Obituaries Saturday October 19th



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Lloyd Schmeiser, 92, of rural Burlington, Iowa, passed away at home on Thursday evening, October 17, 2013.


Born on January 1, 1921 in Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa, he was the son of Benjamin and Mary Taeger Schmeiser. He was one of nine children which included: Mildred Moore, Ethel Dixon, Edyth Bresch, Paul, Loren, Allen, Myron and George Schmeiser.


He married Dorothy Mae Clark on November 14, 1942 at the First United Methodist Church, Burlington, Iowa, by Rev. John W. Poole. They had five children: Ivan, Jean, Joan, Kathleen and Ann.


Lloyd spent all of his 92 years on the family farm on Highway 99. He loved the farm life, caring for and feeding the cattle, the spring planting and fall harvesting of the fertile ground and the beauty of nature’s balance by the changing of the seasons.


He was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church, Burlington, Iowa. Over the years he spent much time serving his community as: Farm Bureau President, Benton Township Clerk, Local School Board Treasurer, Des Moines County School Board Member for eleven years and President for three years, Farm Home Administration Chairman, Planning Committee for the AEA 16, two terms (1970-1974) as State Representative for the 83rd District, member of the Democratic Central Committee and was active in the Democratic Party.


He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two daughters, Joan “Jodi” Goble and Kathy Haltmeyer, both of Burlilngton, Iowa; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Myron of Winfield, Iowa; several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ivan; two daughters, Ann and Jean; three sisters and four brothers.


Funeral services for Lloyd Schmeiser will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 421 Washington St., Burlington, Iowa. Pastor Mike Orthel will officiate. Interment will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa.


Friends may call after 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family receiving friends on Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. in Prugh’s Chapel.


 In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Hope Haven Area Development Center, Great River Hospice and First United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left at

Michael Fred Ebert, 67 years, of Fort Madison, Iowa died at 10:40 pmWednesday, October 16, 2013 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.  He was born December 20, 1945 at Keokuk, Iowa, a son of Fred Eldon and Josephine Edith (Bollin) Ebert.  On December 12, 1970, he married Sharon Sportsman at Fort Madison, Iowa.  She survives.


Michael was a graduate of Nauvoo-ColusaHigh School, and was a veteran of the United States Navy.  He was a buyer for home improvement centers while living in Scottsdale, Arizona; San Antonio, Texas, and Norcross, Georgia.  He and Sharon moved back to the FortMadison area in 1992.  For 12 years, he worked at Jacks and later Shopko.  He was of the Catholic faith.  He was active with the Boy Scouts for years.  He enjoyed fishing, golfing, camping, watching racing and sports, especially the Chicago Bears, Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes. 


He is survived by his wife, Sharon Ebert, of Fort Madison, Iowa; mother and step-father, Josephine and Robert Holton, of Memphis, Missouri; three sons: Brian (Christmas) Ebert, of Gilbert, Arizona; Jeremy Ebert, of Fort Madison, Iowa; and Matthew (Laura) Ebert, of Burlington, Iowa; two brothers, Daniel (Eve) Ebert, of Downing, Missouri and Brad (Rhonda) Ebert, of Downing, Missouri; one sister, Cindy (Larry) Dixon, of Lancaster, Missouri; sisters and brother-in-law: Priscilla Sportsman Nelson, of Phoenix, Arizona; Janice Sportsman, of Fort Madison, Iowa; and David Sportsman, of Fort Madison, Iowa; seven step-brothers; three grandchildren: Ash, Daniele, and Joey; nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father and father and mother-in-law, Evans and Juanita Sportsman.


His body has been cremated.  His family will greet friends from 9:30 to 10:30 amWednesday, October 23, 2013 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison, Iowa.  A memorial service will follow and be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, with Father Mark Spring, officiating.  Burial with full military rites will be at Soldiers Circle, Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa.  A memorial has been established, and contributions may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison, Iowa.  Online condolences to the  Ebert family may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel website,