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Obituaries Tuesday May 14th


Dixie L. Johnson, 92 of Macomb, Illinois, formerly of rural Stronghurst, died at 2:23 p.m. Saturday May 11, 2013 at Wesley Village in Macomb. She was born August 18, 1920 in Damascus, Virginia, the daughter of Oscar and Marie Wright Gray. On June 5, 1943, she married Elmer W. Johnson in Stronghurst. He preceded her in death on July 5, 1979. Dixie moved to Illinois, with her family, at the age of eight and attended Warren County schools. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Monday May 13th

Helen (Crago) Good    Age 93    of    Burlington
Died    Thu 5/9/13
Burlington Care Center    Burlington
Son    Phillip L. (Natalie) Good    Burlington, IA
1    Grandchild
Sister    Margaret (Bill) Bentler    Burlington, IA

Friends may call    Noon until 6 p.m. Friday, May 17th, at Lunning Chapel
Family will receive friends    For one hour prior to the time of service on Saturday at the church
10 a.m. Saturday, May 18th, at Asbury United Methodist Church
Burial in the Carman Cemetery, Carman, IL.  

Branden Ashlee Behne, 32, of Burlington, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, as the result of a motorcycle accident near Mediapolis.  

Born June 7, 1980, in Columbus, OH, she was the daughter of Raymond and Lori Blair Speakmon. On April 24, 2004, she married Seth T. Behne in Burlington.  

Branden was a stay at home mom. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Thursday May 9th

Howard C. Gulick    Age 84    of        Burlington     Died   Thursday May 2, 2013
“Wife   Mary Gulick    Burlington        IA
“Daniel (Marschinda) Gulick ,David (Becky) Gulick, William (Pam) Gulick, Craig (Heather) Nuss Mike (Angela) Nuss” “Julia Gulick, Holly Gulick ,April Gulick”
“21 Grandchildren    18    Great-Grandchildren    ”
“Brothers/Sisters ”
“Marsha (Jess) Avery ,Gloria “”Toodles”” Barr ,Don (Joan) Gulick”
“Dan (Gladys) Gulick ,Richard Wayne Coursey, Tom Coursey”
The family will receive friends    1 – 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11th, at Lunning Chapel
Military Rites    3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11th, at Lunning Chapel


Jeffrey Scott Gerst was born on July 6, 1953, in Oakville, Iowa.  He grew up farming with his family in the fertile land around Oakville where he learned many of life’s lessons in the fields.  Some of these include beating polio pre-vaccination, how to extricate oneself from the inner machinations of a manure spreader, corn knife safety during the removal of button weeds, and proper use of cover during BB gun sniper battles with his brothers.  
He graduated from WapelloHigh School, class of 1971.  He married Ruth Gieselman on July 10, 1972 for 15 years and they had 3 children together in whom he took a lot of pride.  He also had 4.778 grandchildren (4 plus one on the way.)  Jeff was active in Oakville civic life: serving on the city council, President of the Lion’s Club, and a deft-fielding first baseman during his slow-pitch softball heyday.  
He worked as a welder at Case where he was a proud member of the UAW union, until he started his own business.  He owned and operated J&R’s General Store, later added a gas station and a bulk fuel delivery truck which he named JMC Oil Co, and then another gas station in Wapello. He later worked at Louisa Publishing Company, as a part owner where he managed the printing operations. His cleverness shone brightly in this position, creating novel adjectives to express that the press was broken while coming up with even more unique ways to fix it. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Wednesday May 8th

Alan Hilleary Vaughan, 49, of Burlington, Iowa, died at his home on Monday evening, May 6, 2013.     
Born on December 18, 1963 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of James H. and Nancy Vaughan.     
Alan graduated from Burlington High School in 1981. He worked at Diamond Dave’s for thirty years, was co-manager and loved cooking. He enjoyed life in the country with his pet dog, Samantha, raising chickens, woodworking and making woodworking gifts for his family. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Tuesday May 7th


