Local Obituaries

Deborah L. "Deb" Bennett, 59, of Davenport, IA

Deborah L. "Deb" Bennett, 59, of Davenport, IA passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. She was born on May 7, 1960 in LaHarpe, IL, the daughter of Mark L. and Mary H. Woods Bennett.


Deb moved from LaHarpe at the age of 10 to Burlington, IA and was a 1978 graduate of the Burlington Notre Dame High School. For the past 30 years she had resided in Davenport. She went on to become a registered nurse, graduating from the University of Iowa in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She was a critical care traveling nurse working in several states for 5 years. Deb also became a licensed hearing aid specialist, working with her mother for several years.


Deb loved knitting, crochet, sewing, and gardening. She could create almost anything she set her mind to.


Survivors include her son Cyrus Bennett of Davenport, mother, Mary (Dean Bassett) Duval of Davenport, brother, David (Joanne) Bennett of Minneapolis, MN, and several aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.

Deb was preceded in death by her father, Mark Bennet, step-father, Floyd Duval, grandparents, Robert and Jessie Bennett, Fred and Elaine Woods, William and Agnes Grainger and Max Dull.


A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Rev. Lee Unger officiating. Burial will follow in the LaHarpe Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home an hour prior to services. A memorial fund has been established for her son’s college education. Please visit banksandbeals.com to leave a condolence and sign the guest book.

Dennis Brandt, 72 of Macomb, IL

Dennis Brandt, 72, passed away on June 22, 2019 under the care of hospice in the comfort of his home in Macomb, Illinois.


He was born on Sept. 28, 1946 in Toledo, Iowa to Alfred Brandt Jr. and Ruth Schroeder Brandt Kriz.  He graduated from high school, served in Army Reserves, attended computer school at UNI and worked at UNI for a short time. He then worked for Pioneer in Toledo. Dysart, Nebraska,and Illinois where he met his wife Kay. Together they have one daughter, Jessica.

He is survived by his wife Kay, daughter, Jessica, two sisters, Nickey Slagle of Marengo, Connie (Ron) Dostal of Marshalltown, 2 aunts, Lorraine Avery of Tama, and Joyce Schroeder of Pella, Two nieces and one nephew, several great nieces and nephews and many cousins. Preceding him in death were his parents, grandparents and in-laws.


Dennis loved the Hawkeyes, watching football, golfing and playing cards at the golf course. He also loved coming back to Iowa and never missed an opportunity to eat pizza at Mama DiGrados and have ice cream at Evs in Marshalltown!


Graveside services will be Wednesday June 26th, 2:00 p.m., at the Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb, Ill. There will be no visitation. Rev. A. Lee Unger will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Gold Hills Golf Course. Celebration of life will follow at the Gold Hills Golf course in Macomb. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

H. Ronald Chenoweth, 84, of Macomb

H. Ronald Chenoweth, 84, of Macomb passed away at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at The Lamoine Retirement Living Center in Macomb.

He was born on December 1, 1934 in Table Grove to Herman A. and Eunice F. Sandidge Chenoweth. He married Dorothy Chambers on October 5, 1958. She survives.


Also surviving are three sons, Darrell (Kathy) Chenoweth of Macomb, Rod (Tonia) Chenoweth of Gravois Mills, Missouri and Gene (Sharon) Chenoweth of Colchester; six grandchildren, Brian (Stephanie) Chenoweth, Blake (Jessica) Chenoweth, Matt (Becca Wilson) Chenoweth, Brandi Chenoweth, Jennifer (Tristen Protsman) Chenoweth, three great-grandchildren; one brother, Jim (Ruth) Chenoweth of Bushnell; and two sisters, Barbara Ault of Fiatt and Francis (Bill) Allison of Moline.


He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Norma Brown, Doris Hunter, Carol Bainter and Roberta Barnes; and one brother, George Chenoweth.


Ron lived most of his life in Macomb. He was co-owner of Chenoweth Implement in Macomb until it closed and later in life he worked for Yetter Manufacturing. He served on the YMCA Board and was President of the Macomb Speedway. He was a 3/4 midget racecar owner and Dean Chipman was the driver. He also loved golfing and dirt track racing.


Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2019 at the Macomb Assembly of God Church on Robin Road with Pastor Carl Redding officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.


Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Macomb VFW.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

Iver Norman Torgerson, 86, of Randolph, Minnesota

Iver Norman Torgerson, 86, of Randolph, Minnesota, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on June 14, 2019 at his daughter’s home in Macomb, Illinois, after a long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease.  His funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb, IL.  Pastor Youngshim Pitcher will officiate.  Interment will be in Minnesota at a later date.

Iver was born to American Pastor Einar N. Torgerson and his wife Esther M. (Brudvik) Torgerson on May 16, 1933 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.  He was the eldest of seven siblings.  During his childhood, the family relocated to Kent, Washington, and later settled in Twin Valley, Minnesota.  Iver was paralyzed with polio at the age of nine, and was fortunate to experience a full recovery, playing on the high school basketball team, and participating in other sports.  He graduated from Twin Valley High School in 1951.

