Obituaries for Saturday May 4th

Timothy James Nichols, 55, of Carman, Illinois, died Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, Iowa.
Born December 28, 1963 in Burlington, he was the son of Jack and Sharon L. (Hand) Nichols Sr. He married Lisa Murphy in Burlington on May 25, 2002.
Tim attended Burlington High School. He worked as a fork lift driver for Industrial Service Corporation.
He enjoyed the river, hanging out with family and friends, playing horseshoes, and drinking beer. He was a St. Louis Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys fan.
Survivors include his wife Lisa; one son, Christian Michael Nichols; one stepson, Jason Rankin, both of Carman, Illinois; three grandchildren, Paul, Dylan, and Autumn; one brother, Jack Nichols Jr. of Burlington; two sisters, Cheryl Longshore of Burlington and Dianne Carlson (Rick Scholler) of Oakville, Iowa; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Chris, Nick and Donnie; and his dog, Daisy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; brother, Jeff; sister, Sallie; and a nephew.
The memorial service for Mr. Nichols will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 5th at Lunning Chapel. Rev. Dean Graber will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Casual attire is preferred by the family.
A memorial has been established for the Des Moines County Humane Society.

Randy Ray Frerichs, 68, of West Burlington, formerly of Davenport, died at 5:53 PM Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Born October 25, 1950, in Burlington, he was raised by Irene Mildred Shafer Frerichs and Dale Conrad. On May 27, 1972, he married Barbara Guzman in Burlington. They later divorced.

Randy founded and operated R&B Transportation and Fastbreak Express.

He graduated from Burlington High School. He then graduated from Iowa State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Randy attended Harvest Bible Chapel in Davenport. He enjoyed sports; his favorite teams were the Lakers, Yankees and Northwestern and Iowa State Basketball. He was passionate about music and enjoyed playing the guitar. Throughout his life, he found great joy in helping others near and far.

He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Sarah (Tim) Riley of Eldridge, IA; son, Jackson (Jill) Frerichs of Davenport; grandchildren: Bella, Elliot, Greta, Parker, and Cormick; two nieces, Carole (Michael) Farber of Arizona and Kathy (John) Smith of West Burlington. He was also blessed with numerous extended family members and long lasting friendships.

He is preceded in death by his mother and Dale, his beloved son, Jacob Frerichs, one brother, Ronald Frerichs, and one sister-in-law, Bonnie Frerichs.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The funeral service for Mr. Frerichs will be 12:00 PM Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor Dean Graber officiating. Cremation will be entrusted to the care of Prugh~Thielen Crematory following the service. Inurnment will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date. Following the service a time of food and fellowship will be held at the Burlington Golf Club. Family and friends are welcome to attend any or all portions of the service.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

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 Randy’s obituary at

Carl Richard Shipman, 82, of Blandinsville, IL went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 9:20 a.m. The Elms Nursing Home in Macomb, IL.

Carl was born September 22, 1936, to Cecil & Margie Shipman at their home north of Webster, IL by Doc Kelly. He married Janet Thompson on May 5, 1963 at the 1st Baptist Church in Blandinsville, IL. Carl was a veteran of the US Army. He was a night-shift foreman at NTN Bower for over 30 years. Carl was well known as an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He enjoyed life and had several hobbies including gardening, hunting and fishing with his sons and brothers, playing cards, camping with family and friends, and singing karaoke. He enjoyed all very much.

Carl is survived by his wife, Janet Shipman of Blandinsville, IL, two sons, Daniel (Nicole) Shipman, of Blandinsville, IL; Darren (Heather) Shipman of Gonzales, LA, one daughter, Lucinda Johnson (Don Carey) of Macomb, IL, 7 grandchildren: Nathan (Lacey) Shipman, Anthony Shipman, Nicholas Shipman, Lucas Shipman, Allyssa Johnson (Joe Gallagher), Alex Johnson (Heather Gonterman) and Ian Shipman and 4 great-grandchildren: Jaylee, Hope, Aiden and Jackson.

