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Obituaries Monday March 24th

Jean S. Dodd-Crusan, 94, of Mulkeytown, IL, formerly of Burlington, died at 12:53 AM Friday, March 21, 2014, at her son’s residence. Born May 27, 1919, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Walter Francis and Edna Mae Vogelgesang Kelley.  On February 18, 1939, she married William L.L. Dodd in Keokuk, IA.  He died March 15, 1953.  On February 2, 1957 she married Harold Robert Crusan in Burlignton. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Thursday March 20th

Blake William Sandrock, 51    of Cedar Rapids died Friday 3/14 Mercy Hospice – Cedar Rapids
Mother – Ruth Ann Sandrock
Father – Dr. Austin (Carole) Sandrock
Son    Nate Sandrock
Brother Todd (Sandy) Sandrock
Memorial Funeral Service will be at 11:30 am. Saturday,March 22nd at First Christian Church – Disciples of Christ.  

Clarence Edward Mumme, 82, of Burlington, died at 2:45 PM Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington. Born December 12, 1931, in Filmore County, NE, he was the son of Arthur Henry James and Rosa Caroline Totemeier Mumme. On April 3, 1956, he married Patricia Mary Pluess in Kahoka, MO. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Wednesday March 19th

Mary Ellen Drafahl, 89, of West Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Klein Center, West Burlington, Iowa, on Monday evening, March 17, 2014.     
Born on November 16, 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska, she was the daughter of Edward and Lillian Danielson Rodgers. She married Robert L. Drafahl on June 27, 1944 in West Burlington, Iowa. He died on September 14, 1989.     
Mary was a homemaker. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Tuesday March 18th

Joseph Michael Butts, 67, West Burlington died Sat 3/15 at his home
Son         Jeremy Ives
Daughter    Jo Brown    Burlington
Daughter    Susan Butts    Burlington
6 Grandchildren
Sister Georgia Brobston, West Burlington
Brothers Albert L. Butts, Palmyra, NE & Steven R. Butts, Burlington
Following military rites at 11 a.m. Friday, March 21st, at Lunning Chapel we will go in
procession to Aspen Grove Cemetery for,the graveside memorial service and internment.  

Garold Dean Wilson, 78, of West Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa, on Friday morning, March 14, 2014.     
Born on February 9, 1936 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Garold and Marquerite Freehill Wilson. He married Geraldine Mallonee in Burlington, Iowa, in 1957; they later divorced. He married Shirley Dorsey in Burlington, Iowa, in 1996. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Friday March 14th

Jerome Lee ‘Jerry’ Cross, age 74, of Wapello, died Wednesday morning, March 12, 2014, at his home.  The son of Ronald Maurice and Fannie Lea Matthews Cross, he was born on January 8, 1940 in Burlington.  He married Mary Frances McKee on August 6, 1965 in Aledo, Illinois. Jerry graduated from Wapello High School in 1957 and from Southeastern Community College in West Burlington.  He was a chemical technician at Monsanto. He loved his grandchildren, especially their cross country and track activities.  He was an advocate of Platelet donations and had an appreciation for medical study.  He was a Moderator for the Decorah Eagles as he enjoyed the outdoors including hunting and fishing.  Jerry was an avid reader and he loved his dogs. His family includes his wife, Mary; two daughters, Elizabeth Kuhlemeyer of Hamel, Illinois and Sarah & Jesse Wright of Ottumwa; a son, Tom Cross of Silsbee, Texas; four grandchildren, Michael Vancil and Samantha, Gwynne, and Zoey Wright; three sisters, Debbie & Russ Wiley of Wapello, Sue Ellen Cross-Lea of Iowa City, and Carla & Keith Grimm of Wapello; and two brothers, Doug Cross of Wapello and Ronald Cross of Fairfax, Virginia.  He was preceded in death by his parents. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at 3:00 to 6:00 PM on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Briggs Civic Center in Wapello.  The family will share music and memories at 3:00 PM along with a fellowship lunch for everyone to visit. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Thursday March 13th

Lois F. Ramey,    Age 89    of West Burlington died Mon 3/10 at her home
Son    Ray Lewis    Maryland,
Son    Roy Glenn Ramey    Utah,
Son    Randall Gene Ramey    Illinois,
Daughter    Sandra Bannier
6 Grandchildren    5 Great-Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren
Sister    Marie Lawson    Illinois,
Friends may call    Noon until 8 p.m. Friday, March 14th, at Lunning Chapel
Family will receive friends    4 – 8 p.m. Friday, March 14th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service    10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15h, at First Christian Church – Disciples of Christ
West Burlington    IA
Burial Will Be    Raritan Cemetery, Raritan, IL Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Wednesday March 12th

Patricia Marie Brobston, 67, of Burlington, died at 10:00 PM Monday, March 10, 2014, at her home.  

