Obituaries for Tuesday June 1st

Jean N. Holden of West Burlington, Iowa passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at Great River Medical Center. Born Jean Nadine Thompson on March 29, 1938 in Grandview, Iowa, she was the youngest child of Earl Brian (Jack) Thompson and Thelma Marie (Grasham) Thompson. Jean graduated from Bolivar High School in Bolivar, MO in 1955 and earned her Associates Degree from Southwest Baptist University in 1958. Jean married Howard Holden in 1958 in Kansas City, MO. Together they had four daughters – Denise, Penny, Kathy and Becci. Jean and Howard relocated to Indiana in the early 1960’s where they lived until their divorce in 1980.
Jean worked as a secretary in both the basketball and football departments at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN from 1979 until about 1984 when she went to work for LifeLine of Terre Haute. Drawn to helping others, Jean relocated to Williamsburg, Virginia in 1991 to work for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). She later worked for CASA in Newport News, Virginia before retiring in 2001. Jean was known to many for her lengthy career as an Astrologer. She began studying Astronomy and Astrology in the early 1970’s and attended many Astrology conferences both as a participant and presenter. Jean also taught Astrology classes at Indiana State and at the Federal Penitentiary in Terre Haute.
Jean returned to her home state of Iowa after retiring in 2001. She is survived by her daughters and their spouses, Denise & Sam Nichols and Kathy Holden & Charles Parnell; eight grandchildren Kristen Gross, Kevin Hollingsworth, Joshuin McKay, Michelle Nichols, Matthew Nichols, Kaia Parnell, Lucas Parnell, and Joseph Parnell; and nine great-grandchildren as well as nieces Marion Bachtell, Teri Cockrell, and nephew Ted Cockrell, Jr. and many wonderful grand nieces and nephews.
Jean was predeceased by her parents, Jack and Thelma Thompson; four siblings (Loretta Arlene Thompson, Marjorie Francis Conklin, Paul Donovan (Don) Thompson, and Annabelle (Anne) B. Cockrell); two daughters, Penny Holden and Becci Holden; grandson David Shawn Godfrey; nephews Robert (Bob) Temple and Steve (Tony) Temple; many beloved cousins and ex-husband Howard Holden.
Jean was an intelligent, fiercely independent, light filled soul. Her smile and laugh were contagious. She made friends easily, and was a good friend to many. Her strong faith in the light and love of the Universe was inspiring to all and her light lives on in those who loved her.

The memorial graveside service for Jean will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 5th at Grandview Cemetery.

While there were many causes close to her heart, suggested memorial donations for Jean Holden include: The American Diabetes Association at; The National Multiple Sclerosis Society at; or the National Suicide Prevention LIfeline at Lunning Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Doris Marie Hultgren, 93, of West Burlington passed away 8:37 a.m. Sunday, May 30, 2021, at the Azria Health Prairie Ridge of Mediapolis.
Born October 24, 1927 in Mediapolis, Iowa she was the daughter of Oliver and Ethel Drinkall Marshall. On August 15, 1947 she married Clyde R. Hultgren. He passed away January 5, 2003.
Doris was a graduate of Burlington High School with the Class of 1945. She worked as a Farm wife and at IRC/TRW and retired after 20 years.
She was a 50 plus year member of the E.C. Blackmar Chapter Order of Eastern Star in Burlington.
She enjoyed traveling, camping, playing bingo, cooking, crocheting and her grandchildren. She and her husband were avid Hawkeye Basketball and Football fans, having season tickets for many years.
Survivors include: son, Richard Hultgren of Burlington, IA; six grandchildren: Benjamin, Jill, Shari, William, Christina and Greg, fifteen great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clyde Hultgren, one daughter Beverly Brown, three sisters Marge, Wilma and Mary Ann, two grandchildren Jeanette and Lorie, great granddaughter Andrea, great great-grandson Bram.
Visitation will be 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2021. The family will receive friends at Lunning Chapel Thursday, June 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00.
Memorial graveside will be held at a later date in Aspen Grove Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Hospital.