Iver attended Pacific Lutheran University for one year, then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as a Medic at a military hospital in France during the Korean War.   Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he completed Bachelor’s Degrees in English and History at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.  He taught English and History at high schools in Minnesota and California, before entering graduate school. He earned a Master’s Degree in History at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, then taught History at the University of North Dakota branch in Williston, where he met his future bride, Austa.  He later taught History at Chadron State College in Nebraska, and studied East Asian history in Singapore on a Fulbright Scholarship.  While at Chadron, he took flying lessons and eventually received his pilot’s license. He later purchased his own small airplane, a Piper Pacer, and enjoyed many years of flying.

Iver married Austa (Brostuen) Torgerson during a spring blizzard on April 29, 1967 in Williston, North Dakota.  They lived in Chadron, Nebraska, then spent a year in Norway, where he taught English at the Bedrifts Economic Institute in Oslo. Upon their return to the United States, he enrolled at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  He was ordained as a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA) in 1972, and accepted a call to Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church in Randolph, Minnesota, at which time he also served as a counselor at the Mineral Springs adolescent treatment center in Cannon Falls, Minnesota.  In 1978, he was recruited to join the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots (LAMP) as a Pastor/Pilot, first serving far northern Canada from a base in Yellowknife, NWT, then establishing a new base on McKenzie Island, in Red Lake, Ontario, where he and Austa served the needs of residents in remote villages and trained volunteers to conduct service projects in these communities.  He also served as a Mental Health counselor for a time in Red Lake, Ontario.

In 1992, he returned to Randolph, Minnesota, and soon accepted the position of Interim Pastor for the Cross of Christ and Cannon River Lutheran Churches in rural Welch and Cannon Falls, Minnesota, where he served for eleven years before his retirement. 

Iver loved people, and loved the outdoors.  Favorite activities included hiking, fishing, flying, boating, cross-country skiing, road trips, exploring wilderness areas, museums, parks, vegetable gardening, and sharing great stories of his adventures with family and friends over hearty meals.  He had a wonderful sense of humor; his roaring laugh was infectious and unforgettable. 

Iver is survived by his wife, Austa, now living in Macomb, Illinois; daughter Andrea (Don) Alveshere of Macomb, Illinois, and their children Cody, Lachlan, and Ciaran; son Peter (Heidi) Torgerson, of Kasson, Minnesota, and their children Cooper, Cassidy, and Alexander; and stepson Marc (Debbie) Torgerson of Gainesville, Georgia, and their children JT, Savannah, and Aziel. He is also survived by brother Gordon (Cheri) Torgerson and sisters Lenore Darrah, Grace (Darrol) Nichols, and Elsie Himes. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Walter and John, and many beloved in-laws, friends, and extended family members.     

The family requests that memorials be directed to either the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or the Children’s Tumor Foundation

Friends and family may sign the Guestbook, share memories, and leave condolences at here.


Vivian Gallahue Nelson, 97, Macomb, Il

Vivian Gallahue Nelson, age 97,passed away at 9:20 PM on June 15, 2019 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.She was born on June 10, 1922 in Summum ,Illinois the daughter of Verne and Opal Parks Fisher.She married Dale Nelson and he preceded her in death on September 8, 1988.


Vivian is survived by one daughter Donna (Don) Huckabey of Macomb, one granddaughter Debbie Plate of Macomb, two great-grandchildren Ronnie Plate and Ricky Plate both of Macomb, three great great grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband,  one great grandchild Ross Plate ,and one grandson in law Ron Plate.


Vivian had lived most of her life in Macomb, she had worked for the Salvation Army Thrift Store for 15 years before her retirement. She had  attended the Macomb Assembly of God Church for many years.


Graveside services will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 11 AM at the Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb. Rev. Jon Keck will officiate.


Friends may call from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Thursday at the Clugston – Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. You may sign the guest book and leave online condolences at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

Robert Franklin Wiley, 85, of LaHarpe, Il

Robert Franklin Wiley, 85, of LaHarpe, Illinois passed away at 7:55 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington, Iowa.

Bob was born on September 23, 1933 in Oakville, Iowa the son of Florence "Fuzz" and Mary Wilma Reid Wiley. On September 30, 1956 he married Alice F. Hartman in Mediapolis, Iowa. She preceded him in death on February 9, 2009.

Mr. Wiley was a 1952 graduate of the Morning Sun High School. Following high school he served as Corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War. Bob first worked at a rendering plant in Morning Sun. He and his wife owned and operated LaHarpe Frozen Foods from 1967 until his retirement in 1999. After retirement Bob worked at Weber Meats in Carthage.

