KBUR.com » Obituaries http://www.kbur.com News & Talk for Burlington and Southeast Iowa Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:51:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Obituaries Tuesday June 2nd http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/02/obituaries-tuesday-june-2nd/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/02/obituaries-tuesday-june-2nd/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:32:05 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=54845 After a battle with cancer, Nancy Lee Delzell died on May 31, 2015 in Iowa City, Iowa at the age of 73.

 

Nancy was born on January 2, 1942 in Burlington to father Walter A. Norris and mother, Mary Frances Salome; and one sister Barbara A. Beckman, all preceding her in death.  She attended and graduated with honors from Burlington High School. She married Roger H. Delzell, November 25, 1962, then made their home in Morning Sun.  Following the birth of their two children, son Rick Delzell and daughter Denise DeJong, she graduated with honors with a degree in Education from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant.

 

Nancy taught 6th grade at the Louisa-Muscatine School District for 25 years and enjoyed a lifetime love of learning, reading and writing.  Following her retirement, she continued to volunteer at the school to foster and encourage love of reading.  Her hobbies included reading, scrap-booking, quilting, spending time with family, many friends and visiting and doting on her children and grandchildren at every opportunity.

 

Survivors include her husband, Roger; her son, Rick and his three daughters, Brianna, Melody and Madison of Bayport, New York; daughter, Denise and husband, Dave and their son, Andrew and daughter, Alex of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and her sister’s children, Lori Beckman, Caprice Fowler, and Daniel Beckman all of Danville.

 

The memorial service will be held at the First United Presbyterian Church in Morning Sun on Wednesday, June 3rd at 10:30 AM.  Rev Jon Evans will officiate.  Interment will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery with a lunch gathering to follow at the church.

 

A visitation reception will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday at the Hagele and Honts

Funeral Home in Morning Sun.

 

A Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of the First United Presbyterian Church and the American Cancer Society.

 

Condolences may be given and viewed at www.hageleandhonts.com.

 

Sara Anne Sparks, 76, of Burlington died Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Iowa. She was born November 1, 1938 in Clarksville, Missouri, the daughter of Russell and Gladys Thornton Davis. She married Rev. Albert Lee Sparks November 22, 1971 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Sara was a homemaker and worked at the Rock island Arsenal and later the Burlington Sears Catalog desk. She was Choir Director, played the piano, Sunday school teacher and shared her very beautiful singing voice at Greater Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Burlington. Sara liked to give of her talents and time to others in need. She was an accountant for local NAACP in Burlington. Her life was the church and her grandbabies.

Sara is survived by her husband, Rev. Albert Sparks of Burlington; two daughters, Alexandria Sparks of Aurora, Illinois and Christina (Shawn) Hill of Dallas, Texas; two step daughters, Katrina Sparks and Karla Hunter both of Richmond, California; one granddaughter, Zoe Thomas; six step-grandchildren; one sister, Donna Hill of Silvis, Illinois; two brothers, Russell (Phyllis) Davis of Milan, Illinois and James (Louise) Davis of Plano, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one infant son, Albert Sparks Jr.; and one sister, Bertha Keys.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, June 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Burlington, Iowa.  Rev. John H. of Mims will officiate.  Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends in Trinity Lutheran Church, on Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. A memorial has been established for Greater Hope Missionary Baptist Church.  Prugh Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Lucille Ravenscroft, 96, Burlington died Monday 6/1 at the Rosewood Health Care Center in Moline, IL.

She is survived by a son Gary Wagler of Colona, IL, a sister, Edith M. Dowell of Lomax, IL, 3 grandchildren & 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11AM Thursday 6/4 at Lunning Chapel with burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

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Obituaries Monday June 29th http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/29/obituaries-monday-june-29th/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/29/obituaries-monday-june-29th/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:34:58 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=59447 Richard Ray “Riley” Locke, 63, died Sunday, June 21, 2015 in Bostic, N. C.

 

A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM, Sunday, July 12, 2015 in Burge Cemetery, rural New London.  Pastor Wally Reynolds will officiate.  All family and friends are welcome.  There will be a time of remembrance and luncheon at the New London Hall following the service.  A memorial has been established for the Mediapolis Ambulance Service.

