Obituaries Thursday January 30th

Michael Gard, 44, of Burlington, died at 11:40 PM Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born November 4, 1969, in Burlington, he was the son of Ralph Gordon and Sharon Cecilia Bednar Gard.  

Mike worked in food service at several area restaurants.  

He was a 1989 graduate of West Burlington High School where he was in Glee Club, Drama Club, played football, and was on the swim team.  He then attended Southeastern Community College. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday January 28th



Mr. Thomas Byron Mueller, 74, of LaHarpe, IL passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:41 PM at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center.  



He was born July 10, 1939, in LaHarpe, the son of Dr. B.I. and Flora Mueller. He was first married to Janice Lenix. They later divorced. He then married Earlene (Haynes) Yocum. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday January 27th

Robert Lee (Bob) Ivins, age 93 of Morning Sun, died Saturday January 25, 2014 at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  The son of Charles C. and Lillie (Bentzinger) Ivins, he was born December 12, 1920 on a farm near Donnellson, Iowa.  On June 8, 1947 he married Shirley Winblad in Burlington; she died in 2000. He worked for the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in 1936. He served in the US Army during W.W. II, stationed in Australia, New Guinea, and Philippines.  He also served in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Iowa Southern Utilities for 43 years as a district lineman.  He served on the Morning Sun city council. Bob enjoyed dancing, gambling, blue grass music, history, listening to the radio and watching Jeopardy.  He loved animals of all types and in particular cats and dogs.  He always enjoyed a good joke or two.  His attributes would be helping others, sense of humor, generosity, kindness and humility. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday January 23rd

Marianne Ahrold, 99, of Burlington, Iowa, died Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Burlington Care Center, Burlington, Iowa. She was born on July 8, 1914 in Burlington, Iowa, the daughter of Valeen Ida Hertzler and Norval Francis Prugh. She married Robert Ahrold in Burlington, Iowa, in 1942. He died on January 3, 2013.       She graduated from Burlington High School and then graduated from Burlington Junior College where she was chosen outstanding girl graduate. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday January 21st

Mercedes L. Degen, age 74 of Lomax, Illinois died at 7:00 a.m.Sunday January 19, 2014 at her home. She was born January 26, 1939 in Fort Madison, Iowa, the daughter of Everett and Donna Logan Jones. On June 16, 1956, she married Robert McBride in Dallas City, Illinois. They later divorced. On March 18, 1977, she married John R. Degen in Lomax. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday January 20th

Mary L. Anderson Tortat, 89, of Keosauqua, IA and formerly of Fort Madison, IA, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 12:25 p.m. at the West PointCareCenter.  She was born on January 21, 1924 in Fort Madison, IA to Clarence & Daisy Peacock Poe.  She married Kenneth M. Anderson on July 12, 1941.  He preceded her in death on May 26, 1989.  She later married Frank Tortat on May 17, 1996.  She was a homemaker and member of the Church of God Independent Holiness.        Mary is survived by: her husband: Frank Tortat of Keosauqua, IA;  3-sons: Marvin (Juanita) Anderson of rural Wever, IA, Bruce Anderson of Fort Madison, IA & Scott (Sharon) Anderson of West Point, IA; 2-step daughters: Kaye (Terry) Morrow of Mt. Pleasant, IA & Janice McTee of Mt. Pleasant, IA; 11-grandchildren; 5-step grandchildren; 13-great grandchildren; 3-step great grandchildren; 1-great great granddaughter; 2-sisters: Marjorie MacMeekin of Sacramento, CA & Charlotte (Maurice) Loges of Primrose, IA.  She was preceded in death by: her parents, 2-step mothers: Emma Poe & Ethel Poe, her first husband, 2-sons: Gerald & Dean Anderson, 1-brother in infancy & 2-sisters.        Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 with the family to receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday January 17th

Ann Lee Thompson, 90 years, of Fort Madison, Iowa died at 10:40 pmWednesday, January 15, 2014 at the FortMadisonCommunityHospital, Fort Madison, Iowa.  She was born October 26, 1923 at Hale, Missouri, a daughter of Lester and Effie Mae (Boley) Woodard.  On July 5, 1942, she married Leon W. Thompson at Unionville, Missouri.  He preceded her in death on September 8, 1998. 


