Obituaries for Tuesday February 13th

Robert E. McBride, 87, of Burlington, Iowa, died Monday, February 12, 2024, at OakView Nursing and Rehab in Burlington.
Born on August 2, 1936, in Keokuk, Iowa, he was the son of Guy and Elba (Hyatt) McBride. On October 26, 1974 in West Burlington, he married Donna R. Swann. She preceded him in death on April 7, 2017. Robert served in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1959. He was a Quality Control Inspector for General Electric for 35 years until his retirement in 1995.
He was a member of West Burlington United Methodist Church
He enjoyed playing golf, fishing and mushroom hunting. Bob was very active with his church and was considered the “garden guy” and took care of the gardens at West Burlington United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his three children: Robin Reu of Dallas City, Illinois, Dawn (David) Davolt of Fort Madison, Glen (Myrna) McBride of Choctaw, Oklahoma; three step-children: Denise Morse, Diane (Randy) Jordan both of West Burlington and Doug (Amy) Taylor of Milliken, Colorado; 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren;
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna, two sons, Danny Joe McBride and Robert Dale McBride, one grandson Jacob Olson, two brothers and two sisters.
The funeral service for Robert will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 16th at Lunning Chapel. Rev. Nancy Sutherland will officiate. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the services. The Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military rites. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, West Burlington.
A memorial has been established in his memory for West Burlington United Methodist Church or the Neighborhood Center Food Pantry of Southeast Iowa Community Action.
Online condolences may be made by visiting

James P. Mesler, 88, of West Burlington, died Sunday, February 11, 2024, in West Burlington.

Born June 29, 1935, in Omaha, NE, he was the son of Paul and Irma M. Thoisen Mesler. On August 9, 1958, he married Monica Meyer at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Burlington. She died on July 20, 2022.

He was a 1953 graduate of Burlington Catholic High School and a 1955 graduate of Burlington Junior College. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserves from 1953 until 1961.

Jim worked at C.B.& Q Railroad Shops as an electrician, Carson Pierre Scott as an Assistant Manager, Drake Hardware Company as a buyer, and was co-owner of Mesler Supply and Fur Company with his wife for over 40 years.

He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Knights of Columbus #568, Mackin Assembly 4th degree #261 and board member of St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. He was the co-founder and life time member of the Iowa Trappers Association, inducted into the Iowa Trappers Hall of Fame in 2002 and a life time member of National Trapping Association. Jim volunteered for the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department as a Reserve Officer for 14 years and the West Burlington Police Department as a Reserve Officer for 2 years. He enjoyed softball and racquetball (lots of tournaments), wintering in Las Vegas, traveling, and casinos.

Survivors include his four children, Ann Marie Kirk of Burlington, Jean Elizabeth (Leon) Helling of Ankeny, IA, Thomas James (Deborah) Mesler of Windham Summit, PA, and Patrick Joseph (Anna) Mesler of Burlington; nine grandchildren, Janette Yenchko, Eric (Natasha Knutson) Rahn, Jana (Timothy) Rahn-Kilfoy, Nathaniel (Kristina) Poli, Brooke Poli, Summer Mesler, Lily Mesler, Breana (Michael) Williams-Hawkins, and Gage Mesler; nine great-grandchildren Evelyn, Claire and Logan Yenchko, Luca Rahn, Kaden and Addison Kilfoy and Sydney, Avery and James DeWayne “J.D.” Hawkins; one sister, Mary Houck of Aurora, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM where the family will receive friends Thursday, February 15, 2024 at Divine Mercy Parish-SS. Mary and Patrick Catholic Church, West Burlington.

