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

Obituaries Tuesday December 3rd

Bernice V.  Schwenker Age 83    of    Burlington
Died Sunday 12/1/13 at the Great River Medical Center West Burlington
Husband: Robert L Schwenker WestBurlington
Son    Kenneth Schwenker Burlington, IA
Son    Dan (Debbie) Schwenker    Burlington, IA
Son    Greg (Brenda) Schwenker    West Burlington, IA
Daughter    Brenda Carson    West Burlington    IA
Daughter    Sherry (Tony) Ashby    West Burlington    IA
7    Grandchildren    4    Great-Grandchildren
2    Step Great Grandchildren
Family will receive friends 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 4th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery


John Milton Genck, 84, of Donnellson, IA, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 11:10 p.m. at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.  He was born on January 15, 1929 in Fort Madison, IA to John T. & Tempy B. Hawkins Genck.  He married Dolores H. Sheppard on April 30, 1949 in Fort Madison, IA.  He was a conductor for the Santa Fe Railroad for 36 years and later worked at the Fort Madison Daily Democrat for 20 years.  He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was a member of Izaak Walton, the Model T of America Club & ILIAMO Model T Ford Club.  He enjoyed collecting junk, antiques and tinkering.        John is survived by: his wife: Dolores Genck of Donnellson, IA; 1-daughter: Karen (Ben) Anderson of Donnellson, IA; 1-son: Stephen (Jo) Genck of Donnellson, IA; 6-grandchildren; 18-great grandchildren; 4-great great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by: his parents, 5-brothers & 2-sisters.        Per his wishes, his body has been cremated by King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013 with the family to receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 with Rev. Dean Graber officiating at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  Burial will be held in OaklandCemetery with military rites performed by the Fort Madison Veterans Honor Guard.  A memorial has been established for Make-A-Wish Foundation or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Online condolences to John’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: Linnea Marie Lemon, 93 of Burlington, Iowa died Wednesday November 27th at the Great River Klein Center, West Burlington. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday November 27th

Herman M. Maass Age 75    of West Burlington
Died    Monday 11/25/13    Great River Medical Center    West Burlington
Son    Gregory Maass    West Burlington, lA
Daughter    Shelly Stout    Burlington    IA
1    Grandchild
Friends may call    Noon until 6 p.m. Monday, December 2nd, at Lunning Chapel
Family will receive friends    4 – 6 p.m. Monday, December 2nd, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service    6 p.m. Monday, December 2nd, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be    Prairie Grove Zion Cemetery at a later date


Vivian Corine Manka, 94, of FortMadison passed away November 25, 2013 at The Kensington.  She was born on February 2, 1919 in Fort Madison, IA to Robert & Ruth Miller Breen.  She married Robert Manka, Sr. on February 17, 1939 at Sacred Heart Rectory in FortMadison.  He preceded her in death on May 1, 2004. Vivian began working at W. A. Sheaffer Pen Co. after graduating from high school at the age of 17, working there for over 25 years.  She also designed windows at Kresge’s, P. M. Place, and Woolworth’s and also managed the men’s department at TG&Y. She enjoyed volunteering and was very active as Chairman of the Board for the King’s Daughter’s Home in Fort Madison, was a Camp Fire Girl troop leader for 10 years, a member of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution, and up until recently gave a lot of time and support to Friends of the Library.  She and Bob loved golf, ballroom dancing and square dancing and she was able to continue square dancing until about one year ago. Survivors include two daughters, Jacqueline (William) Kurtt of Ahwahnee, CA, and Beverly (Gregg) Brockman of Fort Madison; two sons, Robert (Marta) Manka and Michael (Candace) Manka both of Fort Madison; 11 grandchildren, Brian (Denise) Kurtt of Melissa, TX, Bruce (Brenda) Kurtt of Fresno, CA, Bridget (Keith) DeJong, Montclair, CA, Sean (Gina) Manka, Castle Rock, CO, Kelly (Dan) Crooks, Fenton, MO, Ryan (Krystal) Manka, Cedar Rapids, IA, Samantha Manka and Alex Manka, both of Fort Madison, Nathan (Jodi) Brockman, Ames, IA, and Corinn (Jason) Hardy, Great Lakes, IL.  There are also 21 great grandchildren, Angela Shamblin, Melissa, TX, Katherine, Jack, & Caroline Kurtt, Fresno, CA, Willa DeJong, Montclair, CA, Kenzie & Kylie Carpenter, Castle Rock, CO, Sarah, Anna, Josiah, Lydia, Leah, Laura Beth, and Norah Crooks of Fenton, MO, Linkin Manka, Cedar Rapids, IA, Max, Emma, Zoe, and Zach Brockman of Ames, IA, and Carter and Addison Hardy of Great Lakes, IL.  She is also survived by two sisters, Marjorie Davis and Betty Sallen.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, William & Gordon Breen and two sisters, Ruth Breen and Joanne Tweedy. 

       The family will receive friends from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2013 with the funeral service to immediately follow at 10:30 a.m. all at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory with Rev. Mike McHugh officiating.  Burial will be held in SacredHeartCemetery.  A memorial has been established in Vivian’s memory and contributions may be left at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  Online condolences and a video tribute of Vivian’s life may be viewed at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday November 26th

Jim Bell, 92, of Burlington, died at 1:10 PM Sunday, November 24, 2013, at his home.  

Born May 26, 1921, in Stoutsville, MO, he was the son of Herman William and Vivian R. Redman Bell. On February 26, 1945, he married Mildred Ethel Hart in Monroe City, MO.  

Throughout his life, Jim had worked at the parking ramp at Burlington Medical Center, the Des Moines Register as a distributer, Deery Brothers as a driver, at a bank in Quincy, at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, Bock’s Flower Shop, as a truck driver, and at Campbell Chain Co.  He had retired from General Electric after 20 years. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday November 25th

Garry Thomas, 56, of Burlington, died at 11:33 AM Sunday, November 24, 2013, at his home.  Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory. The funeral service for Mrs. Marian Anderson, 94, of New London, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 27th  at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Pastor James Roth will officiate with interment being held in BurgeCemetery, rural New London.  Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday and the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for the New London Nursing and RehabCenter. Father John Whalen, 70, of Burlington, died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa, on Sunday, November 24, 2013.     
Born on March 27, 1943 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Joseph P. and Marcella A. Whalen. Continue Reading