Obituaries for Saturday December 15th

Judy Ann Cole, age 76, of Smithshire, IL, passed away Wednesday December 12, 2018 at her home. She was born January 22, 1942 in Aledo, IL, the daughter of Ernest and Margaret Olson Farm. She married Max Cole in Biggsville, IL.

Judy was a graduate of Biggsville High School. She worked in the Smithshire post office for many years. She was an active member of the Biggsville United Methodist Church, where she had served as secretary, leader of the United Methodist Women, and head of the Church Memorial Committee. She was also active in the Smithshire United Methodist Women. Judy loved to play bridge, and was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears.

Survivors include her husband, three sons, Rick (Shari) Cole of Davenport, IA, Brad Cole of Lake Mills, WI, Mike (Susan) Cole of Kansas City, MO, four grandchildren, Daniel, Jessica, Allison, and Jake Cole, two brothers, Bob (Gwen) Farm of Alexis, IL, Don (Donna) Farm of Monmouth, IL, five sisters, Fran (Denny) Hamm of Rockford, IL, Margaret (David) Yez of Monmouth, IL, Pat (Larry) Russell of Gladstone, IL, Connie (Chuck) Larimer of Monmouth, IL, Debbie Farm of Denver, CO, and one brother in law, James (Teresa) Cole of Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Biggsville United Methodist Church. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday December 15, 2018 in the Biggsville United Methodist Church with Pastor Howard Ross officiating. Burial will be in South Henderson Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for the Biggsville United Methodist Church. Banks & Beals Funeral Home of Stronghurst is in charge of arrangements. Please visit to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

Larry R. Johnson, 78, formerly of Danville, residing in West Burlington, died December 11, 2018 at Great River Klein Center.
Born July 22, 1940 at home in rural Burlington, he was the son of Ralph and Fern Johnson. He married Sandra K. Wolford on June 29, 1985 at West Burlington Christian Church.
Larry graduated from Danville High School. He went on to attain his BS and BA degrees from the University of Denver. He served in the United States National Guard. After college Larry started his career as an FBI agent in Chicago. He also worked for United Airlines in Chicago, as a farmer and was a civilian employee at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, working as an administration officer.
He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in West Burlington. He enjoyed playing golf, traveling, was a die-hard Cubs fan and had a tremendous love for his family and friends.
Larry is survived by his wife, Sandi of West Burlington; daughter, Tami Rogers of Danville; grandsons, Cody Rogers of Mt. Pleasant, Matt Rogers of Danville, and Jessy Hand of Denver, CO; son, Jochen (Alex) Dingfelder and granddaughter Anna of Germany; great grandchildren, Liam, Josiah and Ella Skye; sister, Dorothy Swedenburg of rural Danville; special friend, Teresa Giffin; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and their beloved dog, Kassie.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The memorial funeral service for Mr. Johnson will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Lunning Chapel. Pastor Dean Graber will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Memorials have been established for the Des Moines County Humane Society, Great River Hospice and Great River Klein Center.

Beverly Jean Buras, 69, of Burlington died 6:45 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Burlington Care Center.
Born April 21, 1949 in Great Falls, Montana she was the daughter of Paul James and Josephine Mary (Ballatore) Hamill.
She was a 1967 graduate of Great Falls High School.
She was of the Catholic faith.
She loved playing slots at the casino and Bingo, coloring intricate pictures and rooting for the New York Giants. She was a member of Eagles Aerie #150.
Survivors include her three children; Ty (Sabrina) Buras of Burlington, Joseph Fritz-Buras (Allison) of Galesburg, Illinois and Kimberly John Buras of North Liberty, Iowa; six grandchildren; one great grandchild; one sister Patricia “Pat” Burger of Burlington and one niece Sandra Kaleva of Great Falls, Montana.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 21st at Burlington Care Center.
According to her wishes, cremation has been accorded and entrusted to Lunning Chapel.

Norma J. McAlister, 83 of Danville, died Thursday, December 13, 2018 at her residence.
Born September 17, 1935 in Bridgewater, IA, she was the daughter of Clem Alfred and Neva M. (Smith) Sinner. She married Gene Leslie McAlister on May 6, 1955 in Council Bluffs, IA. He died September 13, 2016.
Norma graduated from Bridgewater High School and attended Business College in Omaha. She worked at Sylvania, National Research Bureau, as a bus driver and cafeteria worker at Danville School. She owned and operated Fun Tyme Tavern.
Norma was of the Methodist faith. She enjoyed league and individual bowling, going to the casino and playing Bingo. She was a member of the Eagles Club.
Survivors include daughter, Leslie Fraise of New London, IA; three sons, Mick (Diana Foster Walker) McAlister of Cedar Rapids, IA, Rick (Cathy) McAlister of Middletown, IA and Barry McAlister of Burlington, IA; stepdaughter, Debra (Kevin) Shepard of Overland Park, KS; eleven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one sister, Marjorie McCall of Mediapolis, IA; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one brother.
The funeral service for Mrs. McAlister will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Lunning Chapel. Interment will be in Long Creek Cemetery, rural Danville. Visitation will be 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 18th at Lunning Chapel.
A memorial has been established for the Des Moines County Humane Society.