Obituaries for Wednesday January 6th

Troy Donald Nelson, 45, of Yarmouth, died Tuesday, December 29, 2020.

He was born February 24, 1975 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Steven Bennard and Trudy Irene Miller Nelson.

Besides his mother and siblings, he is survived by two daughters, Bailey and Riley.

According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and there will be no formal services. Elliott Chapel, New London is assisting the family and online condolences may be left at

LaDonna Hanson, 75, of West Burlington, died at 3:08 PM Saturday, January 2, 2021, at the Great River Klein Center in West Burlington.

Born August 3, 1945, in Macomb, IL, she was the daughter of Manford (Connie) Settles and Marjorie (Robert) McMillan. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1963. On leave from his military service in the Gulf of Tonkin, LaDonna and Paul Rudolph Hanson II were married on August 10, 1963 in Burlington. They celebrated 57 years of marriage.

LaDonna worked as a medical secretary for Orthopedic Surgeons.

LaDonna loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed arts, crafts, woodworking, and loved to paint and draw. She enjoyed boating on the Mississippi, traveling, and gambling.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Jesse (Jackie) Hanson of Eldridge, IA, Lonnie (Michelle) Hanson of Wever and Dusty Hanson of Burlington; six grandchildren; two brothers, Jim (Marie) Settles of Keosauqua, IA, Rick Settles of Sigourney, IA; one sister, Teresa Hoeschen of Arvada, CO; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Manford Settles, mother, Marjorie McMillan, and her step-father, Robert McMillan.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, there will be no visitation or services at this time.

LaDonna’s family greatly appreciated the care she received at the Klein Center and a memorial has been established for the Stony Hollow Wing at the Great River Klein Center.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting LaDonna’s obituary at

John Dennis Pettit, 81 of Burnside IL went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday night, December 30, 2020, at Memorial Hospital in Carthage IL. He was born June 11, 1939 to Julius and Janice Pettit. He graduated from Colusa High School in 1957 and married his high school sweetheart, Sharon. They celebrated over 63 years of marriage together.
He farmed in the Burnside area with his father, brother David, and sons. After “sort of” retiring at age 65, he farmed with his sister Diana, David and extended family members, Mark and Luke Burling. He enjoyed the independence and freedom of self employment and living in the rural setting, but he loved traveling with his Bride anywhere warm, with favorites being Hawaii and the Southwest. They began snowbirding to the Phoenix area and always welcomed visitors to come shovel sunshine instead of snow each winter.
Ultimately, his passion was serving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly sharing his faith as opportunity arose. He was a member of the Burnside Christian Church where he enjoyed serving as a deacon, shepherding elder, Sunday School teacher, van and bus driver, transportation team, building and grounds team, cleaning team, etc. Romans 12: 6-13 He served with others on the Carthage Community School board, St Louis Christian College as trustee, Hancock County board, Camp Point Mutual board and recently on the Home Owners Association board at his winter home in Sun City AZ.
Next to his faith, it was obvious that his family was a favorite investment. He intentionally made sure that his children understood the faith that was passed on to him from generation to generation. He taught them to respect the elderly, care for those in need, be generous because God has been generous, work hard, be honest, and stand up for what is right, no matter the cost.
He was there to help any time needed. He was known for answering questions, counsel, encouragement, hugging, discipline and correction, sharing, caring, hugging, giving, fixing, praying, cheering, laughing, and more hugging, and so on as the best son, brother, husband, father, grandpa, great grandpa, and friend. He was transparent, so one rarely had to wonder where he stood on issues. He was known for his signature big laugh, big hands, big truck, big cowboy hat, and big hugs, especially in a setting with good food. With age came increasing patience and gentleness (so there’s still hope for the rest of us!) He treasured Thanksgiving gatherings where he corralled the family and, through trembling voice and tears of endearment, would remind them of Who and what was most important in life.
You could always count on him to answer a phone call or text, as if visiting with others was almost a mission. He was intentional about being present in the lives of all his children and grandchildren, and innumerable friends, and made a point of being present for the important events in their lives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law Lois Pettit, and brother-in-law Clarence Shults. Survivors include wife, Sharon; sister, Diana and brother, David; sister-in law, Sandi Soland; children, Betsy (Brad) Hudson of Springfield IL, Steve (Julie) of Acworth GA, Mark (Nancy) in Burnside area, Melissa (Brian) Diel of St. Charles MO, and James (Tara) of Urbandale IA. 14 grandchildren: Gabriel (Cori) Pettit, Bethany (Zach) Middleton, Jeffrey (Ashley) Pettit, Kara (Shane) Blomendahl, Joshua (Krystal) Diel, Justin (Alina) Pettit, Courtney Diel, Alison (Brian) Lox, Steven (Claudia) Diel, David Hudson, Michael Hudson, Zachary (Kayla) Diel, Leanne (Ruffin) Tchakounte, and Katie Hudson. 20 great grandchildren and one more on the way: Carter, Drake, Ashlyn, Reegan, Madelyn, Sadie, Lincoln, Eleanor, and Josiah Pettit; Elijah, Charlotte, and Julius Middleton; Margaret Blomendahl; Dawson, Eastlyn, and Finley Lox; Quinn, Wren, and Sawyer Diel, Aaden Tchakounte.
Graveside services, open to all family and friends, will be held at 10:30a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the Moss Ridge Cemetery in Carthage. While no formal family visitation is planned, friends are welcome to call at the Burnside Christian Church between 2:00 and 7:00p.m. Friday, January 8th. Memorial contributions may be made to the Good News Productions International; St. Louis Christian College; Casa por Cristo and the Burnside Christian Church. Banks & Beals Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. To leave a condolence, please visit Dennis’s obituary at

Florence Holmes, 74, of New London, died, Friday, January 1, 2021 at her home.
According to her wishes her body will be cremated and a private family celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Elliott Chapel is assisting the family and online condolences may be left at

Frank Alexander Staley, 81, of New London, died Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Henry County Health Center Emergency Department. To say that Frank was a character is an understatement.
According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and inurnment will be held at a later date in Burge Cemetery, New London. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Woobies, New London. Memorials have been established for the KAABA Shriners and the New London Rescue Unit. Elliott Chapel, New London is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Mary-Kay Ellen Price, age 29, of Stronghurst, Illinois, passed away Friday January 1, 2021 at her home. She was born April 24, 1991 in Woodbridge, Virginia, the daughter of Eric and Danielle Horton Price.

Mary-Kay was a graduate of Choices Charter High School and later Paul Mitchell School of Cosmetology, both in Sacramento, California. She had worked at Winegard Company in Burlington for four years, and was currently employed at American Ordinance, LLC in Middletown, Iowa. She was a member of the Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union Local 1010 in Middletown. Mary-Kay loved spending time with her family and friends, and her pet cat, Jack.

Survivors include one daughter; Jade Williams, at home, one son; Kyrin Williams, at home, her mother; Danielle Price of Stronghurst, her father and step mother; Eric and Jen Price of Burlington, step mother; Kristina Bishop of Stronghurst, two brothers; Daniel Price and Davion Price, both of Burlington, one sister; Isabella Stimpson of Burlington, grandparents; Tom and Mary Ann Stimpson of Stronghurst, great grandmother; Louise Stimpson of Stronghurst and a close friend; Cody Williams of Good Hope, Illinois.

Friends may call as they desire on Tuesday from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst. Due to the pandemic, a private family service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Banks & Beals. Cremation will be accorded following the service. A memorial fund has been established for the benefit of her children. Please visit Mary-Kay’s obituary at to sign the guest book and leave a condolence/