Obituaries Tuesday October 8th



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Bryan H. Lewis, 86, of West Burlington, Iowa, died at Great River Klein Center, West Burlington, Iowa, on Sunday afternoon, October 6, 2013.


Born on September 5, 1927 in Quincy, Illinois, he was the son of Bryan S. and Fosta Hawkins Lewis. He married Lois Martin in 1949 they later divorced. He married Betty Harris Shellabarger on June 6, 1972 in Burlington, Iowa. She died on February 21, 2012.


Bryan graduated from Quincy High School and Southeastern Community College. He served in the Army Air Force. He worked as a bio-medical engineer at Burlington Medical Center. Bryan was past president of the Burlington Eagles Club. Bryan loved woodworking and built collectable shelves for most of the family. He also made trains, cars and tractors for most of his grandchildren. He loved camping and fishing with his family and friends. Bryan also enjoyed dancing and building computers. He was of the Methodist faith.


He is survived by one son, Mike Lewis of West Burlington, Iowa; three daughters, Cindy Garrels of Wever, Iowa, Becky (Rick) Buford of Sherrard, Illinois and Deanna Thele of Burlington, Iowa; two step-daughters, Cindy (Mike) Daily Thompson of Ft. Madison, Iowa and Carol (Tom) Crow of Springfield, Missouri; 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 11step-great-grandchildren; one brother Charles (Peggy) Lewis of Springfield, Illinois; one sister, Eunice Lewis of Burlington, Iowa; several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his parents; one son-in-law, David Garrels; step-son-in-law, Mike Daily; and one step-son, Bill Shellabarger.


Graveside Committal Services for Bryan H. Lewis will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa. PastorDavid Plooster will officiate.


Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The family will receive friends at Prugh’s Chapel one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

There will a funeral procession to the cemetery. A memorial has been established in memory of Bryan Lewis. Condolences may be left at

Elizabeth Elaine Peters, 87 years, of Fort Madison, Iowa died at 6:10 pmSunday, October 6, 2013 at the Living Center East, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  She was born December 2, 1926 in Monroe County, Iowa, the seventh child of William Patrick and Mary Grace (Miller) Barnes.  In 1933, after the death of her father, she moved with her mother to live with an older sister in Fairfield, Iowa.  She was a 1942 graduate of FairfieldHigh School, and a 1946 graduate of ParsonsCollege in Fairfield.  On December 19, 1945, she married John R. “Pete” Peters, in the Barhydt Chapel on the ParsonsCollege campus.  They were married for over 60 years before he preceded her in death on March 5, 2007


Upon Pete’s graduation in 1948, they moved to FortMadison.  She taught business in three consolidated high schools and did substitute teaching in public and Aquinas high schools for 17 years.  She was a member of the FortMadisonUnitedMethodistChurch and taught primary Sunday School for 17 years.  She was a Meals on Wheels volunteer for 14 years, an assistant Cub Scout den mother, and a volunteer door-to-door driver for many years.  She loved reading, gardening, and crossword puzzles.  


She is survived by one son, Phillip D. (wife Karen) Peters, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one daughter-in-law, Karen Peters, of Fort Madison, Iowa; five grandchildren,  one great grandson; eight nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, three sisters, and one son, John R. “Skip” Peters.

Friends may call after 2:00 pmThursday, October 10, 2013 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, where the family will greet friends from 5:30 – 6:30 pm Thursday evening.  Her funeral service will be held at 10:30 amFriday, October 11, 2013 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, with Pastor Jan Garza officiating.  Burial will be at Soldiers Circle, Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa.  A memorial has been established for the Fort Madison Public Library, and contributions may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison, Iowa.  Online condolences to the Peters family may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel website,