Obituaries Monday November 4th

Earl “Soney” Nickel, 86, of Wever, IA, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 8:35 PM at MercyHospital in Iowa City.    He was born on November 25, 1926 in Alexandria, MO to Earl and Pearl Fox Nickel.  In July of 1947 he married Irma Ivins Patterson and she preceded him in death.  Soney then married Eileen Daugherty on January 4, 1994 in Denmark, IA.  He was an assistant superintendent in Wood Industries at Iowa State Penitentiary, worked at 400 Bowl, LeHigh Leopold and he retired as a customer representative from IMCFarmCenter.  Soney was a member of the Denmark United Congregational Church of Christ.  He was also a dedicated member of the Odd Fellows Lodge 552 in Wever for over sixty five years.  He enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing cards and was a nature lover.  Soney was an avid Cubs and Hawkeye fan.    Survivors include his wife, Eileen Nickel of Burlington;  two daughters, Paula (Robert) Patterson Tripp of Ames and Susan (Jody Katt) Nickel of Los Angeles, CA; one son, Scott Nickel of Wever; two step daughters, Kathy (Leroy) Mabeus and Sherry (Ray) McKee of Wever; two step sons, Bob (Janice) Daugherty of Dallas City, IL and Steve Daugherty of Ft. Madison; two grandchildren, Casey Nickel of Ft. Madison and Michael Walstrom of Slater, IA; six step grandchildren, Jeff Mabeus, Jennifer Mabeus-Geers, Tori Savage, Brent Daugherty, Darcy Griffin and Jamie Schubert; two great grandchildren, several step great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife and a sister. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday November 1st

Alfred W. Jackson, age 88, of Mediapolis, died Thursday, October 31, 2013, at the Prairie Ridge Care and Rehab in Mediapolis.  The son of Raymond ‘Bud’ and Lena Johnson Jackson, he was born on October 12, 1925 in Morning Sun.  He married Mary Ellen Eubanks on December 21, 1947 in Morning Sun.      He graduated from MorningSunHigh School and served in the US Navy during WW II.  He was an electrician with the IBEW # 13 of Burlington.  He was a member of the IBEW #13, the Masonic Lodge #226 of Mediapolis, and the VFW Glenn Allen Post 5166 of Wapello.  He had served on the Des Moines County Conservation Board and the Mediapolis City Council.  He was of the Methodist faith.      Alfred enjoyed woodworking, being outdoors, and his pets.  He was very devoted to his family.      His family includes his wife, Mary Ellen; two daughters, Carolyn Fromm & Steven Patterson of West Burlington and Christine & Alan Sergeant of Longmont, Colorado; a granddaughter, Kathy & Chad Bonser; and two great grandsons, Andrew and Gage Bonser.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Robert Fromm.      The funeral ceremony for Alfred Jackson will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, November 4, 2013, at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis with Chaplain Dean Graber officiating.  Burial will follow at the ElmwoodCemetery in Morning Sun with graveside military rites by the VFW Glenn Allen Post 5166 of Wapello.  The family will meet with friends from 1:00 to 2:00 PM prior to the funeral at Hagele and Honts Funeral Home. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday October 31st

Geraldine F. McColloch    Age 93    of    Fremont
Died    Sunday 10/27 at her home
Brother    Arthur (Shirley) Phillips    Cheyenne, WY
Brother    James (Ruth) Phillips    Austin, MN
Family will receive friends    11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Lunning Chapel
Graveside Funeral Service and Interment 2 p.m Friday, November 1st, in Aspen Grove Cemetery



Jerry Mac McGaw, 71, of Dallas City, IL passed away at 9:00 PMTuesday, October 29, 2013 at the OSFSt.FrancisMedicalCenter in Peoria, IL. Services are pending at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in DallasCity. Condolences may be left at Mrs. M.  Joan Wolfe, 90, of Middletown, died Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in the emergency room at GreatRiverMedicalCenter. A private family graveside service will be held in JaggarCemetery, rural Danville.  Pastor Aimee Goldmeyer will officiate.  A memorial has been established to the Danville Rescue Unit.  Condolences may be sent to the family at:  Darrell Wolfe, 405 Center Street, Middletown, Iowa52638. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday October 30th

Darrell D. Wyckoff, 60, of Burlington, died at 5:35 AM Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at his home. Born December 2, 1952, in Fairfield, IA, he was the son of Carroll Dean and Mary Elizabeth Channel Wyckoff. On August 25, 1973, he married Donna Rae Dodson in Burlington. Darrell had worked at J.I. Case Co. from 1973 until his retirement in 2003. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday October 29th

Richard A. Lewis, 92, of Burlington, died at 8:45 am Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Great River Klein Center in West Burlington.  

