Obituaries Friday December 20th

Sharon Kathryn Brantner, 67, of rural Fort Madison, IA, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 9:55 p.m. at the West PointCareCenter.  She was born on February 7, 1946 in Durand, WI to Arthur & Rose Schuh Ableidinger.  She married Thomas J. Brantner on January 16, 1965 in Durand, WI.  She was a homemaker and member of SacredHeartChurch, Holy Family Parish and the Altar & Rosary Society of the church.  She enjoyed baking, knitting, crocheting and playing slot machines.        Sharon is survived by: her husband: Tom Brantner of West Point, IA; 1-son: Brad (Angel) Brantner of Fort Madison, IA; 3-daughters: Brenda (Michael) Gulick of Fort Madison, IA, Barb (Steve) Furtado of Rochester, MA & Becky (Bradley) Bellamy of Indianola, IA; 10-grandchildren; 2-great grandchildren; 2-brothers: Ron (Sheila) Ashley of Kailua-Kona, HI & Gary (Debbie) Ableidinger of Jeffersonville, IN; 2-sisters: LaRose Murray of Cannon Falls, MN & Beatrice (Bernard) Schlosser of Mission, TX.  She was preceded in death by: her parents and 2-brothers: Darold & Van.        The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. with a wake service to be held at 3:30 p.m. all on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  The funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 23, 2013 at Sacred Heart Church, Holy Family Parish with Rev. David Wilkening officiating.  Burial will be held at SacredHeartCemetery.  A memorial has been established for Lee County Hospice.  Online condolences to Sharon’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday December 19th

Evelyn May O’Daniels, 84, of Burlington, died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa, on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.     
Born on December 15, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she was the daughter of Frank and Lillith Scutt Sargent. She married Deryl W. O’Daniels Sr. on November 27, 1947 in Burlington, Iowa. He died on October 11, 2004.     
Evelyn was a homemaker. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday December 17th

Mr. Lldon L. Little, 84, of LaHarpe, IL passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM in the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center. He was born December 20, 1928 in Stronghurst, Illinois, the son of Guy and Mary Hutson Little. On July 23, 1950 Lldon married Lucille Johnson in LaHarpe. Lldon Graduated from LaHarpeHigh School in 1946 and then attended Browns School of Business in Galesburg, Illinois. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday December 16th


Wendell Wayne Summers, II, 77, of Salem, died Saturday, December 14, 2013 at PleasantManorCareCenter, Mt.Pleasant.  The funeral service for Mr. Summers, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17th at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Pastor David Mixon will officiate with interment in BurgeCemetery, rural New London.  There will be no visitation and a memorial has been established. Mr. Lldon L. Little, 84, of LaHarpe, IL passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM in the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday December 13th

Florence Miller, 73, of New London died Thursday, December 12, 2013 in the emergency room at HenryCountyHealthCenter.  Arrangements are pending at Elliott Chapel, New London. Charles Alvin Nelson, age 84, of Mediapolis, died Thursday morning, December 12, 2013, at the Prairie Ridge Care & Rehab in Mediapolis.  The son of Russel and Evelyn Pilling Nelson, he was born on July 17, 1929 in rural Mediapolis.  He married Anne Hutchcroft on June 15, 1950 in Mediapolis.  She died February 6, 1978.  Charles married Marge Mellinger on August 15, 1980 in Mediapolis.       He graduated from Mediapolis High School in 1948 and from Iowa State University with an Ag Degree.  He taught Ag for two years at Redfield, Iowa where he established their first FFA Chapter.  He then came back to Mediapolis to farm with his dad on the family farm NE of Mediapolis. 
     Charlie was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Mediapolis where he had served as an elder and Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir.  He was a Farm Bureau member and had served on the MediapolisSchool Board.  He enjoyed camping, the Cubs, Hawkeyes, and Cyclones.      His family includes his wife Marge of Mediapolis; children, Brent & Chris Nelson of Gladstone, Illinois, Denise & Herschel Smuck of Mediapolis, Fred & Luann Nelson of Mediapolis; Duane & Jeanie Mellinger of Port Aransas, Texas, Dwight & Mary Mellinger of Burlington, and including a daughter –in-law, Leanne Nelson of Mediapolis; eleven grandchildren, Tracy & Scott Lipper, Deanne Walljasper, Jasper & Kristine Walljasper, Robyn Smuck, Eden & Garret Wahlers, Michele & Dan Evans, Joshua, Caleb, and Jacob Nelson, Russ & Alaina Nelson, and Sarah & KCasey Jackson; four great grandchildren, Leevi Walljasper, Bailey, Hailey, and Mack Jackson; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Anne; a son, Ed; and a sister, Fern Gustafson.      The funeral ceremony for Charles Nelson will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, December 16, 2013, at the First United Presbyterian Church in Mediapolis.  Pastor Dan Baker will officiate.  Burial will follow at the KossuthCemetery. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday December 11th

