Obituaries for Thursday May 28th

The funeral arrangements for Shirley Anne Doss Turner, 58, who died Tuesday, May 26, 2020, are pending at Prugh Funeral Service.

Bryan Anthony Benally, 27, of Burlington, died May 24, 2020.
He was born July 15, 1992 in Winslow, Arizona. He was Native American and part of the Navaho Tribe. He was the son of John Dixon, Gene Benally and Victoria Dixon.
He was a handyman and a jack of all trades who enjoyed tinkering. He was Agnostic.
He loved the Burlington Bees and working at the stadium. He would never allow women to lift a finger, he was a true gentleman. He LOVED food, primarily tacos and Mexican entrees and was always smiling. He was a hard worker and loved his family and nieces and nephews. He loved being around children and was everyone’s best friend.
He is survived by his son, Julian Benally of Phoenix, Arizona; his mother Victoria Dixon of Albuquerque, New Mexico; his fathers, John Dixon of Canon City, Colorado and Gene Benally of Newcomb, New Mexico; his girlfriend, life partner and eternal love, Aurora Stewart of Burlington and her daughter they were raising together, Hazel Dowell; his siblings, Eugenia “Gi Gi” Johnson of Burlington, Crystal Edgington of Burlington, Kayla (Nick) Hafen of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Joshua Dixon of Iowa and Reginald Dixon of Canon City, Colorado; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather.
According to his wishes, there will be no formal funeral services. Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Lunning Chapel.
A memorial has been established for his family.
Online condolences may be made by visiting

Mrs. Wilma L. Van Osdol, 89, of Burlington died at 12:17 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Great River Hospice House in West Burlington, IA.
Born September 30, 1930 in Winfield, IA, she was the daughter of Frank and Leota (Long) Hunter. She married Forrest “Frosty” Van Osdol September 24, 1950 in Winfield, Ia. He died September 28, 2000.
Wilma graduated from Winfield High School and Iowa Wesleyan University with a Teaching Degree. She was a substitute teacher at Burlington High School and West Burlington High School. She worked at Sylvania, Burlington Bank & Trust (now Two Rivers Bank & Trust) and ServPro for 12 years.
She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.
Wilma belonged to and held all offices for Women of the Moose Lodge. She was a member of the VFW auxiliary, Eagles Club Auxiliary, and was a Girl Scout Leader. She enjoyed gardening, crafting, cooking and baking at the holidays, and camping, especially with family.
Survivors include four children, Janice Kiersey of Burlington, Linda Hall of West Burlington, Pamela (Joe) Jankowski of Burlington, and Wayne (Brenda) Van Osdol of Gull Lake, MN; eleven grandchildren; and twenty-one great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Sherry Hull; and sister, Betty Starr.
The funeral service for Mrs. Van Osdol will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 1st at Lunning Chapel. Rev. Dean Graber will officiate. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. Friends may call noon to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, May 31st at Lunning Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for Great River Hospice and Kayla’s Cupboard.

Robert “Bob” Ritzman, 81, of Yarmouth, died at 11:23 AM Monday, May 25, 2020, at Sunnybrook Assisted Living in Mount Pleasant.

Born February 23, 1939, in Lockridge, IA, he was the son of Jackson Boyer and Mary Gertrude Curl Ritzman. On December 14, 1963, he married Jean Bannier in Pleasant Grove, IA. They were happily married for 56 years and lived in the house they built together.

Bob was a graduate of Burlington High School in 1957. He served in the U. S. Army for over 22 years and retired as a Master Sergeant. Bob served in Okinawa, Germany, Korea and Vietnam.

After retiring from the U.S. Army, Bob worked as a Janitor for Georgia Pacific, which later became Simpson Paper. After Simpson he worked for Notre Dame High School and later finished his career at Westland Mall.

He enjoyed woodworking, reading and watching TV.

Survivors include his wife, Jean of Yarmouth; one son, Bill (Katie) Ritzman of Waukee, IA; two grandchildren, Benjamin and Laralei Ritzman; eight nieces and five nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Jack and Donald Ritzman, one sister, Mary Jo Ritzman and one nephew.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

The memorial service for Bob will be 11:00 AM Monday, June 1, 2020, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home. Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home following the service. Inurnment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

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

Patrick Leonard McEntee, 66, of Niota, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at his home.