She was a graduate of Mt.PleasantHigh School.  She worked many years at Sheaffer Pen and the Ordinance Plant.  For 10 years, she and her husband, owned and operated Tommy’s Maid-Rite.  She also worked 10 years for Dr. Rashid, and retired in 1985.  She was a member of the First Christian Church. She was a 50 year member of the Eagle’s Auxiliary and was a past Madam President.  She enjoyed bowling, golfing, crafts, and quilting.  

She is survived by one son, Stephen Thompson, of Fort Madison, Iowa; three daughters: Joyce Thompson, of Fort Madison, Iowa; Janet (husband Dale) Navntoft, of Fort Madison, Iowa; and Sandra Lehrke, of Montrose, Iowa; two sisters, Ruby Smith, of Mesa, Arizona and Donna Kennedy, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; ten grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Jerry Thompson, one great grandson, Bryson James Clark, two brothers, Billy Jr. Woodard and Howard Wayne Woodard, and three sisters: Audrey Doty, Juanita Tyner, and Margaret Lynn Woodard. 


Her body has been cremated.  Family will greet friends from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pmMonday January 20, 2014 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison, Iowa.  Memorial services will be held at 3:00 pmMonday January 20, 2014 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, with Reverend John Simpson officiating.  Private family burial will be held at a later date at the OaklandCemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa.  Memorial contributions have been established, contributions may be left at the Barr Memorial Chapel.  Online condolences to the Thompson family may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel website, Loren C. “Skip” McDonough, 86, of Davenport, peacefully went to be with His Heavenly Father at 3:45 PM, Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday January 16th

Cornelia “Connie” Moorman, age 93, peacefully passed away on Jan. 7, 2014 at Bickford ALF, Burlington, IA.  
Born 6/27/1920, she was the daughter of Clarence (Doc) & Hettie Rider Johnson. Connie was raised on a farm near Belfast, Iowa, coming to Burlington to attend business college.  She was an athlete and horsewoman in her youth and loved all animals, especially horses & dogs throughout her life.  
She was married for 59 years to Orlo Moorman who predeceased her in 1999. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday January 15th

Janet A. Sly    Age 63    of    Burlington died Monday January 13th  at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington. Survivors:
Daughter    Rockzann (Steve) Marshall    Danville    IA
Daughter    Jennifer Stickney    Fort Madison    IA
3    Grandchildren    1    Great-Grandchildren
Family will receive friends    6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, January 16th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service    10:30 a.m. Friday, January 17th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial will be in the Long Creek Cemetery, rural Danville.  

H. Darlene Dean, age 89 of Morning Sun, died Tuesday January 14, 2014 at the MorningSunCareCenter.  The daughter of George and Lulu (Wolverton) Bryant, she was born February 10, 1924 at Morning Sun.  On November 14, 1941 she married Floyd “Peck” Dean at Canton, MO.  She was a graduate of the MorningSunHigh School.  She was a lifelong member of the MorningSunUnitedMethodistChurch.  She was a homemaker.  
Survivors include:  her husband of Morning Sun; two sons, Ralph Dean of Morning Sun;  Lonnie Dean of Brighton, CO; two daughters, Trudy Hopkins of Ottumwa; Georgeanne Robinson of Keosauqua; seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren;
She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and four sisters. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday January 14th

Gloria Geraldine Bell, 67, of Burlington, died at 7:40 PM Sunday, January 12, 2014, at her home.  

Born November 26, 1946, in Jerseyville, IL, she was the daughter of John James and Gloria Maudine Scott Brock. On March 27, 1993, she married Wayne Herman Bell in Burlington.  

Gloria was a homemaker and was a cashier for 40 years, retiring in 2007.  

She was a 1965 graduate from Greenfield, IL. Continue Reading