Obituaries Monday April 14th

Robert H. “Bob” Bjork, 87, of Stronghurst, Illinois died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at his home. He was born December 12, 1926 near Stronghurst, the son of Herbert Arnold and Edythe Bernice Shutt Bjork. On June 2, 1946, he married Orma Mae Brown in LaHarpe, Illinois. Bob attended Maple GroveCountrySchool near Stronghurst and graduated from StronghurstHigh School in 1944. He farmed in the Biggsville, Stronghurst, and Media, Illinois areas for many years. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday April 10th

Richard “Dick” Schneider, 55, Burlington died Sun 4/6 at University Hospitals in Iowa City
He is survived by his wife Maureen Schneider    Burlington    IA
Parents    Loren and Katherine Schneider of Burlington, IA
Son    Jared (Jamie) Shilling    Burlington, IA
Daughter    Amber Shilling    Burlington    IA
1    Grandchild
Sister    Carol (Randy) Benson    Baine, MN
Sister    Lori DeVeau    Burlington, IA
Family will receive friends    1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12th) at Lunning Chapel
with service to follow at 2:30 p.m, Saturday,(April 12th, at Lunning Chapel


Betty N. Crowner    Age 89    of    Burlington died Mon 4/7 at the Great River Hospice House    West Burlington
Son    Russell Gayle (Pat) Crowner    Ames, IA
Son    Rodney Lee (Sheila) Crowner    West Burlington, IA
Daughter    Deloris Kay (Dennis) Krieger    West Burlington IA
5    Grandchildren    7    Great-Grandchildren
Family will receive friends    2 – 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service    10 a.m. Monday, April 14th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be    Aspen Grove Cemetery


Kathryn Ann Anderson, 74, of Burlington, died at 9:00 PM Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington. Born April 9, 1939, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Wallace F. and Miriam E. Pauly Hoffman Magee. On April 29, 1972, she married Bill B. Anderson at Oak Street Baptist Church in Burlington.  He died July 15, 2004. Kay had worked at IRC for five years. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday April 9th

Clarence LeRoy Reed,  age 68 of Muscatine, died Monday April 7, 2014 at Mercy Hospital Hospice in Iowa City.  The son of Arnold and Bertha (Ashby) Reed, he was born May 15, 1945 at Muscatine.  On September 6, 1972 he married Lena May Smothers at Rolla, MO.  He was a graduate of the Grandview High School.  He served in the US Army from 1965-67. He was employed at Doane Manufacturing in Muscatine for many years. He was a member of the Muscatine American Legion. He is survived by his wife Lena of Muscatine;  seven children; Ken Rogers of Muscatine, Will Rogers, Debra Winchel, and Rick Rogers all of Newton; Jim Rogers of Florida; Martha Hatley of Oskaloosa; Judy Lake of Muscatine; 60 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; one brother Robert Reed of Kansas; two sisters, Georgia VanAuken of Ankeny and Debra Storm of Muscatine;

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. The funeral service will be Saturday April 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello.  Interment will follow at the Grandview Cemetery  with military rites. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday April 8th

Don L Close, 80    of    Burlington died Sat 4/5/14    at the    Great River Hospice House    West Burlington
Wife-Lois Close Burlington    IA
Son Bryan Don (Margret) Close    Leawood, KS
Daughter    Cheryl (William) Close Kosmann    Middleburg    VA
4    Grandchildren
Sisters, Robinette Schubert & Doris (Ray) Wynn
Celebration of Life    11 a.m. Tuesday, April 8th, at St Luke United Church of Christ
Burial Will Be    Aspen Grove Cemetery

Dallas W Maddox, 43    of    Burlington died Mon 4/7 at University of Iowa Hospitals Iowa City
Parents Mike (Maggie) Maddox of West Burlington, IALynn (Andy) Lillie of Burlington, IA
Son    Austin Maddox    Burlington, IA
Son    Phillip Hart    Burlington, IA
Daughter    Katy Maddox    Burlington    IA
Sister    Andrea (Adam Wojdyla) Lillie    Winamac, IN
Brother    Roger (Connie) Maddox    Burlington, IA
Brother    Bryan (Tracy) Lillie    Burlington, IA
Brother    Jamie (Debbie) Lillie    Burlington, IA
Brother    Doug (Lauri) Lillie    Stronghurst, IL
Family will receive friends    6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service    10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be    Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery

