Obituaries for Tuesday July 28th

Danuta M. McIntire, age 83, of Stronghurst, Illinois, passed away Monday July 27, 2020 at Roseville Rehabilitation & Care Center in Roseville, Illinois. She was born July 12, 1937 in Dyle, Poland, the daughter of Roman and Helena Gumieniak Lipiec. On June 23, 1956, she married George “Jack” McIntire in Raritan, Illinois.
Danuta was raised in Poland until 1943, when her family was arrested by Nazi soldiers and transported to Germany, where they were forced into slave labor. They were in concentration camps until the war ended. Following the war, relief services, through the Catholic Church, sponsored families who were from war torn countries. Her family was sponsored by Walter and Kathryn Baugh, and relocated to Bennington, Kansas. They lived there until the dust storms forced them to move. In 1951, she moved Raritan, and later to Stronghurst in the mid 1950’s.
Danuta had worked as a waitress, and at the Lomax Canning Factory. Later she became a beautician, and was employed at Luella’s Beauty Shop in Lomax for many years, until her retirement. She also volunteered at Oak Lane Nursing & Rehab in Stronghurst for several years. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Raritan.
Survivors include her husband, one daughter, Aimee Wolfe of West Burlington, IA, two sons, Wayne McIntire of Joliet, IL, Paul McIntire of Stronghurst,IL, four grandchildren, Cody, Mariah, and Elijah Wolfe, and Matthew McIntire, three great grandchildren, Jack McIntire and Tinley and Aubrey Wolfe, and one brother, Mieczyslaw Lipiec of Austin, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m.Friday July 31, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery near Raritan. No visitation is planned. A memorial fund has been established for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church near Raritan. Memorials may be sent in care of Banks & Beals Funeral Home, P.O. Box 299, Stronghurst, IL 61480. Please visit Danuta’s obituary at to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

On Saturday, July 25, 2020, Patricia Joyce Huggins Spurgeon, 81, of New London, went home to be with the Lord, after a short battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family. She was born the youngest of eight children on May 19, 1939 in Bloomfield, Iowa to Ralph and Verna Veatch Huggins. Patricia was a graduate of Pulaski High School.
On June 17, 1961, she married James “J.B” Spurgeon in Centerville. She was a stay at home mom when her children were little and retired from PSSI in Mt. Pleasant after more than twenty years as a payroll secretary.
She enjoyed flowers and gardening; attending the Iowa State Fair; trying new recipes; lunches with friends; and time spent with family, especially her great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband of 59 years, Pat is survived by her children, Belinda Conner of New London, Debra (Bob) Thomas of Illinois, and Jeff Spurgeon of New London; three grandchildren, Whitney (Chris) Amburn and Cody Conner both of New London and Peyton (Evelynn) Thomas of Norwalk, Iowa; seven great-grandchildren, Zander, Ryker, Trinity and Scarlett Amburn; Blake and Finley Conner; and Calvin Thomas; one brother Wendell Huggins of Evergreen, Colorado; nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter Sarah Conner; great-granddaughter Gracelyn Amburn; brothers Don and Charles Huggins; sisters Wanda Fuller, Viola Thomas, Shirley Stivers, and Betty Huggins; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
According to her wishes, her body has been cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. A memorial has been established and online condolences may be left at

Kerry Paul Erts, 62, of Burlington, IA, died on July 27, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospital.
Kerry was born in Burlington, IA on December 5, 1957. He was the son of Keith and Carolyn Erts and older brother of Elizabeth (Kevin) Carr of Burlington, IA.
Kerry graduated from Burlington Community High School in 1976. He played on the 1975 BHS undefeated football team and ran track. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1980 with a B.S. degree in marketing.
Kerry started his career with Chittenden and Eastman Company in Wichita, KS. He met and married Ann Reynolds there in 1985. They moved to the Quad Cities, he became an insurance agent and they had two sons; Brett Erts of Burlington, IA and Sean Erts of Los Angeles, CA. They divorced in 2009.
Kerry and family moved to Burlington in 1997 and he worked in the insurance industry, earning several top sales awards. He was an active member at Grace United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and was an assistant Boy Scout leader. Kerry loved the outdoors, especially trout fishing. He also loved to watch the Hawkeye and Packer games with his sons and dog Max.
Kerry is survived by his parents, sister, sons, nephew Matthew (Charli) Carr of Peoria, IL and niece Abigail (Michael) Mendez of Shawnee, KS, and special friend Angie Walters.
Services for Kerry will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 1st at Lunning Chapel. Rev. Tamara Wirt will officiate. Inurnment will be held at Aspen Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Per CDC guidelines, family requests masks and social distancing guidelines be followed.

