Obituaries for Tuesday October 9th

Vincent Marlow “Vince” Seaver, 47, of Hamilton, IL, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018 near Donnellson, IA.

Vince was born on September 23, 1971 in Keokuk, IA, the son of William Joe and Mary Jo Bollin Seaver.

He was a 1990 graduate of the Nauvoo-Colusa High School. Following high school Vince attended Vatterott College. He was currently employed by Paperpak where he worked as a Maintenance Supervisor. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Keokuk Art Center. Mr. Seaver enjoyed photography and displayed his photography in several shows, riding four wheelers, NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt Jr., the Denver Broncos, traveling and especially traveling to Colorado to see his brother, Lucas, and sister-in-law, Julie.

Survivors include his parents, William Joe and Mary Jo Seaver of Nauvoo, fiancé, Jean Starr of Hamilton, two brothers, Joseph (Michelle) Seaver of Montrose, IA and Lucas (Julie) Seaver of Black Hawk, CO and one niece, Emily Leann. Vince is also survived by “his girls” – Golden Reteivers, Ella and Holly.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Schmitz-Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Nauvoo with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in the Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Hamilton, IL. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for the PAW Animal Shelter, Ft. Madison, the Oak Grove Cemetery or the donor’s choice.

Schmitz-Banks & Beals Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences may be left to the family at

Karen Edna Burdette, 68, of Burlington, died Friday, October 5, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Born October 19, 1949 in Ft. Madison, Iowa, she was the daughter of John and Edna Burdette. She was engaged to Tom Mosena and previously married to Bob Hand.

She attended Ft. Madison schools. In 1999 Karen retired from being a hairstylist and childcare provider. She was a homemaker who created a loving home for her children all her life. Karen was of the Christian faith. She enjoyed spending time with the ones she loved, especially her children. The sunshine of her life were her grandbabies. A golden blessing arrived in her last year when she became engaged to her fiancé, Tom. Celebrating joyful times with her loved ones, particularly Christmas, made her happy. Listening to music was a favorite pastime. Everyone knew Elvis was her favorite.

Survivors include fiancé Tom Mosena of Burlington, IA; five children, Bruce (Stacey) Yurth of Mt. Pleasant, IA, Tami (John) Gaines of Burlington, IA, John (Jenny Wiegard) Hand-Hanson of Burlington, IA, Rob Hand of West Burlington, IA and Joni (Dustan) Fenton of Burlington, IA; seventeen grandchildren; two brothers, Steven (Paula) Burdette of Ft. Madison, IA and Jim (Rosie) Burdette of Wever, IA; and one sister, Debra (Dale) Nelson of Oskaloosa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, and husband, Bob Hand.

The funeral service for Ms. Burdette will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October, 11, 2018 at Lunning Chapel. Pastor Scott Collier will officiate. Interment will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 10th at Lunning Chapel.

Randy Longcor, 61, of West Burlington, died October 7, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Born March 30, 1957 in Oelwein, Iowa he was the son of Oliver Bertrum and Bonnie Darlene (Savage) Longcor. He married Debbie Tapscott on November 8, 1978 in Burlington.

Randy was the Branch Operations Manager for Univar USA for 38 years.

The most important things in Randy’s life were his family and friends. He loved watching and going to the movies with his grandchildren and enjoying popcorn. He loved grilling, dancing and singing karaoke. He was an amazing man, brother, husband, dad and grandpa.

Survivors include his wife Debbie Longcor of West Burlington; five children; Angie (Zach) Bowman of Burlington, Jamie Longcor of Rock Island, IL, Rhonda (Justin) Huntington and Tory Johnson (Toby Kindig) both of Burlington and Crystal (Nick) Overton of Liberty, MO; step daughter Amanda Lee of Arizona; 15 grandchildren, two great grandchildren with one on the way; two sisters, Linda Harryman of Burlington and Shelley (Larry) Stattler of Russellville, AR; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Kenny Harryman.

The Celebration of Life for Randy will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 12th at Lunning Chapel. A special friend of the family, Kathy Mashburn will be assisting with the service. Interment will be held in Carman Cemetery, Carman, Illinois. Visitation will be 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 11th at Lunning Chapel where the family will receive friends.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Merkel Cell Carcinoma Research.

Alice Mae Harris, 74, of Burlington, passed away at 8:10 PM Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.

Born August 27, 1944, in Gary, IN, to Edward and Margaret Roberts. She was the second of six siblings. She met her future husband, Max Harris, in Chicago at an Arthur Murray dance exhibition. They wed in 1965, and she relocated to Burlington. She worked for the Hawkeye newspaper for many years before retiring. She was a talented artist and loved gardening.

Survivors include three brothers, Edward Roberts Jr. of Hebron, IN, James Roberts of Penargyl, PA, Henry Roberts of Burlington; one sister, Linda Lyon of Portage, IN; many nieces and nephews, and her dearest friend, Jim Letts of Burlington.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Edward and Margaret, her brother George and her husband, Max.

The Graveside Committal Service for Alice will be 10:00 am Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Elmwood Cemetery in Morning Sun.

Donations can be made in her name to Great River Hospice House in West Burlington, Iowa.

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 Alice’s obituary at

Alice was the gentlest of spirits and the world will be diminished by her absence. Go rest high on that mountain, Sister, your work on earth is done.