Obituaries Tuesday March 25th

Lewis B. Hobby    Age 94    of    West Burlington died Sat 3/22 at the Great River Medical Center Klein Center
Daughter    Deborah Thye
Daughter    Theda (Jerry) Olson
3    Grandchildren    1    Great-Grandchildren
Sister    Betty Link    LaHarpe, IL
Family will receive friends    12:30 p.m. until the time of service on Friday, March 28th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service    2 p.m. Friday, March 28th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be    Aspen Grove Cemetery


Robert Maynard Kerr, age 75 of Mediapolis, died Sunday March 23, 2014 at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  The son of Rex and Ruby (Herr) Kerr, he was born April 1, 1938 at Newport, Iowa.  On September 27, 1959 he married Caryl Eland at Fairfield, Iowa.  He attended the MorningSunSchool.  He was a 25 year member of the Mediapolis Lions Club, a member of the Odd Fellows, and was of the Presbyterian Faith.  He worked for many years at Schrock lumber yard in Mediapolis.  
Survivors include:  his wife of Mediapolis and  three children, Deb, Steve and Sue; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren; two sisters, Norma Jean Hostetter of Yarmouth and Beverly Wolfe of Davenport; one brother, Merle “Pete” Kerr of Newport; nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, two sisters and one brother.  
The funeral service will be Thursday March 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church in Mediapolis, with Rev. Jerleen Schlesser officiating.  Interment will follow at the KossuthCemetery.  Friends may call on Wednesday from 2-7:00 p.m. at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis, where the family will meet with friends from 5-7:00 p.m.  A general memorial has been established in his name. Mrs. M. Elizabeth “Betty” Drevland, 89, of Stronghurst, IL passed away at 2:00a.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington, IA. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday March 24th

Jean S. Dodd-Crusan, 94, of Mulkeytown, IL, formerly of Burlington, died at 12:53 AM Friday, March 21, 2014, at her son’s residence. Born May 27, 1919, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Walter Francis and Edna Mae Vogelgesang Kelley.  On February 18, 1939, she married William L.L. Dodd in Keokuk, IA.  He died March 15, 1953.  On February 2, 1957 she married Harold Robert Crusan in Burlignton. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday March 20th

Blake William Sandrock, 51    of Cedar Rapids died Friday 3/14 Mercy Hospice – Cedar Rapids
Mother – Ruth Ann Sandrock
Father – Dr. Austin (Carole) Sandrock
Son    Nate Sandrock
Brother Todd (Sandy) Sandrock
Memorial Funeral Service will be at 11:30 am. Saturday,March 22nd at First Christian Church – Disciples of Christ.  

Clarence Edward Mumme, 82, of Burlington, died at 2:45 PM Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington. Born December 12, 1931, in Filmore County, NE, he was the son of Arthur Henry James and Rosa Caroline Totemeier Mumme. On April 3, 1956, he married Patricia Mary Pluess in Kahoka, MO. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday March 19th

Mary Ellen Drafahl, 89, of West Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Klein Center, West Burlington, Iowa, on Monday evening, March 17, 2014.     
Born on November 16, 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska, she was the daughter of Edward and Lillian Danielson Rodgers. She married Robert L. Drafahl on June 27, 1944 in West Burlington, Iowa. He died on September 14, 1989.     
Mary was a homemaker. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday March 18th

Joseph Michael Butts, 67, West Burlington died Sat 3/15 at his home
Son         Jeremy Ives
Daughter    Jo Brown    Burlington
Daughter    Susan Butts    Burlington
6 Grandchildren
Sister Georgia Brobston, West Burlington
Brothers Albert L. Butts, Palmyra, NE & Steven R. Butts, Burlington
Following military rites at 11 a.m. Friday, March 21st, at Lunning Chapel we will go in
procession to Aspen Grove Cemetery for,the graveside memorial service and internment.  

