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
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
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
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
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
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
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