu of flowers and donations,  “Remember her in your sweet memories and carry on her example of witnessing to others.”


Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.


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


Dennis Donald Standard, 64, of Burlington, died at 4:47 AM Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the Great River Hospice House.


Born March 7, 1952, in Burlington, he was the son of James William Sr. and Dorothy Stadtlander Standard. On October 5, 1986, he married Karla Renee Duke in Burlington.


From a very early age, Dennis’s life was deeply intertwined with Burlington and its people.  He was just 13 when his enthusiasm and capacity for hard work convinced the management of the popular Arion Restaurant to hire him as their youngest bus boy and dishwasher.  From that opportunity grew a fascination with the food industry and a love of serving people.


By 1973, Dennis was employed at the Pzazz Restaurant and in 1986 he moved into restaurant ownership when he and Karla opened the river front’s iconic Big Muddy’s.


While management of the Burlington landmark eatery demanded a great deal of Dennis’s time and energy, he never forgot the most important things in his life were his family and friends.  He considered himself fortunate to be able to work closely with Karla in running Big Muddy’s and their ability to team together through both business challenges and natural disasters impressed the community.


Dennis remained throughout his life a generous and giving person and the time he spent with his grandchildren was especially precious to him.  His love of family, boating, travel, and his dog, Duke, insured that Dennis was able to enjoy life to the fullest and his quick wit and sense of humor made him a welcome companion.  Dennis was quick to share an opinion but readily accepted differing points of view and many considered him a friend.  He gave willingly and freely of his time and resources to many community organizations.  He provided support to friends in need and when the occasion demanded, he was known to offer a splash of Yukon Jack.  He was, to the end, a Burlington original.


Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Allisha (Kyle) Kniffen of Cedar Rapids, and Natalie (Kevin) Reinhart of Burlington; two granddaughters, Braelyn Renee Reinhart, Alivia Renee Kniffen, and one granddaughter on the way; three brothers, Jim Standard, Tim Standard, and Steve Standard all of Burlington; two sisters, Pat Schreiner of Burlington, and Betty (Dean) Weinreich of Lomax, IL; and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, James & Dorothy Standard Sr., his father-in-law, Lamonte Duke, three sisters-in-law, Deb McDaniel, Melissa Standard and Lisa Duke, one brother-in-law, Jim Schreiner.


Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM Saturday, January 28, 2017, at  Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.  Cremation will be entrusted to the care of Prugh~Thielen Crematory following the visitation.


The Dennis Standard Celebration of Life Benefit will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Comfort Inn & Suites, Burlington.


The Memorial Service for Mr. Standard will be 10:00 AM Monday, January 30, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Very Rev. Father Marty Goetz & Andy Avery officiating.  Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.  A time of food and fellowship will be held at Big Muddy’s following the burial.


In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for his grandchildren’s education.


Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.


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