Obituaries for Thursday July 2nd

Mr. Robert “Bob” J. Cook, 71 of Burlington, died at 10:03 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa.
Born June 7, 1949 in Keokuk, Iowa, he was the son of Jack Christy and Mary Jane (Gray) Cook.
Bob graduated in 1967 from Revere High School in Revere, MO. In 1968 he joined the United States Navy, serving during the Vietnam War. He married Gwen Elizabeth Stancil May 29, 1969 in Pensacola, FL.
He began his work career at Witte Drug. He owned and operated Photovisions, adding Film Processing, U.S. Cellular, Satellite T.V., and later Grandpa’s Homemade Ice Cream.
His many hobbies included hot air ballooning, carpentry, photography, and reading. He loved Mt. Dew, travelling, telling stories, and taking his whole family to the ocean.
He was a member of First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Gwen of Burlington; three children, Robbie (Becky) Cook of Burlington; Amy (Jeff) Eggar of Iowa Falls, IA, and Jason Cook of Burlington; nine grandchildren, Elizabeth, Kelly, Abby, Allison, Karly, Aidan, Jack, Sage, and Kale; and two sisters, Linda Heinze and Leta Cary.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Roger and Rick.
The celebration of life for Mr. Cook will be 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 1st at Lunning Chapel. Mr. Jared McAfee will officiate. Inurnment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 4:00 -7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 1st at Lunning Chapel, where the family will receive friends. Military rites will be conducted by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.
Cremation has been entrusted to Lunning Chapel.
A memorial has been established for Hope Lodge at Mayo Clinic.

Yvonne Carlene Eland, 91, of Burlington, died at 9:57 PM Saturday, June 27, 2020, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.

Born October 23, 1928, in Wapello, IA, she was the daughter of Carl A and Mary L Wasson Casten. She was a 1946 Graduate of Burlington High School.

Following graduation she worked at KBUR where among other duties she was the voice of Goldie the Cow on the White House Dairy Kiddi Quiz. She left there to work at the Hawk-Eye Gazette from 1947-1952. She worked mostly in National Advertising, but wrote some feature stories and interviews. In May of 1949 she married Lloyd (Trap) Mallette. That union produced two children and they later divorced. On December 11, 1959, she married Jim Eland, who was the Sports Editor of the Hawk-Eye. He died June 16, 1981.

Yvonne was the first female Realtor working for Edgar Strauss in Burlington and then for Shawgo Realty from 1959-1981. She then became the owner and operator of Central Printing Company for 15 years.

She was of the Methodist Faith. She was a member of the Federated Woman’s Club and was very active in the Players Workshop. Yvonne enjoyed playing bridge and played with several bridge groups. She also liked to read, do yard work, bird watch in her back yard, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. She loved and spoke often about her trip to Switzerland where she was able to travel the Alps.

Survivors include her two children, Mike (Barb) Mallette and Mollie (Jeff) Erickson both of Burlington.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

Family will receive friends from noon until 1:00 PM Monday, July 6, 2020 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The memorial service for Mrs. Eland will be 1:00 PM Monday, July 6, 2020, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Reverend David J. Yonker and Reverend Brooke Anthony officiating. Inurnment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.

Memorials have been established for Great River Hospice and the Players Workshop.

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 Yvonne’s obituary at

Rebecca Lucretia-Marie Rhum, 29, of Mount Pleasant died Monday, June 29, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Born March 24, 1991 in Burlington she was the daughter of Rosemarie Rhum.
Becky loved watching Barney, magazines, and was always holding playing cards in her hands. She lit up any room with her presence. She was of the Protestant faith.
Survivors include her mother Rosemarie Rhum of Mount Pleasant; two sisters Kathleen Rhum of Indiana and Emilie Rhum of Mount Pleasant; two brothers Matthew Rhum and Jason Rhum both of Mount Pleasant; her grandmother Shirley Rhum of Mediapolis; uncles, Rob (Angie) Rhum of Mediapols and Rick (Boni) Rhum of Grand Mound, Iowa; and cousins Kayla Rhum of Waterloo and Andrea Rhum of Mount Pleasant.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather Richard Rhum.
The funeral service for Becky will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 6th at Lunning Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Interment will be in Kossuth Cemetery, rural Mediapolis.
A memorial has been established.

