Obituaries for Tuesday September 29th

Joshua “Josh” Wade Mahan, 36, of Oquawka, Illinois died Friday, September 10, 2020 at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.
Born October 2, 1983 in Burlington, Iowa he was the son of Ted and Belinda (Brown) Mahan. He married Kary Cottrell on July 21, 2018 in Illinois.
Josh worked in production for Krispy Kreme Donuts and formerly for Casey’s General Store in Middletown.
He attended Faith Bible Church in Oquawka and enjoyed fishing, hunting and riding his Harley. He loved all of his family and friends and his kids always came first. He was always smiling and enjoyed life.
Survivors include his wife; Kary Mahan of Oquawka; his parents, Ted and Belinda Mahan of Oquawka; four children, Jesse Wade Homer, Sheridan Kay Homer, Preston Hetrick and Kelton Hetrick; step children Karissa Leay Sawyer and Christopher William Clark; one sister Jenny Renee Mahan of Oquawka and one brother Kent Lee Mahan of Keokuk; his maternal grandmother Ida May Brown of Burlington and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.
The funeral service for Josh will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 3rd at Lunning Chapel. Interment will be in Oquawka Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral service, where family will receive friends.

Zachary Michael Todd, age 28, of Lomax, Illinois, passed away Saturday, September 26, 2020 at his home. He was born July 29, 1992 in Fort Madison, Iowa, the son of Michael and Kimberly Todd Peters.

Zach was a graduate of Illini West High School in Carthage, Illinois. He was currently working as a correctional officer at Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. He had previously worked as a 911 operator for DESCOM and was an assistant manager at Hy-Vee Grocery Store in Burlington for several years. He also was employed at Heartland Harley Davidson in Burlington for a time. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Lomax Fire Dept and Rescue Squad, and a member of the Southeast Iowa Chapter of the Renegade Pigs Motorcycle Club. Zach enjoyed hunting, trapping, and riding his motorcycle. He was a member of the Lomax Christian Church.

Survivors include his parents, Michael and Kimberly Peters of Lomax, the love of his life, Jordan Lovell of Lomax, one brother, Lucas Mitchell Todd of Lomax, one sister, Crystal (Mike) Yeomans of Henderson, IL, grandparents, Jack and Dixie Todd of Lomax, and Mike and Kathy Peters of Hamilton, IL, one nephew, Chet Yeomans, one niece, Ila Yeomans, aunts and uncles, Wesley and Shelly Todd, Kelly and Tim Sanderson, Shawn and Katy Peters, and cousins, Jacob and Haley Todd, and their children Braxton and Hadlie, Jessica and Josh Damon, and their daughter Harper, Brenton and Abby Sanderson, Bryson and Leah Sanderson and Shawn, Victoria, Matthew and Nathan Peters. He was preceded in death by his great grandparents.

Visitation will be from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday October 3, 2020 at the Dallas City Elementary Gymnasium. Masks and social distancing requirements will be observed. Burial will follow in the Carman Cemetery, Carman, Illinois. Memorial funds have been established for the Lomax Fire Department and Southeast Iowa Chapter of the Renegade Pigs Motorcycle Club. Please visit Zach’s obituary at to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

Evelyn Beard, 84, of Winfield, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at home
surrounded by her family. Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30,
2020, at the Snyder and Hollenbaugh Funeral and Cremation Services of Winfield. Following
the services, burial will be held at Winfield Scott Township Cemetery. Friends may call on
Tuesday, September 29, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has
been established at the funeral home in memory of Evelyn. Online condolences may be left to
the family at

Evelyn Elizabeth Degen was born on April 29, 1936, in Oakville, the daughter of
Raymond and Mellie (Lott) Degen. Evelyn was united in marriage to Richard “Fidler” Beard on
June 23, 1954 in Oakville. Evelyn was a homemaker who welcomed all as her own. She was a
member of Church of the Full Gospel in Keokuk. Evelyn dedicated many years as a Girl Scout
leader and served on many committees local and council wide. She was awarded a Thanks Badge
for her manys years of outstanding volunteerism. In her younger years she loved to play
basketball and softball. Evelyn enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilting, cooking, baking (she was
known for her flavored angel food cakes) reading, completing word games, gardening and
babysitting. Most of all, she loved being with and taking care of her family.

