Obituaries for Friday May 15th

Doris May Birck, 90, of Burlington died Thursday, April 30, 2020 at her home.
Born February 5, 1930 in Burlington, Iowa she was the daughter of Thomas and Emma Lavina (Kiersey) Marshall. She married Donald Birck on August 24, 1966 in Missouri.
Survivors include her husband Donald Birck of Burlington; one son David Kindhart of Byhalia Mississppi; one step son David Birck (Audrey) of Seward, Nebraska ; two granddaughters Barbara Crawford of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Diana Griffing (Bob) of Davenport, Iowa; one grandson Donnie Kindhart (Dawn) of Tennessee; great grandchildren, Sydney Crawford of Ames, Iowa, Corbin Crawford and Dylan Crawford both of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Amy Yeager of Davenport, Iowa; one step granddaughter, Erica Birck and two sons of Seward, Nebraska and one sister Darlene Johnson of Burlington.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two daughters Vickie Kindhart Brant and Tahlura Kindhart, two brothers and one sister.
She worked at Antennacraft for many years before becoming a homemaker and in-home day care where she took care of some very special children that she loved as though they were her own grandchildren. She lived for her family and will be greatly missed by many.
The memorial funeral service for Doris will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 23rd at Lunning Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes that donations are made to EveryStep Hospice at or The American Kidney Cancer Association.

E. “Moore” Anderson, 78, of Burlington, died at 12:10 pm Sunday, May 10, 2020, at the Sunnybrook Living Care Center in Fairfield IA.

Born June 16, 1941, in Fairfield, he was the son of Ellwood Robert and Edith Bernice Moore Anderson. On December 25, 1964, he married Phyllis Antrim in Attica, KS.

He was an avid artist and musician. He had a song for every scenario, and would happily play it and sing it instantly from memory. He was a member of the Society of Great River Poets and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. He loved nature and was a Life Scout. He had a great sense of humor, and enjoyed sharing puns.

Moore worked as a designer in industrial show business in Chicago for many years. Previously he had worked in Wichita for Pizza Hut Inc. headquarters, and the Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning as media designer. Also in Wichita, he was co-writer and co-producer for the award-winning children’s TV show, “One of a Kind” as well as the PBS musical Christmas special “Santa’s First Christmas”. He wrote several musicals and plays throughout his lifetime. A recent presentation with his daughter Lorene was singing and playing railroad songs at the Burlington Public Library.

He received a B.A. from University of Kansas; M.A. and M.F.A. at University of Iowa working under Mauricio Lasansky.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving during the Vietnam Era from June 15, 1967 until March 2, 1971 stationed at the Pacific Fleet Intelligence, Pearl Harbor.

Survivors include wife, Phyllis Antrim Anderson of Iowa and Kansas; son, Wynn Sterling Antrim Anderson of KS; daughter, Lorene Jennifer (Ash) Anderson of Fairfield; grandson, Esper Anderson of KS; brother, Gene (Ann Marie) Anderson of Burlington, and two nephews, Cory and Alex.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

There will be a Memorial Service for Mr. Anderson at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Burlington Art Center, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

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

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

Ronnie Joe Gilliland, 62, of Burlington died at 5:53 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in Bourbonnais, IL.
Born October 8, 1957 in Ottumwa, IA, he was the son of John and Lorene (Hyatt) Gilliland. He married Nancy Kuenzler June 2, 1979 in Burlington, IA
Ronnie was an over the road truck driver for 30 years, working for Hillyard Farms for 8 years.
He was the type of person that never met a stranger, and he loved taking rides on his Gator.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Nancy of Burlington; a sister, Barbara Wright of Burlington; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, John.
According to Ronnie’s wishes, cremation has been entrusted to Lunning Chapel.
Inurnment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery at a later date.
Condolences may be left at

