Obituaries for Tuesday January 10th

Dorothy Remick, 85, of La Harpe, died Sunday, January 8, 2023 at her home.

Born September 1, 1937, in Prairie Grove, IA, she was the daughter of Fred and Gladys Boughton Schilb. On January 26, 1956, she married Floyd “Briggs” E. Remick in Burlington, Iowa. He died on June 9, 1999.

Dorothy worked at the Ordinance Plant and bartended. She also work as a CNA.

Dorothy enjoyed going fishing, baking and cooking. She enjoyed doing crafts, including plastic canvas and doing word searches. Dorothy especially loved and treasured time spent with her family.

Survivors include two sons, Leroy (Vicki) Remick of Kennwick, WA and Floyd “Jim” (Linda) Remick of West Point, IA; adopted son, Leroy “Radar” McDaniels; granddaughter/daughter, Dorothy (Ryan) Schultz of La Harpe, IL; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Hester Steele of Burlington, IA and Sue (Bob) Wisener of Burlington, IA; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, step-father, two daughters, four sisters, two brothers, one granddaughter and one great-grandson.

Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM, Friday, January 13, 2023 at Prugh Chapel, 317 North 4th Street.

The Graveside Service for Mrs. Remick will be 2:30 PM Friday, January 13, 2023, at Oquawka Cemetery.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

Michele “Mickey” Marie Wilson, 74, of Gladstone, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023, in her home.

Born November 30, 1948, in Burlington, IA, she was the daughter of Robert Everett and Idabelle Fahner Knotts. On January 23, 1967, she married Joseph Dewayne “J.D.” Wilson in Burlington.

Mickey attended Burlington High School then attended Southeastern Community College

She worked as a waitress prior to becoming a housekeeper with Great River Medical Center. She retired after 25 years.

She was a member of the Woman’s Auxillery. Mickey liked to color, paint and play games on her phone. When she was younger she liked to travel with her husband. She enjoyed fishing and camping. Mickey and J.D. loved to host a fish fry every year for friends and family to enjoy everyone’s company. Mickey especially loved her dog, Sadie.

Survivors include husband, J.D. Wilson; son, Robert Wilson; two daughters, Renee (James) Murphy and Mamie Sue (Kyle) Elliot; nine grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two brothers, Denise Lee Knotts and Michael (Nancy) Knotts; two sisters, Gisele (David) Hayslip and Sabrina (Randy) Warth.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at Prugh Funeral Service, 3940 Division St.,.

The Funeral Service for Mrs. Wilson will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at Prugh Funeral Service, 3940 Division St., with Very Rev. Father Marty Goetz as the officiant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. A time of food and fellowship will be held at the VFW following the burial.

A memorial has been established for ASPCA.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

Shelley Jo Armstrong went home to Jesus on January 5, 2023 at age 61, at home with her loving husband holding her in his arms.
Shelley was born to Virgil and Judy Peterson on June 18, 1961, and lived in Armstrong, IA until her family moved to Rolfe later in her childhood.
Shelley met her husband, Chris, on January 25, 1982 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, IA. They married June 25, 1983, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rolfe, IA. They made their home in Mt. Pleasant, then Richland, IA, where they had their daughter Abigail on December 11, 1989. Abigail and her husband Jacob bore Chris and Shelley their beautiful granddaughter and Shelley’s best friend, Micah, on August 28, 2019.
Shelley’s true passion was music and she received a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1984. Shelley worked many years as an educator at Pekin and Highland School districts. Shelley had an amazing ability to engage and teach children and used her abilities to run an after school program called Club JAM (Jesus and Me), create a children’s program called Little Lambs (teach Sunday school) at New Song Christian Life Church, and organize summer reading programs at the Richland Public library. Shelley ended her career by working as a paraeducator with an amazing young man from 1st grade until graduation. She put her all into enriching his education and was incredibly proud of the young man he grew up to be. Although Shelley only had one child she was a mother figure to many other children throughout her lifetime. Shelley and her husband Chris were also daycare providers to their 3-year-old granddaughter in retirement and enjoyed being Mimi and Papa to little Miss Micah Anne.
Shelley was incredibly creative and loved to write music, skits, and create craft projects for club JAM, the summer reading program, and her church. Shelley and her husband Chris were wedding singers for many years and led worship at New Song Christian Life church their entire marriage. Shelley was the most thoughtful gift giver and would always love to create memorable experiences for those she loved. Shelley lived an intentional life that impacted many.
Shelley fought a courageous 5-year battle with ovarian cancer with Warrior Woman as her alter ego. She was incredibly kind to all medical staff who helped her along the way to the end. All who know or have known Shelley felt her impact deeply on her life. She was a great woman of Faith and believed fully that Jesus would heal her whether in life or death. Although the last few years of her life were difficult, she handled them with grace and laughter and kept herself in the Word of God every single day.
Shelley was preceded in death by her mom and dad, Judy and Virgil Peterson, and is
survived by her husband Chris, her daughter Abigail (Jacob) Schaver (Kalona, IA), her granddaughter
Micah, and her sister Vicki Lockman (Waukee, IA).
Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Friday at Life Church, 2205 – 2nd Street, Coralville, Iowa 52241. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, January 14, 2023 at the church, Rev. Brian Swafford officiating, with a luncheon immediately following. Committal services will be held at 3:00 PM at Sharon Hill Cemetery, at the corner of J Avenue and 6th Street in Kalona.
Elliott Chapel, New London, is assisting the family and online condolences may be left at

