Obituaries for Wednesday March 29th

Thomas Lee Hemerling, 77, of Middletown, died Sunday, March 26, 2023 at Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in West Burlington.
Born October 23, 1945, in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Howard and Frances (Schmidt) Hemerling. He married Irene Dansdill on December 26, 1964, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Burlington.
Tom worked for Bonewitz Chemical for 10 years from 1963-1973, he then began working as a Millwright for J.I. Case/CNH for 30 year until his retirement.
He was a member of the local UAW 807 for 30 years and was an Eagle Scout. He enjoyed spending time working on and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles and his pickup trucks and being in his garage. He was a truly amazing millwright and could literally fix anything.
He loved dinners with his family and friends and especially his time with them and his dog Annie. He was loved and will be missed by his wife’s entire Dansdill family.
Survivors include his wife, Irene Hemerling of Middletown; niece and nephew Chantelle and Bruce Diewold of Burlington; great niece and nephew Chloe Diewold and Chason Diewold; cousin Don Hemerling and Aunt and Uncle Betty and Tony Stanley all of Burlington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles Hemerling and sister-in-law Connie Hemerling.
The funeral service for Mr. Hemerling will be 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 1st at St. Mary Catholic Church in West Burlington. The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. Interment will be held in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Memorials have been established for the Des Moines County Humane Society and Burlington Notre Dame.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Carolyn Buster, 88, of Winfield, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2023, at Sunrise Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2023 at the Winfield United Methodist Church. Burial will follow the services at Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time on Monday at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Winfield United Methodist Church or the National Macular Degeneration Fund in memory of Carolyn. Online condolences may be left for the family at The Snyder and Hollenbaugh Funeral and Cremation Services is caring for Carolyn’s family and arrangements.

Carolyn Ann Bottorff was born February 15, 1935, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the daughter of Lou and Flossie (Davis) Bottorff. She was a graduate of Ottumwa High School. On June 2, 1957 she was united in marriage to George Buster. Carolyn was the owner/manager of Luellen’s a children’s clothing store in Washington. She was a member of the Winfield United Methodist Church, the Amitie club (the word Amitie means friendship, which was very fitting) and had coffee on Tuesdays with the Twin Lakes Golden Gals Coffee Club. Carolyn enjoyed cooking, canning and was an avid Hawkeye Basketball and Football fan.

Carolyn will be deeply missed by her husband, George Buster of Winfield; children, Cheryl (John Kosobucki) Koyzis of Des Moines and Mark (Lisa) Buster of Urbandale; grandchildren, Adam (Christy) Buster, Brad (Cassidy) Buster and Carolyn Watson; great-grandchildren, Landyn Buster, James Watson, Evelyn Buster, Carter Buster and Brayden Buster; brothers, Vern (Linda) Bottorff and Larry (Meg) Bottorff.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Angelo Koyzis and brother, Harry Bottorff.

MaryAnn Johnson, 87, of Burlington, died Monday, March 27, 2023, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House in West Burlington surrounded by family.

She was born, at home, in Oakville, Iowa, during a bitter December snow storm, to Wilma (nee) Faris Timmerman. She joined 3 brothers who she adored; Skip (Russell), Fritz and David Timmerman.

In 1958 MaryAnn married Mark Johnson. They probably never imagined that the next 64 years would be filled with 6 children. While raising the kids, MaryAnn was active in the Perkins School PTA. She also volunteered her time at church. After the kids got older she worked part-time at Arledge Trucking Company, managing their salvage store. After that she worked for many years at First National Bank and Trust. She enjoyed traveling and wintering, for almost 20 years, in Palm Springs, CA.

Left to smile at cherished memories are her beloved husband, Mark, children Nan Johnson Heer (David), Gina (Bill) Schubert, Joan (Dan) Wegener, Karen Johnson Stylianides (Georgios), Mike (Kathy) Johnson, Dean (Pam) Johnson, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Dorothy Timmerman and many generations of nieces and nephews.

MaryAnn was preceded in death by her treasured parents, Wilma and Walter Senn, her dear brothers Skip, Fritz, David and his wife Marge. Her dear in-laws Carl and Rose Johnson and brother-in-law Paul Johnson and his wife Bonnie.

Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends following a 5:00 PM Rosary Service until 7:00 PM Friday, March 31, 2023, at Prugh Funeral Service, 3940 Division Street.

