Obituaries for Wednesday June 15th

Mrs. Roberta “Bobbie” Peterson, 92, of Burlington died Thursday, June 9, 2022 at the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House in West Burlington.
Born February 28, 1930 in Burlington, she was the daughter of George Arlington and Gertrude (Scott) Elliott Sr.
Bobbie graduated from New London High School in 1947. In 1951 she graduated from the University of Wisconsin at OshKosh with a degree in elementary education.
She married Dr. John R. Peterson on August 24, 1952 at her family home in New London. He preceded her in death on April 9, 2016.
While Bobbie and John lived in West Branch, she worked at the dental school in Iowa City. When they moved to Georgia, she worked in the office of Ordinance Research in Durham, NC. She also kept the books for Dr. John Peterson’s oral surgery practice in Burlington.
Bobbie was a member of the Union Church of LaHarpe, IL.
She was a member of Chapter HU of P.E.O., Norman Circle of Kings Daughters and the Burlington Golf Club. She was also a Sunday school teacher. Her hobbies included water coloring, cross country skiing and fly fishing. She was an avid reader and a member of the Fine Arts League and a board member of the Salvation Army.
Survivors include her daughters Maia (Addison) Ingle of Charleston, SC and Nena (Mark) Flatt of Fishers, IN; granddaughter Elise (Sam) Phillips of San Diego, CA; grandson Arie (Rachel) Flatt of Fishers, IN; great-granddaughter, Kaia; nieces and nephews Scarlet Lunning, Marianne (Tom) Darnall, Julie (Jerry) Anderson, Kate (Randy) McKasson, Elliott “Rusty” (Robin) Lunning, Maria (Reverend Michael Kuhn) Elliott, Gayla Elliott, Nancy (Shamil Salah) Elliott, John (Jill) Peterson; several great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers George A. Elliott Jr. and W. Scott Elliott, one sister Genevieve Lunning and two sisters-in-law.
The funeral service for Mrs. Peterson will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at Lunning Chapel with Pastor Bruce Goettche officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for Union Church, Hope Haven and the Salvation Army.
Online condolences may be made by visiting

Zachary Dean Delaney, 35, of Burlington, died Saturday, June 11, 2022, at his home.

Born March 9, 1987, in Klamath Falls, OR, he was the son of Buddy Delaney Sr. and Heidi Schroeder. On October 31, 2017, he married Jennifer Gardner in Muscatine County.

Zachary was a member of Harmony Bible Church, Burlington Campus. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, hanging with his 2 dogs and cooking and grilling with the neighbor. Zachary also enjoyed gardening, growing things, fishing and bow hunting.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Delaney of Burlington; Father, Buddy (Christina Delaney) Delaney, Sr. of Terra Haute, IN; Mother, Heidi Schroeder of GA; step-father, Francis Crompton of the United Kingdom; four brothers, Gregg (Tara) Delaney, Buddy (Kayla) Delaney, Jr., Ethan Delaney, and Aiden Delaney of Terre Haute, IN; three sisters, Meagan VanHorn, Kacie (Kyle Hoopingarner) Delaney, and Riley (Ty Keen) Delaney of Terre Haute, IN; Father-in-law, David (Judene Gardner) Gardner; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM Monday, June 20, 2022 at Harmony Bible Church, Burlington Campus.

The memorial service for Zachary will be 3:00 PM Monday, June 20, 2022 at Harmony Bible Church, Burlington Campus.

A memorial has been established for Harmony Bible Church.

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 Zachary’s obituary at

Gary Van Johnson, 70, of Danville, died Monday, June 13, 2022 at his home. He was born in Burlington on February 28, 1952 to Cecil R. and Patricia M. Schaefer Johnson. He attended Revere Missouri High School.
Van worked at CeCo for years and for Russ Williams Excavating. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and harness racing.
He is survived by four step-daughters; Annette (Scott) Upton of Cedar Rapids, Brenda (Clint) Heinold of New London, Shelly Carson of Cedar Rapids, and Wendy (Mike) Jennings of Mt. Pleasant.
Three brothers; Terry and Harry both of Baring, Missouri and Wayne (Dee) of Danville, and one sister Sharon (Neil) Cornwell of Winfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents. According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and there will be a memorial celebration at a later date. Elliott Chapel, New London, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Trudy A. Slocum, 72, of Burlington, died Sunday, June 12, 2022, at OakView Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Born November 14, 1949, in Burlington, Iowa she was the daughter of Kenneth and Lily (Powell) Taulker. She married Steve Slocum on September 1, 1972, and together they celebrated almost 50 years of marriage.
Trudy was a graduate of Burlington High School and earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Illinois University. She was a Registered Nurse for many years until her retirement in 2016.
She is survived by her husband Steve Slocum of Burlington; her sister-in-law Diane (Ed) Timmerman of Burlington; one daughter Jennifer (Jake) Bailey of West Burlington and four grandchildren, Isabelle Slocum, Brielle Bailey, Bronson Bailey and Bellamy Bailey; and nieces and nephews.
Trudy suffered considerable hardship in her life, including the loss of her son and grandson, severe hearing impairment since birth, a brain tumor, and various other ailments. She never let these hardships rob her of her sparkle. She enjoyed Appaloosa horses, sports cars, going out to eat and John Wayne westerns. Above all else, she treasured her family, especially her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Brenton Slocum, grandson Jameson Bailey, twin sister Judy Lind and brothers Jerry Taulker and David Taulker.
The visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 18th at Lunning Chapel where the family will receive friends. A graveside service will follow the visitation at Aspen Grove Cemetery. The Rev. JudyAnn Morse will officiate.
A memorial has been established for The American Society for Deaf Children.
Online condolences may be made by visiting

Sylvia Jean Lange, 79, of Fort Madison, died at 9:36 AM Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at the OakView Nursing Home and Rehabilitation in Burlington.

