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

Obituaries Monday October 21st

Betty Jo Rowe, age 82, of Grandview, died Saturday, October 19, 2013, at the Mercy Hospice, Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.  The daughter of Glen and Ellen Dunphy Beik, she was born on July 10, 1931 near Letts.  She married Lawrence ‘Babe’ Rowe on February 26, 1950 in Grandview. Betty Jo attended the Letts school through part of second grade and then completed and graduated from Grandview High School in 1948.  She was a homemaker and had worked at several part time jobs throughout her lifetime. She was a member of the Grandview Community Bible Church, the Grandview Women’s Club, and the Amicus Club of Grandview.  She enjoyed knitting, reading, cooking, baking, and collecting spoons. Her family includes her husband, Babe; two daughters, Nancy & Earl ‘Mac’ McGill of Letts and Becky & Herb Eutsler of Cotter; three sons, Larry & Kim Rowe of Hagerstown, Maryland, Denny & Kris Rowe of Muscatine, and Tony & Carrie Rowe of Virginia Beach, Virginia; twelve grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; a sister, Marie Murray of Columbus Junction; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mildred Bieri; a brother, Harlan Beik; and two great grandsons, Derek and William. The funeral ceremony for Betty Jo Rowe will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at the Grandview Community Bible Church with Rev. Darryl Erickson officiating.  Burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery. Continue Reading

Obituaries Saturday October 19th

Lloyd Schmeiser, 92, of rural Burlington, Iowa, passed away at home on Thursday evening, October 17, 2013.     
Born on January 1, 1921 in Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa, he was the son of Benjamin and Mary Taeger Schmeiser. He was one of nine children which included: Mildred Moore, Ethel Dixon, Edyth Bresch, Paul, Loren, Allen, Myron and George Schmeiser.  
He married Dorothy Mae Clark on November 14, 1942 at the First United Methodist Church, Burlington, Iowa, by Rev. John W. Poole. They had five children: Ivan, Jean, Joan, Kathleen and Ann. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday October 17th

Dena Irena Woods, 97, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa on Wednesday afternoon, October 16, 2013.     
Born on December 14, 1915 in Brashear, Missouri, she was the daughter of Elza S. and Eva D. Reynolds Cooper. She married Virgil Thomas on February 23, 1933 in Kirksville, Missouri.      
Dena was a homemaker and worked at several factories in the area. She enjoyed hobbies, crafts and family. Continue Reading