Obituaries Tuesday June 2nd

After a battle with cancer, Nancy Lee Delzell died on May 31, 2015 in Iowa City, Iowa at the age of 73.  

Nancy was born on January 2, 1942 in Burlington to father Walter A. Norris and mother, Mary Frances Salome; and one sister Barbara A. Beckman, all preceding her in death.  She attended and graduated with honors from Burlington High School. She married Roger H. Delzell, November 25, 1962, then made their home in Morning Sun.  Following the birth of their two children, son Rick Delzell and daughter Denise DeJong, she graduated with honors with a degree in Education from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant.  

Nancy taught 6th grade at the Louisa-Muscatine School District for 25 years and enjoyed a lifetime love of learning, reading and writing.  Following her retirement, she continued to volunteer at the school to foster and encourage love of reading.  Her hobbies included reading, scrap-booking, quilting, spending time with family, many friends and visiting and doting on her children and grandchildren at every opportunity. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday June 1st

Charlie Martin Morse, 85 years, of Fort Madison, Iowa fell into the arms of God on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa.  He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on October 11, 1929, the son of James Martin and Rose May (Stout) Morse.   He  served with pride as a Paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division during the US Army of Occupation Japan and instructed parachute packing during the Korean War.  He married his beautiful wife Esther on May 6, 1952 at Fort Madison, Iowa.  After serving his country, Charlie worked for the Santa Fe Railroad and then protected citizens as a Police Sergeant with the Fort Madison Police Department for 35 years.  Charlie graduated from St. Ambrose College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1977.  He loved his family, travel, chess, Science Fiction, Hopalong Cassidy and history.  Charlie was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Esther Morse; a dedicated father to six children; Charlotte Fraise, of North Dakota; Rebecca (Ronald Jr.) Leffler, Tennessee;  Linda King, of Georgia; Steven (Julie) Morse, of Iowa; Rose (Bruce) Bohnenkamp, of Iowa; and Sheila Morse, Colorado; 11 Grandchildren; Spencer Fraise, Adam Fraise, Ronald Leffler III, Heather Gomes, Melissa Leffler, Barry King II, Benjamin King, Joey Morse, Jennie Morse, Emily Bohnenkamp and Alexander Bohnenkamp; and 15 Great Grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Rose May; father, James Martin; and step-father, Arthur Shelledy. Visitation will be held from 9:30 – 11:00 am Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison, Iowa.  Graveside services and burial with full military rites will be 12:00 pm Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at the Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa, with Pastor Jose Arellano officiating.  A memorial has been established for the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Fort Madison.  Online condolences to the Morse family may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel and Cremation Services website, www.barrmemorialchapel.com.  

Betty Lou Diewold, 84, of Burlington, died Friday, May 29, 2015, at her home. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday May 29th

Larry “Tom” Coursey, 79, of Burlington, died at 12:15 pm Thursday, May 28, 2015, at his home.  Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory.  

A Celebration of Life service for Mrs. Mary Lou Wilson, 76, of New London, who died February 28, 2015, will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Rev. Richard Harken will officiate.  Inurnment will be in Burge Cemetery, rural New London.  The family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service.  Memorials have been established to the New London United Methodist Church, New London Fire and Rescue, and Great River Hospice. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday May 28th

Don Kern, 76, of Stronghurst, IL, died Monday, May 18, 2015, at the McGraw Hospice Center in Jacksonville, FL.  

Born January 25, 1939, in Denmark, IA, he was the son of Kenneth and Emma Pearl Schideman Kern. On June 17, 1972, he married Linda Shute at Messiah Lutheran Church in Burlington.  

Don was a foreman for the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, a self employed carpenter/contractor, and bought and sold rental properties.  

He was a 1957 graduate of Denmark Academy in Denmark, Iowa. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday May 26th

Marquita Marcia Palar of Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa, on Friday, May 22, 2015.  

Born on January 10, 1937 in Seneca, Wisconsin, she was the daughter of Lyal and Myrtle M. Basquin Green. She married and later divorced.  

Marquita was a production worker at Winegard. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, fishing, camping. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday May 22nd

Richard “Dick” Baker, 87, of Yarmouth, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Prairie Ridge Care and Rehab Center in Mediapolis.  

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Rev. Dan Baker will officiate.  Private family inurnment will be in Trinity Cemetery, rural Mt. Union.  According to Mr. Baker’s wishes, his body has been cremated.  Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM Thursday morning at the Chapel, and the family will greet friends from 1:00 to 2:00 PM prior to the service.  A memorial has been established to the Yarmouth Fire Department and to Prairie Ridge Care and Rehab Center.  