Cheryl “Jean” Rodeffer, age 93, of Stronghurst, Illinois, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023 at Maple Grove Memory Care Silver in Carthage, Illinois. She was born March 16, 1929, in LaHarpe, Illinois, the daughter of Lee and Annette Melvin Hensley. On October 2, 1946, she married Kenneth “ Swede” Rodeffer. He preceded her in death on October 15, 2001.

Jean was a wife, mother, and homemaker. She also worked at Formfit in Monmouth, IL, the Lomax Canning Factory in Lomax, IL, and the A.S.C Office in Biggsville, IL. She also figured income taxes for Fort & Fort Law Office in Stronghurst for twenty years. She was a devout Christian and practiced her faith at the Stronghurst Christian Church.

Survivors include one son, Ted (Sally) Rodeffer of Carman, IL, numerous grandchildren, great grand children, and great great grandchildren, and one sister, Hazel (Wendell) Fox of Stronghurst. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Nancy Groves, one grandson, John Groves, three brothers, and five sisters.

A funeral service for Mrs. Rodeffer will be at 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 13, 2023 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst with Steve Minkler officiating. Burial will follow in the Stronghurst Cemetery The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established for the Stronghurst Christian Church. Please visit Jean’s obituary at to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

Ralph LaVerne Todd, 72, of Terre Haute, Illinois, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2023 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.
Ralph was born July 20, 1950 in LaHarpe, Illinois, the son of Floyd Thomas and Hilda H. (Worley) Todd. On September 19, 1972 he married Beth Burr at the Lomax Nazarene Church, Lomax, Illinois.
Ralph attended school in LaHarpe. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a Bronze Star Medal recipient. He worked for J.I. Case in Burlington, Iowa, for 30 years. He worked in various departments at J.I. Case and enjoyed the challenge of starting a new position. Following his retirement he volunteered in the community, including helping with Henderson County Hospice, Vacation Bible School and the Food Pantry. He was a member of the LaHarpe American Legion and the Grace Bible Church in Dallas City, where he served as a Deacon and an Elder.
Survivors include his wife: Beth; one daughter: Christa (Dan) Jack of Terre Haute; 3 granddaughters: Amanda (George) Hash, Emma (Jacob) Shaw and Jessie (Patrick) Bush; 5 great-grandchildren: Izzy, Aly, Livy, Ella and Abe and one on the way. Also surviving are 6 siblings: Beverly (Ron) Johnson of LaHarpe, Bob (Carolyn) Todd of Cuba, Missouri, James (Sarah) Todd of Terre Haute, Debbie (Larry) Detherage of LaHarpe, Tom (Dawn) Todd of LaHarpe and Jane (Jim) Stonger of LaHarpe.
He was preceded in death by one son: Jamie Burr Todd; twin sons in infancy: Adam Thomas Todd and Jeremy Michael Todd, his parents and 3 sisters: Ellen Lowe, Vera Bozarth and Barbara McCoy.
Cremation has been entrusted to Banks & Beals Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at the Grace Bible Church in Dallas City with Pastor Larry Menschel and Ralph’s nephew, Nate Todd, officiating. Military Rites will be conducted at the church. Burial will be held at a later date in Durham Cemetery, Durham, Illinois.
A time of food and fellowship will follow in the fellowship hall.
A memorial fund has been established for the Grace Bible Church. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit Ralph’s obituary at