Obituaries for Tuesday June 23rd

Brody Daniel Logan, 26, of LaHarpe, Illinois, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020 at the Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois.

Brody was born on May 5, 1994 the son of Bobby and Ann Cox Logan.

Brody was a 2012 graduate of Illini West High School. Following high school Brody attended John Wood Community College for Ag Business. Brody was a member of the FFA and earned the State Farmer Degree. Brody was currently employed at Deerwester Grain Services Inc., where he had worked since high school.

Brody enjoyed 4-wheeling, especially in Arkansas, bonfires, time spent with friends, hunting, golfing, concerts and Cubs games.

Survivors include his fiancé, Mackenzie Coulter of rural Colchester; his dad, Bobby Logan of rural Colchester; his mom, Ann Logan of Carthage; one brother, Aaron Logan of rural Colchester; his grandmother, Mary Gregory of Colchester and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Brody was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard Logan, Leon Gregory and Charles and Janet Cox.

The funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2020 at the LaHarpe Union Church with Rev. Rick Goettsche officiating. Cremation will be entrusted to Banks & Beals Funeral Home following the service. Burial will be held at a later date in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, near Colmar, Illinois. The family will receive friends Thursday, June 25 at the Union Church from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe Union Church. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit Brody’s obituary at

Lloyd Wayne Little, 72, of Blandinsville, Illinois, passed away peacefully Friday, June 19, 2020 at his home. He will be missed by all.

Lloyd Wayne was born on May 13, 1948 to Guy Wayne and Bernice Lanier Little in LaHarpe, Illinois.

He married Jody Graham on June 12, 1976 in Biggsville, Illinois. Together they had two sons; Curt (Amy) Little of Carthage, Illinois and Stephen Little of Blandinsville. In his words, his two sons were his greatest and proudest accomplishments. Also surviving are his mother, Bernice of Stronghurst; one grandson, Draven Little; two sisters, Patricia (Phil) Peterson of Batavia, Illinois and Pamela (Todd) Stevenson of Stronghurst and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.

Lloyd was raised and educated in Stronghurst, Illinois where he graduated in 1966. He still stayed in touch with many of his classmates. He then attended Northwest Missouri State, graduating in 1970 with an Industrial Education degree. He went on to teach at the Kewanee High School for nine years. He worked for Pioneer Hi-Bred Int. from 1980 until 2015 and wore many hats there.

Lloyd loved the outdoors and his many hobbies and jobs including life guarding, scuba diver, carpenter, motorcyclist, hunter, fisherman, camper and anything to do with his loved Gordon Setters.

The family invites friends to celebrate Lloyd Wayne’s life 10:00 A.M. Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Lloyd’s favorite hunting spot, East County Road 2200 North, LaHarpe, Illinois 61450.

A memorial fund has been established for the Blandinsville Fire & Rescue. Contributions may be mailed to Lloyd Wayne Little Memorial Fund, c/o Banks & Beals Funeral Home, P.O. Box 503, LaHarpe, Illinois 61450.

Barbara J. Johnson, 74 of Burlington died Saturday, June 20, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Born February 28, 1946 in Burlington, she was the daughter of Carl and Eva (Dietsch) Knopp. She married Peter Johnson January 15, 1972 in Burlington.
Barbara worked in Registration at Burlington Medical Center, Hawkeye Motors, as a receptionist at J.I. Case, and in Home Health Care.
She was a member of Zion United Church of Christ.
Her hobbies included crocheting slippers for her kids and grandkids every Christmas, spending time outdoors and with family. She especially enjoyed relaxing with her kids and grandkids at the lake and watching them play.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Peter Johnson of Burlington; two children, Julie (Jeff) Werner of Burlington and Mathew (Danielle) Johnson of Gilbert, AZ; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Loretta Black of Davenport, IA.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Katrina Gerdom; and one sister, Diane Blevins.
There will be no formal funeral services.
According to her wishes, cremation has been entrusted to Lunning Chapel.
Condolences may be left for the family at

Frances A. Neff, 86, of Burlington, Iowa, formerly of LaHarpe, Illinois, died Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Bickford Assisted Living in Burlington, Iowa.

She was born in LaHarpe, IL, the daughter of Amos and Flo Nelson Bundy. On June 15, 1952 she married Eldon H. Neff. They raised their 5 children in Raritan, Illinois. Six years ago, she and Eldon moved from LaHarpe to Bickford of Burlington. We are grateful for the caring and compassionate staff for their love and support of Frances.

Growing up, Frances worked in her parents’ restaurant and attended LaHarpe schools. She later worked in the parts crib for JI Case and retired in 1987 after 20 years. Upon her retirement she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, providing banana bread and pillows to family and friends, and loved giving and receiving hugs. She had been a member of the Raritan Baptist and Lomax Christian Churches.

She is survived by her husband, Eldon Neff, son, Terry (Sheila) Neff of Burlington, Iowa, daughter, Jan (Ron) Kimble of Charlotte, North Carolina, son, Gary Neff of Burlington, Iowa, daughter, Tina (Dan) Baker of Roscoe, Illinois and daughter, Barbara (Mike) Boyle of Montezuma, Iowa. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Jamie Kimble, 5 brothers: Julian, Harold, Billie, Amos and James “Dude” Bundy, 5 sisters: Pauline Link, Betty Melvin, Viola Hainline, Edna Furrow and Maycel Gebhardt, and her parents.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday, June 25, 2020 at the LaHarpe Cemetery with Pastor Maxine Dennison officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Great River Hospice.

Banks & Beals Funeral Homes is assisting the family. To leave a condolence and sign the guest book, please visit her obituary at

Gene Patrick Bessine, 65, of Gladstone, died at 6:55 PM Friday, June 19, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Born May 10, 1955, in Burlington, he was the son of Richard C. and Betty Jean Sly Bessine. On June 28, 1986 he married Debra L. Thayer in Austin, Texas.

Gene worked as an operator for Champion Spark Plug and retired after 27 years.

He enjoyed shooting pool, riding his Harley, spending time on the river, and trap shooting. But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. Gene was one of the kindest men you would ever meet.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie of Gladstone, IL; father, Richard of Burlington, IA, three sons, Todd (Kim) House of Fort Madison, Dustin Carlson of Burlington, and Dustin (Lauren) House of New Jersey; five grandchildren, Jada, Rose, and Gavin Carlson, Damian House, and Ethan (Brittney) Allen, three sisters, Mary Moore of Austin, TX, Cindy Trammel of Austin, TX, and Kris Bessine of Burlington.

He is preceded in death by his mother, two grandsons, Ryan Allen and Matthew House and nephew Raymond Moore.

The funeral service for Mr. Bessine will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home. Cremation will be entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory following the service. Burial will be held at a later date.

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 Gene’s obituary at