Obituaries Tuesday March 3rd

Emmett G. Messer, 88, of Yarmouth, died Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Prairie Ridge Care and Rehab Center in Mediapolis.  

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Rev. James Messer, and Pastors Carl Vass, and Steve Parker will officiate.  Burial will be in Shinar Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery in Pleasant Grove with Military Rites presented by the Henry County Honor Guard.   Visitation will begin after noon on Wednesday, March 4 at the Chapel, with the family greeting friends from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  Memorials have been established to the Des Moines County 4-H Foundation and Danville United Church of Christ.  

Shirley Anne Wilson, 78, West Burlington died Saturday 2/28 at the Great River Medical Center Klein Center in West Burlington. She is survived by her daughter, Kari Potter of West Burlington and a brother, James Johnson of Bedford, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday 3/5 at Lunning Chapel with burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery at a later date. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday February 26th

Bonnie Raid, 93, of Burlington, died at 6:32 AM Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at Great River Klein Center in West Burlington.  

Born September 3, 1921, near Wyman, IA, she was the daughter of Edward Wilson and Imo Ivalou Dill Fullerton. On May 3, 1941, she married Melvin Ernest Raid in Versailles, Missouri and they celebrated 68 years together. He died May 14, 2009.  

Bonnie was a 1938 graduate of Columbus Junction High School.  She also was also a graduate of Parsons College in Fairfield, where she met Mel.  She taught school in a one room school house for two years before getting married and becoming a homemaker. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday February 25th

Trina Lynn Myers, 55, of Burlington, IA passed away at 3:48 AM on Monday, February 23, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. She was born August 11th, 1959 in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, the daughter of Jack & Beverly Myers. Throughout the years, besides Iowa, Trina resided in Florida, Nevada and Arizona and worked in various management positions. Trina had an amazing heart and could never turn away a friend or a stranger or especially a stray animal in need. She had a great love for all animals, but a special fondness for her pet bunnies who always held a special place in her heart. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday February 24th

Floreine Cornelia Klenk, 98, of New London, died at 5:55 PM Monday, February 23, 2015, at the New London Nursing and Rehab in New London.  

Born July 26, 1916, in Holdrege, NE, she was the daughter of Adelbert Andrew and Rosa Almedia Borg Cover. On July 16, 1937, she married Russell Ray Klenk in Burlington. He died November 16, 2000.  

Floreine had worked at J.C. Penney Co. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday February 23rd

Tom Garnjobst, 72, Burlington died Tuesday 2/17 at his home. He is survived by his son, David, 2 daughters, Becca Steward and Hannah Garnjobst, a sister, Ann Trainor, 2 brothers, Jim and Dick & 3 grandchildren. Memorial Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday February 24th at Lunning Chapel with burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday 2/23 from 5-8 PM at Lunnings. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday February 20th

Leo Dean Preston, 75, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Rev. Jeff McPheron will officiate.  Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery with military rites by the Henry County Honor Guard.  Visitation will begin after noon on Monday, February 23 at the Chapel, with the family greeting friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  A memorial has been established to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday February 19th

Leo Dean Preston, 75, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday February 18, 2015 at his home.  Arrangements are pending at Elliott Chapel, New London. Robert “Sonny” Simms, 82, of Burlington, died Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at Broward Health North in Pompano Beach, FL.  Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory.   Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday February 18th

Mary Frances Reed, 80, Burlington died Thursday 2/12 at the Great River Medical Center. She is survived by 2 sons, Bryan of Raleigh, NC and Thomas of Knightdale, NC, a sister Janice Small of Oak Harbor, WA and 3 grandchildren. Memorial funeral services will be held at 11 AM Friday 2/20 at the First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ with burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery at a later date. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday February 16th

Debra Jane Keck, 60, of Danville, died at her home Thursday, February 12, 2015. There will be no formal services for Mrs. Keck.  According to her wishes, she has been cremated and inurnment will be held at a later date.  There will be a visitation  today at Elliott Chapel, New London from noon to 5:00 PM, with the family present from 3:00 to 5:00.  Memorials have been established to the Great River Hospice and the American Cancer Society.  

Hilda Bird Gudgell, 75, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Oak Lane Nursing Home, Stronghurst, Illinois on Friday, February 13, 2015.  

Born on October 8, 1939 in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of Fred and Alice M. Porter Judd Sr. She married Lester A. Gudgell on June 1, 2001 in Burlington, Iowa. He died August 26, 2006. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday February 11th

George R. Ehret, 86, of Burlington, died at 12:30 AM Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born September 5, 1928, in Burlington, he was the son of George Roy and Esther Mower Ehret. On May 17, 1953, he married Ethel Gertrude Cain in Burlington. She died on February 25, 2006.  

George worked as an automotive parts and repair man for Buhmeyer Automotive, Drees Automotive, Archer Motors, and Deery Brothers, retiring in 1993. Continue Reading