Marilyn Kay Shamp, 81, of Burlington, Iowa, passed away July 25, 2020 at 12:45 a.m. at Great River Klein Center in West Burlington.
Born June 29, 1939 in Revere, MO, where there was no running water or electricity to the house, and it was 90 degrees in the shade that day. Marilyn was delivered by Dr. O’Connell and assisted by Geneva Thompson and was the beautiful baby girl of Lewis Clark and Alma (Walker) King. On December 14, 1958 she married Irl E. Shamp of Burlington, IA at the Revere, MO Community Church.
Marilyn graduated in 1957 at Revere High School, serving as Vice President of her graduating class. She also played in the school band and on the basketball team.
Marilyn worked at Burlington Memorial Hospital, Burlington Medical Center and Great River Medical Center for 32 years, retiring as administrative secretary.
Marilyn was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Blackhawk Unit #3 of the Burlington Police Auxiliary, past President of the Iowa State Policemen Auxiliary, and a member of the Eagles Club. She was a den mother with Pack 87 Cub Scouts, Sunday School teacher, active on committees and the church council of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother brought great joy to her life. She enjoyed cooking big meals for her family gatherings, and attending her children and grandchildren’s events. Marilyn had fun with her card club the Sexy 6 and spending time with family and friends and cats Magic and Bella. She enjoyed the Wednesday morning Bible Study Group and walking along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Florida picking up Seashells and searching for Sea Glass.
Survivors include three sons; Sean (Julie) Shamp, and Rick (Kelly) Shamp both of Burlington, Brad Shamp of Lantana, Florida, and foster son Terry (Darlene) Miller of Roselle, Illinois; four grandchildren, Lucas Shamp of Boulder, CO, Justin Shamp of Seymour, Connecticut, Mackahlan Shamp of Burlington, and Lacee (Joe) Nydle of Des Moines; great granddaughter, Navee Nydle of Des Moines; one niece and two nephews; great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and brother Dennis King.
The funeral memorial service for Mrs. Shamp will be 10 a.m. Saturday, August 1st, 2020 at Lunning Chapel with Pastor Ryan Cosgrove officiating. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. Friends may call after noon on Friday, July 31st, where the family will receive friends 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Lunning Chapel.
A memorial has been established for Trinity Lutheran Church.

Delbert W. Klein, age 81, of Stronghurst, Illinois, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, Iowa. He was born January 10, 1939 in Sweet Springs, Missouri, the son of Richard and Wanetta Patrick Klein. On February 28, 1959, he married Glennis Ketelsen in Burlington, Iowa.
Mr. Klein was a veteran of the United States Army. He worked as a truck driver for Mckesson & Robbins Company all of his adult life, retiring in 2006. In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling in various local bowling leagues. He was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church of Stronghurst.
Survivors include his wife, Glennis, one son, Dolan Wayne (Susanne) Klein of Savoy, IL, one daughter, Mary Klein Cook of Bloomington, IL, one step son, Jay Reed VanderSchel of Putnam, CT, seven grandchildren, Sarah and Jessica Cook, Parker and Samantha Klein, and Melinda, Jason and Julie VanderSchel, and several great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Klein.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday August 1, 2020 in the Stronghurst Cemetery, with Rev. David Vidler officiating. No visitation is planned. A memorial fund has been established for the American Heart Association. Memorials may be sent in care of Banks & Beals Funeral Home, P.O. Box 299, Stronghurst, IL 61480. Please visit Delbert’s obituary at to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

