Obituaries for Saturday April 13th

Arthur Ritchey Adkisson, Jr., 73, of Nauvoo, Illinois passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the Fort Madison Community Hospital, Fort Madison, Iowa.
Arthur was born on March 26, 1946 in Keokuk, Iowa the son of Arthur R. and Ruth Buelow Adkisson, Sr. On July 30, 1966 he married Dianne Wood at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Nauvoo. She survives.
Mr. Adkisson was a graduate of the Warsaw High School, Warsaw, Illinois. Following high school he served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 – 1969 serving on a USS Destroyer. He received his Bachelors Degree from Western Illinois University. Art began his teaching career in Colusa, Illinois and finished his 33 year career at the Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary School. When Art wasn’t teaching he enjoyed helping local carpenters. Mr. Adkisson was a member of the Nauvoo American Legion where he served as an adjutant and was a charter member of the Nauvoo Jaycees.
Survivors include his wife, Dianne, one daughter, Brenda Adkisson of Nauvoo, one son, Lance (Shawna) Adkisson of LaHarpe, Illinois, two grandchildren, Abby (Braden) Shull and Brady Adkisson and two sisters, Susan Pryor of Lathrop, Missouri and Linda (Bob) Kiser of Gainesville, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Schmitz-Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Nauvoo with Pastor Mark Anderson and Fr. Tony Trosley officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery, Hamilton, Illinois. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 15 at Schmitz-Banks & Beals where the family will receive friends from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for the Nauvoo Veterans Memorial or the donor’s choice. Please visit Art’s obituary at to leave a conndolence.

Joan M. Ryals, 83, of Burlington, died at 3:41 PM Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.

Born March 3, 1936, in Fairfield, she was the daughter of Lee and Irene Kelley.

She graduated from Ottumwa High School then continued her studies at Southeastern Community College.

Joan worked at Exide Batteries for 28 years where she met her best friend Cheryl Brobston.

Joan enjoyed cooking, traveling, going to the rodeo and dancing. She was a member of West Hill Methodist Church, Eastern Star and White Shrine. Joan loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Helen (Larry) Whitmore and Linda (John) Clark both of Burlington; seven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Joan is preceded in death by her two husbands, Paul Ryals and Cecil Davis, her significant other, Ernesto Puente, one sister, Joyce, and two grandsons, Chad and Eric Whitmore.

Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The Graveside Committal Service for Joan will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Aspen Grove Cemetery with Reverend Charles W. Stevens, Reverend Kendall Adams officiating.

A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice House.

Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Joan’s obituary at

Rusty Anthony Maddox, 54 of West Burlington, died Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Born July 5, 1964 in Burlington, he is the son of Albert Allen and Vicki Lee (Giles) Maddox Jr.
He attended Burlington High School.
Rusty worked in construction, for various farmers, and in production for Riley’s Paint Company.
He was of the Christian faith.
He was a great outdoorsman. He loved nature. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and all outdoor adventure. Rusty enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially his beloved grandchildren. His favorite pastime was baking cookies and sweets for the neighborhood children and friends. He was also known to be a little ornery on occasion.
Survivors include his fiancée, Amber Hand of West Burlington; two sons, Christopher West of Stronghurst, IL and Tyler Maddox of Kansas City, KS; his mother, Vicki Lee Maddox of Burlington; three siblings, Robert A. (Kimberley) Maddox of Las Vegas, NV, Robin A. Maddox of Cape Canaveral, FL, and Rochelle A. Maddox of Walker, LA; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
The celebration of life service for Rusty will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 16th at Lunning Chapel. Rev. Shane Mc Campbell will officiate. Inurnment will be in South Walker Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8:00 p.m. Monday, April 15th at Lunning Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial plant to be planted in memory of Rusty would be appreciated.

Willis Lowell “JR” Kirk Jr., 54, of Burlington, died at 4:15 PM, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Great River Medical Center.

Born November 1, 1964, in Oskaloosa, IA, he was the son of Willis L. and Patricia Sirovy Kirk. On August 5, 1994, he married Ann Marie Mesler in Oskaloosa, IA.

JR had held a variety of jobs including meat cutting, bouncer, manufacturing, and glass cutting.

He was a 1983 graduate of Oskaloosa High School and graduated from Southeastern Community College in 2004 with an A.S. in Web Design.

He enjoyed his family, pets, sports, and good humor.

