Obituaries Tuesday April 14th

Jerry Robert Baker, age 45, of rural Wapello, died Sunday morning, April 12, 2015, in a motorcycle accident near Oakville.  The son of Jerry Robert Baker and Connie O’Callaghan Baker, he was born on March 23, 1970 in Davenport.  He married Kelly Melissa Guberud on August 27, 2011 Lake Odessa in Wapello.  

He had worked in installation for Wisconsin Terrazzo and Tile through the Allied Craft Workers Local.  

Jerry enjoyed boating, motorcycling, kayaking, mechanical repairing, and family activities especially outdoors with his boys and his nieces and nephews.  He was known as a child whisperer.  

Jerry is survived by his wife, Kelly; two sons, Logan Ryan and Lucas Lee both at home; his mother, Connie Baker of Wapello; a sister, Laura K. Hoover of Wapello; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Tammy Bloomer Bealer.  

Following cremation a Celebration of Life for Jerry will be held at his home at Lake Odessa on Saturday, April 18, 2015, beginning at noon. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday April 13th

Alice I. Bragg, 78, Burlington died Saturday 4/11 at her home. She is survived by 2 sons, John and William of Burlington, 3 daughters, Shawna Wheatley and Roberta Ferguson of Burlington and Tammy Grisham of Lomax, IL, a sister, Martha Hudson of Terre Haute, IN, 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11AM Tue 4/14 at Lunning Chapel in Burlington with the family receiving friends Mon 4/13 from 6-8 PM at Lunnings.  

Floyd E. ‘Peck’ Dean, Jr., age 91 of Morning Sun, died Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the Morning Sun Care Center.  The son of Floyd E. Dean, Sr. and Eva Lewis Dean, he was born on December 26, 1923 in Columbus Junction.  He married H. Darlene Bryant on November 14, 1941 in Canton, Missouri.  She preceded him in death on January 14, 2014.  

He graduated from Columbus Junction High School and served in the US Army during WW II as a Manitowoc crane operator loading Liberty Ships in Iceland.  Peck was a truck driver and mechanic operating Dean’s Tru Trail in Morning Sun.  He had received a US Patent on a frame alignment machine for semi trailer repairs.  He enjoyed working along with reading.  He was an avid civil war enthusiast. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday April 9th

Harrison M. Lindblad, 84, Grafton, ND died Tuesday March 31st at his home in Grafton. He is survived by his sister, Marian Dougherty of Burlington

Graveside funeral services and internment with be held at 3PM Friday 4/10 in the Aspen Grove Cemetery. Lunning Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday April 8th

Brittany Leann Russell, 18, Fort Madison died Sunday 4/5 at the Great River Medical Center. She is survived by her parents, Stacie and Robert Haynes of Fort Madison and Craig Russell of Burlington, grandparents Alvie Land of Quincy and Lawrence and Ramona Haynes of Mt. Pleasant, a brother, Oren Land of Burlington, step sister Sadie Van Amerogen of New London, step brothers, Austin Van Amerogen and Lincoln Haynes of New London. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2PM Thursday 4/9 at Lunning Chapel.  

Kari M. Gall, 49, Burlington died Monday 4/6 at the Burlington Care Center. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday April 7th

Mrs. Vivian Waterman Brill, 80, of Stronghurst, Illinois, died Monday, April 6, 2015 at the Henry County Health Center, Mt. Pleasant.  Arrangements are pending at Elliott Chapel, New London.  

Mrs. Lillie R. Anders, 88, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 9:28 AM Sunday, April 5, 2015 at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, IA. She was born June 29, 1926 in LaCrosse, IL, the daughter of Clinton and Helen Johnson Dunn. On December 11, 1948 she married Ray Anders in Carthage, IL. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday April 6th

Treva Marie Beard, age 97, of Burlington and formerly of Mediapolis and Grandview, died Saturday morning, April 4, 2015, at the Klein Center of Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.  The daughter of Arthur and Mabel Ball Stone, she was born on March 15, 1918 in rural Wapello.  Treva married Glenn D. Beard on February 25, 1937 in Gladstone, Illinois.  He preceded her in death on November 26, 2011.  

She graduated from Wapello High School in 1936.  She and Glenn lived and farmed near Elrick Junction for a short time and then farmed near Grandview from 1942 to 1948. They then farmed in the Mediapolis area.  They both worked at Thie’s Grocery Store.  In 1957 they purchased the Grandview Market in Grandview and operated it for 12 years.  Later Treva worked at various jobs including Dr. Goad and also Batterson’s Clothing both in Muscatine.  

After retiring, Treva enjoyed volunteer work in her church and community in Grandview.  Treva was a member of the Grandview Community Bible Church.  She was also very active as an early member of the Louisa County Historical Society providing many articles and information for their quarterly magazine.  She enjoyed traveling with various tours and keeping in touch with her children and grandchildren with visits and computer emails.  She also enjoyed playing cards and canvas painting.  

Her family includes five children, Ray Dean & Marie Beard of Northville, Michigan, Shirley & Kay Harsin of Knoxville, Marvin & Linda Beard of Davenport, Betty Eversmeyer of Burlington, and Bill & Sharon Beard of Columbus Junction; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great grandchildren; eleven great great grandchildren; a brother, Ralph Stone of Wapello; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Stone of Wapello; and several nieces and nephews. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday April 3rd

Mary Jane Baker, 84, of Burlington, died at 12:23 AM, Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born September 28, 1930, in Iowa City, she was the daughter of Frank Oscar and Frances Verl Palmer Murray. On October 3, 1947, she married George Theodore Baker in Burlington.  

Mary Jane was a homemaker.  

She was a graduate from Burlington High School.  She was a member of Grace Anglican Church. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday April 2nd

Shirley I. Hill, 83, Middletown died Sunday 3/29 at the Danville Care Center. She is survived by her husband, Dwight, a son, Steve of Danville, 3 daughters, Angela Smith of Middletown, Joni Karle of Burlington and Julie Danker of Waterloo, 2 sisters, Carol Wheeler and Mary Stogdill of Burlington, 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Memorial Funeral Services will be held at 2PM Fri 4/3 at Lunning Chapel with burial in the Middletown Cemetery at a later date.  The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the time of service.  

Genevieve “Gen” Murray, 93, Burlington died Tuesday 3/31 at Sunnybrook of Burlington. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday March 30th

Richard P.” Smokey” Abrisz, 84, of Burlington, died at 12:30 PM Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Donnellson Health Care Center in Donnellson.  

Born December 15, 1930, in Burlington, he was the son of Joseph Edward and Hazel Minnie Goetz Abrisz. He married Esther Elizabeth Madden, on July 7, 1952 in Tucson, AZ. Marrying Esther was the smartest thing he ever did. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday March 27th

Walter G. Funck, 94, Burlington died Wed 3/25 at his home. He is survived by his wife Jean, a son James of Gig Harbor, WA and a daughter, Gretchen Lewis of Burlington, 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. Memorial Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Mon 3/30 at Bethany Lutheran Church with Burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Lunning Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Continue Reading