Linda S. Elmore, 73, of Burlington, died at 1:27 AM Sunday, May 30, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Born October 18, 1947, in Burlington, she was the daughter of John Henry and Doreen Marian Brockelman Elmore.

She was a 1965 graduate of Burlington High School.

Linda worked as a cashier for Texaco and Casey’s General Store, where she retired in 2008.

She attended Bethany Lutheran Church. She loved to sew, make crafts, and crochet. Linda was a huge fan of the Burlington Bees and enjoyed watching Baseball and Football. She made friends everywhere she went and she never knew a stranger.

Survivors include her children, R. Mark (Jennifer) Sawyer of VA, Karen Lyn Sawyer of Burlington; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild with one more on the way due next month; two brothers, Thomas “Tom” (Geri) Elmore of Burlington, Dennis (Barb) Elmore of West Burlington; and one sister, Marcia (Dave) Walker of Burlington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step-mother, Martha Elmore, brother Max and his wife, Paula.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

There will be no visitation or services.

A memorial has been established for Bethany Lutheran Church.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

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

Wanda Lee Burkett, 85 of West Burlington died Thursday, May 27, 2021 at Oakview Nursing and Rehab.
Born April 29, 1936 in Newton, IL, she was the daughter of Roy and Mary (Trimble) Nichols. She married Louis Burkett February 26, 1951 in Joliet, IL. They were married 68 years before his death on August 29, 2019.
Wanda was a homemaker and later worked at IRC/Winegard. She and her husband Lou were active Moose members for over 40 years. They also enjoyed spending 20 winters in Las Vegas in their RV. Wanda was a wonderful mother and grandmother and enjoyed playing bingo each week with her friends. She was devoted to her husband’s care the last 2 years of his life.
Survivors include four children, Mike Burkett of Sunrise Beach, MO, Roxanne (Jerry) Argyros of Eldora, IA, Brenda (Keith) Rodgers of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Cindy Boothe (Steve Klein) of West Burlington; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Rodney (Carolyn) Nichols of Burlington; Peggy Burkett, who she thought of as another daughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, her husband, and a grandson Tanner Boothe.
The memorial funeral service for Mrs. Burkett will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 5th at Lunning Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to service (10:00 a.m.), where the family will receive friends. Rev. Steven Parker and Mr. Rodney Nichols will officiate. A luncheon will follow services at the Burlington Moose Lodge. A private family inurnment will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Burlington Area Homeless Shelter and the Des Moines County Humane Society.
The family would like to thank the many dedicated caregivers at Great River Hospice House and Oakview Nursing and Rehab.
Condolences may be left for the family at

Vicki Elizabeth Johnson, 77, of Burlington passed away into the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2021 at Great River Medical Center.
Born June 4, 1943 in Burlington, she was the daughter of Merle and Laura (McDonald) Heston. She married William “Bill” Johnson February 20, 1965 in Burlington.
Early on, Vicki worked at Sylvania, before dedicating her life to raising her six children and twenty-two grandchildren.
She attended Harmony Bible Church. Her hobbies included crossword puzzles, shopping and garage sales. She enjoyed family get togethers, especially Christmas. She loved spending time with her grandkids and was known for making the best fried chicken and mashed potatoes.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Bill, of Burlington; three daughters, Michelle (Doug) McPherson of Sperry, Traci (Devin) Blint of Danville, and Kaleigh (Landon) Vance of St. Augustine, FL; three sons, Brad (Jodie) Johnson of Mediapolis, Clay (Laci) Johnson of Sperry, and Ben (Michelle) Johnson of Danville; twenty-two “grandsquirrels”; two great- “grandsquirrels”; and two sisters, Diane Lamb of Holden, MO and Lori (Mitch) Taeger of West Burlington.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Gary Heston, and beloved grandmother Nora Heston.
The funeral service for Vicki Johnson will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 3rd at Harmony Bible Church, Danville. Pastor Chris Carr will officiate. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may call 2:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 2nd at Lunning Chapel, where the family will receive friends 5:00-8:00 p.m.
A memorial has been established.
Condolences may be left for the family at