Kenneth E. Kendall, 93, of New London, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at his home. He was born March 30, 1927 in Yarmouth, Iowa to Fred Elton and Frances Johnson Kendall. On May 25, 1967 he married Janet Marie Stotts in Carthage, Illinois.
He was a graduate of Morning Sun High School and was of the Methodist faith.
Three weeks before his 18th birthday he enlisted in the Navy and served in occupied Japan during World War II. Kenneth was a manager at IRC for many years and then was a farm manager for Bear Creek, Illinois and Big Creek, rural New London.
He was a member of VFW Post #7641; enjoyed fishing, horses, farming; was an extraordinary woodworker and loved being a grandfather and having them all around.
Mr. Kendall is survived by his wife of New London, son Wes (Linda) Kendall of Mt. Pleasant; daughters Carolyn (Mike) Byrum of Mt. Pleasant, Cynthia (Johnny) Hillyer of Mt. Pleasant, Michelle (John) Collins of Littlefield, Texas and Camille (Aaron) Daw of Kahoka, Missouri; eleven grandchildren; and many great and great-great grandchildren.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter Kay Kendall and sisters Dorothy, Irene and Lucille.
According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and there will be no services. Condolences may be sent to Janet Kendall at 2365 – 300th Street, New London, Iowa 52645.
Elliott Chapel, New London is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at

Lawrence A. Worley, age 73, of Carman, Illinois, passed away Tuesday May 12, 2020 at his home. He was born June 25, 1947 in LaHarpe, Illinois, the son of Albert Levi and Goldie Valentine Hoskins Worley. On September 27, 1966, he married Lela Huss.

Mr. Worley lived in the Lomax and Carman areas all of his life. He had worked at Admiral Corporation, Fullerton Lumber Company and Standard Of Beaverdale for several years. Most recently, he was employed at George’s Lawnmower and Repair. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, small engine repair, and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Lela, four daughters, Leora (Steve) Magner of Media, IL, Lorraine (Kirby) Benjamin of Stronghurst, IL, Leanne (Dwayne) Forquer and Lucy (J.R.) Baughman, both of Carman, eleven grandchildren, Sebeth Magner, Cody Magner, Tyler Worley, Kristen Benjamin, Trapper Benjamin, Daniel Worley, Nicklas Leazer, Chip Worley, Trisha Forquer, Jarid Baughman, and Jayden Baughman, two great grandchildren, Aiden Worley and Ryker Havens, and one brother, George Worley of Lomax, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Bill Worley and one sister, Flora Bloom.

Due to the current restrictions involving the COVID-19 pandemic, a private family graveside service will be held Saturday May 16, 2020 in the Carman Cemetery, with Rev. Kendall Hetrick officiating. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund has been established for the American Cancer Society. Memorials may be sent to Banks & Beals Funeral Home, P.O. Bos 299, Stronghurst, IL 61480. Please visit Lawrence’s obituary at to leave a condolence and sign the guest book.

Gwenda K. Baker, 71, of West Burlington, died at 9:19 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, IA.
Born August 17, 1948 in Chariton, IA, she was the daughter of Harold Wayne and Eula Virgene (Kenney) Henderson. She married James E. Baker on June 28, 1973 in Oskaloosa, IA.
Gwenda graduated from Cambria-Corydon High School, Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, and Drake University. She worked as the executive director of economic development at Southeastern Community College for 22 years until her retirement in 2005.
She was a member of West Burlington United Methodist Church.
She belonged to the Hawkeye Heritage Quilters Guild and the Burlington Rotary Club. She enjoyed volunteer work. Gwen and Jim loved traveling to Mission, Texas for winters over the last 15 years. Gwen volunteered on the pancake committee of Patriot Pointe Park, where she was named Woman of the Year. She had many hobbies including tending her flowers, playing trivia, reading, and sewing. She especially enjoyed making Quilts of Valor, which she presented to over 50 veterans at Patriot Pointe Park during the past 15 years.
Survivors include her husband of 46 years, James of West Burlington; three step-children, Karen C. Lorton of Macon, MO, Kimberly Baker of Unionville, MO, and Jeffrey E. Baker of Brookfield, MO; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Bette Kuboushek of Davenport, IA; one brother, Gary Henderson of Corydon, IA; and one sister-in-law, Lila Jameson of Punta Gorda, FL.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Terry Harvey; one granddaughter, Stephani Lorton; and one sister, Janet Hansen.
The celebration of life service for Gwenda will be held at a later date.
Inurnment will be held in Corydon, IA.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for ALS Association of Iowa and Great River Hospice House.
Condolences may be left for the family at

