Obituaries Tuesday February 25th

Wonda Faye (Halley) Schroeder of Burlington, born December 26, 1936.
Faye would like to let you know that her work here is now done. As of Friday, February 21, 2020, at the young age of 83, she received her “text message” from up above. This was an offer that she just could not refuse, and for an appointment from which she will not be returning. LOL.
No doubt her calling comes with 110% “job security”
This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with Family and Friends that she has not seen in a long time, most importantly, reuniting with her Husband Jerry “Gene”, her son Bill and her daughter Valerie.
Her new mission takes her to a Wonderful place where there is socializing, drinking, and dancing to her hearts content.
Music, Laughter, and Love are All guaranteed.
The food is always delicious and you will never gain an ounce!…This includes Faye’s Peanut Butter Fudge, Chocolate Chip Cookies and her notorious GIANT crescent rolls.
Faye left detailed instructions for her Daughters to celebrate her completed missions on this earth…which they are well aware that not adhering to her instructions, would not be tolerated.
In additions to her daughters helping to celebrate and to continue to carry out Faye’s missions, she has most certainly left subtle clues to each of her remaining, loving family members, which includes:
Children – Marschinda and (Dan) Gulick, Kathy and (Joe) Vernon, Carolyn and (Kevin) Woodhurst, Son-in-law Mark McIntyre and “Mama’s Favorite” – Kim Parker.
Grandchildren – Ben and (Dawn) Gulick, Bri and (Jaime) Decker, Tonya Blasor, Tyler Billings and (Dustin Sides), Justin and (Sarah) Billings, Kyle and (Tracey) Billings, Bill Schroeder, Clinton and (Paige) McIntyre and Carlee and (Tyler) Potts.
Great Grandchildren – Josh, Owen Gulick, Reese, Lane Decker, Kyli Curry, Greyson, Noah, Caden Billings, Aiden Billings, Avery Billings, Leigha Schroeder, Charlotte McIntyre, Grayson, Parker May, Savanna, Taryn, Isaiah, Bronson Potts.
Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 27th at Lunning Chapel.
The funeral service for Faye will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 28th at Lunning Chapel, 2620 Mt. Pleasant Street, Burlington, Iowa 52601. Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.

Nellie Marie Hill, 97, of Burlington, died at 3:59 PM Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at the Danville Care Center in Danville.

Born January 29, 1923, in Waverly, IA, she was the daughter of Joseph H. and Vena Cooley Robbins. On August 19, 1939, she married Edward L Hill in Burlington.

Nellie worked for Midwest Biscuit Company for 30 years before retiring, and worked as a nanny after retirement.

Nellie was a member of West Burlington Christian Church. She was 100% mother, spreading her love evenly throughout her immediate and extended family, and was always there to take care of them. She was a fantastic cook, known for creating many delicious dishes, but especially her fried chicken and potato salad. She was also an avid fan of Country Western Music.

Survivors include two sons, Larry E Hill of Blanchester, OH, and Wayne L Hill of Clinton, IA; one daughter, Linda (James) Turner of Muncie, IN; and was very loved by her 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she is preceded in death by two daughters, Kelli Stevens and Beverly Foster; one brother, Joe Robbins, and four sisters, Maxine Corman, LuLa Parsons, Virginia Timmerman, and Inez Frank.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

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

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

Dean R. Melvin, 87, of Burlington, IA passed away 6:45 Sunday morning, February 23, 2020. He was born on April 1, 1932 near Raritan, IL, the son of Paul and Blanche (Links) Melvin.
Surviving is his wife of 43 years, Beverly (Foster) Melvin.
Dean accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 14. He was a lifelong member of Old Bedford Christian Church near Blandinsville, Illinois where he served as an elder for 24 years and 8 years as chairman of the board. and most recently was a member of Parkside Baptist Church in Burlington, Iowa.
Dean farmed for over 50 years near Blandinsville, IL He enlisted in the Naval Reserves in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1954. He was an avid reader, loved flying airplanes and once built and flew his own ultralight.
Besides his wife, Beverly, survivors include 3 sons and one daughter: Mark (Audrey) Melvin, Montrose, IA, David (Bev) Melvin, LaHarpe, IL, Terry (Teresa) Melvin, Plymouth, IL; daughter, Kelly (Larry) Williams, South Pasadena, FL; 4 step-children: Susan Duke of Cantrall, IL, Jeff (Lisa) Hardy of Colchester, IL, Nancy (Glenn) Braker of New Berlin, IL of Sondra (Les) Jones of Apopka, FL. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, 9 step-grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 5 step- great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant granddaughter: Carey Melvin, great-great daughter: Alexis Miller, and step-grandson: Mitchell Williams; one sister: Doris Allison and one brother: Lester Melvin.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Randy Spiker officiating. Military Rites will follow at the funeral home. Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.
Cremation will be entrusted to Banks & Beals following the service. Inurnment will be at a later date in LaHarpe Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established for Great River Hospice or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To Leave a condolence please visit Dean’s obituary at