Obituaries Thursday May 23rd

Christopher Joel Johnson, 55, of Burlington, died at 5:48 PM Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at his home.  

Born April 2, 1958, in Burlington, he was the son of John Oscar and Florence Kathleen Sheridan Johnson. On August 25, 1979, he married Sheri Jean Boyd in Burlington.  

Chris had retired as a Locomotive Journeyman Machinist.  

He was a 1976 graduate of Burlington High School. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday May 22nd

Richard Allison Ray    Age 81    of    Burlington
Died    Sunday May 19, 2013 at
Blair House Nursing and Rehab    Burlington

Friends may call /    8 am. until 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 23rd, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service    10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 23rd, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be    Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery


Glenn N. Lebsack    Age 82    of West Burlington
Died Saturday May 18, 2013 at
University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City
Daughter    Debbie (Allen) Sandlin    Ozark    MO
7    Grandchildren    10    Great-Grandchildren    0    Great-Great Grandchildren
Family will receive friends    For one hour prior to the time of service
Funeral Service    2 p.m. Friday, May 24th, at First Assembly of God Church
Lunning Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.  

Barbara Joyce Ervin, 75, of Bettendorf, died at 6:33 PM Sunday, May 19, 2013, at her home.  

Born August 15, 1937, in Davenport, IA, she was the son of Chester and Grace Marie Johnston Bessenecker. She was raised by her mother and step-father, who she called dad, Jim Klingler. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday May 20th

     Marjorie Grace Myers, age 93, of Sperry, Iowa passed away Thursday evening, May 16, 2013 at the Prairie Ridge Care & Rehab in Mediapolis.  She was born August 17, 1919 at home, near Burnside, Illinois, the daughter of Harvard and Bessie Todd Pettit.  On February 1, 1947 she married Ralph William Myers in Burlington.  He preceded her in death on August 13, 1973.      She was raised near Burnside and attended Madison country school through the 6th grade.  She attended BurnsideSchool in 1936. She drove her pony and cart to school every day.  She attended BurlingtonBeautyAcademy and worked at a beauty shop in Burlington.  She also worked at the House of Fabrics in Burlington.      Marjorie was a kind and generous lady and an inspiration to many.  She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend.  She loved spending time with her family and friends more than anything.      Marjorie was a homemaker and mentor and left her footprint on so many people’s hearts.  She was a member of the SperryUnitedMethodistChurch since 1947.  She was a long time member of the United Methodist Women of Sperry, a Sunday School Superintendent, and taught Sunday School.  She was a Past President of the Sperry School Community Club and enjoyed her friends in her Red Hat group.  She enjoyed playing cards weekly with her friends.  She also enjoyed gardening and her yard.  She traveled with her sister on many bus trips and trips to Hawaii, California, and Canada with her friends. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday May 17th

Richard Lee “Rick” Wills, 57, of Burlington, died at home on Wednesday afternoon, May 15, 2013.     
Born on September 19, 1955 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Richard J. and Mary K. Hammer Wills. He married Nan Scott, they later divorced.     
Rick was an auto mechanic and worked at several local service centers. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and all motor sports. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday May 16th

Thomas Lee “Tom” Brockway, 65, of Burlington, died at his home on Wednesday morning, May 15, 2013.     
Born on July 15, 1947 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Elwood Harrison and Patricia Ann Welch Brockway.  
Tom served in the U.S. Navy and saw action in Vietnam. He worked in sales at R.L. Polk Banking and McFadden Publications. He enjoyed golfing, SCC basketball, Iowa Hawkeyes, fantasy sports, cookouts, music, traveling, debating politics and especially time with his family. Continue Reading

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

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

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

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

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