Garold Dean Wilson, 78, of West Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa, on Friday morning, March 14, 2014.     
Born on February 9, 1936 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Garold and Marquerite Freehill Wilson. He married Geraldine Mallonee in Burlington, Iowa, in 1957; they later divorced. He married Shirley Dorsey in Burlington, Iowa, in 1996. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday March 14th

Jerome Lee ‘Jerry’ Cross, age 74, of Wapello, died Wednesday morning, March 12, 2014, at his home.  The son of Ronald Maurice and Fannie Lea Matthews Cross, he was born on January 8, 1940 in Burlington.  He married Mary Frances McKee on August 6, 1965 in Aledo, Illinois. Jerry graduated from Wapello High School in 1957 and from Southeastern Community College in West Burlington.  He was a chemical technician at Monsanto. He loved his grandchildren, especially their cross country and track activities.  He was an advocate of Platelet donations and had an appreciation for medical study.  He was a Moderator for the Decorah Eagles as he enjoyed the outdoors including hunting and fishing.  Jerry was an avid reader and he loved his dogs. His family includes his wife, Mary; two daughters, Elizabeth Kuhlemeyer of Hamel, Illinois and Sarah & Jesse Wright of Ottumwa; a son, Tom Cross of Silsbee, Texas; four grandchildren, Michael Vancil and Samantha, Gwynne, and Zoey Wright; three sisters, Debbie & Russ Wiley of Wapello, Sue Ellen Cross-Lea of Iowa City, and Carla & Keith Grimm of Wapello; and two brothers, Doug Cross of Wapello and Ronald Cross of Fairfax, Virginia.  He was preceded in death by his parents. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at 3:00 to 6:00 PM on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Briggs Civic Center in Wapello.  The family will share music and memories at 3:00 PM along with a fellowship lunch for everyone to visit. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday March 13th

Lois F. Ramey,    Age 89    of West Burlington died Mon 3/10 at her home
Son    Ray Lewis    Maryland,
Son    Roy Glenn Ramey    Utah,
Son    Randall Gene Ramey    Illinois,
Daughter    Sandra Bannier
6 Grandchildren    5 Great-Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren
Sister    Marie Lawson    Illinois,
Friends may call    Noon until 8 p.m. Friday, March 14th, at Lunning Chapel
Family will receive friends    4 – 8 p.m. Friday, March 14th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service    10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15h, at First Christian Church – Disciples of Christ
West Burlington    IA
Burial Will Be    Raritan Cemetery, Raritan, IL Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday March 12th

Patricia Marie Brobston, 67, of Burlington, died at 10:00 PM Monday, March 10, 2014, at her home.  

Born January 20, 1947, in Iowa City, IA, she was the daughter of Howard Owen and Evon Lucetta Ferrell Brobston.  

Patricia worked at Lance (Midwest Biscuit Co.) for 20 years.  She then became the head lunch lady for the Burlington Community School District, starting at Horace Mann Junior High School and continuing until it caught fire and was tore down.  She went on to work at several other schools but was working at Corse Elementary when she was overcome with illness. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday March 11th

Rex L. Conn    Age 92    of Warsaw, MO died Fri 3/7 at Golden Valley Memorial    Clinton, MO
Son    Larry (Holly) Conn    Warsaw, MO
Daughter    Susan Lewis    Chillicothe    IL
4    Grandchildren    12    Great-Grandchildren    3    Great-Great Grandchildren
Family will receive friends    1 – 1:30 PM Thursday, March 13th, at Lunning Chapel
Graveside Funeral Service 2 PM Thursday, March 13th, in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery


James Benedict,    89,    Burlington died Fri 3/7 at the Great River Medical Center
Daughter    Patricia Neal    Burlington    IA
Daughter    Susan Blythe    Burlington    IA
4    Grandchildren    5    Great-Grandchildren
2 Step Grandchildren    6 Step Great Grandchildren    2    Step Great-Great Grandchildrei
Friends may call    Noon until 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11th, at Lunning Chapel
Family will receive friends    6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service        10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be    Aspen Grove Cemetery

Mrs. Myrtle Fife, 97, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 1:25p.m.Monday, March 10, 2014 at her home. Arrangements are pending at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe.Condolences may be left at Francis “Frank” Allen White Jr., 90, of Locust Grove, Georgia, passed away at home, on March 4, 2014 at 9:15a.m.
Born on April 29, 1923 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Francis Allen White Sr. and Birdie Mary Washington White. He graduated from Burlington High School and attended various military leadership schools while in the Navy.  
He married Blondia E. Bailey on June 15, 1965 in Waukegan, Illinois. Continue Reading