Born August 3, 1921, in Piqua, OH, he was the son of Wilbur and Leila Meier Lewis. On December 29, 1941, he married Dorothy “Jane” Dennis in Greenville, Ohio.  

Dick had worked at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, first as Chief of Guards, later as production manager, and then as assistant head of production.  He retired in 1975. 


He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving from August 7, 1948 until November 30, 1963. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday October 28th

Richard A. Lewis, 92, of Burlington, died at 8:45 AM Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Great River Klein Center in West Burlington.  Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory. Johnny Dee Simmons, 56, of Burlington, died at 3:10 AM Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.  Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory. Edith E. Kerr,98, West Burlington
Died    Thursday 10/24/13 reat River Hospice House    West Burlington
Son    Jim (Jane) Kerr    Iowa City, IA
Son    Gene (Bonnie) Kerr    Wildwood, MO
Daughter    Joanne (Richard) Meth    Burlington    IA
Daughter    Judy (Ernest) Pilkington    Gladstone    IL
14 Grandchildren    23    Great-Grandchildren
Brother Ed (Pauline) Jarrard Washington, IA
5    Great-Great Grandchildren
Family will receive friends    9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 29th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Services wiil be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 29th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday October 25th

Helen Mae Sperfslage, 94, of Burlington, died at 6:20 AM Thursday, October 24, 2013, at Rose Bush Gardens in Burlington.  Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory. The funeral service for Mrs. Marilynn Prins, 91, of New London, will be held at 10;30 A.M. Saturday at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Saturday with the family receiving friends until the time of the service.  Interment will be held in TrinityCemetery, rural Mt.Union.  A memorial has been established for TrinityCemetery. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday October 24th

Darlene Angell Bentler, 81 years, of Houghton, Iowa died at 12:21 pmWednesday, October 23, 2013 at the Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa.  She was born January 1, 1932 at Hamilton, Illinois, a daughter of George Edward and Ina Isabel (Smith) Angell, Sr.  On August 7, 1951, she married Gervase W. Bentler in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Fort Madison, Iowa.  They had eight children.  They divorced after 28 years.  

Her family moved to Fort Madison, Iowa, where she was raised.  Before she married, she worked at Interstate Wholesale Lumber Company, in FortMadison. After staying home to raise her family, she later went to work at St. John’s Rectory, in Houghton, Iowa for 20 years.  She was a member of St. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday October 23rd

Mr. Jerry L. Gentry, 69, of Dallas City, IL passed away at 10:43AMMonday, October 21, 2013 at the FortMadisonCommunityHospital. He was born on May 30, 1944 in California. He is the son of Homer Leon and Frildo Chewning Ikerd. On March 6, 1965 he married Anna “Maisie” Benda in DallasCity. She preceded him in death on July 6, 2011. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday October 22nd

Charlotte Ann Jackson, age 48, of Wapello, died Sunday evening, October 20, 2013, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.  The daughter of David Wagner and Beverly Brown, she was born on April 29, 1965 in Iowa City.  She married Stephen Jackson. She worked for a couple years as an aide helper at the Lutheran Homes in Muscatine.  She was a homemaker. Her family includes a daughter, Samantha Blake of Muscatine; a granddaughter, Shealynn; her mother and step-father, Beverly & Bert Finley of Wapello; her father, David Wagner of Muscatine; her ex-husband, Stephen Jackson of Burlington; two brothers, Rick Brown of Wapello and James Wagner, Sr. of Muscatine; and two sisters, Rita Sparrow of Winfield and Tina Wagner of Tacoma, Washington.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at the Edwards Cemetery in Oakville with Rev. Darryl Erickson officiating. There will be a private gathering and viewing without a visitation. Continue Reading