Pat was born on November 12, 1953 in LaHarpe, Illinois, the son of Leonard Francis and Doris Eileen (Griffiths) McEntee. On March 5, 1981 he married Dianne Lynn Woodruff.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne; five children, Brian (Michelle) McEntee, Scott (Cobi) McEntee, Sarah (Elisha) Pruett, Lisa (Rick) Richmond and Andrew (Nicole) McEntee; fourteen grandchildren; five sisters, Nora (Vernon) Wolf, Mary (Terry) Rush, Cathy (Robert) Clifton, Linda (Fidd) Fasching and Ann (Jim) Vincent and three brothers, Carl (Donna) McEntee, Jim (Bev) McEntee and Gene (Linda) McEntee.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents.

Pat worked as a farmer all of his life. He was a member of the Board of Supervisors for the Niota Levee District where he served as Director of Flood Control. He was a former trustee for the Pontoosuc Township.

Pat enjoyed shooting pool, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

A private family graveside service will be held at Myers Cemetery, near Niota, with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating. A memorial fund has been established for the QMG Foundation or the Niota Levee District. Contributions may be mailed to Pat McEntee Memorial Fund, c/o Schmitz-Banks & Beals Funeral Home, P.O. Box 201, Nauvoo, IL 62354.

Schmitz-Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Nauvoo is assisting with arrangements. To leave a tribute please visit Pat’s obituary at

Deloris Mae Benge, 90, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Park Place, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Oct. 13th, 1929 in Winfield, IA to Byron Faye and Anna Mae (Woodsmall) McGuire.
She graduated from New London High School in 1947 and married the love of her life, Earl Wayne Benge on April 17th, 1949 in New London, IA. He preceded her in death on March 6, 2014 after 65 wonderful years.
They eventually moved to Mount Pleasant after the birth of their children where she worked various positions including childcare before settling in as the admissions secretary at Iowa Wesleyan College for over 20 years, retiring in 1994.
She was an avid gardener with the greenest of thumbs who could knit, crochet, or sew any project with or without a pattern. She was the keeper of the most delicious recipes from rhubarb pies to her infamous zucchini bread that her grandboys fought over.
She was a woman of great faith, teaching her grandchildren and great grandchildren to know the importance of a relationship with God. She spent decades calling for Calvary Baptist Church of Mt. Pleasant, as well as cooking for their events and teaching Sunday School and AWANAS children’s groups.
There was not a baby or child who didn’t love her as she even had a special bunk-bedroom for her grandkids to stay in! They were spoiled with ice cream, favorite restaurants, trips to Oakland Mills, camping, messy science experiments, toys, and anything else their hearts desired! She never missed a sporting event or school function which sometimes drove grandpa crazy as he would have liked to travel more.
She loved music of all types, especially live music which she and Earl would drive to hear. She was still singing and tapping along to some of her old favorites a week before she passed.
With her kindness and contagious laugh she brought joy to so many. She will be missed by all, a hole left in our hearts that can never be filled. “It’s hard to breathe when your heart yearns so much for someone you know you will have to wait so long to see again”.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Earl Wayne Benge, her two daughters Leanna Marie and Rhonda Mae, one brother Wesley (Audrey) McGuire, and two sisters Burnis (John) Smith and Mary (Leo) Lemley. Survived by one son Ronald Wayne (Sandi) Benge, four grandchildren including Tracey (Darren) Shull and Eric (Angie McCall) Benge, and five great-grandchildren: Braden (Abigail) Shull, Ryan Shull, Payton Shull, Kellan Shull, and Abby Benge.
Visitation will be from 9:00 – 5:00 Thursday at Elliott Chapel, New London. The family will not be present. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 Friday at Burge Cemetery with social distancing guidelines being followed. Mr. Bryan Katchay will officiate. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. A memorial has been established for EveryStep Hospice. Online condolences may be left at