Obituaries for Tuesday July 21st

Mr. Frank W. Orton of St. Joseph, MO, formerly of Danville, IA, died on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at his

Born August 24, 1942 in Ft. Madison, IA, he was the son of Earl and Stella (Baldwin) Orton. He married
Karen June Miller August 25, 1961 in Denmark, IA.

Frank graduated from Denmark High School, Mid-America Nazarene College of Olathe, KS, Nazarene
Theological Seminary of Kansas City, MO and was awarded an honorary doctorate of divinity from
Caribbean Nazarene College in Trinidad/Tobago. He worked as the Power Plant Operator for Alliant
Energy for 27 years, until his retirement in 2005.

Frank was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Burlington, IA.

He enjoyed traveling, and volunteering for mission work.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Karen Orton of St. Joseph, MO; three children, Christina (Edward)
Blain of Talmage, PA, Curtis (Lisa) Orton of Flower Mound, TX, and Dr. Tracy (Julie) Orton of St. Joseph,
MO; sixteen grandchildren; three siblings, Tom (Ruth Ann) Orton of Lee County, IA, David (Mary Beth)
Orton of Ft. Madison, IA, and Mary (Ted) Cockrell of Burlington, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Earl (Evelyn) Orton and Gary Orton.

Visitation will be 7:00-9:00 p.m. Sunday, July 26th at Lunning Chapel. The graveside funeral service for Mr. Orton will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 27th at Long Creek Cemetery, RR Danville, IA. Rev. Terry Vance will officiate.
A memorial has been established for Caribbean Nazarene College in Trinidad/Tobago.

David Clark Marshall, 78, of Sperry, died Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, IA.
Born September 10, 1941 in rural Sperry, he was the son of Ralph W. and Vera Mary (Young) Marshall. He married Bonita Kay Yelton April 13, 1963 in Sciota, IL.
David worked as a truck driver for Wal-Mart. He enjoyed messing in his yard, tinkering and puttering around and watching old westerns. He loved his pets. He was the type of person that never met a stranger.
He was a member of Sperry United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Marshall of Sperry, IA; three children, Laurie McBride, Daniel (Anne) Marshall both of Sperry, and Brian Marshall of Durango, CO; one grandson, Dusty (Haley) Smith; two great-grandchildren, Maddie and Kendrick; one brother, Ralph Leon (Marilyn) Marshall of rural Sperry; and one sister, Ethel Marshall of Mediapolis.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Eugene McBride.
The memorial funeral service for Mr. Marshall will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 25th at Lunning Chapel. Tracy Burgus will officiate.
Cremation has been entrusted to Lunning Chapel.
A memorial has been established for Des Moines County Humane Society.

Mark J. Grothe, 89, of Burlington, died at 5:00 am Saturday, July 18, 2020, at his home surrounded by his daughters.

Born February 22, 1931, in Burlington, IA, he was the son of Ralph Charles and Johanna Cordula (Albrecht) Grothe. On August 30, 1958, he married Mariann Chubb in Washington, Iowa. She later passed on August 31, 2017.

He worked as a storage operator for Iowa Army Ammunition Plant for 38 years, retiring March 28, 1996.

He was a U.S. Marines Veteran, serving during the Korean War from January 30, 1951 until December 11, 1953.

He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #568 and St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan, and rooted for the Fighting Irish and Iowa Hawkeyes as well. He was a very generous and giving individual volunteering at several places throughout his life including; Notre Dame High School, Snake Alley Criterium, 6th Street Cemetery, and the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Mark loved to walk and ride his bike around town, and enjoyed tinkering and fixing bicycles in his spare time. Most of all he loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include four daughters, Annmarie (Kirk) Daily of Ottumwa, IA, Lisa Jo (Mike) Walter of Burlington, Gina Kay (Michael) Frost of Des Moines, IA, and Angela (Trevor) Wiemann of Burlington; five grandchildren, Brendan (Emma) Daily, Connor Daily, Audrey Walter, Cooper Wiemann, and Bailey Wiemann; one great-grandson Declan Daily and one great-granddaughter on the way; two brothers, Leo (Sandra) Grothe of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and David (Barbara) Grothe of Bettendorf, IA; one sister-in-law, Nancy (Joel) Miller of Milton, FL; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; six sisters, Helen Mary Grothe, Virginia Timmerman, Frances Bruce, Mary Walgren, Joanne Eklund, and Catherine (Kay) Fisher; one brother, James Grothe; and his stepmother, Olga Fitchner.

Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends following a 5:30 PM Rosary Service until 7:00 PM Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Grothe will be 10:00 AM Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Divine Mercy Parish-St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Very Rev. Fr. Marty Goetz as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Full military honors will be rendered by the Hamilton Walters Marine Corps League.

Due to the growing concerns regarding COVID-19, no luncheon will be held following the service. Funeral attendees are strongly encouraged to wear face masks and practice social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry as well as Great River Hospice.

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 Mark’s obituary at

Mary Elizabeth Pickle, 62, of Mt. Union, died Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at her home. She was born April 9, 1958 in Monmouth, Illinois to Ralph and Frances Mumey Hastings. On November 26, 1983, she married Randy Pickle in Mt. Pleasant.
She was a graduate of Union High School in Henderson County Illinois and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Iowa Wesleyan College. She was of the Catholic faith.
Mary worked as an RN, primarily in geriatrics and was a consultant and advocate for Senior Care. For many years she worked at Sunrise Terrace in Winfield. Mary’s life was nursing. She would work all day and continuing working when she came home. Being the caregiver that she was, she enjoyed caring for her father after her mother died.
Survivors include her husband Randy; brothers Steven (Alice) Hastings of Milpitas, CA and Dan (Donna) Hastings of San Jose, CA; sister Kathy Radice of Chicago, IL; and nieces and nephews. Her parents preceded her in death.
According to her wishes, her body has been cremated and there will be no formal services at Elliott Chapel, New London.
Memorials have been established for American Cancer Society or EveryStep Hospice, Mt. Pleasant.
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