Obituaries for Monday April 13th

David L. Vancil Sr., age 69, of Stronghurst, Illinois, passed away at 10:00 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2020 at his home. He was born October 17, 1950 in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Ellis “Bud” and Juanita Rosenbalm Vancil. On September 25, 1967, he married Margaret Cable in Kahoka, Missouri.
David was a 1969 graduate of Stronghurst High School. Following graduation, he joined the family business, working with his father and family at Vancil Locker Service in Stronghurst. Upon the death of his father, he purchased the business and operated it for the past forty years. David was past president of the Illinois Association of Meat Processors. He was a volunteer fireman for the M.S.T. Fire Department in Stronghurst for 52 years, and also served as an E.M.T. for the Stronghurst Volunteer Ambulance for many years. He served on the Stronghurst Village Board and the Henderson County Auxiliary Police for many years. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and family. He was a member of the Stronghurst United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret, four sons, David (Kelli) Vancil Jr. of Little York, IL, Arbry Vancil of Stronghurst, Doug (Brenda) Vancil of Smithshire, IL, Brayden Vancil, at home, two daughters, Kristin Vancil of Rio, IL, Amber (Nick) Olson of Burlington, IA, nineteen grandchildren, two brothers, Ellis Vancil Jr of Mesa, AZ, Jeff Vancil of Stronghurst, and two sisters, Grace Ochsner of Reynolds, IL, and Chris (Paul) Cook of Stronghurst. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Robert Vancil and one sister, Linda Effland.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, no services are planned at this time. A Celebration of David’s life will be scheduled at a later date. Memorials have been established for St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital and M.S.T Fire Department. Memorials may be sent in care of Banks & Beals Funeral Home, PO Box 299, Stronghurst, IL 61480. Please visit David’s obituary at to sign his guest book and leave a condolence.

Mark Fredrick Siegle, 52, of Burlington, died Thursday, April 9, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Born January 23, 1968, in Burlington, he was the son of Richard and Thelma Schulz Siegle. On November 24, 1990, he married Kimberly Kay Wischmeier at Messiah Lutheran Church in Burlington.

He graduated from Mediapolis High School in 1986 and then received an Associate Degree from DMACC in Diesel Mechanics.

Mark was a Senior Test Technician for Case New Holland and worked for them for 15 years.

He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. Mark loved being outside, doing just about any activity. When time allowed he enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting and riding 4-wheelers. He took great joy in helping his family on the farm. Mark was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Fan. Mark was always willing to lend a hand to anyone and kept busy by working on projects and fixing things.

Survivors include his wife, Kimberly Kay Siegle; two daughters, Aubrey (Skylar) Poole of Washington and Chloe (Bryce) Miller of Chicago, IL; his father, Richard Siegle of Oakville; brother, Kirk (Carole) Siegle of Oakville; two sisters, Linda (Jerry) Strawhacker of Johnston and Kathy (Brett) Kelly of Waunakee, WI.

He was preceded in death by his mother and one brother, Ray Siegle.

Due to current restrictions, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. The family appreciates all of your love and support at this time. Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

A memorial has been established.

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

Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Mark’s obituary at

Dennis Royal Bedford, 81, of Mt. Union, died Thursday, April 9, 2020 at his home. He was born August 17, 1938 in Fort Dodge to Gilbert Royal and Annabelle Lee Adams Bedford.
He was a graduate of Harcourt High School and served in communications in the Army during the Vietnam conflict.
He was a self-employed accountant working mainly in the AG industry.
He was a member of Allis Connection Club; collected Allis Chalmers gas engines; loved farm toys and antique gas engines; and enjoyed attending Allis Chalmers shows and Old Threshers every summer.
Survivors include three sons, Wayne (Angela D.) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Curt (Kelly) of San Antonio, Texas and Ron of Sun City, Arizona; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers, Gene Bedford of Aubrey, Texas and Duane (Cindy) Bedford of Russell, Iowa; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister Gwen.
According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and there will be no formal services, keeping in accordance with Governor Kim Reynolds executive order during the COVID-19 health crisis.
Elliott Chapel of New London is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at