Cheryl DeAnne Hartman, age 54 of Wapello, died Wednesday April 2, 2014 at her home in Wapello.  The daughter of Richard and Edith (Byrd) Metzger, she was born January 31, 1960 at Muscatine. On November 7, 1992 she married Brian Hartman at Wapello.  She attended Muscatine schools.  She worked as a cook and dietary aide at various local care centers.  She liked all forms of wildlife and loved to feed, watch, and photograph the birds and was a nurse to any and all injured cats and dogs as well as other animals that came across her path. Survivors include:  her husband, Brian, of Wapello; her Dad, Richard and Shirley Metzger of Columbus Junction; two sisters, Judy Metzger and Karen and Mark Bixby all of Muscatine; one brother, Richard Alan and Sherry Metzger of Muscatine; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her Mother, and infant brother Steven, and grandparents Gerald and Anna Metzger and Cecil and Pearl Byrd. Visitation will be Wednesday April 9, 2014 from 1-2:00 p.m. at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello.  The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Chester Grogan officiating.  Cremation will follow the service and interment of the cremains will be at a later date at the GreenwoodCemetery in Muscatine.  A general memorial has been established in her name. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday April 4th

LeRoy “Friday” Kerr Edwards, 85, of Morning Sun, Iowadied Tuesday April1, 2014 at the Morning Sun Care Center in Morning Sun, Iowa. He was born in Wapello, Iowa on May 9, 1928 to Paul and Ivy Edwards.  He graduated from Morning Sun High School in 1948.  He married Thelma Eubanks and they had two sons, Leslie and Michael.  He later married Shirley Booten Ford on July 28, 1993. Friday retired from the US Gypsum Plant in Mediapolis, Iowa.  Friday was a lifelong resident of Louisa County.  He was a member of the Burlington Eagles Club and Burlington Moose Lodge.  He enjoyed golfing and being with friends and family. Friday is survived by two sons Leslie (Janice) Edwards and Michael Edwards;  four step-daughters Debra Williams, Tina (Mark) Wiegard, Rhonda (Kevin) Harris, Simone (Greg Smith)Ford and Stacey Ford; one sister Marge (George) Sodemann,  and two brothers , Paul Edwards and Jes (Bernice) Edwards;  nine grandchildren,  six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Cody Werther. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday April 3rd

Neola Noreen Salmon, 87, Burlington, died Tuesday, April 1st at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington.  She is survived by three daughters, Beverly (Robert) Brookhiser of Stronghurst, Illinois, Cindy (Thomas) Lambert of Burlington and Brenda (Tim) Distelhorst, both of Burlington, Iowa; one son, Rick (Jane) Salmon of Burlington, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; four sisters, Virginia, Carol, Shirley and Mary; several nieces and nephews.  Private Committal services for Neola Noreen Salmon will be held in AspenGroveCemetery. No formal visitation is planned.   In lieu of flowers memorials have been established for the Des Moines County Animal Shelter and St. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday April 1st

Darlene Hoover, 79, of Burlington, died at 12:01 PM Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington. Born July 9, 1934, in Fairfield, IA, she was the daughter of Randall W. and Frances Bailey Pickerel. On January 16, 1954, she married Gerald “Mike” Hoover in Lancaster, Missouri. He died on September 28, 1991. Darlene worked for Blake Plumbing and Heating in Agency, IA, before working at the West Burlington Elementary School. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday March 31st

Peggy Lynn Edwards, age 56 of Carman, Illinois died at 10:40 a.m. Thursday March 27, 2014 at University Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. She was born September 18, 1957 in LaHarpe, Illinois, the daughter of Robert Eugene and Pauline Bessie Johnson Talbott. On October 14, 2000, she married David Edwards in Carman, Illinois. Peggy was raised and educated in LaHarpe, and graduated from LaHarpe High School. She was formerly employed at Methode Electronics, Inc. in Carthage, Illinois for seventeen years. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday March 28th

Lyle B. Collins, 92, Burlington died Tue 3/25 at Blair House Nursing & Rehab
He is survived by:
Son    Craig (Carolyn Lewis) Collins    Coralville, IA
Son    Mark (Peggy) Collins    Burlington, IA
Daughter    Chris (Walter) Menza    Tucson    AZ
5 Granddaughters    2    Great Grandsons
Sister    Violet Saling    Denver, CO
Sister    Ramona Ciruli    Pueblo, CO
Friends may call Noon until 8 p.m. Friday March 28th, at Lunning Chapel
Family will receive friends    6 – 8 p.m. Friday, March 28th at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service    10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29th at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be    Aspen Grove Cemetery.  


Burton D. Stern, 72, of Hamilton, IL passed away at 11:06p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2013 at the Keokuk Area Hospital, Keokuk, IA.  Arrangements are pending at Banks & Beals Funeral Homes. Condolences may be left at  

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Obituaries Thursday March 27th

Mr. Terry Michael Simonson 70, of Danville, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Great River Hospice House in West Burington. According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Danville Fire and Rescue Department.  Condolences may be left at the Elliott Chapel website: Eugene Ira “Captain” Reeder, 80, of New London, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at his home. According to Mr. Reeder’s wishes, his body has been cremated and inurnment will be held at a
later date.  Elliott Chapel, New London is in charge ofarrangements. Terry Lee Burch, 64, of Burlington, died at his home on Monday, March 24, 2014. Continue Reading