Born January 20, 1947, in Iowa City, IA, she was the daughter of Howard Owen and Evon Lucetta Ferrell Brobston.  

Patricia worked at Lance (Midwest Biscuit Co.) for 20 years.  She then became the head lunch lady for the Burlington Community School District, starting at Horace Mann Junior High School and continuing until it caught fire and was tore down.  She went on to work at several other schools but was working at Corse Elementary when she was overcome with illness. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Tuesday March 11th

Rex L. Conn    Age 92    of Warsaw, MO died Fri 3/7 at Golden Valley Memorial    Clinton, MO
Son    Larry (Holly) Conn    Warsaw, MO
Daughter    Susan Lewis    Chillicothe    IL
4    Grandchildren    12    Great-Grandchildren    3    Great-Great Grandchildren
Family will receive friends    1 – 1:30 PM Thursday, March 13th, at Lunning Chapel
Graveside Funeral Service 2 PM Thursday, March 13th, in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery


James Benedict,    89,    Burlington died Fri 3/7 at the Great River Medical Center
Daughter    Patricia Neal    Burlington    IA
Daughter    Susan Blythe    Burlington    IA
4    Grandchildren    5    Great-Grandchildren
2 Step Grandchildren    6 Step Great Grandchildren    2    Step Great-Great Grandchildrei
Friends may call    Noon until 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11th, at Lunning Chapel
Family will receive friends    6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service        10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be    Aspen Grove Cemetery

Mrs. Myrtle Fife, 97, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 1:25p.m.Monday, March 10, 2014 at her home. Arrangements are pending at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe.Condolences may be left at Francis “Frank” Allen White Jr., 90, of Locust Grove, Georgia, passed away at home, on March 4, 2014 at 9:15a.m.
Born on April 29, 1923 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Francis Allen White Sr. and Birdie Mary Washington White. He graduated from Burlington High School and attended various military leadership schools while in the Navy.  
He married Blondia E. Bailey on June 15, 1965 in Waukegan, Illinois. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Monday March 10th

Bobbie Jo Royal, age 41 of Wapello, died Saturday March 8, 2014 in the ER at Great River Medical Center.   The daughter of Robert and Edna (Adams) Stanton, she was born January 7, 1973 at Washington, Iowa.  On August 20, 1993 she married Vincent Royal in Wapello.  She attended the Wapello High School and was a senior at Southeastern Community College.  She was a homemaker and had worked as a CNA. Survivors include:  her husband of Wapello; two sons, Arthur James Royal (AJ) and Vincent Joshua Royal (Josh); her parents, Robert Stanton of Missouri and Edna and Keith Frownfelter of Mediapolis;   two brothers, Scott and Jennifer Stanton of Wilton; Pete and Stacey Stanton of Muscatine;

Cremation has been accorded and there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be Saturday March 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello, with Rev. Claude Perhealth officiating.  A general memorial has been established in her name. Marvin “Skeeter” John Novak, Jr., 61, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 11:40 a.m. at his home.  He was born on March 24, 1952 in Charles City, IA to Marvin J. & Ila M. Arhart Novak, Sr.  He married Dawn Cunningham on July 21, 1973 in Joice, IA and they later divorced.  He then married Tammy Boone in Fort Madison and they later divorced.  He worked for the Dial Corporation first in Mason City, IA, then in Omaha, NE and later transferred to Fort Madison.  He worked for Dial for 32 years.  He also loved to perform magic for children, woodworking and fishing.  Being a man of God, he enjoyed sharing his faith in Christ with others. Skeeter is survived by: 5-sons: Jaime (Jennifer Johnson) Novak of Fort Madison, IA, Jason Novak of Fort Madison, IA, Aaron (Sarah) Novak of Watertown, NY, Chris (Steve) Nye of Fort Madison, IA, Mike (Jordyn) Novak Montrose, IA; 1-daughter: Jennifer (Josh Shallcross) Novak of Fort Madison, IA; 11-grandchildren; 2-sisters: Idella Shores of Fort Madison, IA & Fran
(Bob) West of Kissimmee, FL; 3-nieces & 4-nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents. Continue Reading →

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