 

Elliott Chapel, New London is assisting with arrangements.

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Obituaries Friday June 26th http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/26/obituaries-friday-june-26th/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/26/obituaries-friday-june-26th/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:11:34 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=59139 Albert Louis Heitz Jr., 66 years, of Fort Madison, Iowa died unexpectedly Thursday morning, June 25, 2015 at his home.  He was born January 20, 1949 at Fort Madison, Iowa, a son of Albert Louis Sr. and Doris (Noll) Heitz.  On August 14, 1971 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Burlington, Iowa he married Linda Unzicker.  She survives.

 

Al was a 1967 graduate of Aquinas High School.  He earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Sociology at Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, Missouri, and his Masters in Political Science and Sociology at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa.  He worked 34 years for Iowa Workforce Development, Fort Madison.  He was a member of Holy Family Parish and the Knights of Columbus.  He was also a member of the Lake Cooper Angling Association and the Fort Madison Elks Lodge, where he was Elk of the Year in 2004-05.  He enjoyed fishing, duck hunting, reading, and winter trips to Florida.  He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal and Iowa State Cyclone Fan.  He loved his family and grandchildren, and spending time with friends.

 

He is survived by his wife, Linda Heitz, of Fort Madison, Iowa; one daughter, Jessica (husband Rob) Moeller, of Houghton, Iowa; one son, Nicholas (wife Julie) Heitz, of Ankeny, Iowa; two brothers, Patrick (wife Beth) Heitz, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Michael (wife Carol) Heitz, of Naples, Florida; five grandchildren: Seth, Corbin, and Presley Moeller; and Elliot and Emmet Heitz; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Trudy Rallo.

 

Visitation will be from 3:00 – 5:00 pm Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 5:00 pm Sunday evening.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am Monday, June 29, 2015 at the Ss. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, Holy Family Parish, Fort Madison, Iowa, with Reverend David Wilkening as Celebrant.  Following the Mass his body will be cremated.  A memorial has been established for Holy Trinity Catholic Schools and the Fort Madison Elks Lodge, contributions may be left at the church or the Barr Memorial Chapel.  Online condolences to the Heitz family may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel and Cremation Services website, www.barrmemorialchapel.com.

 

Claude C. Turpin Sr., 90 years, of Fort Madison, Iowa died at 2:38 am Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the Fort Madison Community Hospital, Fort Madison, Iowa.  He was born November 16, 1924 at Harriman, Tennessee, the son of John Harvey and Mary Maude (Graves) Turpin.  On July 28, 1951 at Chicago, Illinois, he married Alice L. Sargent.

 

Claude lived most of his in Fort Madison.  He was a 1943 graduate of Fort Madison High School.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during World War II.  He worked 13 years at the Ordinance Plant, and then another 23 years for Consolidated Packaging.  He was a member of the American Legion.

 

He is survived by his wife, Alice Turpin, of Fort Madison, Iowa; one son, Claude C. (wife Sheila) Turpin Jr., of Fort Madison, Iowa; one daughter, Carolyn L. (husband George) Frueh, of Branson, Missouri; five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by parents, one infant daughter, and four sisters.

 

His family will greet friends from 9:30 – 10:30 am Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Barr Memorial Chapel.  Funeral services will follow and be held at 10:30 am Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, with Reverend Bill Willis, officiating.  Burial with military rites will be at Soldiers Circle, Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa.  A memorial has been established for the Fort Madison Community Hospital Foundation, contributions may be left at the Barr Memorial Chapel.  Online condolences to the Turpin family may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel and Cremation Services website, www.barrmemorialchapel.com.

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Obituaries Friday June 19th http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/19/obituaries-friday-june-19th/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/19/obituaries-friday-june-19th/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:35:09 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=58242
  • JoAnne Yakle, age 87, of Wapello, died Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at the Wapello Nursing & Rehab Center. She was born on July 29, 1927, the daughter of Ralph and Mildred (Adams) Morris in Chicago, Illinois. She was their only child growing up on their farm near Columbus Junction.
  • JoAnne was a graduate of Columbus Junction High School and attended Muscatine Community College where she received her Teaching Certificate.  She later received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Iowa Wesleyan College.