Carl was raised in a big, loving family with 3 brothers and 3 sisters: Mildred (Major) Lewis of Grayslake, IL; Cecil (Iola) Shipman of Ferris, IL; Clifford (Martha Jean) Shipman of Blandinsville, IL; Henry (Sonja) Shipman of Dallas City, IL; Shirley (Paul) Gorrell of Burlington, IA; and Carolyn (Vernon) Reed of Macon, MO. Although too many to mention, Carl also loved all of his nieces and nephews and had many good memories of family reunions and camping with his extended family at Spring Lake Park throughout the years.
Carl’s in-laws were his niece Angela Thomason, sister-in-law, Carolyn Strausbaugh and brother’s-in-law Larry and Donald Thompson.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Margie, three brothers-in-law’s; Marion Lewis, Vernon Reed and Donald Thompson and one sister-in-law, Martha Jean Shipman.

Carl never knew a stranger and couldn’t go anywhere without striking up a conversation with someone he knew. He was a friend to all and will be forever missed by his family and friends.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. Burial will be in the Glade City Cemetery, Blandinsville. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Banks & Beals. A memorial fund has been established for the First Christian Church Blandinsville or MDH Hospice. To leave a condolence please visit Carl’s obituary at

Sally R. Box, 81, of Burlington, died at 9:51 PM Monday, April 29, 2019, at the Genesis Medical Center East in Davenport.

Born March 30, 1938, in Burlington, she was the daughter of George A. and Dorothy M. Dreher Lewis. On June 13, 1959, she married Edward J. Box in Burlington.

Sally was a homemaker while her children were young. She later became a tax preparer for H&R Block for 28 years until she retired in 2015.

She was a 1956 graduate of Burlington High School

Sally was a member of Divine Mercy Parish. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi, former bowling leagues, Flint Hills Golf League and served on the Golf Advisory Board. When she was a little girl, Sally was named Little Miss. Burlington. She loved to play bridge and go golfing. Most of all, Sally enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Edward; two sons, Michael J. (Marilyn) Box of Burlington, and Mark E. (Susan) Box of Ft. Collins, CO; one daughter, Mindy K (Glenn) Spiker of Burlington; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and two on the way; one sister, Patrica Freidman of Burlington; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one Special Aunt, Marcella “Me” Norling, one daughter, Michele R. Garrett, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

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

The Memorial Mass of the Resurrection for Mrs. Box will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Divine Mercy Parish-St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Very Rev. Father Marty Goetz as the Celebrant. Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir. Inurnment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the fellowship hall of St. Paul’s Catholic Church following the burial.

Memorials have been established for Burlington Notre Dame and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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

Letha L. Alliman, 81, of Burlington died Monday, April 29, 2019 at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.
Born September 6, 1937 in Augusta, Iowa she was the daughter of Frank and Mildred (Mullin) Fraser. She married Robert Alliman. They later divorced.
Letha worked for IRC/TRW and Titus Grocery. She later worked as the Assistant Manager for the Super 8 hotel for 23 years. Always working and never slowing down, she continued working in housekeeping for Catfish Bend Casino.
She attended First Christian Church ~ Disciples of Christ. She loved playing Yahtzee with her sister Marvel, going to the casino, playing cards and fishing. She especially enjoyed her time spent with the Widmer boys and appreciated their company and help in the last few years.
Survivors include her three grandsons; Chase Brewer, Christian Brewer and Cole McKeown; her godson, Caleb Titus of West Burlington; her three very special nephews, Rex Widmer, Rodney Widmer and Roger Widmer and one brother Jerry Fraser of Burlington.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Leslie Dawn Alliman, three brothers and one sister.
Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 7th at Lunning Chapel where the family will receive friends. A short prayer service will be held following the visitation. According to her wishes, cremation will be accorded following the service.
A memorial has been established for the Des Moines County Humane Society.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Letha’s online portal at