Obituaries Monday March 20th

Richard D. Morris, age 80 of rural Gladstone, Illinois, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Friday March 17, 2017 at the Klein Center in West Burlington, Iowa. He was born October 24, 1936 near Stronghurst, Illinois, the son of Charles H. and Myrtle Irene Walker Morris. On April 29, 1956, he married Elsie E. Campbell in Rozetta, Illinois.


Mr Morris was a store manager for HyVee Grocery Stores. He first worked in Burlington, later in Mason City and Altoona, and from 1970 until his retirement in 1987, he managed the Trenton, Missouri store. While in Trenton, he was a member of the Rotary Club, Booster Club, managed the Trenton Junior Olympics, and was active in several community affairs.


Richard also farmed near Gladstone, and was co-owner of the former Hend-Co Hills golf course of Biggsville. He enjoyed geneology, coin collecting, golfing, and was an avid sports enthusiast. He was of the Christian faith.


Survivors include his wife, one daughter, Deana (Dale) Smith of Baldwin City, KS, two sons, Mark (Carol) Morris of Bedford, IA, Steve Morris of Clarinda, IA, eight grandchildren, Raven and Eli Morris, Jennifer McNutt, Elizabeth Smith, Steven and Stephanie Johnson, Adam Smith, Nichole Harris, four great grandchildren, Adriana and Alaina Smith, and Micah and Eloise Harris, four sisters, Marjorie (Wendell) Torrance of West Burlington, IA, Mary (Charles) Martin of Monmouth, IL, Karyl Sears of Charleston, IL, Jan (J.R.) Cargill of Gladstone, IL, and one brother David Morris of Gladstone, IL. He was preceded in death by one daughter- Karen Johnson and one brother, Eugene Morris.


Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Monday at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst. The funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday March 21, 2017 at Banks & Beals with Rev. Howard Ross officiating. Burial will follow in the Biggsville Cemetery. Memorials have been established for the Biggsville United Methodist Church and for Alzheimers Research. Condolences may be left at


Mr. Lynn Leinbach, 66, of Stronghurst, IL passed away at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, IA.He was born on October 20, 1950 in Burlington, IA, the son of Ernest and Jean Gibb Leinbach. On February 20, 1976 he married Linda Mitchell.


Lynn was a graduate of the Stronghurst High School, and received an associates degree from the Spoon River College in Canton, IL. He then served in the National Guard for six years. He was employed by the Henderson County Highway Department from 1970 to 1984, and for the past 33 years, was a General Superintendent for Gunther Contruction of Galesburg, IL. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing and enjoyed spending time in his “Pines” near Stronghurst. He was a member of the Stronghurst Christian Church.


Survivors include his wife, two sons, Scott (Angie) Leinbach of West Burlington , Chad Leinbach of Carthage, IL and four grandchildren: Mason, Mitchell, Isaac and Owen Leinbach.


Lynn was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Terry Leinbach.


A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m.Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst with Steve Minkler officiating. Burial will follow in the Walnut Grove Cemetery near Media. Friends may call from 2:00 until 7 p.m.Wednesday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established for the Great River Hospice House. To leave a condolence or sign the guest book please visit