Obituaries Friday December 19th

Robert Dean Cortelyou, 73, of Urbana, IL, formerly of LaHarpe, IL passed away Monday, December 15, 2014 at his home. Services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, December 22, 2014 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Pastor Shawn Cortelyou officiating. Burial will be in the LaHarpe Cemetery. The family will meet with friends Sunday, December 21st from 3:00 until 5:00 PM at the funeral home. Condolences may be left at Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday December 18th

Ms. Ruby Annabelle Bavery, 83, of LaHarpe, IL passed way at 1:15 PM Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the hospice house in West Burlington, IA. She was born on September 29, 1931, the daughter of Floyd and Charlotte Bolton Bavery. She attended school in Basco, IL and was a 1949 graduate of the Warsaw High School. She then entered St. Francis School of Nursing in Macomb, IL, graduating in 1952. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday December 17th

Jerry Allen Kaufman, 79, of Burlington, died at 12:45 PM Monday, December 15, 2014, at the Galesburg Cottage Hospital.  

Born January 26, 1935, in Randolph County, MO, he was the son of Joseph and Georgie Herrin Kaufman. In March of 1985, he married Martha Fetters in Macon, MO.  

Jerry worked for Associated Electric Cooperative, as a manager and draftsman for numerous power plants, and owned Katy Station in Columbia, MO.  

He was a 1953 graduate of Moberly High School. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday December 16th

Ronald Glenn Jack, age 78, of Wapello, died Saturday, December 13, 2014, at his home.  The son of Claude Glenn and Mary Violet Viner Jack, he was born on May 29, 1936 in Wapello.  He graduated from Wapello High School in 1954.  

He farmed for several years and worked for GE a short time and then with the Iowa Department of Transportation.  Later he worked for Tri Oak in Oakville.  He enjoyed small engine repair and collected lawn mowers.  

Ron is survived by his two sons, Chuck Jack of Sartell, Minnesota and Ron Jack, Jr. of Burlington; and three grandchildren.  

Following cremation there are no services planned at this time.  

The Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home is providing the care and arrangements where online condolences may be given at Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday December 15th

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Paull, 99, of Burlington, died at 7:30 PM Saturday, December 13, 2014, at the Rosewood Care Center in Galesburg, IL.  

Born March 5, 1915, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Henry G. and Mary “Mamie” Broderson Kuntz. On June 2, 1946, she married Cletus Samuel Paull in Burlington. He died December 24, 1986.  

Mary was a homemaker. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday December 11th

Jerry Lee Squier, Sr., 67, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 9:17 PM Monday, December 8, 2014 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born on January 11, 1947 in Kampsville, Illinois, the son of Arthur and June Vetter Squier. On September 24, 1973 he married Rosemary E. Cox in Carthage, IL. She preceded him in death on July 28, 2013. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday December 10th

David Paul Mathias, 60, of Burlington, died at 6:45 AM Monday, December 8, 2014, at his home in Burlington.  

Born November 7, 1954, in Agency, IA, he was the son of Clifford and Donna Holcome Mathias. He married Lila Henson.  

David worked as a construction worker.  

He was a U.S. Marines Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War from February 18, 1972 until July 9, 1973. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday December 9th

Leonard A. Johnson, 71, Burlington, died Sun 12/7 at his home.  He is survived by 3 sons, Larry,  Matthew and Michael all of Burlington, 2 daughters, Lisa McGinity and Kelly Walker both of Burlington, a sister, Linda Durfee of Arkansas, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Memorial Funeral Service will be at 1PM Thursday 12/11 at Lunning Chapel.  


Eleanor Louise Booth, 82, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Burlington Care Center, Burlington, Iowa, on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  

Born on October 11, 1932 in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of Edward J. and Louise I. Ebert Kramer. Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday December 8th

LaVern Rollin Haffner, 85 years, of Fort Madison, Iowa died at 9:10 AM Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Fort Madison Community Hospital, Fort Madison, Iowa.  He was born September 4, 1929 at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.  On July 2, 1955, he married Patricia Culbertson at Fort Madison, Iowa.  

LaVern lived most of his life in Fort Madison, and was a 1950 graduate of Fort Madison High School.  He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving during the Korean War.  He worked 36 years as a lineman for “Ma Bell”, otherwise known as Northwestern Bell and US West.  He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ.  He was also a member of the American Legion, VFW, and the Eagles.  He was a former member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, Wever.  He had a passion for Antique Gas Engines and was a member of the Southeast Iowa Antique Gas Engine Club.  He was a collector of many other antiques.  LaVern had a servant’s heart and was always willing to help others.  

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Haffner, of Fort Madison, Iowa; two sons, Scott (wife Polly) Haffner, of Richmond, Texas and Jay Haffner, of Coralville, Iowa; three grandchildren: Lauren, Brett, and Carly Haffner; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and twin brother, LaMarr Haffner. Continue Reading