Randy died. That’s all he wanted to be said in his obituary, but when you have a Funeral Director Granddaughter, your obituary will be longer and fuller. Randy Chrisman, 69, of New London, died at home Monday, May 11, 2020, due to a long, day-by-day recovery from successful radiation treatment for throat cancer. Funeral Service: 2 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Elliott Chapel, New London, by Celebrant Dawn Stephens. Visitation: 12-2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed into the funeral home visitation at one time. Please follow social distancing requirements and plan to wait outside or in your vehicle for your turn. Private Family Inurnment: Burge Cemetery.
Survivors include his children, Heidi (Jerry) Gallup and Christopher Chrisman; long-time special friend, Debbie Heuer; grandchildren, Emily Johnson (Dalton Schindler) and Jacob Hicks; brothers, Larry and Keith Chrisman; several nieces and nephews; several extended family members; and many friends, neighbors, and fellow retirees.
Randy Lee Chrisman was born October 27, 1950, to Claude and Zola (Beaird) Chrisman. He attended New London High School, graduating in 1968. Randy’s activities in his youth included raising Airedales, helping on the farm, cruising around town with friends, and he may have had something to do with the water tower incident.
He found a lifelong love of Volvos, owning many different models throughout his life—and inspiring his son and granddaughter to also find Volvo for Life. He was a longtime member of the Volvo Club of America (VCOA). He also served on the New London volunteer fire department. Randy had the opportunity to earn his Private Pilot’s license, and cherished his time spent up in the Taylorcraft. He was also a member of the EAA. He worked as a tester at GE Switchgear for 37 years retiring in May 2007. Retirement suited Randy, as every day was a Saturday he could spend tinkering on his cars and other (many) various projects, surfing the internet for new toys and fun car videos, eating roast beef at Short Stop with his brother, working on the fleet of Volvos with Chris, visiting his granddaughter, who fondly called him “Gpa”, for lunch and long discussions including genuinely appreciated advice, and checking in on his grandson’s adventures.
Always a positive and upbeat man, Randy never had a complaint or negative comment on anything (except politics and Iowa’s summer heat). His patience, peace of mind, and overall kindness showed in any interaction he had. Those who knew this most included the food servers he tipped 30%, the nurses and care teams he joked with at Dr. Rynders, Dr. Rockey, and Dr. Berge’s practices at Great River, and most of all, his family who he gave sound advice, listened to, and loved dearly.
Gpa’s smile, laugh, silver hair, and golden heart will be sorely missed by his loving family.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be directed to the New London Volunteer Fire Department.
Please share your support and memories with Randy’s family at

Randall Neal Wolfe, 61, of Sperry, died at 9:56 am Monday, May 11, 2020, in Danville.

Born December 30, 1958, in Burlington, he was the son of Neal Archibald and Birdie Beatrice Nichols Wolfe.

He was a farmer construction worker for several years, and owned his business Furniture Fix.

He loved his family, his canines, and music. He enjoyed spending time out doors farming, or skiing in the mountains. He was a die-hard Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinals fan, and liked to ride his Harley, and loved cleaning it even more. You always knew it was him when you saw his LNWOLF ‘Lone Wolf’ license plate.

Survivors include daughter, Lindsay Kay (Brian Crow) Edgington of Danville, IA; 2 grandsons, Jaevian “Lewis” Crow and Kyler Crow; sister, Sharlene Birkenstock of Racine, WI; niece, Nancy Birkenstock of Racine, WI; two nephews, Steve Birkenstock of Burlington, Mike (Jana) Birkenstock of TX; and one great-niece, Hannah Birkenstock of TX.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Wilford.

Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home following the visitation.

The graveside service for Mr Wolfe will be 2:00 PM Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Shinar Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery in Pleasant Grove, IA with Chaplain Randy Gearhart officiating.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Fort Madison P.A.W.S. Shelter.

