Obits for July 9th, 2015

Tommy Howard, 62 , of Smithville, Texas died June 10, 2015 at his home in Smithville. Graveside inurnment will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Burge Cemetery, rural New London. A memorial has been established for his funeral expenses. Constance May Warth, 61, of New London, died Tuesday, July 7, 2015. According to her wished, her body was cremated and inurnment will be held at a later date. Continue Reading

Obits for July 7th 2015


Alan A. Woolwine, age 64, of Mediapolis, died unexpectedly at his home on June 29, 2015.  Born February 20, 1951, he was the son of Amy Vance and Harvey Lane Woolwine.  Alan graduated from Mediapolis High School and Parsons College in Fairfield with a degree in English.  His first job was being a DJ on the radio.  He started working at Schrock Lumber in 1975 and continued working there until his death.  He enjoyed going to the farm with his beloved dog and friend Roscoe.  Everyone was familiar with Roscoe because he and Alan walked morning and night in Mediapolis.  

He was preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include friends and cousins.  

His body has been cremated.  Visitation for Alan will be from 2 to 7 Thursday with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7pm at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis.  

A memorial fund has been established for the Humane Society.  

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Obituaries Monday June 29th

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.  

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Obituaries Friday June 26th

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. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday June 19th

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. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday June 18th

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. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday June 17th

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. Continue Reading

Obits for June 16, 2015

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. Continue Reading

Obits for June 12th, 2015

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

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
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