Mrs. Marjorie Nora Meyers, 93, of LaHarpe, IL, formerly of Tennessee, IL, passed away at 8:49 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center, LaHarpe. She was born on July 17, 1921 in Portsmouth, England the daughter of Cecil and Nora Holmes. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday May 19th

Mrs. Joanne O. Denney, 74, of Mediapolis and formerly Yarmouth, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.  Services are pending at Elliott Chapel, New London.  

Don Kern, 76, of Stronghurst, IL, died  Monday, May 18, 2015, at the McGraw Hospice Center in Jacksonville, FL.  Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory.  

Eva Adina Knopp, 98, West Burlington died Saturday 5/17 at the Great River Medical Center Klein Center. She is survived by 3 daughters, Diane Blevins of Edelstein, IL, Loretta Black of Davenport & Barbara Johnson of Burlington, 2 sisters, Erma Reynolds of Oneida, IL and Carol Staff of New London, 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Friday May 22nd at Lunning Chapel with burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday May 14th

Nancy Lou Hyhouse, 80 years, of Fort Madison, Iowa died at 1:24 pm Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at The Madison, Fort Madison, Iowa.  Nancy was born November 18, 1934 at Fort Madison, Iowa, a daughter of William and Mary (Kendall) Schumaker.  On August 12, 1956, she married Edward Hyhouse at Fort Madison, Iowa.  He preceded her in death.  

Nancy lived in the Fort Madison area all her life.  She was a 1952 graduate of Fort Madison High School.  She was a homemaker, but after the death of her husband she went to work to support her family.  She worked in the deli at Easter Foods, in the cafeteria at the Fort Madison Community Hospital, and at SubArena.  She was Vice President and on the board of the Camp Fire girls, and was a member of the Fort Madison Band parents.  She enjoyed reading and traveling, and she collected angels.  

She is survived by two daughters, Pamela (Russell) White, of Burlington, Iowa and Amy (Daniel) Holt, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; two sisters, Betty Rampy, of Virginia and Ida Sprenger, of Fort Madison, Iowa; nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, Edwin Schumaker and Larry Schumaker.  

Graveside services and burial will be at 1:00 pm Friday, May 15, 2015 at Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa, with Pastor Cheryl Simpson officiating.  A memorial has been established, contributions may be left at the Barr Memorial Chapel and Cremation Services.  Online condolences to the Hyhouse Family may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel and Cremation Services website, www.barrmemorialchapel.com. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday May 12th

William John Witte, Burlington resident died Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Great River Klein Center, West Burlington, Iowa.  He was born July 28, 1936 in Burlington, Iowa the son of William Andrew and Hazel Weinrich Witte.  Bill married Rosemary Elaine Senn June 12, 1965 in Burlington, Iowa. He worked in Accounting at Witte Drug in Burlington and later established and ran Bill’s Country Store on Jefferson which became Natures Corner. Bill was a member of SS John & Paul Catholic Church, New Crystal Lake Club, Carthage Lake Club, BPOE #84, Eagles Club, Burlington Golf Club and Ducks Unlimited.  He enjoyed golfing, duck hunting, yard work and taking walks. He also enjoyed dancing, playing cards and traveling.  Bill especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren and watching their sports events.  He shared many stories about the Witte family history.  Bill was an advocate of Aldo Leopold environmental ethics. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday May 11th

Helen Brink Bishop

The memorial service for Mrs. Helen Brink Bishop, 95, of Monroe, Georgia and formerly New London, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Pastor Jim Roth will officiate.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and a memorial has been established for the New London United Methodist Church and Dover Museum.  Elliott Chapel, New London is in charge of arrangements.  

Myrtle Marie Gott, age  99 of Wapello, died Friday May 8, 2015 at the Wapello Nursing and Care Center.  The daughter of Bert and Bertha (Ashby) Robertson, she was born October 18, 1915 in Louisa County.  She was married to William Gott and they later divorced.  Myrtle worked  for a short time as a nurse aide at Oakdale, Iowa.  She was a farm wife and took pride in her home and yard. She spent a lot of time making afghans and crochet items for her family.  

Survivors include:  one son, James and Ruby Gott of Wapello; one granddaughter Connie and Bill Pierce; two great granddaughters Sandie and Walter McDowell and Bridget Pierce; two great grandsons Noah Garr and Zack McDowell; one sister, Mary Lee Nelson of Silvis, Illinois; one brother, Richard Robertson of Washington, Iowa;  She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and four sisters.  

The funeral service will be Monday May 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello, with Pastor Dan Doolin  officiating.  Interment will follow at the Wapello Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 1-2:00 p.m  prior to the service.  A general memorial has been established in her name. Continue Reading