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

Obituaries Wednesday March 25th

Joseph Patrick Fleming, 71

 Resident of:  Burlington, Iowa

Died:  Tuesday, March 24, 2015

 Where: Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Iowa

Survivors:  his wife, Patricia;

daughter, Catherine Mary “Molly” Hrabrich of Chicago, Illinois, her husband, Dave and children, Kayleigh Hrabrich and Chole Hrabrich;

son, Sean Finnegan Fleming of Chicago, Illiniois, his wife Elizabeth and children, Jack Fleming and Quinn Fleming;

son, Ryan Patrick Fleming of Chicago, Illinois, his wife Angela and children, Patrick Fleming and Thomas Fleming;

son, Christopher Griffin Fleming of Baltimore, Maryland, his wife Corrie and children, Finneas & Selby Fleming;

one sister, Sheila Fleming of Evanston, Illinois;

two brothers, Robert M. Fleming Jr. and his wife, Anita of Burlington, Iowa and John Fleming of Tampa, Florida;

 several nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass: Monday, March 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church, Burlington, Iowa. Celebrant will be Fr. Marty Goetz. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday March 24th

Ralph Delbert Ives, 71, of Burlington, Iowa, died Friday, March 20, 2015 at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Iowa.  He was born January 3, 1944 in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Louis E. and Viola E. Smutzer Ives.  He met Sharon K. Watkins in 1976 and after a long courtship they were married on December 19, 1985 in Burlington, Iowa.  She died October 9, 2013. Ralph served in the U.S. Navy as Petty Officer from 1966 to 1968.  He was a machinist for Burlington Northern Railroad for 30 years.  He was of the Protestant faith.  Ralph enjoyed family gatherings with Sharon, traveling when able, cookouts, fish fry’s, fishing, mushroom hunting, NASCAR Racing and gardening. Ralph is survived by one sister, Mary Lou Ives of Danville, Iowa; two sister-in-laws, Sue Ives of Burlington and Celia (Richard) Anderson also of Burlington, Iowa; several nieces, nephews and many friends of the family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sharon; one sister, Joanne Rudicil; and one brother, Clifford. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday March 23rd

Gregory Ralph McKinnon, 65, of Colfax, WI. and formerly New London, died suddenly, Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Wisconsin.  Services are pending at Elliott Chapel, New London. K. Blaine Jones, 56, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 8:08 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2015 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL. Blaine was born on December 28, 1958 in LaHarpe the son of Bobby D. and Pauline Breiner Jones. On December 28, 1992 he married Kathy Sue Hoskins in LaHarpe. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday March 20th

Patricia Ellen Hillgartner, 77, of Fairfield, died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington. Funeral services for Mrs. Hillgartner will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Pastor David Huskey will officiate.  Burial will be in Jaggar Cemetery, rural Danville.  Visitation will begin at noon on Friday, March 20 with the family receiving friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Chapel.  A memorial has been established. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday March 19th

James ‘JimmyD’ Franklin Deitrick, age 61, of Mediapolis, died Thursday morning March 19, 2015, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  The son of Franklin A. and Elaine Ann Scott Deitrick, he was born on January 26, 1954 in Burlington.  He married Dana Pfafflin and they later divorced.  

He graduated from Mediapolis High School in 1972.  James worked in building construction first with Lloyd Schofield and later Bob Johnson, then US Gypsum, and then Carl A. Nelson.  He was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Mediapolis and also enjoyed fellowship at the First United Methodist Church in Mediapolis.  

James ‘JimmyD’ enjoyed baseball and golf along with all the Mediapolis sports.  He played for the River Chiefs Football in Burlington and coached baseball.  He also enjoyed morning coffee at Apron Strings and sharing stories.  ‘JimmyD’ loved being with his children and grandchildren.  He never met a stranger.  

His family includes his father, Franklin Deitrick of Mediapolis; a daughter, Michele & Ramondo ‘Doe’ Randle of Burlington; a son, Jeremy Deitrick of St. Louis, Missouri; two grandchildren, Taylor and Tristan Randle; two sisters, Debbie & Matthew Smithson of Waxahachie, Texas and Rochelle ‘Shelly’ & Rich Yotter of Oakville; and two brothers, Robert & Rhonda Deitrick of Burlington and Dale ‘Dutch’ & Denise Deitrick of Mediapolis.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Elaine. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday March 18th

Richard M. Luttenegger, 81, Burlington died Sunday 3/15 at the Great River Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Elaine,  3 sons, Terry, Kevin and Brian, a daughter Angela Luttenegger, 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Memorial Mass will be held at 11 AM Friday 3/20 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with private family burial in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Friends may call after noon on Thursday 3/19 with the family receiving friends from 6-8 PM at Lunning Chapel. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday March 17th

Bill Wellman, 63, of Burlington, died at 2:59 AM Monday, March 16, 2015, at his home.  

Born May 3, 1951, in Fort Madison, IA, he was the son of Andrew Bernard and Helen Sarah Bradford Wellman. On February 16, 1974, he married Enid VanCleave in Fort Madison, IA.  

Bill previously worked for Carquest Auto Parts and had been working for Shopko delivering prescriptions.  

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, drag racing, target shooting, his puppies, and especially spending time with his family. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday March 16th

Donna M. Hofeldt, 78, of Bettendorf, died at 2:56 PM Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.  

Born October 14, 1936, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Raymond F. and Leonida E. Brueck Orth.  

Donna worked in the custodial department of the Davenport School System for 20 years before retiring in 2002.  

She was a 1954 graduate of Burlington Catholic High School.  

She was a member of St. Continue Reading