The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for MaryAnn will be 1:00 PM Saturday, April 8, 2023, at Divine Mercy Parish-St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Very Rev. Father Marty Goetz as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. A time of food and fellowship will be held at St. John’s Cafeteria following the burial.

Memorials have been established for St. Mary’s Our Lady of Grace Grotto and the N. 6th St. Cemetery.

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

Richard Bruce Koffend, 65, of Morning Sun, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2023 at Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House in West Burlington. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at Snyder & Hollenbaugh Funeral & Cremation Service in Mediapolis. Celebration of Life Services will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2023 at the funeral home. Richard’s wishes are to be cremated following the Celebration of Life Services. A memorial has been established for the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House. Online condolences can by left for the family at
Richard Bruce Koffend was born on October 27, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Paul and Marjorie Koffend. Richard graduated from Lane Tech High School in the Chicago area and studied chemistry as an undergrad. In 1981, he graduated from The University of Iowa PA Program with a score of 98% on the national board exam. On December 31, 1987, Richard was united in marriage to Vicki Hahn in Burlington. Richard practiced medicine in Louisa and Des Moines County for 37 years. He taught continuing medical education for 25 years and was elected to the Morning Sun school board. Richard was an ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church, an ordained Pastor doing Jail Ministry for Jesus, member of Calvary Baptist Church in Muscatine and was a volunteer for the hospice house in West Burlington. He enjoyed practicing medicine, Notre Dame and Iowa football, Blackhawks hockey, reading history, Christmas time and his Christmas tree, playing cards with his family, Bible study and teaching, the Four Seasons, weight lifting and cycling, especially Ragbrai. He especially loved spending time with his family and watching his kids play sports.
Richard will be deeply missed by his children Justin (Jaime) Yoder of Mount Pleasant, Stacy (Doran) Massner of Mediapolis, Nicholas (Lindsey) Yoder of Mt. Pleasant, Lindsey Koffend of Morning Sun and Kelsey Koffend of North Liberty; grandchildren, Dakota, Levi, Izabell, Layk, Rylie, Owen, Jayden, Kyler, Evee, Sofia, Nora, Easton and Lila and brother, Mick (Mary) Koffend of Austin, Texas.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Vicki on September 6, 2018; his parents and two brothers, Pat and Fred Koffend.

Joan Margaret Williams, 87, of Burlington, died Sunday, March 26, 2023 at her home.
Born May 19, 1935 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa she was the daughter of Orville B. and Cora E. (McNamee) Conn Sr.
On April 7, 1957 she married Scott Williams in Burlington.
She was a nurse practitioner, one of the first in the state of Iowa. She worked for Mercy Hospital and then for Planned Parenthood from 1972 until her retirement in 2007.
Joan was a member of First United Methodist Church in Burlington and sang in the church choir for many years. She enjoyed playing golf, bridge, bird watching and was a member of a local bowling league. She volunteered at the hospital until recently and was known for her amazing apple and cherry pies.
Survivors include her husband, Scott Williams of Burlington; children Cassandra Williams of Burlington, Michael (Cheryl) Williams of West Des Moines, Suzanne (George) Billmeyer of Cedar Rapids, Steven (Heather) Williams of Tennessee; nine grandchildren Billy Henderson, Grant Williams, Stewart Williams, Brianna Collum, Stacey Loutsch, Wes Collum, Nathan Billmeyer, Kensley Kropf and Kyan Williams; 12 great grandchildren Zoey, Mackson, Bodhi, Anthony, Vanessa, Kaystyn, Becca, Kyler, Kody, Carter, Sarah, Quinnley and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and eight brothers and sisters.
The memorial funeral service for Mrs. Williams will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, March 30, 2023 at Lunning Chapel. Inurnment will be held following the memorial service at Forest Home Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at Lunning Chapel where the family will receive friends. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation.
A memorial has been established for the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be made by visiting

Arthur Monroe Kershner, 91, of Burlington, died Sunday, March 26, 2023, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House in West Burlington.

Born November 30, 1931, in Lomax, IL, he was the son of Jule and Leona Smith Kershner. In 1952, he married Loretta Maejean Kershner. She later passed in 1962. On December 21, 1963, he married Carol Ann Baker in Burlington. On February 16, 2018, she passed away.

He received his GED through the Army in 1951. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War from 1949 until 1952 as an Operating Engineer in a combat batallion.

Arthur was an Iron worker in the Local 577 for 45 years.