     

    She married Bill Yakle on December 26, 1948 in Columbus Junction.  They enjoyed a long and happy marriage of 63 years where they lived on a farm near Wapello.  Bill preceded her in death on May 12, 2012.  JoAnne was an educator for over 35 years in the Wapello School District where she taught kindergarten and first grade.  She loved teaching children how to read.

     

    JoAnne was a member of T.T.T., Order of the Eastern Star, and former member of Delta Kappa Gamma.  JoAnne and Bill were members of the First Presbyterian Church in Wapello.

     

    She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Bill and a lifelong friend, Pat Parsons.

     

    Those left to honor her memory are a son, Merle & Linda Yakle of Wapello; a daughter, Kathy & Bill Barrick of Wapello; six grandchildren including Adam & Tasha Barrick of St. Louis, Missouri, Brianne Barrick & Darik Muhlenbruck of Davenport, and Jacob Barrick of Chicago, Illinois; seven great grandchildren including Knox Baker of Davenport; one great great grandson; and a dear friend, Karen Johnston of Wapello.

     

    The graveside ceremony will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Wapello Cemetery with Rev. Jon Evans officiating followed by a lunch gathering with the family at the Community Outreach Building of the First Presbyterian Church in Wapello.

     

    A Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of an Educational Scholarship.

     

    The Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello is providing the care and arrangements for JoAnne Yakle.

     

    Condolences may be given and viewed at www.dudgeonmcculley.com.

     

    Anna Belle Herrick, 95, passed away Sunday June 14th, 2015, at the Powell Valley Care Center in Powell, Wyoming.

     

    Anna was born February 5th, 1920 in Wapello, Iowa the youngest of eight children to Jess and Anna Huddle.  After an early education at the neighborhood one-room school, she graduated from Wapello Consolidated High School and then attended nurses training in Burlington, Iowa. She and David E. Herrick were married on December 25th 1942, in Wapello.

     

    Dave’s career with the Forest Service took them to several states across the U.S. In 1980 Anna and Dave retired in Ft. Collins Co.  Both Anna and Dave enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, attending CSU Rams football games and the many friends they had in Fort Collins.  Anna was involved in PEO, Forest Service Wife’s Club and the Quilters.

     

    Anna is survived by her daughter Michelle (Ron) Sorter of Sequim, Washington; son, Mike (Barbara) Herrick of Powell; three grandchildren Chelle Struve, Mike (Ilsa) Struve, and Emily Herrick; and two great grandchildren Billy Struve and David Struve.

     

    Anna was preceded in death by her parents Jess and Anna Huddle, husband David Herrick, and siblings, Conrad, Paul, Jess, Esther, Ruth, Lois, and Vivian.

     

    A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello.  Burial will follow at the Bethel Cemetery, Wapello.  A lunch with the family will follow at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall in Wapello.

     

    The Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello is providing the care and arrangements for Anna Belle Herrick.

     

    Condolences may be given and viewed at www.dudgeonmcculley.com.

     

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    Obituaries Thursday June 18th http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/18/obituaries-thursday-june-18th/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/18/obituaries-thursday-june-18th/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:33:44 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=58130 Kyle Thomas Wilson, 49, of Burlington, died at 1:18 PM Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.

     

    Born July 7, 1965, in Burlington, he was the son of Garold Dean and Geraldine “Jeri” Elaine Mallonee Wilson. On May 21, 1988, he married Joani Link in Stronghurst, Il. They were later divorced.

     

    Kyle had worked for Raider Precast, Doran and Ward Printing Co., General Electric, and The Hawkeye Group.

     

    He was a 1984 graduate of West Burlington Arnold High School.

     

    He was a member of The Union Church of LaHarpe and a volunteer firefighter for the LaHarpe Fire Protection District.  He enjoyed woodworking, water skiing, mushroom hunting, fishing, and gardening.

