Obituaries for Tuesday June 9th

Joshua Cole Masden passed peacefully surrounded by his family on June 7 at Great River Hospice House. Born October 28, 1980 he was the son of Cindee (Vern) Reed and Bob (Sarah) Masden. He is survived by his sisters Shana (Johnny) Despain and Elizabeth (Dan) Scott and brothers Bennett (Kristin) Masden, Coleman (Clarissa) Reed, and Carter Reed.

Through his love of darts he made many friends who became part of his family. A memorial dart tournament will be held in his honor at a later date. Any donations or memorials can be sent to Great River Hospice House. Prugh-Thielen Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Donald S. LaRue Sr., 84, formerly of Burlington died Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Pearl Valley Rehab in Muscatine.
Born October 3, 1935 in Muscatine, Iowa he was the son of Donald B. and Lillian (Osborn) LaRue. He married Beverly Schlotfelt on December 31, 1954, they later divorced. He then married Frances “Fran” L. Graham on August 3, 1973. She died August 14, 2006.
Donald worked as a salesman for Burlington Farm Machinery and later as the safety manager for Ruan Trucking. He retired in 1999.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge #529, the Elks and the Cascade Boat Club. He loved fishing, boating and camping. He enjoyed stock car racing, NASCAR and playing cards. He was known to be excellent with numbers and always kept track of how many games of Pitch he played.
Survivors include his three children; Donald (Kay) LaRue Jr. of Muscatine, Michelle (Charlie) Aldridge of New Boston, Illinois and Kay (Ray Smith) Paetz of Muscatine; eight grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and one brother Pete (Donna) LaRue of Muscatine.
He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives, one daughter Debb Frye, one son Jay LaRue, one granddaughter and one son-in-law Bill Paetz.
A celebration of life will be held 1:00-4:00 p.m. Friday June 12th at the Burlington Elks Lodge.
According to his wishes, cremation has been entrusted to the care of Lunning Chapel.
The family requests memorial donations to the Iowa Donor Network in memory of Don.
Online condolences may be made by visiting

Karen Williams, 78, of Burlington, died Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Great River Klein Center, West Burlington, Iowa.
Born June 16, 1941 in Burlington, she was the daughter of Clayton M. and Helen (Dillon) Coontz. She married Steven Williams on June 14, 1963. They later divorced.
Karen worked as an Administrative Assistant at Burlington Basket Co. for over 30 years.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
She loved to sing, and perform with the Silver Singers. She enjoyed listening to Patsy Cline, and older country music, and singing karaoke along with Rena and her sister Linda. Her family was her pride and joy.
Survivors include five children, Connie Reynolds of Burlington, IA, Trisha (Jesse) Gerst of Sperry, IA, Jeff (Laura) Williams of Wapello, IA, Chris (Joyce) Williams of Mt. Pleasant, IA, and Tim (Elizabeth “Liz”) Williams of Mt. Pleasant, IA; twelve grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; three sisters, Kathy (Harry) Davis of Burlington, Linda Hand of West Burlington, IA, and Jan (Gerald) Ingle of Oregon; one brother, Dan (Pat) Coontz of Colorado; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and two sisters.
The funeral service for Karen will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 11th at Lunning Chapel. Pastor Ryan Cosgrove will officiate. Interment will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday June 10th at Lunning Chapel where the family will receive friends.
Memorials have been established for Great River Klein Center Activity Fund and Silver Singers.

Walter Dean Day, 70, of Burlington, passed away at 12:30 PM Sunday, June 7, 2020, surrounded by his loved ones at his home in Burlington.

Born April 29, 1950, in Marshfield, MO, he was the son of Walter S. and Lula Mae Day and the second youngest of eleven. He graduated from Hillcrest High School in Springfield, MO in 1968. On July 24, 1970, he married Judy Ann Quehl in Springfield, MO. He served in the United States Navy from August of 1968 – August of 1972.

Dean was a card carrying machinist at BNSF for many years. He also drove for Burlington Trailways where he often took the Burlington Bee’s and SCC Blackhawk’s to and from games. In his retirement years he drove a school bus for the Burlington Community School District.

He enjoyed fishing, slow pitch softball, golf, bowling, cars, wood working, fixing things for people and being a grandpa. He was the Little League Commissioner in Hugo, OK. He served in the Burlington Optimist Club for many years, worked as the Youth Director at Oak Street Baptist Church for a number of years and attended the Burlington Campus of Harmony Bible Church.

Survivors include his wife Judy Ann Day of Burlington, daughter Stacey Ann (Christopher) Giffin of West Burlington, two sons Christopher Dean Day of Burlington, and Walter Scott (Kristin) Day of Lewiston, MN; three grandchildren Kaylei, Jessayln and Micah Day; brother Larry Day of Springfield, MO, three sisters June (Paul) Willard and Sarah Sue Day of Springfield, MO, as well as Donna Gill of Idaho; and too many nieces and nephews to count.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, four sisters, two nephews, two nieces, one great niece, and one great nephew.

There will be a celebration of life service at a later date.

Marlene Ann Raid, 72, of Burlington, died at 8:00 pm Friday, June 5, 2020, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.

Born March 10, 1948, in Ottumwa, IA, she was the daughter of Melvin Ernest and Bonadelle Jean Fullerton Raid.

Marlene was a nurse and had worked for a few care facilities in town. Her most favorite was Elm View Care Center in Burlington.

After high school, Marlene obtained her Associates Degree in Nursing, and her Bachelors Degree in Education.

Marlene was always very generous and giving. She was always donating to various groups and organizations in town. She loved gardening and watching the birds stop by on her many bird feeders. She had an affection for Cardinals, and loved to watch them in her yard, and collect the figurines. She was very artistic and enjoyed painting and working with clay and she was also a very talented writer. Most of all, she was a very proud mother, and loved her family.

Survivors include two sons, Eric (Jen) D’Souza of CO, Geoff D’Souza of China; one daughter, Meghan D’Souza of Burlington; two sisters, Connie (Bob) Martin of Burlington, Mary Raid of Granbury, TX; one brother, Melvin (Jolene) E. Raid II of Granbury, TX; three grandchildren, Jack, Alex and Owen D’Souza of CO; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Patricia Raid-Harrison.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

There will be no visitation or services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Young House Family Services.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

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