Melanie A. Boyd, 59, of New London, died Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in the emergency department at Henry County Health Center due to complications of heart disease. She was born September 16, 1960 in Mt. Pleasant
to Richard E. and Marilyn J. Nelson Wick. On June 9, 1979, she married Jay Boyd in New London; they later divorced.
Melanie was a 1978 graduate of New London High School. She worked in shipping and manufacturing at Mackay and more than twenty years at Winegard. She enjoyed drives through Geode State Park, mushrooming, old westerns, and socializing with her friends.
Survivors include her parents of New London; her children, Jason (Miranda) Boyd of Clive and Jessica (Jeremy) Dean of Burlington; three grandsons; sisters Michelle (David) McIntyre of Danville and Cheryl (Danny) Parks of New London; sister-in-law Pam Wick of New London; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and brothers, Michael and Tony Wick.
According to her wishes her body has been cremated and inurnment will be held at Burge Cemetery, rural New London. A Celebration of Life will be held at 5:00 PM, August 1st, at the New London Veterans of Foreign War Post #7641 at 802 E. McKinley, New London. A memorial has been established in memory of Melanie Boyd.
Online condolences may be left at

On Saturday, July 25, 2020, Tisha Nicole Fry passed away at her home in Shenandoah, Iowa. Tish was born on October 2nd, 1977 in Burlington, Iowa to Ned and Virginia (Ginny) Fry. She married Damian Lawson. They later divorced. She was an awesome single mom to her son, Brayten Wagler, while attending Southeastern Community College and Iowa Wesleyan University. She graduated in 2015 with honors from her teacher education program. She taught in Arizona and Florida, before settling back in Iowa, living across the street from her sister. Family meant everything to Tish.

Tish’s passions were her son, her friends, her rocks, and sprint cars. Family vacations growing up were either in Estes Park or at a sprint car racetrack. Tish’s mom, Ginny, passed along her love of mountains and babbling brooks to Tish, so she moved to Colorado shortly after high school graduation. While living there, she’d often drive around to mining sites to dig through their old tailings to look for cool rocks. Tish also lived in Phoenix with Brayten for a few years; they loved the desert and sun. When she could, she would camp out with her family to attend the Knoxville Nationals, the greatest sprint car race in the world. Sprint car racing was in her blood. Most recently, during the break from school due to Covid-19, Tish and Bray had Nerf gun and silly string wars and camped out in their backyard.

Tish loved teaching kids. For over 20 years, she coached gymnastics in Burlington, in Colorado, and in Iowa City. Once she graduated from college, she moved to Phoenix to teach elementary students. She later moved to Florida for a bit to work in a school there. Her current position was with Sidney Elementary as a 2nd grade teacher.

Tish was preceded in death by her mother, Ginny. She is survived by her son, Brayten, her father and stepmother, Ned Fry and Connie Tansey Fry of Mediapolis, her sister, Wendy Fry of Shenandoah, her niece, Niamh Palmer, her many aunts and uncles and cousins, the Village, and her dearest friends. According to the family’s wishes, cremation will be accorded, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date due to Covid-19. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in c/o F&M Bank for her son’s education. Tish was larger than life. She’ll be dearly missed.
Lunning Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby Gene Timmons, 79, of Burlington, died at 11:40 PM Monday, July 20, 2020, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.

Born October 2, 1940, in Neelyville, MO, he was the son of Mayfield and Pearl Watson Timmons. On September 17, 1961, he married Dorothy Mae Pettis in Benton, MO.

Bobby worked for JI Case Company for 25 years as a welder, painter and repairman.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving from September 20, 1966 until September 19, 1968 during which time he was stationed in Korea.

Bobby was of Baptist faith and was a member of Union Baptist Full Gospel Fellowship in Burlington and Pilgrim Baptist in Keokuk. Bobby liked to watch Westerns, old movies and TV shows and basketball. He also enjoyed bowling and fishing. He was a St. Louis Cardinals and SCC Blackhawks fan. Bobby’s favorite things to do were traveling, enjoying coffee, conversations with friends, and spending time with his family and grandkids.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Dorothy M. Timmons of Burlington; two sons, Rick Allen (Lisa) Timmons of Burlington, and LaMar (Dakota Daniels) Timmons of Des Moines; two daughters, Clarissa (Mark) Tabron of Burlington, and Vanissa (Brian) Powell of Peoria, IL; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers: Eddie Timmons and Prince Timmons; and sister, Janie Harvey and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Mayfield Jr. and Charles Timmons, two sisters, Janette Dogan and Rosemary Powell, one great-granddaughter, A’Zayla Faith Hope Kessee, and his great-grandmother, Blanche Scott.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The funeral service for Mr. Timmons will be 12:00 PM Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor J.T. Brown and Reverend Lawrence L. Manson officiating. Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.

A memorial has been established.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements. Due to the growing concerns regarding COVID-19, funeral attendees are required to wear face masks and practice social distancing.

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