Obituaries for Wednesday August 31st

Robert Orval Hellenthal, 95, of Burlington, died Monday, August 29, 2022 at the New London Specialty Care Center.
Born February 26, 1927 in Burlington and he was the son of Orval Henry and Winona Magdelene Bruhl Hellenthal.
Robert attended St Paul’s Catholic Schools in Burlington. He married Susan Mae McNeece on July 7, 1984 in West Burlington. She died January 13, 2017.
Robert retired from Industrial property assistant management. He worked for Federal Civil Service for 33 years.
He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish. He also was a member of the Eagles Aerie #150 and the National Rifle Association.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Orval and Winona and his wife Susan.
The mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 am Friday, September 2, 2022 at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Aspen Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at Lunning Chapel.
Online condolences may be made by visiting

Donald “Don” Swink, 77, of Burlington, died Saturday, August 27, 2022, at his home.
Born June 3, 1945, in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Melvin Hugh and Eileen (Ball) Swink.
He married Donna Dunn on August 21, 1970, in Burlington.
Don worked for Lehigh Leopold, Arco, Exide until they closed and more recently for Enterprise Car Rental. He was a member of West Hill United Methodist Church where he served as chair SPRC.
He was Scoutmaster and assistant for Boy Scouts Troop 2, very active in the union and served as Santa for many years at the kid’s union party and served in many capacities with the Isaac Walton League.
Don was a family man; he enjoyed his large family gatherings. He loved camping and had a passion for playing cards and excelled at it. He had many friends throughout life.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Donna Swink of Burlington; two children, Anne (Jerry) Peitzman of Des Moines and Eric Swink of Burlington; two very special grandsons, Andrew Peitzman and Henry Peitzman both of Des Moines; two grand dogs Zeus and Wilbur; three sisters, Kay Swink of Burlington, Paula (Cliff) Kilpatrick of Round Rock, Texas and Luana (Tim) Nelson of Forney, Texas and several nieces and nephews and friends he considered family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Jon Swink and Charlie Swink and two sisters, Diana Flactiff and Barbara Middleton.
According to Don’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. Cremation has been accorded and entrusted to the care of Lunning Chapel.
Memorials have been established for the Southeast Iowa Renal Dialysis to benefit their staff and patients and West Hill United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be made by visiting

Dave Charles Harris, 74, of Carman, IL died Friday, August 26, 2022, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in West Burlington.

Born July 31, 1948, in Burlington, he was the son of Charles Henry and Mary Jane Abolt Harris.

He attended Notre Dame and later graduated from BHS. Dave had entered into the United States Navy, but unfortunately had to be medically discharged prior to his graduation.

He was an Electronic Technician for D&R Amusement for about 35 years.

Dave was of the Catholic Faith. He was a member of Ed’s Cascade Fishing and Hunting Club (Big Island) since 1998 and Cascade Boating Association since 2003 where he enjoyed socializing with friends. He loved hunting, trapping and fishing all year long. Dave and his daughter would go camping and fishing every summer. He loved spending time with his daughter and grandkids. He loved the Mississippi River and bought a cabin in 2001 on Big Island where he would live 8-9 months out of the year. Dave would come home right before the ice would form on the shores. He shared his love for the outdoors and the Mississippi River with his grandkids and son-in-law. Later in his life, Dave really enjoyed cooking meals for his family.

Survivors include his daughter, Tasha (Jared) Prickett of Burlington; two grandchildren, Alysa Lyn Prickett of Fort Madison and Ethan Jared Prickett of Burlington; three brothers, Harold (Kathleen) Harris of Glastonbury, CT, John Harris of Burlington and Tom (Michelle) Harris of Windsor, CT; and one sister, Carol (Tony) Orth of Burlington.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and grandson, Isaiah Charles Prickett.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM Friday, September 2, 2022 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The memorial service for Dave will be 3:00 PM Friday, September 2, 2022, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Very Rev. Father Marty Goetz officiating. A time of food and fellowship will be held at St. John’s Cafeteria following the service.

A memorial has been established.

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 Dave’s obituary at

Ronald Leo Rice, 83, of Danville, died Sunday, August 28, 2022 at Legacy Gardens in Iowa City. He was born August 11, 1939 in Burlington to Edward Walter and Carmen J. Peterson Rice. On November 21, 1963 he married Janey May Gosney.
Ron graduated from Augusta High School. He retired after thirty years at Champion Spark Plug in Burlington; was a lifelong farmer; and owned a successful fish-farming business called “County-Line Channels”. He was the first president of the Iowa Wild Turkey Federation; was secretary for many years; was instrumental in the restoration of the wild turkey population in Iowa; and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He served in the army during the Cold War in Germany and departed just before the Vietnam conflict.
Survivors include two sons David (Juanita) Rice of Montgomery, Michigan and DeWayne Rice of Danville; eight grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and daughter Donna Rice Barr.
According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and there will be no formal services. Elliott Chapel, New London is assisting the family with arrangements. Cards may be sent to Rachel K. Bierbrodt at 14192 Des Moines Henry Avenue, Danville, Iowa 52623. Online condolences may be left at

John Karl Sandell, 73, of Burlington, died Thursday, August 25, 2022, at his home in Burlington.

Born August 27, 1948, in Burlington, IA, he was the son of Karl Donald and Justine Walz Sandell. On August 16, 1969, he married Judy Radtke in Summit, IL.

John graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1966. In 1970, he graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

He was the President and CEO of Wholesale Distributors and Newsland.

He was an U.S. Army Veteran.

John was a longtime member of Elks and Knights of Columbus and President of the Burlington Steam Boat Days in 1984. He was elected in 1990 for the Burlington City Council and from 1996 to 1998, he was the Burlington Mayor. He was a member of the Des Moines County Historical Society and was a history buff, once hosting a show on KBUR about the history of Burlington. John was a frequent caller to the KCPS Morning Show. He enjoyed his family’s 38 summer trips to Door County, Wisconsin.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Sandell of Burlington, IA; two sons, David John (Verity) Sandell of Skokie, IL, and Stephen Thomas Sandell of Burlington, IA; three grandchildren, Jeremiah, Joshua, Esme Sandell; sister, Marcia (Butch) Bright of Rock Falls, IL; nephew, Timothy Hurd; and niece, Justina George.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM with the family to receive friends September 9, 2022 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The memorial service for Mr. Sandell will be 2:00 PM Friday, September 9, 2022, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Very Rev. Father Marty Goetz officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for Divine Mercy Parish and St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

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

Brian William Jack, age 51, of Olmito, Texas, formerly of Stronghurst, Illinois, passed away Monday, August 22, 2022 at his home. He was born August 3, 1971 in Burlington, Iowa, the son of James and Angela Corzatt Jack.
Brian was a self employed mechanic in Texas for the past twenty years. He was a graduate of Southern High School in Stronghurst. He enjoyed hunting , tinkering, and was always fixing things. He truly loved his daughters, and his faithful dog, Penny.
Survivors include his daughters: Angela Marie Jack and Amanda Marlene Jack, his mother: Angela Myers of Stronghurst, two brothers: David Jack and Steven (Christy) Jack, both of Stronghurst, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2022 in the Stronghurst Cemetery, with Steve Minkler officiating. No visitation is planned. A memorial fund has been established for his daughters. Banks & Beals Funeral Home of Stronghurst is assisting the family. Please visit Brian’s obituary at to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.