     

    Survivors include one son, Travis Wilson of La Harpe, IL; one daughter, Karisa Wilson of La Harpe, IL; his mother, Jeri Wilson of Burlington; two sisters, Kim (David) Bailey of Sperry, and Karen Wilson of West Burlington; three brothers, Kevin Wilson of Burlington, Kirk (Lisa) Wilson of Burlington, and Kent (Gisela) Wilson of Danville; three nephews, Ryan, Collin, and Connor; and two nieces, Samantha and Annika.

     

    He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Dwight.

     

    Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Thielen Funeral Home.

     

    The funeral service for Mr. Wilson will be 10:00 AM Friday, June 19, 2015, at Thielen Funeral Home with Reverend Bruce Goettsche officiating.  A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Thielen Funeral Home following the service.  Cremation will be entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory following the service.

     

    In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Great River Hospice House.

     

    Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory is in care of the arrangements.

     

    A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Kyle’s obituary at www.thielenfuneralhome.com.

     

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    Obituaries Wednesday June 17th http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/17/obituaries-wednesday-june-17th/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/17/obituaries-wednesday-june-17th/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:50:57 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=58024 Lois C. McElhinney, 84, of Danville, died Monday, June 15, 2015 at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington.

     

    Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Pastor David Mixon will officiate.  Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun.  Visitation will begin after noon on Wednesday, June 17 at the Chapel, with the family greeting friends from 5:00 to 7:30 PM.  Memorials have been established to the Danville Volunteer Fire Department and Great River Hospice House, West Burlington.

     

    Marilee R. Morrison, 87, former resident of Burlington, Iowa, died at East Ridge Retirement Village, Miami, Florida on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

    Born on November 10, 1927 in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of Fred A. and Edith R. Burkhart Morrison. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Lyman Morrison.

    Marilee moved to Miami in 1945 with her family. She worked as a personal shopper at Burdines Department store and retired from Macy’s as a loan officer. Marilee enjoyed reading and traveling. She had the opportunity it to travel to Hong Kong, Hawaii, San Francisco, Ireland and the Grand Canyon. She was a member of Sunset Church of Christ in Miami, Florida.

    She is survived by her best friends Susan Demorsky of Frisco, Texas; Helen Field of Burlington,Iowa and Terrie Cestari of Plant City, Florida and David Capiro of Miami, Florida.

    A graveside committal service will be held on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Aspen Grove Cemetery. Friends are asked to gather at the Sunnyside Gate Entrance and follow the funeral procession to the gravesite. Condolences may be left at www.prughfuneralservice.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sunset Church of Christ, 12001 SW 72nd St, Miami, FL 33183.

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    Obits for June 16, 2015 http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/16/obits-for-june-16-2015/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/16/obits-for-june-16-2015/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:52:23 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=57832 Betty Lou Crabill, 71, died Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Great River Klein Center, West Burlington, Iowa. She was born November 7, 1943 in Burlington, Iowa the daughter of Arthur Colter Roxlau and Dorothy May Arpy Roxlau Hill.

    Betty was a homemaker; she liked to cook, crochet and baby-sit her grandchildren. Betty also enjoyed gardening. During the Christmas season she especially enjoyed baking Christmas cookies for everyone. Betty was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

    She is survived by one daughter Christa (Keith) Duffie of Gladstone, IL;  two sons,  Scott (Theresa) Crabill and David (Mary Beth) Crabill, all of Dubuque, IA; seven grandchildren, Cassie, Chad, Carrie, Kelly and Connor Crabill, Devon and Trevor Duffie; four sisters, Patricia (Dennis) Roxlau Brown, Bonnie Roxlau White and JoAnn Bryant Hill, all of Burlington, IA and Paula (Michael) Roxlau Jakub of Manassas, VA.; two brothers, Paul “Rocky” (Phyllis) Roxlau of Burlington, IA and Harry Joe “Joey” (Mitzi) Hill of Carthage, IL; a number of nieces and nephews.

    Betty was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Arpe (Roxlau) Hill; step-father, Joseph W. Hill; her father, Arthur Colter Roxlau; two brothers, Roger Lee Roxlau and Harvey Eugene Roxlau; and brother-in-law, Tom White.

    Memorial Services will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Chaplin Dean Graber will officiate. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Memorials have been established for Great River Hospice and Grace United Methodist Church.

