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
Joseph Michael Butts, 67, West Burlington died Sat 3/15 at his home
Son Jeremy Ives
Daughter Jo Brown Burlington
Daughter Susan Butts Burlington
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
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
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
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
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 www.banksandbeals.com. 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
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
Where: at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa,
Survivors: He is survived by his mother, Helen Bechtel of Burlington, Iowa; two sons, Eric (Katie Garcia) Lee and Sean (Adrienne) Lee, both of Burlington, Iowa; two daughters, Shannon (David) Kroll of Nashville, Tennessee and Bobbie (Tom) Cobb of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren, Josh, Brittany, Preston and Caden; one great-granddaughter, Avery; one brother, Ron (Sheryl) Lee of Burlington, Iowa; one nephew, Tristin; one step-brother, Fred Bechtel Jr. of Burlington, Iowa; several cousins; and his pet daschund, Joey.
Memorial Service: for Tommy Lee will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Prugh’s Chapel. Mr. Mark McBride will officiate.
Other arrangements: The family will receive friends in Prugh’s Chapel from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. Following the service a Memorial Jam Session will be held at The Washington, Burlington, Iowa. Cremation has been entrusted to Prugh Funeral Service. In Lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in memory of Tommy Lee. Condolences may be left at www.prughfuneralservice.com. Continue Reading