Sylvia Jean Andersen Lange was born on June 19, 1942, in St. Charles, IL and lived in Wayne, Il until the age of 5 when her parents moved to a farm in Cloverdale, IL, and then to Villa Park when Sylvia was a junior in high school. She lived with her parents until she married James F. Lange on June 9, 1962.

She is survived by her husband, James Floyd Lange, a son, Dana (wife Dana) Lange of Denver, CO, two daughters, DeAnne (husband Dave) Bates of Metro Detroit, MI, and Debb (husband Danny) Pataska of Miles, IA, a step-son, James Lemont of Cedar Rapids, IA, a sister Janice Schlak of El Paso, TX, and a brother, Bruce Andersen of Sarasota, FL. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Julian Jens Andersen and Ione Enola (Hunerjager) Andersen and an infant son, David Dean Lange.

Sylvia loved people and had a servant’s heart. She worked behind the scenes and wanted no glory for what she did. Sylvia always served as secretary to her husband in every church in which he ministered, and helped many people with practical needs along the way. Ladies from several different churches were still calling her nearly forty years later. You might say that people from many places in the world have a special place in their hearts for Sylvia.

When her children were grown she went to work as secretary of the First Baptist Church of Muscatine, IA for twelve years. She also served as Administrative Assistant/Communications Specialist for five years at CEAP, which is non-profit social agency in Brooklyn Park, MN. She also did respite care for two of her granddaughters and loved every minute of it.

Sylvia’s children, grandchildren, & great grandchildren were the joy of her life. She loved each one of them dearly and would do anything for them! When asked where she wanted to go on vacation, she always said she wanted to be with her family!

I can see Sylvia now… she has no pain, she can walk, and even run if she wants to. And, if Sylvia could talk to you now, she would ask you if you knew for certain that you are going to heaven when you die. Because that’s where she is, and she wants to see each and everyone of you again! If you could see her now you wouldn’t ask her to come back-she’s with Jesus!

Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Thursday, June 23, 2022, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home in Burlington, IA.

The Funeral Service for Mrs. Lange will be 10:30 AM Friday, June 24, 2022, at First Baptist Church, Fort Madison, IA, with Pastor Dean Graber officiating. Burial will be in Claypoole Cemetery. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the First Baptist Church Family Life Center following the burial.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

A video tribute can be viewed, and condolences can be sent by visiting Sylvia’s obituary at

Frankie Marie Allen, 72, of Burlington, died on Saturday, June 4th, 2022 at her home.

Born November 22, 1949 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary Lee Grant Allen.

She grew up in Scranton, Pa. and went to Washington Elementary School and Technical High School.

Frankie is survived by her three children; Robin (Craig) Rainey of Belleville Il, Vincent Allen Iowa City IA, and Michelle (Richard) Seider of Mcdonough GA; three grandchildren Craig Rainey Jr. of Germany, Brittany (Denton) Beard of Bettendorf, IA, and Jarryd (Janet) Seider Mcdonough, GA, six great grandchildren Aaliyah and Josiah Rainey, Aamira, Akila, and Nalani Beard, Juliana Seider; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Raye McCampbell and Bobbie Jo Morgan, and two brothers, Frank Allen Jr. and Irving Allen, and one son, Robert Tyrone Allen.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Ms. Allen on Saturday, June 25th, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Reverend Shane McCampbell officiating. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home following the service.

Cremation has been entrusted to the Prugh Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice.

Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.

A video tribute can be viewed, and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Frankie’s obituary at

Mike Harbison, 55, of Morning Sun, passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at
Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House in West Burlington. A celebration of life for Mike will be from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the Morning Sun Community Center. Words of Remembrance will be shared at 11:00 a.m. by Phil Earnest. A memorial has been established in Mike’s name. Sympathy messages can be left for the family at Snyder & Hollenbaugh Funeral & Cremation Services of Morning Sun are caring for Mike’s arrangements and his family.

Herbert Michael Harbison, Sr. was born on April 6, 1967 in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Tom and Sherry (Fletcher) Harbison. Mike was a 1985 graduate of Morning Sun High School. On July 25, 1987, he was united in marriage to Wendy Rodruck in Mount Pleasant. Mike worked as a truck driver all of his life and owner/operator of Mike Harbison Trucking. You would never meet a person who had more knowledge of Mack Trucks than Mike. One of his biggest life highlights was the commercial “The Horn” that he had the honor to be a part of. Mike traveled to many truck shows and truck pulls and received numerous awards. He was a member of the ATHS and ATCA antique truck clubs. His family and grandchildren and the time he spent with them was the most important thing to Mike.

Mike will be deeply missed by his wife, Wendy; children, Herbert “Mike” (Abby) Harbison, Jr. of Mediapolis, Kayla Harbison of Morning Sun and Lilly Harbison of Morning Sun; his parents, Tom and Sherry Harbison of Morning Sun; grandchildren, Noah, Mackenzie, Josey, Kylee and one on the way; siblings, Jim Harbison of Morning and Tom “Truckie” (Michelle) Harbison of Crawfordsville; nieces and nephews, Kayla, Hannah, Zach, Logan and Caedon; great niece and nephews, Liam, Ella and Wyatt and aunts, Cindy (Randy) Wagg and Ann (Doug) Lee.

Mike was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Richard and Lillian Fletcher and his paternal grandparents, Herbert “Stub” and Mildred Harbison.