He was a member of Burlington First Assembly of God. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, morel hunting, shooting his compound bow and later, his crossbow. Arthur traveled to Canada, Colorado and Wyoming. Arthur loved raising sporting dogs and teaching the dogs obedience classes with his wife, Carol. He enjoyed hobby farming, gardening and his horses. He also operated Art’s Welding and Repair for many years.

Survivors include six sons, Steven Kershner of Burlington, Chuck (Sue) Kershner of West Burlington, Les (Angie) Kershner of Burlington, Randy (Joni Wykert) Kershner of Mediapolis, Wayne (Teesa) Kershner of Burlington, and Gerald (Becky) Kershner of Danville; two daughters, Lisa (Bob) Lies of KeyLargo, FL and Shannon (Shane) Mostashiry of Parker, CO; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Paul (Gloria) Kershner of Lomax, IL; sister, Kellie Mumme of Mansfield, TX; sister-in-law, Bonnie Kershner of Bushnell, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wives, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Theresa Ann Kershner, sister, Helen Bunch, brother Roy Kershner, son-in-law, Shane Mostashiry, two brother-in-laws, Richard Mumme and Robert Bunch and one grandson, Jacob Kershner.

Visitation will be from noon until 5:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM Sunday, April 2, 2023 at Prugh Funeral Service, 3940 Division Street.

The funeral service for Mr. Kershner will be 10:00 AM Monday, April 3, 2023, at Burlington Assembly of God with Reverend Don Crawford officiating. Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery. A time of food and fellowship will be held at Burlington Assembly of God following the burial.

A memorial has been established for the Shriners Children’s Hospital.

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 Arthur’s obituary at

Bruce “Skip” Yurth, 55, of Mt Pleasant died Thursday, March 16, 2023.
Born January 16, 1968 in Fort Madison, he was the son of Bruce Coleman Yurth Sr and Karen Edna Burdette. He was raised by Robert Hand. He attended Burlington Community Schools.
Skip was a general laborer and maintenance worker at West Liberty Foods in Mt. Pleasant. He liked to make music on his computer. Skip loved to talk and had a way of expressing himself and making his family feel important. Skip never met a stranger.
Survivors include his step sons Trent Bagwell, Michael Bagwell, Rodney Bagwell and Ed Bagwell all of Mt. Pleasant; his biological father Bruce Yurth Sr. of Ft. Madison; four sisters, Tami (John) Gaines and Joni (Tristan Jager) Hand both of Burlington, Angela Thomason of Blandinsville, Illinois, Mandy Yurth of Fort Madison and Bobbie Hand and Taylor Hand both of North Carolina; four brothers John (Jenny Wiegard) Hand-Hanson, Robby Hand and Brandon Hand all of Burlington and Joseph Hand of North Carolina and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother Karen Burdette and father Bob Hand.
The memorial visitation for Skip will be from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22nd at Lunning Chapel. Following the visitation, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Burlington Gym.
Cremation has been accorded and entrusted to the care of Lunning Chapel.
Online condolences may be made by visiting

Kylon Andrew Duttlinger, 51, of Burlington, died after a job related cancer, Thursday, March 23, 2023, surrounded by his fire service family.

Born June 28, 1971, in Iowa City, IA, he was the son of Marcia Finch Duttlinger.

He graduated from Pleasant Valley High School. He then attended Kirkwood and SCC and received his Associate’s Degree.

Ky served as a FireFighter for 31 years. He was on the volunteer fire department in Riverdale before joining the Burlington Fire Department.

Ky loved being outdoors. He was an avid outdoorsman; fishing, morel mushroom hunting and hunting, especially out of state hunting. Fire service was a huge part of his life. He was a long serving Union President and Member of Local 301 and State Vice President for the Iowa Professional Fire Fighters Association. Ky was very passionate about helping firefighters across the state and was always available. He was the driving force for getting benefits for firefighters that have gotten cancer through their work. He has been named Vice President Emeritus by IPFF Board for his years of service..

He is survived by his firefighter brothers and sisters and his many professional friends he was acquainted with through his various roles in the fire department.

He is preceded in death by his mother.

The Remembrance Service for Ky will be 11:00 AM Saturday, April 1, 2023, at Burlington High School’s Carl Johanssen Gymnasium. Fire Service Funeral Honors will be rendered. Any uniformed personnel should gather at BHS at 10:00 AM. A private burial will be in Bailey Cemetery in Keswick, IA at a later date.

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 Ky’s obituary at