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Obituaries Wednesday February 18th

Mary Frances Reed, 80, Burlington died Thursday 2/12 at the Great River Medical Center. She is survived by 2 sons, Bryan of Raleigh, NC and Thomas of Knightdale, NC, a sister Janice Small of Oak Harbor, WA and 3 grandchildren. Memorial funeral services will be held at 11 AM Friday 2/20 at the First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ with burial in the Aspen Grove Cemetery at a later date. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Monday February 16th

Debra Jane Keck, 60, of Danville, died at her home Thursday, February 12, 2015. There will be no formal services for Mrs. Keck.  According to her wishes, she has been cremated and inurnment will be held at a later date.  There will be a visitation  today at Elliott Chapel, New London from noon to 5:00 PM, with the family present from 3:00 to 5:00.  Memorials have been established to the Great River Hospice and the American Cancer Society.  

Hilda Bird Gudgell, 75, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Oak Lane Nursing Home, Stronghurst, Illinois on Friday, February 13, 2015.  

Born on October 8, 1939 in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of Fred and Alice M. Porter Judd Sr. She married Lester A. Gudgell on June 1, 2001 in Burlington, Iowa. He died August 26, 2006. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Wednesday February 11th

George R. Ehret, 86, of Burlington, died at 12:30 AM Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born September 5, 1928, in Burlington, he was the son of George Roy and Esther Mower Ehret. On May 17, 1953, he married Ethel Gertrude Cain in Burlington. She died on February 25, 2006.  

George worked as an automotive parts and repair man for Buhmeyer Automotive, Drees Automotive, Archer Motors, and Deery Brothers, retiring in 1993. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Tuesday February 10th

Helen Marie Perkins, 84, of West Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Klein Center, West Burlington, Iowa, on February 9, 2015.  

Born on October 15, 1930 in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of Edwin R. and Emma Bertha Keuhnle Johnson. She married Robert E. Grant and they later divorced. He died in 2008.  Helen married Dale Perkins on August 12, 1978 in Burlington; he died September 26, 1989.  

Helen worked at Burlington Medical Center in Medical Records for many years and retired from there. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Monday February 9th

Ruth Wischmeier, 82, of Burlington, died at 9:15 AM Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born September 23, 1932, in Newport, IA, she was the daughter of Austin and Nellie Havenhill Hemphill. On August 13, 1950, she married Leonard Wischmeier at the Latty Church in Burlington.  

Ruth worked at Mitten Jewelry Store in Hotel Burlington and then for Law’s Jewelry in downtown Burlington and was a homemaker.  

She graduated from Burlington High School in 1950. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Friday February 6th

Stanley Robert Flack, 58, of Ottumwa, died Thursday, February 05, 2015 surrounded by his family at Hospice of Davis and Wapello County in Ottumwa, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Visitation for Mr. Flack will begin after 9:00 AM, Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Elliott Chapel, New London and his family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Chapel.  There will be no Memorial Service.  According to his wishes, his body will be cremated following visitation and inurnment will be held at a later date.  A memorial has been established in lieu of flowers.  

Marvin Chester Meeker, 87, of Burlington, died at 11:10 PM Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at his home in rural Burlington from complications of Leukemia.  

Born January 31, 1928, in Pekin, IL, he was the son of Daniel Rodney and Hazel Williams Meeker. On April 5, 1953, he married Dolores Blanche Spanhut in Burlington. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Thursday February 5th

Candy Lynn Almendinger, 56, of Burlington, died at 2:40 AM Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born November 29, 1958, in Akron, OH, she was the daughter of Daniel Hale and Dora Maupin. On December 31, 1997, she married David Almendinger at the Zion United Church of Christ in Burlington.  

Candy was a homemaker and social worker for various companies.  

She graduated from Southeastern Community College before receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Wednesday February 4th

Sharon Lynn Snider, 64, West Burlington died Saturday 1/31 at the Great River Hospice House. She is survived by her husband Richard “Dick”, 2 sons, Jeremy Starman of Westerville, OH and Andrew Snider of Deerfield, FL, a sister, Nancy Reighard of Burlington and a brother, Jim Von Ende of Iowa City & 3 grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 4-6 PM Friday 2/6 at Lunning Chapel.  

Robert “Bob” P. Ensminger, 87, of Middletown, died at 12:13 PM Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born October 7, 1927, in Wayland, IA, he was the son of Iliff and Neva Peel Ensminger. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Tuesday February 3rd

Mr. Ronnie L. McGinnis, 73, of Dallas City, Illinois passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center, LaHarpe, IL. Services are pending at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City.  

Eleanor Jeanne Kindig, 91, of Burlington, Iowa, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 in the Danville Care Center, Danville, Iowa. Born July 21, 1923 in Fort Madison, Iowa she was the daughter of Arthur Franklin and Nina Parson Davis.  On May 23, 1944 she married Robert Leroy Kindig in Burlington, Iowa.  He preceded her in death August 24, 1984. Jeanne was a graduate of Burlington High School class of 1941. Continue Reading →

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Obituaries Monday February 2nd

Dorothy Elizabeth Odle, age 87, of Wapello, died Sunday morning, February 1, 2015, at the Wapello Nursing & Rehab Center.  The daughter of Otto and Johanna Kuester Umlandt, she was born on June 10, 1927 in Muscatine.  Dorothy married Hilton B. Odle on May 31, 1953 in Muscatine.  He preceded her in death on December 18, 2009.  

Dorothy graduated from Muscatine High School and attended Muscatine Junior College to receive her teaching certificate.  In later years she received her four year degree from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant.  She was an elementary teacher first in Wapello and then later taught at both Lett’s and Grandview elementary schools and retired from teaching from L & M elementary school.  

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Wapello, the T.O.P.S. 1118 in Wapello, the Wapello Study Club, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and the Louisa County Retired Teachers.  She enjoyed reading, needlepoint, and flower gardening.  

Her family includes a daughter, Terri & Kirk McElhinney of Johnson City, Texas; a son, Steve & Anita Odle of Wapello; nine grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hilton; a son, KC; and an infant sister. Continue Reading →

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