Obituaries for Tuesday March 17th

Phelan Ralph Bjorklund, 63, of New London, died Sunday, March 15, 2020 at his home in New London. He was born September 2, 1956 in Hopkins, MN to Lloyd Andrew and Helen Marie Aslagson Bjorklund.
He was a 1974 graduate of New London High School and was a Fuel Specialist in the Air Force.
Phelan enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, Star Trek, The Cubs, reading Harry Potter books, watching old westerns, especially Gunsmoke, and was awesome at playing trivia.
Survivors include his mother of New London; two children and five grandchildren;
Siblings; Ronnie, Tammy and Sharon all of New London, Bonnie (Gene) Kerr of Lake St. Louis, MO, Gloria Detrick of Mt. Pleasant, Debbie (Rusty) Antel of Columbia, MO, and David (Deborah) of Ankeny; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and brother Tom.
Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, a private family funeral will be held at Elliott Chapel with military rites by the Henry County Honor Guard and private burial at Burge Cemetery. A memorial has been established for the New London Rescue Unit. Online condolences may be left at

Ronald Hedrick “Ron” Sadler, 76, of New London, IA, and formerly of Cleveland, TN, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020.
He was born on May 7, 1943, in Mt. Pleasant, IA, to Robert and Pauline Hedrick Sadler.
He attended Mt. Pleasant Jr. High and Bradley Central High in Cleveland, and was of the Baptist faith. Following high school he served in the Navy Reserves.
Ron was New London’s Mayor for twelve years and had a great time serving the community. Among his many accomplishments as mayor, he was most proud of the shelter house renovation in the city park, the new community center, and the sidewalk improvements. He was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge AF & AM #28 and Independent Order of Oddfellows and the VFW Post #7641. Special interests included restoring vintage cars, browsing thrift stores and socializing at the VFW.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Jeffrey “Jeff” Sadler; brothers: Les Sadler, Rex Sadler, twin brother Don Sadler; his sister, Sue Escoda; and his companion of 30 years Veronda Pickle.
Survivors include his daughters: Donna (Shane) Keller of Charleston, TN, and Hope (Phillip) Stocker of Rock Hill, SC; grandchildren: Kayla Sadler of Cleveland, TN, Shelby and Alex Keller of Charleston, TN, Alyvia, Peyton and Addison Stocker of Rock Hill, SC; brothers: Jon (Mary Ann) Sadler of Burlington, IA, and Bullhead City, AZ, Bill (Carol) Sadler of Cape Girardeau, MO, Tom (Brenda) Sadler of Canyon Lake, TX, and Tim Sadler, Pella, IA; sister, Jane (Bert) Green of Cleveland, TN; sisters-in-law: Hilda Sadler of Keokuk, IA, and Darlene Sadler of Mechanicsville, VA; and many nieces and nephews.
The family is very grateful for the love and care given to Ron by Dr. Ben Carter, Kirk Miller, Tracy Cooper, Roger Walker, Marlene Bennik, Patsy Dillon, Kasi Howard, and many others.
Memorials in memory of Mayor Sadler may be directed to New London Child Care Center or New London’s South Pine Street Development. According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and there will be no formal service. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, April 25th at the New London VFW Post #7641. Online condolences may be left at

Barbara Ann Walker, 83, of LaHarpe, Illinois, passed away at 4:05 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2020 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.

Barbara was born on October 26, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Samuel Newton and Marie Pat (Hartnett) Gillett. On August 31, 1973 she married Ronnie L. Walker. He preceded her in death on June 15, 2008.

Barbara was a graduate of LaHarpe High School. She was a member of the LaHarpe American Legion Auxiliary and the J.O. Club. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends and playing cards.

Survivors include one daughter, Dawn (Tom) Todd of LaHarpe; three sons, Chris Carey of LaHarpe, Robbie (Amber) Walker of Dallas City and Ryan Walker of LaHarpe; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two brothers, Sam “Newt” (Jean) Gillett of Carthage, Illinois and Jim (Mary) Gillett of Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant daughter, Diane Carey and one son, Kelly Carey.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with her grandsons’ Tyler and Nate Todd officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in McConnell Cemetery, near Ft. Green, Illinois. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. A time of food and fellowship will follow the service at The Annex.

A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe American Legion Auxiliary. To leave a condolence please visit Barbara’s obituary at

