Obituaries Tuesday December 5th

David Mitchell Ruby, 56, of Mount Pleasant, died at 2:42 AM Friday, December 1, 2017, at the Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant.

Born February 21, 1961, in Fairfield, IA, he was the son of William Joseph and Linda Villa Ruby. He married Vickie Crawley in Hillsboro, IA on November, 7, 1997.

David was an Electronics Technician for Innovairre for eleven years.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during Desert Storm.

He was of Christian Faith. He enjoyed many hours volunteering and operating as an engineer and board member of the Midwest Central Railroad. He was a Ham radio operator and Skywarn spotter for the Quad City News, and enjoyed setting up Christmas lights to computer music and radio.When not doing that, he enjoyed fishing, traveling, rescuing horses, computer programming, and spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed spending time with his tiny filly, Evie.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Lindsay Renee Ruby and Jennifer Jo Ruby both of Mount Pleasant; two sisters, Brenda Holmgren of Fort Lepton, CO, and Kathi (Tommy) Cravens of Redding, CA; one brother, William Joseph Ruby Jr. of Redding, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and one cousin.

Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM Friday, December 8, 2017 at Heatilator Performing Arts Center, 307 E. Monroe St., Mt. Pleasant, IA.

The funeral service for Dave will be 11:00 AM Friday, December 8, 2017, at Heatilator Performing Arts Center, 307 E. Monroe St., Mt. Pleasant, IA with Terry Jerrel officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Full military honors will be rendered by the Henry County Honor Guard. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at The Moose Lodge in Mt.Pleasant following the burial.

A memorial has been established for the continuing education of his children.

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 Dave’s obituary at

Patricia Ann Speece, 85, of Burlington, died at 2:15 PM, at the Blair House Hospice Facility in Burlington.

Born June 8, 1932, in York County, NE, she was the daughter of Frank and Mildred Johnson Taylor. On May 26, 1953, she married Arthur Speece in Lincoln, NE.

Patricia taught at Schuylkill School in Phoenixville, PA before moving to Iowa.

She was a graduate of York College.

She was an avid reader and a member of Burlington Woman’s Club and Chapter NI, P.E.O.

Survivors include her husband, two sons, Craig (Mary) Speece of Dublin, OH, and Grant (Bethany) Speece of Dwight, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh~Thielen Crematory.

There will be no visitation or services.

A memorial has been established for Friends of the Burlington Library.

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

Ronnie Lee Johnson, age 79 of rural Stronghurst, Illinois, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, Iowa. He was born July 15, 1938 in Burlington, the son of Carl Ludwig and Ida Ruth Sandy Johnson. On October 27, 1957, he married Mary Ann Sanderson in Biggsville, Illinois. They later divorced. On November 23, 1986, he married LuAnna Tapscott in Monmouth, Illinois. They later divorced.

Mr. Johnson farmed and raised livestock, with his father and brother, near Stronghurst, and also was a self employed carpenter. He worked in maintenance at Oak Lane Nursing & Rehab in Stronghurst and later Carrington Pointe Apartments in Burlington. He also worked for the Henderson County Highway Department for several years.

Ronnie was a graduate of Stronghurst High School and attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, until he was drafted to serve in the United States Army. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, playing pool, bowling, raising horses, and tinkering in his shop. He loved spending time with his friends and family, especially, his grandchildren. He also enjoyed his dogs, Harley, Squeak, and Tabs, and Eggs the cat.
Survivors include four daughters, Kristin Johnson of Burlington, IA, Nichol (Scott Ludington) Johnson of Stronghurst, Maygen (Tyler) Crow of Oakville, IA, Kayla (Jorge Osornio) Johnson of Stronghurst, one son, Todd Erickson of Dallas City, IL, eight grandchildren, Adam Zemanek, Aaron McIntosh, Kyle McIntosh, MacKenzy Ludington, Kaydence Reynolds, Paietyn Ludington, Draysin Crow, and Tateym Ludington, one brother, Leon (Carol) Johnson of Olena, IL, his former wives, Mary Ann Knoke of Burlington, IA, and LuAnna Mynatt of Carman, IL, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a good friend, Frank “Ike” Long.

The funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday December 7, 2017 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Stronghurst with Rev. Kurt Carlsen and Rev. Terry Muller officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Stronghurst Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, also at the Bethel Lutheran Church. A memorial fund has been established for the family. Banks & Beals Funeral Home of Stronghurst is in charge of arrangements. To sign the guest book, or leave a condolence, please visit