    Following the service, food and fellowship will continue at Big Muddy’s.  Condolences may be left at www.prughfuneralservice.com.

     

    Ms. Reva N. Gorman, 72, of Dallas City, Illinois passed way at 8:50 PM on June 13, 2015 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center, LaHarpe, Illinois. She was born on February 1, 1943 in Dallas City, the daughter of Kenneth “Bud” and Naomi Irene Tollman Whittemore.
    Reva is survived by one son, Kelly Dodson of Florida, one daughter, Kimberly Dennis of Little Rock, Arkansas, two brothers and four sisters.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, one son Kyle, one brother, and one sister.
    Services will be held at 7:00 PM on July 1 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Montrose, Iowa. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and mailed to 929 Main Street, Montrose, IA 52639. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com.

     

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    Obits for June 12th, 2015 http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/12/obits-for-june-12th-2015/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/12/obits-for-june-12th-2015/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:55:02 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=56610 Mr. Roger L. Crum, 75, of rural LaHarpe, IL passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015 at his home.
    Services are pending at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com

    Travis J. Heckenberg, 38, of Lomax, IL passed away June 10, 2015 near Terre Haute, IL.
    A celebration of his life is pending at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City, IL. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com
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    Obituaries Wednesday June 10th http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/10/obituaries-wednesday-june-10th/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/10/obituaries-wednesday-june-10th/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:30:03 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=56329 Charles James Hightower, Sr., 64, of Burlington, died at 2:45 PM Monday, June 8, 2015, at his home.

     

    Born May 31, 1951, in Burlington, he was the son of James Nathaniel and Hazel Delores Lucas Hightower. On December 29, 1973, he married Vickie Whalen in Burlington. They later divorced.

     

    Charles was a truck driver.

     

    He enjoyed mushroom hunting, fishing, going to the casino, spending time at his son, Sam’s farm, and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and sisters.

     

    Survivors include two sons, Charles (Janice) Hightower, Jr. of Yarmouth, IA, and Sam (Stephanie) Hightower of Danville, IA; two daughters, Jennifer (Steve) Jarvis of Fort Madison, IA, and Ellie (Andrew) Strawhacker of Burlington, IA; 11 grandchildren, Natalie, Charles III, Daniel, Jebidiah, and Katherine Hightower, Jacob, Brandon, and Sydney Jarvis, and John, Chris, and Will Strawhacker; two sisters, Janice K. (Gary) Fenton and Donna M. (Ronald) Diercks, both of Burlington, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

     

    He was preceded in death by his parents, and one grandson, Matthew Hightower.

     

    Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM Thursday, June 11, 2015, at Thielen Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends.

     

    The funeral service for Mr. Hightower will be 10:00 AM Thursday, June 11, 2015, at Thielen Funeral Home with Reverend David J. Yonker officiating.  Burial will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery.  A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Thielen Funeral Home following the burial.

     

    A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Charles’s obituary at www.thielenfuneralhome.com.

     

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    Obituaries Monday June 8th http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/08/obituaries-monday-june-8th/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/06/08/obituaries-monday-june-8th/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 18:20:29 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=55966 Delores Naomi Roberts, 84, of West Burlington, died at 10:35 AM Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

     

    Born June 17, 1930, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Wesley and Josephine Macacia Waters. She married Leland Weir in 1946 in Burlington.  He died in 1970.  On October 7, 1972, she married Gary Dean Roberts in Stronghurst, IL. He died September 18, 2011.

     

    Delores was a homemaker.

     

    She was of the Christian faith. She enjoyed cooking, gambling, walking at the mall, fishing, golf, traveling, writing cards and letters, and most of all spending time with her family.

     

    Survivors include her daughter, Linda Rittmer of Phoenix, AZ; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Brad, Andrew and Lucas Weir, David and Robert Buechel, and Mark Rittmer; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dan Waters of Salt Lake City, UT, Wesley Waters of Salt Lake City, UT, and several nieces and nephews.

     

    Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Danny Weir and one uncle, Joe Macacia.

     

    Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Thielen Funeral Home where the family will receive friends.