Evelyn will be deeply missed by her children, Richard (Jackie) Beard of Crawfordsville,
Karen Lihs of Kansas City, MO, Debra Briggs of Mediapolis, Cindy Beard of Winfield, Bruce
(Jonalee) Beard of Belgrade, MO, Susan Beard of Winfield, Linda (Steve) Hendricksmeyer of
Keokuk and Cheryl Beard of Winfield; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three
great-great grandchildren; sisters, Lois Hull of Hannibal, MO and Dorothy Bowers of
Burlington; her aunt, Frances Scoggins, Staunton, Illinois as well as many cousins, nieces and
nephews; her furkids and grand furkids.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and three brothers, John,
Howard and Melvin.

Mary Elizabeth Shelledy, 92, of New London, died Sunday, September 27, 2020 at New London Specialty Care. She was born June 21, 1928, to Ray and Aletha Bonar Williams in Danville, Iowa. On August 20, 1949 she married Floyd A. Shelledy in Danville. He died July 23, 2012. She was a graduate of Danville High School and attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls.
Mary loved watching football, especially the Packers, Broncos and Hawkeyes. She was a fantastic cook and loved trying new recipes. She was a long time member of the New London Presbyterian Church, was a member of the choir, active in county 4-H work, and was a member of Sweet Adelines. She sold tickets for the trolley at Midwest Old Threshers for many years, worked in real estate sales for three years, and also worked alongside Floyd on the farm.
Mary was a 50 plus year member of New London Chapter OES and Past Matron. Also she was a Past Grand Representative and past committee member on several Iowa Grand Chapter committees.
Survivors include her children Peggy (Dennis) Gruss of Carlisle, David (Karen) Shelledy of Norwalk, and Ana (Jeff) Lair of New London; grandchildren Derek Gruss of Winterset, Marie (Noel) Sherr of Durham, NC, Chrissy (Lucas) Freed of West Des Moines, Mandy (Matt) Cross of Omaha, Katie Vincent of Des Moines, Matt Lorber of Leesburg, VA, Kim Shelledy of Norwalk; many great grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; siblings Doris Wilson, Sara Williams, and Max Williams; her grandson Michael Shelledy and great-granddaughter Shelby Gruss.
The family will be forever grateful to the entire staff of the New London Specialty Care for the compassion, caring, and love shown to their mom.
The funeral service for Mrs. Shelledy will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, at Elliott Chapel, New London, with Pastor Maurie Campbell officiating with Eastern Star Services.
Visitation will be from 2-6 PM Thursday, without family present and the family will greet friends one hour before the service on Friday. Burial will follow at Burge Cemetery, New London. Memorials have been established for the Presbyterian Church General Fund, New London Chapter OES, and the activity fund at New London Specialty Care. Social Distancing should be observed and masks are recommended. Online condolences may be left at

Ralph V. Miller, 93, of Danville, died Saturday, September 26, 2020 in the emergency department at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington. He was born on the family farm near Danville on June 11, 1927 to Henry John and Esther Keuhlne Miller. On January 28, 1953, he married Barbara Edith Gerow in Bentonville, Arkansas. She died October 17, 2011.
Ralph attended Tornado Country School and served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1951 – 1953. He was of the Christian faith.
He worked a few years at IAAP and retired from Burlington Northern Railroad after 36 years.
He was a collector of toy tractors, clocks and watches; enjoyed doing yardwork and keeping busy outside; and especially enjoyed being with his family and loving his grandchildren.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Larson of Des Moines and Sharon (John) Stuart of Danville; two sons, Steven Miller of Ft. Madison and Scott (Marina) Miller of Danville; nine grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; three brothers, Kenneth (Patricia) Miller of Washington, Illinois, William Miller of Burlington and Keith (Marilyn) Miller of Danville, and one sister Elaine Esther (Robert) Ledman of Phoenix, Arizona. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two children, Stewart and Shirley Ann in infancy; and brother Robert Miller.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 until Noon Thursday, October 1,
at Elliott Chapel, New London. A graveside service will immediately follow at
Prairie Grove Cemetery, West Burlington with Pastor Dan Buck officiating. Please follow social distancing guidelines and masks are recommended. A memorial has been established for Danville Fire and Rescue Unit. Online condolences may be left at