Mary Alice Mikels Rockel Worden, 94, of Carthage, Illinois, formerly of Dallas City, Illinois, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the Heritage House in Carthage.

Mary Alice was born on July 24, 1925 near Dallas City the daughter of Fred and Edna (Avise) Mikels. In June of 1943 she married Horace Rockel. He preceded her in death in September of 1948. In November of 1970 she married Bill Worden. Bill preceded her in death on January 16, 2014.

Mary Alice was a graduate of the Burlington Beauty School. She worked at Sheaffer Pen Company in Fort Madison for 30 years.

Mary Alice loved dancing, sewing, crafting and gardening. Mary and Bill enjoyed wintering in Texas.

Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn (Don) Rosenboom of Carthage and Paulette Kay Russell of Burlington; four grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and one sister, Irene Jackson of Carthage.

Mary Alice was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Horace and Bill, one granddaughter, Linda Stinemates; three sisters and one brother.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2020 at the First Christian Church of Dallas City. The family will receive friends from 9:30 until times of sevices. Burial will follow in the Durham Cemetery, rural Dallas City.

A memorial fund has been established for the First Christian Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City is in charge of arrangements.

Annette DeSpain Miley (74) of Oak Park, IL died June 19, 2020 at her home after a two year battle with cancer and was surrounded by family.
She was born April 29, 1946 in Burlington, IA to Ralph and Maxine (McClure) DeSpain. She graduated from New London High School in 1964 and graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1968. She married Michael Miley in June of 1973, and they later divorced.
Annette was the director of Oak Leyden Developmental Services for mentally disabled adults in Oak Park, IL until 2001. She then worked as the assistant financial aid director for North Park University until her retirement in 2018.
She was a former member of the New London Methodist Church, but most recently attended The Good Shepherd Church in Oak Park, IL.
Annette was known for her ability to get things done “yesterday”. She had a great love of comparison and bargain shopping which she declared was her hobby. “You need this; it’s a great deal”, was her slogan. “If one is good, you’d better get three.”
Annette was an avid Cubs and Bears fan but always remembered to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes as well. She knew all the Cubs players by name, and you’d think they were as close to her as her dearest friends.
Her kindness and concern for her family and friends was a special trait. If anyone needed anything, Annette was the first to step forward to help. Her longtime birthday club friends, former co-workers, and neighbors were her “surrogate sisters”. Her daily prayer list could rival that of the Pope and included all family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew her—a hole left in our hearts that can never be replaced.
Annette was preceded in death by her parents and one brother-in-law, Gerald Hopson. She is survived by two sons: Jeffrey Miley (partner Lauren Reeves) of Chicago, Jason (Jessica) Miley and one very special granddaughter Cassandra of Downers Grove, IL, two sisters, Sonja Hopson of New London, IA and Rita (Charles) Smith of Marshalltown, IA, one niece Jana (Chris) Madsen of Marion, IA, 4 nephews Kevin Hopson Danville, IA, Kurt (Kelly) Hopson of New London, IA, Brad (Andrea) Smith of Ft. Collins, CO, Greg (Traci) Smith of Urbandale, IA, many great nieces and nephews and cousins.
A private graveside service will be held at Burge Cemetery in rural New London on July 11, 2020 at 2pm led by Pastor Rod Cooper. Elliott Chapel of New London will be in charge of the arrangements. We invite friends and relatives to gather after the service on July 11 at 3pm in City Park in New London. Annette’s family, consistent with Annette’s wishes, requests that masks be worn and social distancing practices observed by everyone during the service and gathering.
Peterson Funeral Home of Oak Park will be in charge of her cremation according to her wishes. A celebration of life will be held in Oak Park, IL at a later date.
Memorials have been established for St. Jude, PAWS (the Anti-cruelty Society for animals), and the American Cancer Society. All of these were her favorite charities.
Her motto was “Keep looking up”, and she’d want all of us to do that. Online condolences may be left at