Obituaries Monday March 25th

Jerry Jonathan Saldeen                                                     Age 71                              of Burlington

Died        Thursday March 21st                           Where      Great River Hospice House              West Burlington


Survivors: Wife:

Patricia Saldeen


Son                                             Terry (Lisa) Saldeen

Son                                             William (Sally) Saldeen

Son                                             Bob Saldeen

Son                                             Scott Saldeen

Daughter                          Sheri (Brain) Landstrom

7 Grandchildren                  1    Great-Grandchildren


Sister                           Joann (Pat) Mitchell

Sister                           Susan (Bill) Johnson

Brother                         Josh (Myrna) Saldeen

Brother                         Danny Saldeen

Brother                         Jeff Saldeen

Family will receive friends   One hour prior to the time of service

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 10:30AM Fri March 29th at Lunning Chapel.


James Rexford Anderson               Age: 43         resident of:  Burlington, Iowa


Died:Thursday, March 21, 2013


Where: Henry County Health Center, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa


Survivors:  He is survived by Dee Ann Fields who he shared his life with; two nephews that he raised and loved with Dee Ann, David Newland and Taylor Newland of Burlington; his mother, Mia (Tom) McIntyre of Ft. Madison; one sister, Marlene (Scott) Kadera of Marion, Iowa;  several nieces and nephews.



Funeral Services:Funeral services for Jim Anderson will be held in Prugh’s Chapel on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.  Rev. Shane McCampbell will officiate.

 Interment: Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.

 Other arrangements: The family will be present to greet friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. in Prugh’s Chapel. A memorial has been established in memory of Jim Anderson. Condolences may be left at


Miriam ‘Betty’ Vickers, age 91, passed from this life into memory on the first day of spring, March 20, 2013, at Bright-Kavonough Hospice in Des Moines.  She was born in Louisa County, Iowa on July 18, 1921, the youngest of the four daughters of Albert and Minnie Weber Heins.


Her early childhood was spent on the family farm near Wapello, moving to town after the Great Depression.  Betty graduated from Wapello schools, where her father was a school board member, in 1939, and Iowa State College in Ames in 1943.  She went on to teach Home Economics in schools in Coggon, IA, West Bay, FL, Morning Sun and Wapello for nearly 40 years.


In 1942, while he was in Naval Diesel Mechanics training in Ames, she met a handsome Sailor, Wesley Vickers of West Bay, FL.  In July 1944 Betty made the train trip to San Francisco to marry that sailor while he was on leave from serving in the South Pacific.  After WW II the couple settled, raised a family and started a business in Morning Sun, later retiring to Port St. Joe, FL.  After Vic’s passing in 2002, Betty moved to Des Moines to be closer to family, living independently at Beaverdale Estates Senior Apartments until her passing.


Betty lived a tireless life of service to her family, her many friends, her students, church and community.  She was a member of numerous women’s, service, religious, and community groups, clubs and boards, including PEO and UMW, and chaperoned many a high school dance.


She was a life long advocate of education as the means to a better world.  Interested in all things artistic, musical, and cultural, she invited all manner of people into her home to learn.  A person born to teach, she did so every day of her life.


Betty is survived by her daughter, Martha Vickers (Daryl Neff) of Pleasant Hill, IA; her son, David Vickers (Karen) of Clinton, IA; grandchildren, Emily Holt (Kurt) of Clear Lake, IA, A.J. Vickers of New York City, NY, Ryan Neff and fiancé Amanda Walters of Peoria, IL, Josh Neff of Ames, and Ashley Neff of Des Moines.  Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Barbara Bryant of Morning Sun and Carolyn Allen of Oklahoma City, OK and a brother-in-law, W. Bruce Vickers of Crestview, FL.


Waiting with the Angels to welcome her are her parents; her beloved husband, Vic; her sisters, Helen Eversmeyer, Phyllis Seymore, and Margaret Parish; and sisters-in-law, Katherine Railey and Evelyn Weibelt.


Services are planned for 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Morning Sun with Rev. Sue-Ellen Sherman officiating.  Burial will follow at the Wapello Cemetery and the family and friends will gather for a fellowship lunch at the Morning Sun Community Building following the committal.

Irene Burcham, 93, formerly of Burlington, Iowa, died at Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville, MO, on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.  She had been a resident of Crown Care Center in Harrisonville.  Born on November 18, 1919, in Queen City, Missouri, she was the daughter of Grover Whitworth and Buena Vista Dole Whitworth.  Losing her mother in 1920, Irene was raised by grandparents, Mary and Sebastian Dole, moving to Iowa in 1930.  She graduated from Burlington High School in 1937 and married Wendell G. Burcham on June 19, 1937.  Wendell died June 7, 1998.

Irene was a homemaker and also worked as a sales clerk at the J.S. Schramm Co. for 25 years.  She enjoyed cooking, camping, needlecrafts, shopping, and dogs, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.  She was a member of Parkside First Baptist Church in Burlington and First Christian Church in Grandview, MO.  She had lived in the greater Kansas City area for the last 16 years.

She is survived by two sons, Wayne (Joe) Burcham-Gulotta of Boonton, NJ and Dennis (Claudia) Burcham of Benbrook, TX and two daughters, Carolyn (Larry) Dick of George West, TX and Nancy (Art) Southard of Cleveland, MO, thirteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, 5 step-great grandchildren, 10 step-great-great grandchildren, one sister, Norene Ryder, of Pasco, Washington, and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one grandson, Kevin Burcham; one great grandson, David Way;  one daughter-in-law, Ellen Burcham; two brothers, Victor and Robert Whitworth; and one sister, Mabel Meyer.

Funeral services for Irene will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Prugh’s Chapel, Burlington, Iowa.  Pastor Rob Carlton will officiate.

Interment will be at Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa.

Friends may call after 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 25.  The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Prugh’s Chapel.  Memorials have been established for Parkside First Baptist Church and Des Moines County Animal Shelter.  Condolences may be left at


Russ “Half-Pint” Osborn, 59, of West Burlington, died at 3:55 am Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.


Born August 23, 1953, in Powersville, MO, he was the son of Harry Lee and Eva Lee Robinson Osborn. In 1978, he married Sharlene Ramirez.  They later divorced.


Russ was a welder for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.


He was a graduate of United Township High School in East Moline, IL and was a U.S. Army Veteran.


He was a member of H.O.G. Club for Harley riders.  He loved his Harley’s and motorcycles. He also enjoyed gardening, animals, and visiting friends and families.


Survivors include one son, Shaun (Cassandra) Osborn of Moline, IL; one daughter, Terra Lundquist of Moline, IL; five grandchildren, Derek, Alaina, Raevyn, Logan, and Aleigha; two brothers, Rick (Sandy) Osborn of Rock Island, IL, and Gary Osborn of Nebraska; several nieces and nephews; and his life partner, Terri Ellis of West Burlington.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Cremation has been entrusted to Thielen Crematory.


There will be no visitation.  A private family service will be held at a later date.


A memorial has been established.


Russ loved his Harley.  He rode hard and lived for the wind in his face.


Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory is in care of the arrangements.


Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Russ’s obituary at