Obituaries for Wednesday November 11th

Lucille McCabe, 94, of New London, died Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at her home. Services are pending at Elliott Chapel, New London.

Mr. Robert Dean Davis, 85, of New London, formerly of Winfield, died Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Morning Sun Care Center. He was born November 29, 1934 in Olds to Robert John and Anna Josephine Metzger Davis. He married Marjorie Ibbotson; they later divorced. On May 23, 1993, he married Joyce Abrisz Webb in Winfield.
Dean was a 1952 graduate of Winfield High School, then served in the Air Force for four years. He was a member of New London Presbyterian Church, New London Lions Club and served on the New London Utilities Board.
He worked at IAAP in Middletown and GE in Burlington before starting Davis Painting in the early 70’s, retiring in 2000. He loved dogs, especially his four-legged companion, Joey; visits to the casino; loved being outdoors; cutting brush and having outdoor fires; and was an avid fan of the Cubs, Bears and Hawkeyes.
Survivors include his wife of New London, sons Tom Davis of New London and Danny (Janelle) Davis of Mediapolis; step-sons Duane Webb of Easton, Maryland and Eric Webb of Clackamas, Oregon; step-daughter Lisa Webb of Burlington; nine grandchildren; brother Jerry (Sharon) Davis of Salem; and nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Kenneth and Donald and sisters June, Arlene, Maxine and Dorothy.
Visitation will begin at noon on Friday at Elliott Chapel, New London, with the family receiving friends from 5 – 7 PM.
According to his wishes, his body will be cremated and inurnment will be held at 1:00 PM, Sunday, November 29th, 2020 at Winfield Scott Cemetery, rural Winfield with military rites by the Henry County Honor Guard. Memorials have been established for the New London Presbyterian Church, Morning Sun Care Center and Des Moines County Humane Society. The full obituary may be viewed at

Elizabeth “Betty” Byrd Hazen, 87, formerly of Mt. Union and Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, November 7, 2020 at The Fountains Assisted Living in Bettendorf, Iowa.
She was born December 17, 1932, in Des Moines County to George Elmer and Ruth Olive Wilson Waste. On March 16, 1952, she married Dale Harry Hazen at the Walnut Street Baptist Church in Burlington. He died January 16, 2017. She was a 1950 graduate of Burlington High School and attended one and a half years of nurse’s training before marriage. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School.
Betty was a homemaker and with her husband, owned and operated Hazen Supply retiring in 1993. She enjoyed playing cards, tending her flowers and playing golf. She was a member and secretary of TTT, member of Linger Longer Neighborhood Club, and church canasta club.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers George and Dr.Richard Waste. Survivors include her children David (Linda) Hazen of Sperry, Janet (Roy) Wennlund of Bettendorf and Dan (Amy) Hazen of Minnetonka, MN; five granddaughters and one grandson; eight great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great-granchildren; sisters-in-law Helen Garrels and Marilyn Seelinger; and nieces and nephews.
According to the Covid restrictions, visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM at Elliott Chapel, New London without the family present.
There will be a private graveside service on Thursday at Forest Home Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Dale. In lieu of flowers memorials have been established for Mt. Pleasant First United Methodist Church; Salvation Army; or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be left at

Nelson Howard Showalter, 77, of Burlington, Iowa died at 12:40 AM Friday, November 6, 2020, at his home in the arms of his wife, after a short battle with cancer.
Born January 15, 1943, in Kansas City, KS, he was the son of Leonard and Shirley Winner Showalter. On February 14, 1983, he married Mary Ann Thomas at First Christian Church at the top of Snake Alley in Burlington, Iowa.
He attended Lincoln Grade School and graduated from Ottawa High School, Ottawa, Kansas. He attended Emporia State Teachers College, American Press Institute, and S.W. Bell School for Yellow Pages.
He was in the Kansas Air National Guard, starting in recon photography and advanced to Staff Sergeant in the Raggedy Ass Militia Company.
Nelson worked many jobs in the newspaper industry. In 1962 he worked for the Ottawa Herald as a Classified Ad Salesman. From 1964 to 1969, he started as an Outside Sales Rep. in Hutchinson, KS and moved to the Yellow Pages in 1969. Nelson then became the Ottawa Herald Circulation Manager in 1970. In 1972, he moved to the Salina Journal as an Outside Sales Rep. The year of 1974, he moved and became an Ad Manager in Chanute, KS. Nelson then moved to Burlington, IA and worked for The Hawk Eye Newspaper from 1975 to 2003 as an Ad Director until his retirement on January 15, 2003, which was also his birthday.
Nelson enjoyed raising, training, and showing Paint Horses. He loved the family participation in his hobby, playing golf with his wife, Mary Ann, and customizing golf carts. He enjoyed trap shooting at home with family and friends and playing Words with Friends everyday. Nelson loved driving his 2011 SS Magoo Camaro Convertible to different places like wineries, out of town casinos and just enjoying the countryside with Mary Ann. They also visited all 50 states, multiple places around the world and going on many cruises. Nelson and Mary Ann enjoyed singing Karaoke and dancing.
Nelson will be remembered for always having a joke with a laugh that you could hear from across the room. He made friends everywhere he went and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Derek (Marci) Showalter of Grandview, IA and Kasey (Wendy) Rider of Danville, IA; one daughter, Kelli (Kevin) Knecht of Olathe, KS; nine grandchildren, Samantha, Levi, Lee, Baylee, Katie, Macy, Wyatt, Siddalee, & Mazee; one brother, Ronald Wesley (Inger) Showalter of Ottawa, KS; two sisters, Linda Ann (Jim) Lewis of Lawrence, KS and Kathy Jane (Danny) Norton of Estes Park, CO; one Brother-in-law, Keith Thomas of Mediapolis, IA and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister-in-law, Judy Thomas and one nephew, Shon Showalter.
A private graveside service will be held in Kossuth Cemetery, in Mediapolis, IA. Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.
A memorial has been established.