Karma Kaye Ellard, 52, and her husband, Audie Crawford Ellard II, 59, died Monday, December 9, 2013 in a fire at their home in St. Paul, Iowa. A Memorial Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, December 13, 2013 at Elliott Chapel, New London.  According to their wishes, the bodies have been cremated, and inurnment will be in Burge Cemetery.  Visitation will begin after 9:00 AM on Friday with the family greeting friends from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to help pay funeral expenses. Mrs. Mary M. Douglas, 91, of rural Dallas City, Illinois passed away a 2:00 A.M.Monday, December 9, 2013 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center, LaHarpe, Illinois. Mary was born September 22, 1922 near Durham, IL the daughter of Merlind and Clara Edith Wagner Rice. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday December 9th

Elsie M. “Vicki” Liggett, 85, Burlington, died Sat 12/7 at the Great River Hospice House. She is survived by a son, Terry of Burlington, 3 daughters, Carolyn Wagner and Susan Mueller of Burlington and Kimberly Graham of Ursa, IL. Family will receive friends  following the Memorial Service in Fellowship Hall
11 a.m. Tuesday, December 10th, at First United Church of Christ
Burial will be  in the  Aspen Grove Cemetery at a later date. Lunning Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.  

Eugene Warren “Earl J.” Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday December 6th

Vernon Floyd Muntz died Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Great River Klein Center, West Burlington, Iowa.  He was born August 30, 1922 at Farmington, Iowa the son of Earl Otto and Olive Watts Muntz.  On January 9, 1947 he married Charlotte Louise Smith in San Diego, California. 
     Vernon served in the U.S. Navy during WW II.  He was a Machinist Tool & Die maker.  He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene.      Vernon was a graduate of Le Tourneau University receiving a bachelor’s degree as a tool maker.  He was employed in various factories in Burlington, Iowa and retired from General Electric in 1987.  During retirement years, he and his family traveled to national parks, museums and took tours in Mexico, Canada and went on many cruises.      Survivors include his wife Charlotte of Burlington, one son Randy Muntz also of Burlington; one sister Pauline Varner of Ft. Madison, Iowa and several nieces and nephews. 
     He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Arvella Muntz and Maxine Kerr, one brother, Melvin Muntz and an infant son, Dennis.      Funeral Services will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene, Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.  Pastor Terry Vance will officiate.  Interment will be in Sharon Cemetery, Lee County, Iowa.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. 
     Memorials have been established for Hope Haven Area Development Center and The Sharon Cemetery Association.  Condolences may be sent to Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday December 5th

Patrick A. Duffy, age 70 of Morning Sun, died Tuesday December 3, 2013 at the MorningSunCareCenter.  The son of Carl and Nina (Nichols) Duffy, he was born September 11, 1943 at Muscatine.  He was a graduate of the MorningSunHigh School.  He served for two years during the View Nam War in the US Army.  He was an iron worker and retired from Hawkeye Group in Mediapolis.  He was a member of the NRA and the Morning Sun American Legion, Hayes –Scott Post. Survivors include:  one sister Patricia Hamann of Morning Sun; one brother Lyle Duffy of Sedona, AZ; two nephews,
He was preceded in death by his parents and one niece.  
Cremation has been accorded and there will be no visitation or services and this time.  Inurnment will be at a later date at the ElmwoodCemetery in Morning Sun.  A memorial has been established for the Morning Sun Food Pantry.  
Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Morning Sun is assisting the family with arrangments. Mr. Edward L. Gebhardt, 87, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 9:35 AMTuesday, December 3, 2013 at his home. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday December 4th

Bonnie Louise Schnedler,79, Burlington Died Monday 12/2 at The Great River Hospice House
She is survived by her husband, Henry Schnedler
Sons: William Staats Jr. of Oakville, Lonnie Staats of Mount Pleasant and Barry Staats of Sperry
Daughters: Pamela Jones of Wadley, AL, Deborah Scheitlin of Burlington & Brenda Staats of Salem
Step Daughter – Barbara (Joe) Parish of Ankeny, IA
Step Daughter – Susan (Doug) Downer of Blue Grass, IA
Step Daughter – Ruth (William) Warden of Owensville, MO
23 Grandchildren    3    Step Great Grandchildren
Brother    Alfred “AI” Schwartz    Wapello, IA
Half Sister – Shirley Russell of Beaumont, CA
Step Sister – Odell Spragg of Davenport, IA
Step Sister – Edith Burton of Stone Mountain, GA
Step Sister – Lucille Lindsey of Marrero, LA
The family will receive friends from 6-8PM Thursday 12/5 at Lunning Chapel
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 6th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery Continue Reading