     

    The funeral service for Mrs. Roberts will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Dingus officiating.  Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.  A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Thielen Funeral Home following the burial.

     

    A memorial has been established for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

     

    Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory is in care of the arrangements.

     

    A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Delores’s obituary at www.thielenfuneralhome.com.

     

    Bryon Dale “B-dog” McMillen, 57 years, of Fort Madison, Iowa died unexpectedly at 7:44 pm Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Genesis East Medical Center, Davenport, Iowa.  He was born February 24, 1958 at Fort Madison, Iowa, a son of Dale Harvey and Jeana Melveen (Nicholson) McMillen.  On July 30, 1993 at Fort Madison, Iowa, he married Lori Sanders.  She survives.

     

    Bryon was a 1976 graduate of Fort Madison High School.  He learned to ride motorcycles when he was 12 years old, and rode them his whole life.  He was the greatest, self proclaimed,  “Wheelie” rider anywhere.  When he was young, he earned many awards during Trials motorcycle competitions.  He lived in Texas for six years, where he learned his carpentry skills.  He also loved to fly and earned his pilot’s license in Texas.  Bryon was a master carpenter and millwright.  He worked for Millwright Services for 20 years.  He enjoyed working with and joking around with his coworkers.  He was a member of the Holy Family Parish.  He liked hockey, baseball, watching professional basketball, and shooting firearms.  He loved his kids and his wife with all his heart.

     

    He is survived by his wife, Lori McMillen, of Fort Madison, Iowa; his father, Dale McMillen, of Rio Hondo, Texas; two sons: Bryor McMillen (Danielle Watznauer), of Wever, Iowa and Connor McMillen, of Fort Madison, Iowa; two brothers: Allen (Jodee) McMillen, of Fort Madison, Iowa and Kerry (Patti) McMillen, of Rio Hondo, Texas; one sister, Lenora (Eric) Geise, of O’Fallon, Missouri; one aunt, Linda (Dave) Berck, of Taylorville, Illinois; two nephews, Ryon and Derek McMillen; two nieces, Karissa and Erica Geise; two great nieces, one great nephew, many cousins, his “baby girl, Yadi”, and his granddog “Bo Duke”.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Jeana; grandparents, Melvin and Martha Nicholson and Harvey and Helen McMillen; two uncles, Wayne Nicholson and Don McMillen.

     

    Because of Bryon’s love for motorcycles, the family is encouraging everyone that can to ride their motorcycles to the services.  A Rosary will be recited at 3:00 pm Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the Barr Memorial Chapel.   His family will continue to meet friends from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Tuesday evening, where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:00 pm at the funeral home.   Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Holy Family Parish, Sacred Heart Church, Fort Madison, Iowa, with Reverend Mark Spring as Celebrant.  A memorial has been established, contributions may be left at the church or at the Barr Memorial Chapel.  Online condolences to the McMillen family may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel and Cremation Services website, www.barrmemorialchapel.com.

     

    George D. “Jack” Brokaw, 92, of Biggsville, Illinois, passed away on June 5, 2015 in Stronghurst, Illinois. He was born September 4, 1922, near Raritan, Illinois, the son of George E. and Mary Gunter Brokaw.

     

    Jack was a 1940 graduate of Media High School. He served in the Army Air Force as a member of the 397th fighter squadron during World War II in the European Theater, and participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. While stationed in England, he met his future wife, Pat, whom he married on July 2, 1945 in Manchester, England. She preceded him in death on March 25, 2004.

     

    After the war, he and Pat returned to the states and lived in Raritan, IL, and Kansas City, MO. They moved to the farm near Biggsville in 1948, where they lived until 1999 when they moved into their new home on West Street in Biggsville. After Pat’s death, Jack continued to live there until 2013, when he moved to Oakwood Estates in Stronghurst.