John N. Peterson, 90, of Dallas City, IL passed away at 6:30AMMonday, May 6, 2013 at his home. John was born on May 7, 1922 in Burlington, IA the son of Nels and Lydia Gardnar Peterson. On April 4, 1969 he married Frances Bunch Stein in DallasCity. Mr. Peterson was a World War II Veteran having served in the Army from 1942 through 1946. He then worked at the IAAP for 26 years and retired as a supervisor in 1983. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Monday May 6th

Pearl “Missy” Marie Fleming, 46, of Burlington, died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa on Thursday evening, May 2, 2013.     
Born on November 12, 1966 in New Orleans, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Leo Gresham and Pearl Palmer-House. She married James C. Fleming on July 20, 1996 in Long Beach, California.  
Pearl was an LPN at the VA Medical Center. She was full of spirit and willingly gave of her time at church for volunteer work and social events. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Thursday May 2nd

Marian Roberta Bowdre, age 96, of Davenport and formerly of Las Vegas, Nevada and originally from Wapello, died Tuesday morning, April 30, 2013, at the St. Mary Healthcare & Rehab Center in Davenport.  The daughter of James Harlan and Anna Wilhemena Westerman Allen, she was born on July 15, 1916 in Wapello.  She married Frank Bowdre.  She grew up in Wapello with two brothers, Raymond and James Allen. Her family includes two daughters, Dorothy Lewis of Bullhead City, Arizona and Sally Bowdre of Bettendorf; two sons, Herbert Bowdre of Corpus Christi, Texas and Richard Bowdre of San Francisco, California; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was preceded by her husband, Frank; a sister, Anna LaVon Yakle; and two brothers, Benjamin Bowdre and John Bowdre. The funeral ceremony for Marian Bowdre will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 3, 2013, at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello with Rev. Jon Evans officiating.  Burial will follow at the Wapello Cemetery. Family and friends will gather and visit during the hour before the funeral. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Friday April 26th

Pearl J. Kuisle, age 91, of Mediapolis, passed away peacefully on April 24, 2013. BornFebruary 26, 1922 in Lockridge, she was the daughter of Gertrude and William Bain.  
Pearl worked at Ross Manufacturing and Exide Battery, each for over 15 years. She was a member of the FirstBaptistChurch in Mediapolis.  
Beloved wife of John Kuisle for over twenty years; loving mother of Gary Foster; cherished grandmother of Craig (T.J.) Foster, Brad (Judy) Foster, Brian (Terry) Foster, Bruce (Amy) Foster, Rhonda (Tim) Clover and Shawn (Alyson) Foster; proud great-grandmother of 13 and great-great grandmother of 9; dear sister of Margaret Arnold & Helen Abbott. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Thursday April 25th

Wilbur Darrell Weigert, 85, of West Burlington, passed away at 3:05 AM Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington. Born February 22, 1928, in West Point, IA, he was the son of Theodore R. Weigert and Margaret C. Helm. In 1929, the family moved to New London, IA, where Wilbur attended the New London school system and graduated from the New London High School in 1945. Wilbur married Vivian LaVonne Ryan in 1949 in Mt. Pleasant, IA. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Wednesday April 24th

The visitation for Mrs. Linda Kramer, 67, of Philips, South Dakota and formerly Burlington, Iowa will be held this Saturday, April 27th from 10 to 11 a.m. at Elliott Chapel, New London with inurnment of her cremains immediately following at Winfield Scott Cemetery, rural Winfield.  Pastor Chris Roepke will officiate.  In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for the American Lung Association.  
There will be a celebration of life at a later date for Mrs. Carol J. Gillette, 72, of Danville, who died Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Danville Care Center.  Elliott Chapel, New London is in charge of arrangements. Mary Jane Melland Dailey, 90, died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Boise, Idaho. Born Jan. 23, 1923, in Casper, Wyo., she was the daughter of John Arndt Melland and Jeanne Ann Plouffe Melland. Continue Reading →

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