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 Randall’s obituary at

Melba Anne Richmond Davilla, 95, of Denver, IA, formerly of rural Carman, IL, died at 2:25 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the Denver Sunset Home.
Born June 16, 1924 in rural Oquawka, IL, she was the daughter of George Charles and Bertha Rowena (Rhoades) Richmond. She married Robert H. “Bob” Davilla March 24, 1945 in Athens, GA. He died January 3, 2006.
Melba attended Monmouth College and was owner and president of Davilla Farms Ltd.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Burlington, IA, where she helped in the kindergarten Sunday School.
She was an Alpha Xi Delta (Order of the Diamond) 75 year member, Burlington Golf Club member for 57 years, belonged to bridge clubs, neighborhood pinochle club, volunteered at the BMC gift shop, and King’s Daughters. She loved to socialize, make reservations, and enjoyed her family.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Davilla of Des Moines, IA, and Roberta Davilla Robbins of Denver, IA; three grandchildren, Peter (Brooke Hunter) Adams, of St. Paul, MN, Edward “Ned” (Megan) Adams, of Carman, IL, and Kaitlin (David) Beaumont, of Denver, IA; and six great-grandchildren, Stephanie Adams, of Biggsville, IL, Jackson Adams, of Carman, IL, Braven, Cannen, Tyesen, and Sutten Beaumont, of Denver, IA.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bob; her parents; brother, Harold “Max” Richmond; three nephews, David, George, and Stephen Richmond; and cousins.
There will be a private family graveside service for Mrs. Davilla.
Friends may call noon to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 15th at Lunning Chapel.
A memorial has been established for the Gladstone, Biggsville, or Oquawka United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

Mary Jane Huston, 79, of West Burlington, died at 7:10 pm Sunday, May 10, 2020, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.

Born March 2, 1941, in Galesburg, IL, she was the daughter of Gerald Walter and Rose Pearl Cooksey Lamb. She was married to Harry Talley Jr. for 17 years, and had 6 children together. They later divorced, and Harry passed in 2015. On August 18, 1981, she married Richard L Huston in Burlington, Iowa.

Mary was a homemaker and worked as a cook at the Burlington Golf Club and as a nurses aide.

She Graduated from Monmouth Highschool.

She was a woman of strong faith, who liked to share it with everyone, and was a member of Riverside Baptist Church. Mary was fond of being outdoors, fishing, gardening, camping and going out on the boat and enjoying some chocolate and an ice cold Pepsi. She was always up for a trip to Las Vegas, and playing bingo. She loved the holidays, especially Halloween, and her favorite, Christmas. She appreciated Native American art and culture, and was an avid angel collector. Family was her life. When her kids were younger, she would host a dance party in the basement for all the neighborhood kids every Saturday. She loved to bake cookies for christmas, and cook family meals. As her kids grew up, and her family grew in size, nothing made Mary happier than to see them all together.

Survivors include husband, Richard L Huston of West Burlington, IA, three daughters, Karen (David) Tweed of Monmouth, IL, Judith Heath of Cedar Rapids, IA, Merri (Rod) Haight of Robins, IA; two sons, Mark (Janelle) Talley of Burlington, Wayne (Kim) Talley of Burlington; two step-sons Bradley (Ginger) Huston of Danville, Bryan (Amanda) Huston of TN; 43 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren, 3 nieces; and one brother, Jerry (Patty) Lamb of Larned, Ireland.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter Shawn Annette Chandler.

There will be a private family graveside at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Riverside Baptist Church.

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 Mary’s obituary at

Larry Lane Lallathin, 77, of Burlington, died at 9:12 PM Monday, May 11, 2020, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.

Born March 5, 1943, in Somerton, OH, he was the son of Clarence Emerson and Ellen Irene McMullen Lallathin. On September 22, 1963, he married Sondra K. Mann in Somerton, OH.

Larry graduated from Barnesville High School. After high school, Larry attended Ohio State Barber School. He worked as a barber for 5 years. Following his time as a barber, he worked for Champion Spark Plug. He retired from there after 42 years.

Larry enjoyed attending church, and spending time gardening and doing yard work. He was an avid collector of Farmall tractors. He was a fan of of the Cincinnati Reds and Ohio State Buckeyes.

Survivors include wife, Sondra K. Lallathin of Burlington; one son, Tom (Debra) Lallathin of Mt. Pleasant; one daughter, Tammy McIlhenny of Macomb, IL; one brother, Richard Lallathin of Barnesville, OH; four grandchildren, Jacob Acord, Joshua McIhenny, Jacob McIhenny, and Jacelyn McIhenny; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Warren and Robert Lallathin; and one sister, Cindy Lallathin.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

There will be no visitation or services. Burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Great River Hospice House and Burlington Church of Christ.

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