     

    Jack loved farming and was extremely active in promoting land conservation. He enjoyed doing stonework, woodworking, and stained glass. He was a lifelong learner who loved to read, travel, design and create. He was a member of the Rozetta Baptist Church. He served 34 years on the board of directors of the Raritan State Bank. He was a 32nd Degree Mason of the Abraham Lincoln Lodge #518. He was a charter member of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. and served on numerous county and civic boards during his lifetime. He chaired the committee to get the County District Library formed and help build its first building on Main Street, in Biggsville. He co-developed the Hend-Co Hills Golf Course. He gave many years of service on the Biggsville Village Board and was a long time member of the NRA, Lions Club, American Legion and Gold Circle Member of the Veterans Of Foreign Wars.

     

    Survivors include one daughter, Terry (Arthur) Bourne of Gulf Shores, AL, one son, Steve (Sherri) Brokaw of Biggsville, five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, two sisters, Lois Campbell of Stronghurst, Lillian Bray of LaHarpe, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two brothers, James and John in 2012, and one granddaughter in 1979.

     

    Visitation will be from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday June 10, 2015 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst. Burial, with military rites, will follow in the Raritan Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for Beacon Of Hope Hospice and Shriners Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com.

     

    Mr. Stephen Frank Lozar, 64, of rural LaHarpe passed away at 4:26 AM, Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, IA. Stephen was born on July 7, 1950 in Sussex, NJ, the son of Frank and Rowena Arthur Lozar. On June 21, 1980 he married Dianne Clover Furia in Sussex, NJ.

    He worked for 14 years as a Technician for Regional Fuel, Oil and Heating in Franklin, NJ. In 2001 He and his wife moved to Illinois. Mr. Lozar then worked at Pinnacle Foods in Fort Madison, IA for 14 years. He enjoyed golfing and riding Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. Stephen loved woodworking and had made all the furniture and finish work in his home. He especially liked his three cats.

    Survivors include his wife, Dianne, one step-daughter, Laura Lee Gardiner of Dallas, TX. Also surviving are his loving extended family.

    Stephen was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Janet.

    Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Greg McClintock officiating. Burial will follow in the Terre Haute Cemetery. A visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Oak Lane Nursing and Rehab Center, Stronghurst, IL. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com.

     

       LaVera Evelyn Burgus Gerst, age 89, of rural Yarmouth, passed away on Friday, June 5, 2015, at the Prairie Ridge Care & Rehab in Mediapolis.  Born July 6, 1925 in rural Sperry, she was the daughter of Herbert Charles and Daisy Esther Marshall Burgus.  On November 3, 1943 she married Robert Clarence Gerst at the Breezy Point Chapel of the Norfolk, Virginia Naval Base.  He preceded her in death on October 8, 1944.

    LaVera graduated from Sperry High School in 1942 at the age of 16.  She continued her education at the Burlington Business School and worked in the Des Moines County Treasure’s Office.

    LaVera has been a lifelong member of the Sperry United Methodist Church and served for many years as the Sunday School treasurer.  She served as a Past Worthy Matron of the White Star Chapter #388 of the Order of Eastern Star, was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the U.S.S. Yorktown Association.  In addition to being a lifelong support to her husband on the farm, LaVera was devoted to her family and friends.  She enjoyed raising bountiful gardens to share with others.  She enjoyed crocheting and was a talented seamstress.  She was well known for her French Bread, cinnamon rolls, cookies, and pies.  LaVera had a big heart and was always available to care for others in time of need.  Her life was a blessing and her memory a treasure.

    LaVera is preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, Robert ‘Butch’; brothers, Harold and James Burgus; and sisters, Dorothy Crow and Pauline Kester.

    Left to cherish her memory are her children, Dr. Jerald R. Gerst of Santa Rosa, California, John Gerst of Yarmouth, Judith Wade of Davenport, and Jane Gerst of Mediapolis; six grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    LaVera’s family would like to thank her caretakers at the Prairie Ridge Care & Rehab for their compassion and devoted care during her residence.

    The funeral ceremony for LaVera Gerst will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at the Sperry United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeff Kodis officiating.  Burial will follow at the Kossuth Cemetery with a lunch gathering to follow at the church.

    An Eastern Star service will be held at 6:00 PM on Tuesday at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis where the family will then meet friends until 8:00 PM.

    A Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of the Sperry United Methodist Church.

    Condolences may be given and viewed at www.hageleandhonts.com.

     

     

     

     

     

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