Obituaries for Tuesday August 20th

Donald Ray “Butch” Brent, age 75, of Stronghurst, IL, passed away peacefully with his family on Sunday, August 18th, 2019. He was born in Burlington, IA, at the Burlington Hospital on January 4th, 1944. Don was the son of Forrest Donald Brent and Anna Mary Louise Bielser. He married Beverly JoAnne Morris on July 11th, 1964, at the Methodist Church in Stronghurst, IL.

Don graduated from Union High School in 1962. He worked on the Brent family farm and at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant for four years. Don and Beverly enrolled at the College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, in 1966 and graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He earned a Master’s Degree in Education Administration in 1977 from Western Illinois University. Don immensely enjoyed a 28-year career in education at Dallas City High School where he served as a physical education and driver’s education teacher, coach, athletic director, and principal.

Don was an avid outdoorsman, fishing enthusiast, and waterfowl hunter who loved spending time with friends and family in Mother Nature. He also had a passion for athletics and thoroughly enjoyed the friendships made during his competitive high school, college, and slow pitch softball days. When he wasn’t enjoying the great outdoors, Don loved to play cards with his family and friends. Don’s greatest joys were his children and grandchildren who he dedicated his life to ensuring their well-being in all areas of life.

Survivors include his twin sons, Lonnie (Brenda) Brent of Kirkwood, IL, Rodney (Amanda) Brent of Gladstone, IL, one daughter Natalie (Tyler) Blindt of Gladstone, IL; 14 grandchildren – Brandon, Madeline, Mitchell, Jackson, Spencer, Grace, Preston, Logan, Emily, Matthew, Molly, Lucas, Lilly, Sophia; one sister, Donna Olson of Oquawka, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife Beverly, grandson, Landon Michael Brent, and a brother-in- law, Nile Olson.

The funeral service for Mr. Brent will be at 2 PM on Sunday, August 25th, at the Stronghurst Christian Church with Rev. Steve Minkler officiating. The family will meet with friends from 4 PM-7 PM on Saturday, August 24th, at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst, IL. Burial will be at the Biggsville Cemetery followed by a meal at the Stronghurst Christian Church.

Memorial donations have been established for Friends of Henderson County Wildlife. Please visit to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

Suzanne Marie Wood, 57, of Phoenix, Arizona, formerly of Macomb and Nauvoo, Illinois passed away August 5, 2019 at her home.

She was born on December 23, 1961 at St. Joseph Hospital in Keokuk, Iowa the daughter of Tom and Mary McKoon Wood.

Suzanne loved shooting hoops and playing horse with anyone she could talk into it. She also shared a love of Elvis, Bread, Anne Murray and The Carpenters with various other family members,

Survivors include her long time friend, Terry Choate of Phoenix, AZ; one sister, Dianne Adkisson of Nauvoo; brothers, Mike Wood of Niota, IL, Tony Wood of Old Hickory, TN, Dan Wood of New London, IA, Jack Wood of Bloomington, IL, Alan Wood of Satsuma, FL, Pat Wood of Huston, TX and Chris Wood of Boulder, CO; many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; maternal grandparents, Cale and Mary McKoon; paternal grandparents, Tog and Pauline Wood and one brother-in-law, Art Adkisson.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Nauvoo with Fr. Thomas Szydlik officiating. Schmitz-Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Nauvoo is assisting with arrangements. Please visit Suzanne’s obituary at to leave a condolence.

Heath Allen Smith, 50, of West Burlington died 2:43 a.m. August 19, 2019 at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.
Born May 30, 1969 in Tampa, Florida he was the son of Johnny Earl and Florence “Flo” (Grimmett) Smith.
Heath loved everything to do with Broadway musicals. His favorite being, “Hello Dolly”.
He is survived by his mother, Florence “Flo” Smith of West Burlington; two sisters, Stacy (Richard) Duffy of Burnside, Illinois and Rebecca “Becky” Smith of West Burlington; one brother John Smith of West Burlington.
He was preceeded in death by his father and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
The funeral service for Mr. Smith will be 4:00 p.m. Thursday, August 22nd at Lunning Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2:00p.m. until the time of service. Cremation will be accorded following the funeral service and has been entrusted to the care of Lunning Chapel.
Inurnment will be held in Greenwood Cemetery, West Burlington.
A memorial has been established.
An online obituary and condolences may be sent by visiting

Carol Esther Hill, 79, of Nauvoo, Illinois fell asleep in the Lord at 7:45 a.m. Friday, August 16, 2019 at Maple Grove – Hancock Village in Carthage, Illinois surrounded by her loving family.

Born on October 6, 1939 in Billings, Montana, to Cecil Allen and Myrtle Alice (Sherwood) O’Banion. On August 19, 1959 she married Jake Hill, son of Jacob and Magdalena (Michaelis) Hill, in Billings. He preceded her in death on December 12, 2008.

When she was 3 years old, she, her parents and her brother, Ralph Richard, moved to Seattle, Washington and resided there while her dad worked in the Navy ship yards during World War II for several years and then returned to Billings.

As a youth she trained in tumbling, acrobat, and tap dancing and participated in numerous recitals and competitions. She loved the mountains in Montana and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping with her parents and relatives. As a teenager she spent summers working on her aunt and uncle’s ranch. She graduated from Billings Senior High School. She, her parents, and brother joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1950.

In 1968 Jake and Carol built and moved into a new home in Nauvoo. In 1969, Dr. J. LeRoy Kimball, the President of Nauvoo Restoration, Inc. asked her to be the secretary for Nauvoo Restoration, Inc. that began her career with NRI. However, her greatest joys were her sons and their families. She always looked forward to their evening get togethers. She loved to cook for the family.

She had various church positions, that of a teacher, President of Relief Society two times, President of the Young Women two times, Stake Relief Society Counselor, and Seminary teacher.

She retired from NRI in 2003 as Administrative Assistant, Director of the Historic Sites, Director of Conservation, Home and Historic Site Interior Director and Office Manager for NRI.

One of her hobbies was oil painting and participated in art competitions. She became an avid genealogist and found joy in researching family records and attending the Nauvoo Temple.

Survivors include four sons and their families: Rickie Allen (Kathryn) Hill of Spartanburg, South Carolina; Jared Jake (Amy) Hill of Nauvoo, Illinois; Jason Scott (Allison) Hill of Maricopa, Arizona; Jed Aaron Hill of Nauvoo, Illinois; and daughter-in-law Brielle Hill of Nauvoo, Illinois. She is also survived by sister-in-law Martha O’Banion, brother-in-law Adam Hill, and two sisters-in-law Rosie Freeck and Minnie (Jim) Steffan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son: Jeffrey Roy; and brother: Ralph O’Banion.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 23, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois with Bishop Robert Barlow officiating. Burial will follow at the Nauvoo City Cemetery. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2019 where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Schmitz – Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Nauvoo, Illinois. A memorial fund has been established for Blessing Hospice of Quincy, Illinois. Please visit Carol’s obituary at to leave a condolence.