Obituaries for Tuesday August 7th

Harry Thompson, 83, of Burlington, died at 1:05 AM Monday, August 6, 2018.

Harry F. Thompson was born October 2, 1934 in Burlington; the thirteenth child of fourteen born to Grover Cleveland and Catherine Burrows Thompson.

He was a Burlington High School graduate in the class of 1953.

He married Mary Jo Brenneke on February 14, 1954. Harry and Mary Jo were the parents of three children; Pamela, Jeffrey, and Rebecca. Harry and Mary Jo later divorced.

He married Judy Young Estes on September 17, 1976 in Lincoln, Nebraska. They repeated their vows on October 13, 1976 in Burlington. Judy’s daughter, Kim Diamond, adopted Harry as the father she’d always wanted.

Harry worked for White House Dairy, Atlas Warehouse, drove a moving van for Allied Van Lines, and was a bus driver for Trailways Bus Lines. He retired in 1996.

Harry enjoyed horse trading and fishing. He liked gaming on the computer and was a great pool player.

Harry was preceded in death by his wife Judy on September 12, 2001; step-daughter Kim on June 24, 2006; his brothers: Richard, Dale, Kenneth, James, and 2 infant brothers, and sisters Virginia, Mary, Betty, Doris, Dorothy, and Helen.

Surviving is his sister Patsy Schmeiser of Winfield and Mt. Pleasant; and two sister-in-laws, Shirley Thompson and Patty Thompson Curtis.

Also surviving are his daughters: Pamela Moore and Rebecca Thompson of Burlington; one son, Jeffrey (Deanna) Thompson of rural Wever; and his special companion Norma Tomey and her daughter, Barb Graham and grandson Jacob.

He is survived also by five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; Many nieces and nephews.

Per Harry’s wishes cremation will be accorded and there will be no formal visitation or services at this time.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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

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

Bruce Donald Wilson, 54, of Burlington, died at 1:21 PM Sunday, August 5, 2018, at home.

Born September 18, 1963, he was the son of Donald E. and Dorothy Jean Neff Wilson. On December 1, 2006, he married Sherry L. Williamson.

He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran, serving from January 11, 1985 until December 31, 2010, retiring after 26 years.

Bruce was a sports fanatic. He was a Cubs, Bears, and Hawkeye fan. He was a great pool player, he also enjoyed playing Nintendo with his kids. Bruce was a jack of all trades, he could fix anything. Bruce had a great sense of humor, he loved people, most of all his friends and family.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry, of Burlington; one daughter Heather(Scott) Summers and one son Blake Wilson both of Goldsboro NC; one brother, Daniel Wilson of Burlington; three sisters, Linda (Michael) Vorwerk of Hamilton, NJ, Sharon (Tony) Stuart of New London, Lori Warner of Charlotte, NC; one brother in law Andy Prawitz.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Ann Prawitz and Debbie Derby.

Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends following a 5:00 PM Rosary Service until 7:00 PM, Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Wilson will be 10:00 AM Thursday, August 9, 2018, at Divine Mercy Parish-St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Very Rev. Father Marty Goetz as the Celebrant. Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir led by Sue Hackenmiller. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Burlington. Full military honors will be rendered by the United States Air Force Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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 Bruce’s obituary at

Lois Mae Dowell, 95, of Burlington, IA, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018, at Oakview Nursing Home in Burlington.
Lois was born on January 21, 1923, in Sperry, IA, the daughter of Hazel and William Granaman. She married Leon Dowell on July 27, 1938.
Lois grew up on a farm near Sperry and attended Sperry Consolidated School. Her parents taught her the importance of family and the value of hard work, and she never forgot either lesson.
She was employed by GE for several years and then worked at Champion Industries, where she worked for 32 years before retiring at the age of 70. Her supervisor once said she was his most dedicated employee, rarely missing a day and always giving more than 100% effort to the job.
She was a member of Sperry Methodist Church and later attended Calvary Baptist Church in Burlington.
She was an avid gardener for most of her life, sharing her produce and canned goods with friends and family. She also loved to cook and bake bread. No one at her table ever went hungry. She was also a talented seamstress.
Throughout her life, she devoted much of her time and energy to her children and grandchildren, who she loved to be with and help any way she could. She was small in stature, but known for having one of the biggest hearts anyone could ever have.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Gary Dowell of Burlington, and Larry Dowell and his wife, Dorothy, of Lakewood, IL. Other survivors include seven beloved grandchildren: Sheryl Mark of Sarasota, FL; Brent Dowell of Reno, NV; Greg Dowell of Lake in the Hills, IL; Todd Dowell of Grain Valley, MO; Wendi Stewart of Middletown; Dawn Thurman of North Liberty; and Brian Dowell of Burlington. She also leaves behind 11 great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; and five step great great grandchildren.
She is also survived by one sister, Betty Brockway of Burlington, and nine nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son Monte; two granddaughters, Brandee Dowell and Mindy Dowell; two sisters, Evelyn Murguia and Shirley Hales; and one niece.
The Prugh-Thielen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Private graveside services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Great River Hospice.