Obituaries for Friday October 29th

David Lee Pence, 85, of LaHarpe, Illinois, passed away at 1:20PM Monday, October 25, 2021 at the Oak Lane Nursing & Rehab in Stronghurst, Illinois.

David was born on May 28, 1936 in Lomax, Illinois, the son of Earnest “Woody” and Helen (Sherman) Pence. On September 15, 1957 he married Alice Cox in Lomax. She survives.

Mr. Pence served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He began his farming career in Swedesburg, Iowa and later farmed near LaHarpe. He and his wife also owned and operated Hometown Video Store in LaHarpe for many years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, yard work, and was an avid fan of “Thunder” football. He watched numerous summer baseball games from the deck of his house. He loved spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids and took pride in all their accomplishments. His faithful dog, Bubby, was always by his side.

Survivors include his wife: Alice; two children: Ed Pence of Blandinsville, Illinois and Nancy Vogler of Roseville, Illinois; nine grandchildren: Jennifer (Michael) Skinner, Tiffany (Sarah Job) Vogler, Tyler (Blake Red Elk) Vogler, Travis Pence, Carley (Richard) Le Cuirot, Lacey Covert, Ryan (Isabella) Smith, Montana (Michael) Applegate and Wyatt Pence; sixteen great-grandchildren: Sosie and Sloane Skinner, Cameron, O’Brien and Knox Job, Lucas Pence, Hayden, Tinley, Elliott, Rowynn and Jaxton Covert, Charlotte and Myles Le Cuirot, Ruby Smith and Ella and Emmy Applegate. Also surviving is one sister: Deb (Ronnie) Worley of Lomax; six brothers: Larry Pence of Lomax, Sheldon (Kathie) Pence, Jimmy (Edna) Pence all of Dallas City, Joe (LouAnn) Pence of Carthage, Wyverne (Nancy) Pence of Pleasant Plains, Iowa and Randy (Carol) Pence of Niota.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter: Jerri (Lynn) Smith; one son: Tim Pence; one granddaughter-in-law: Alicia Pence; two brothers: Ronnie and Roger Pence and two sisters: Gwendolyn Schiedel and Anona Widener.

Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 29th at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.

The funeral service for David will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Pastor Maxine Dennison officiating. Military Rites will follow at the funeral home.

Cremation will be entrusted to Banks & Beals following the service. Burial will be at a later date in Crane Cemetery, near Lomax.

A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe Summer Ball Program or the Lomax Christian Church. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit David’s obituary at

Allen W. Schillie, 65, of Danville, died at 7:15 AM Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House in West Burlington.

Born March 13, 1956, in Kirksville, MO, he was the son of Hurley “Sparky” and Lula Harrison Schillie. On July 27, 1985, he married Connie Jo Downs in Danville, IA.

Allen was the city supervisor for the city of Danville for over 40 years.He was the Assistant Chief from 2016 to present, a Captain for 20 years with over 40 years of service to the Danville Fire Department. He was a very active fire fighter having spent a tremendous amount of time on calls and training.

He enjoyed spending time with his kids, and grandkids, coin collecting, series book collecting, detailing his truck every Sunday, and watching NASCAR races. A devoted husband, father, firefighter and city employee.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Jo Schillie; three sons, Jason (Danielle) Fisher of Danville, Joseph (Jenny Welcher) Schillie of Danville, Joshua (Stephane) Schillie of Des Moines; one daughter, Amanda Schillie of Danville; seven grandchildren, Chloe Fisher, Brody Fisher, Addisynn “Adders” Schillie, Arianiah “Aunster” Peterson, Conner “Deaner” Schillie, Jace “Rufus” Reynolds, Makayla “Sweet Pea” Reynolds; mother, Lula Schillie of Danville; two brothers, Bob (Delaine) Schillie of Waverly, IA and Les Schillie of Danville; and one sister, Angie McCannon of Burlington.

He was preceded in death by his father and an infant brother, Brian Schillie.

Family will receive friends Friday, October 29, 2021 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM, at the Danville Fire Station.

The funeral service for Allen will be 10:00 AM Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Danville Fire Station with Reverend Jack Edmisson officiating. Burial will be in Long Creek Cemetery. A time of food and fellowship will be held at the Danville Fire Station following the burial.

A memorial has been established for the Danville Fire Department.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

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

Thomas Arthur Hull, 70, of Burlington, died at 5:40 AM Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in West Burlington.

Born June 15, 1951 in Fort Madison, IA, Tom was the son of Thomas E. and Evelyn Queisner Hull. He married Char Swisher in 1971. They later divorced. On June 21, 1985, he married Vickie (Johnson) Orth in Burlington, Iowa.

Tom was a self employed and gifted carpenter.

Tom loved reading and was a lifelong learner. He was also an accomplished drummer. He loved singing, being outdoors, hunting, doing crossword puzzles, and was a captivating story teller. Tom enjoyed cooking, adding hot sauce and pepper to everything. He loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He had a contagious smile, a talent for making people laugh, always lighting up a room, was unfailingly kind, and if he couldn’t explain it to you he would draw you a picture.

Survivors include his wife; 3 sons, Nick (Kayla) Hull of Missoula, MT, Dillon (Tabitha) Orth of Burlington, Kris (Logan) Hull of Maryville, TN; 2 daughters, Amy (Rod) VanNiewaal of Wapello, IA, Ann (Spencer) Hill of Davenport, IA; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Rob (Nancy) Hull of Burlington, Dan Hull of Augusta, IA, Stan (Kim) Hull of Burlington; 5 sisters, Marge (Del) Groene of Tampa, FL, Beth (John) Myers, Elaine (Keith) Johnson both of Burlington, Val (Lance) Vennard of Mesa, AZ, and Diane (Steve) O’Brien of Mounds View, MN; and his mother-in-law, Doris Johnson of Burlington.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

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

Tom would like for all of you to remember; “If everyone pitches in, it will only take 10 minutes.”

Betty J. Williams Donovan, 80, of Burlington died Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 1:47am at Azria Health Prairie Ridge in Mediapolis, IA. Born September 22, 1941 in El Reno, OK, she was the daughter of Curran Newton and Hazel Bell (Klohn) Williams. Betty graduated in 1960 from Springville High School in Springville, IA.
Betty married Leroy Bird in 1965 and they divorced November 1967, she married Russell George Grawet December 19, 1967. He died August 20, 1984. Betty married Michael J. Donovan he died February 14, 1992.
She lived in many states and loved to travel. Betty enjoyed playing bingo, reading books, watching TV and spending time with Robin and going to Jason’s concerts.
Survivors include her daughters Robin (Jeff) Stivers of Burlington, Rayline (James) Householder of Toledo, OH, Rose Grawet of Kentucky; stepchildren Henry Grawet of Oquawka, IL, Raymond Grawet of Keithsburg, IL, Becky Davis of Illinois, Valerie Grawet and George Grawet of Belle Plaine, IA; Sister, Evelyn Ferguson of Texas; Brother, Newton Curran Williams of Tennessee and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, daughter Ruth Ann Bird, two sisters Alice Rose Burgess and Nancy Lee Cooper and one brother.
According to her wishes cremation has been accorded and entrusted to the care of Lunning Chapel. A celebration of Life will be held on March 20, 2022. Inurnment will be at Aspen Grove Cemetery at a later date.
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