Wilfred L. “Bill” Roberts, 93, of Burlington died Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.
Born February 8, 1927 in Bentonsport, Iowa he was the son of Roy E. and Lottie (McElroy) Roberts. He married Mary Keller on September 20, 1954 and together they recently celebrated 65 years or marriage.
Bill was an Army veteran serving just at the end of WWII overseas.
He was a freight agent for the Rock Island Railroad for 28 years until they ceased business in late 1970. He then worked for I.A.A.P. for 10 years.
Bill was a member of West Burlington United Methodist Church.
He was an avid reader, loved history and to read and hear about American Indian stories (they had to be true, however). He was very generous with yearly donations to the Burlington School District school lunch program to provide for children in need of assistance and for scholarships for Southeastern Community College.
Survivors include his wife Mary Roberts of Burlington; two children, Gwen (David) Renner of Peoria, Illinois and Douglas “Doug” (Janice) Roberts of West Burlington; six grandchildren, Michelle Anderson, Nicole Crabb, Adam Roberts, Jonathan Renner, Alex Renner and Christina Banta; eight great grandchildren, Tristan Roberts, Brennan Creelman, Emma Creelman, Camden Anderson, Claire Crabb, Delilah Crabb, Levi Roberts and Lily Roberts and one sister-in-law Mary Jane Roberts of California.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Vincent Roberts, three brothers and one sister.
The memorial funeral service for Bill will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 21st at Lunning Chapel. The Rev. Elizabeth Bell will officiate. The Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military rites. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Green Glade Cemetery, Farmington, Iowa. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the services.
A memorial has been established for the Great River Hospice House.
According to his wishes, cremation has been accorded and entrusted to the care of Lunning Chapel.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Linda Ann Watkins, 76, of St. Joseph, Michigan, formerly of Danville died Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Hanson Hospice Center in St. Joseph, Michigan.
Born July 12, 1943 in Fort Madison, Iowa she was the daughter of Kenneth S. and Pearl (Gieselman) Davidson. She married Danny Watkins on August 24, 1967 in Burlington.
Linda was a Registered Nurse. She was a member of the First Church of God in St. Joseph, Michigan and a long-time member of First Church of the Nazarene in Burlington. She was very active with her church; she was a Sunday school teacher for many years and shared her talents in the church choir. She witnessed for Jesus and shared her love for Him always.
Survivors include her husband Danny Watkins of St. Joseph, Michigan; three children, Lisa (Curt) Orton of Flower Mound, Texas, Lori (Dan) Rowe of Bartonville, Texas and Jeremy (Mannie) Watkins of Stevensville, Michigan; eight grandchildren and one sister Anita (Roger) Johnson of Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The funeral service for Mrs. Watkins will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 19th at Lunning Chapel. Pastor Jeff Alexander will officiate. Interment will be in Long Creek Cemetery, rural Danville. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
A memorial has been established for First Church of the Nazarene, Burlington.

Haidee Jocelyn Binns Armstrong, 94, of Lowell, died Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Sunnybrook Assisted Living in Mt. Pleasant. She was born January 23, 1926, in New York City to Jocelyn and Iris Mae Black Binns. On March 27, 1960, she married Douglas Ian Armstrong in Oahu, Hawaii. He passed away February 6, 1997.
Haidee got her undergraduate at Hunter College in New York, and received her master’s in library science at Columbia University.
For 23 years, she was a pastor’s wife at New Song Christian Life Church in Lowell where she was a Sunday school teacher, youth group organizer, part of the women’s ministry, very involved in prayer meetings and was very committed to sharing the gospel.
She worked as a librarian at Danville Community Schools.
Mrs. Armstrong was a voracious reader, enjoyed bird watching, gardening, arts and the theatre, traveling, and especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by two children, Christopher (Shelley) Armstrong of Riverside and Elissa (Brian) Swafford of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother David (Barbara) Binns of San Diego, California; and nephew Danny Binns. Her husband and parents preceded her in death.
A memorial has been established for “Stir The Fire Ministry”. Online condolences may be left at
Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, services will continue to be pending at Elliott Chapel.

Tawnya K. Ammer, 62, of Lake of the Oaks, near Canton, Missouri, formerly of Nauvoo passed away at 9:14 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020 at her home.

Tawnya was born on May 22, 1957 in Keokuk, Iowa, the daughter of David and Gee Gee Wood Hamma. On July 26, 1975 she married Doug Ammer at the Christ Lutheran Church in Nauvoo.

Tawnya was a graduate of Nauvoo-Colusa High School. She served her community as a waitress at many local restaurants. She then became an optician and since then excelled in the optical field. She went on to become an Opthalmic Technician with Quincy Medical Group. Tawnya was a member of First Christian Church, Keokuk, before that an active member of Christ Lutheran Church, Nauvoo, Nauvoo Grape Festival Association, Nauvoo Car Show and the Nauvoo Jayceettes.

Tawnya loved her church and time spent with her family at the Lake of the Oaks.

Survivors include her husband, Doug; one son, Kirt (Mindy) Ammer of Smithville, Missouri; one daughter, Tiffany (Chad) Taylor of Stevens Point, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren, Ethan, Evan, Ean, and Easton Ammer, Dominic and Noah Aguilera and Alaina and Jackson Taylor. Also surviving are three brothers, Mike Hamma of Delavan, Illinois, Dennis (Jane) Hamma and Wally (Cindi) Hamma all of Nauvoo.

Tawnya was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and one brother in infancy, Timothy Hamma.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the First Christian Church in Keokuk with Pastor David Turner officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Nauvoo City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for Hospice of Northeast Missouri, First Christian Church, Keokuk or Lake of the Oaks, Canton.

Schmitz-Banks & Beals Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a condolence please visit Tawnya’s obituary at