Survivors include his wife, Ann; one daughter, Janette Yenchko of West Burlington; three grandchildren, Evelyn Marie, Claire Marie, and Logan James Yenchko; three sisters, Lorraine Kirk of Burlington, Patricia Kirk (Lennie Thompson) of Ankeny, IA, and Georgina (Terry) Gott of Oskaloosa, IA; very special family friend, Tina Musgrove; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh~Thielen Crematory.

Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The memorial service for Willie will be at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with John Yenchko officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home following the burial.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter in Oskaloosa, Iowa or the charity of your choice.

Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting JR’s obituary at

Irene Heyland, 93, of Des Moines died on April, 10th, 2019 at Wesley Acres in Des Moines, Iowa.

Born November 11, 1925 in West Point, Irene was a child of the depression and she carried those lessons throughout her life. She was the daughter of Adam and Mary Mueller also of St. Paul, IA.

She married John A. Link, Jr. on July 2nd, 1946 upon his return from active duty in the U.S. Navy in WWII. Together they had three children, Joyce married to Frank Kempker of Urbandale, Iowa, Judy, married to Jim McPartland of Brisbane, Australia and Jeff Link of Des Moines, Iowa. Irene and John bought a farm in 1960 and built a house for their young family. John Link died suddenly in 1967.

On October 19, 1970, Irene married Frank Heyland and moved to Burlington, IA. Irene and Frank raised his four surviving sons, Michael of Jamaica, Iowa, Richard of Weaver, Steven of Burlington, Iowa and Jon of Ft. Madison, Iowa.

Irene was an active member of St. Paul’s parish for decades taking pride in the annual bake sale and her special contribution of anise cookies. She was an avid bowler and was awarded Bowler of the Year in 2012. She was a long-time officer in the Burlington chapter of the National Association Railway and Veteran Employees including several years as its president. Irene was also a lifelong member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary in West Point, IA.

She was a generous mother and grandmother giving her time and talents to making quilts, customizing sweatshirts and innumerable plastic canvass creations for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She loved walking in Crapo Park, Hawkeye basketball, playing Phase 10, Big Joe’s Polka Show and Wheel of Fortune.

Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Monday, April 15 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Mrs. Heyland will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, April 16 at Divine Mercy Parish-St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Very Re. Father Marty Goetz as the Celebrant. Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir. Burial will be in Calgary Cemetery. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the fellowship hall of St. Paul’s Catholic Church following the service.

A memorial has been established for the Crapo Park Foundation for a park bench and tree planting. She loved walking in Crapo Park daily.

Janet Jeanette Dobbs, 85, of Burlington, died at 7:21 am Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.

Born February 9, 1934, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Joseph and Bernice Wiley Losey.

Janet worked for Great River Kline Center for 20 years. She also worked for Northwestern Bell for four years and St. Francis Hospital for ten years.

Janet was a member of Flint Hills Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed going to garage sales, riding in the car with her family, turtle hunting, listening to country gospel music and vegetable gardening. Janet always said that vegetable gardening was her way of believing in tomorrow.

Survivors include one son, Richard Lee Dobbs of Sacramento, CA, one daughter, Debbie Estrada of Burlington, seven grandchild; Gabriel Martinez of West Haven, CT, Fabian (Heather) Martinez of Livingston, TX and Adela (Dwayne) Jones, Jesus Martinez, Joseph Estrada, Sherman Estrada and Gabrielle (Antonio) Williams all of Burlington; twenty-one great-grandchildren: Gabriel Martinez, Guy Williams, Khanishah Williams, Carlton Martinez, Carlo Martinez, Kanaura Martinez, Jozlynn Martinez, Raquel Martinez, Jesus Martinez, Javier Martinez, Zachary Martinez, Elijah Martinez, Jerimiah Martinez, Jace Martinez, Elayna Estrada, Rheanna Estrada, Daylan Estrada, Joelle Estrada, Avonna Williams, Antonia Williams and Ana Williams; one brother, Steve Losey of Burlington, three sisters, Janice Fritz of West Burlington, Charlotte Bray of Burlington and Patricia (Bill) Young of Texas; seven nieces: Melanie Fritz, Pamela Fritz, Rochelle Fritz, Jena (Jeff) Breece, Diane (Bob) Leonard, Leanna (David) Koontz and Ellen (Mike) Kautz; four nephews: William (Iza) Fritz, Gary Bray, David Bray and Chad Losey.
Besides her husband, Janet is preceded in death by her parents.
Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh~Thielen Crematory.

The memorial service for Janet will be 2:00 PM Monday, April 15, 2019, at Flint Hills Church of the Nazarene with Reverend Ron Jewett officiating.

A memorial has been established.

Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.