The Memorial Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Mesler will be 11:00 AM Thursday, February 15, 2024, at SS. Mary and Patrick Catholic Church, West Burlington with Fr. Dominic Nguyen as the Celebrant. Inurnment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Burlington. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the St. Mary’s Cafeteria following the inurnment.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

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 James’s obituary at

Janice Brown
, 95, of Wapello passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House in West Burlington, after suffering a stroke. As staying with Janice’s wishes there will be a private family graveside service in the spring where Janice will be laid to rest next to her husband Don, at Wapello Cemetery. Janice was always very concerned about others, she never wanted anyone worrying about her. It only seems fitting she did not want to trouble others with inconveniencing them with missing work or unsafe travels to attend her services. Memorials have been established for First Presbyterian Church of Wapello and Wapello Fire Department in Janice’s name. Memorials may be sent to Janice’s family in care of the funeral home, at 209 Franklin Street, Wapello, Iowa 52653. Online condolences may be left for the family at   Snyder & Hollenbaugh Funeral & Cremation Services of Wapello are assisting the family with arrangements.
Janice Elaine Marie Bloomer was born on November 15, 1928 in Burlington, the daughter of John Oscar and Olive Florence (Miller) Bloomer. Janice was a 1946 graduate of Wapello High School. On June 22, 1947, Janice was united in marriage to Donald Raymond Brown in Wapello and to this union five children were born. Janice was a stay-at-home mom who enjoyed and cherished being at home with her kids and seeing Don when he came home for lunch every day. In 1974 Janice went to work for Louisa Publishing Co. as a typesetter, retiring at the age of 87. Janice was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wapello, playing the piano and organ for Sunday church services. She was also a member of PEO, active in Girl Scouts and Wapello Music Boosters. She found her greatest joy in time spent with her husband, Don, their kids and grandkids. Janice and Don cherished each other and had a wonderful marriage. Janice thoroughly enjoyed attending her kids’ and grandkids’ sporting events and band concerts. A story has been shared that Hal Cross, the band director at the time, told the audience, “We can now start, Janice Brown is here.” Janice had a love for music all of her life, beginning with high school band and choir continuing throughout her life playing the organ and piano at church, singing in the church choir and accompanying David as he played the guitar at home. Janice also enjoyed being outdoors and sitting on her porch. She was a true home body, loving home and family. They meant the world to her.
Those left to cherish Janice’s memory include her children, Greg (Regina) Brown of Wapello, Joan Thompson of Winfield, David Brown of Iowa City, Mary (John) White of Mason City and Martha (Dirk) Wilkerson of Wapello; grandchildren, Clint Brown, Ashley Brown, Joy (Josh) Sparrow, Julie (Jeremy) Hunold, Kendra (Caleb) Connop, Shelby (Craig) Halverson, Abra (Brandon) Kammrad, Lisa Wilkerson and Brady Wilkerson; great- grandchildren, Noah and Nick Sparrow, Kaylen and Brant Hunold, Briar and Rowan Connop, Easton and Adri Halverson, Mac and Baylor Kammrad.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Don on October 26, 1991; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Betty Bloomer; son-in-law, Paul Thompson and daughter-in-law, Julia Ryan Brown.

Tamra Jean Moyner, 53, of Burlington, died Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in West Burlington.
Born December 10, 1970, in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of Ronald and Donna (Hightower) Diercks. She married Gary Moyner on November 24, 1990, in Burlington.
Tamra was a homemaker and attended Burlington Baptist Church.
She was an avid runner and participated in several races yearly with the Bix 7 and the Great River Bridge races. She was a licensed cosmetologist and enjoyed cutting hair for many of her friends and family. Tamra loved baking, spoiling her cats, “Nutmeg” and “Boogie T”, yardwork, planting flowers and photography. She was an immaculate homemaker and took pride in her home.
Survivors include her husband Gary Moyner of Burlington; one son Alexander “Alex” (Danielle) Moyner of Burlington; two grandchildren, Zeriah Lynn Moyner and Arijannah Lee Moyner; her parents, Ronald and Donna Diercks of Burlington; five sisters, Tina White of Texaco, Illinois, Terri Helmick of Burlington, Amanda Diercks of St. Louis, Missouri and Mary Diercks and Rachel Diercks both of Burlington and one brother David Diercks of Eureka, Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.
The memorial funeral service for Tamra will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 18th at Burlington Baptist Church. Pastor Kendall Adams will officiate. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.
A memorial has been established for the family.
Cremation has been accorded and entrusted to the care of Lunning Chapel.