He was a member of the LaHarpe Lions Club, LaHarpe American Legion Post #301 and the Black Hawk Auto Restorers in Burlington Iowa. He enjoyed visiting, playing cards, traveling, time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and watching their sporting events.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra K. (Kevin Shauman) Pence of Kirkwood, Illinois and Debbie (Danny) Evans of LaHarpe, five grandchildren, Shannon (Felecia) Pence, Amber (Jason) Duncan, Andrew (Erica) Pence, Clifford Evans and Skyler (Mariah) Pence, ten great-grandchildren, Sidney, Taylor and Sawyer Pence, Jack, Ellie and Ames Duncan, Raiden Evans, and Adalynn, Levi and Brinley Pence, one uncle, Clinton Bowman of Burlington, four sisters, Darlyne (Larry) Howard of Newton, Iowa, Lucille Anderson of Mediapolis, Iowa, LulaBelle (Claude) Stiger of Muscatine, Iowa and Frances (Clyde) Callis of Springfield, Missouri and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, and one brother, Kenneth Wiley and aunt Marcella Bowman.

The funeral service for Mr. Wiley will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. Burial with full Military Rites will follow in the LaHarpe Cemetery. Friends may call after 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Banks & Beals where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe American Legion Post #301. To leave a condolence please visit Bob’s obituary at banksandbeals.com.

Philip Kent "PK" Dunham Jr., 52, of LaHarpe, Illinois

Philip Kent "PK" Dunham Jr., 52, of LaHarpe, Illinois passed away at 2:12 PM Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at the UnityPoint Health - Keokuk Iowa.


He was born on November 25, 1966 in Quincy, Illinois the son of Philip K. Dunham Sr. and Linda Harrington. On April 18, 1988 he married Theresa Cox in Jacksonville, Illinois. She preceded him in death on September 12, 2013.


PK was a graduate of Carthage High School. He worked for many years at the Jacksonville Development Center. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and enjoyed playing cards. He loved his family and the time spent with his granddaughter, Peyton.


Survivors include his mother, Linda, of LaHarpe, two daughters, Ashley Dietz and Stephanie Dunham both of Jacksonville, one granddaughter, Peyton, his special friend, Annette Day of LaHarpe, one aunt, Sandra Reeder, one uncle, Gary Harrington and several cousins.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Teresa, father, Philip Sr., and grandparents.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Murrayville Cemetery, Murrayville, Illinois. Memorials are suggested to the family.


Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe is assisting the family. To leave a condolence please visit PK’s obituary at banksandbeals.com.

William Scott Kelso, 59, of Macomb, Il

William Scott Kelso, 59, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 7:20 Pm Thursday June 13, 2019 at his residence, surrounded with love by his wife and children.


He was born April 23, 1960 in Macomb, Illinois to William and Sharon (Gibson) Kelso; he married Kelle Dunham on May 28, 1983. She survives.

Also surviving is his mother, Sharon Kelso of Macomb, IL.; a son, Reid (Sarah) Kelso of Roseville, Il., daughters, Taylor (Munear) Kouzbari of Dallas, TX., Griffin (Blake) Bainter of Macomb, Il.; grandchildren, William Kelso,  Caroline Kelso, Scottlynn Kelso, Bingham Bainter, Vivienne Bainter, Bohdi Bainter, Mila Kouzbari and Maksim Kouzbari; sisters, Pam Kelso and Libby (Troy) Heaton and family; And many other family members he loved.


He was preceded in death by his father William Kelso


Scott was a partner of Kelso & Kelso Commodities and Kelso Farms.

He was a member of the Macomb Elks Lodge, Macomb Bomber Booster Club, Western Illinois Athletic Club and Wesley United Methodist Church.


He loved Macomb sports, playing poker, football, farming, kayaking, telling stories, helping others and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.


Graveside Services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday June 19, 2019 at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home Tuesday June 18 from 4-7 PM. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Macomb Educational Foundation for the Football Field House Project and the Macomb Fire Department. Please sign guestbook at www.dodsworthfh.com

Frank Richard "Red" Nelson, 96, of Macomb, Il

Frank Richard “Red” Nelson, 96, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 4:45 AM Friday June 14, 2019 at his residence.


He was born September 11, 1922 in Macomb, Illinois to Victor Carl and Bernice Toland Nelson; he first married Anne Eddington on Feb. 24, 1946. She preceded him in death on March 31, 1977. He then married Verona Mills Walter on May 22, 1985. She survives.

Also surviving are his sons, Richard Paul (Kathy) Nelson of Augusta, Kansas, John Edward Nelson of Macomb, IL; a daughter, Terri Anne (Tom) Brownfield of Havana, IL.;  a stepson, Charles William (Karen) Walter of Arlington, TX; stepdaughters, Patricia (Jan) Carpenter of Jacksonville IL., Doris “Dee Dee” Roberts Crystal Lake, IL., Marti J. Walter of Macomb, IL.; 7 grandchildren and 3 step-granddaughters.


He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Jodi; a son, Spencer and one brother Robert Nelson.


Red served in the United States Marine Corp. during WWII.


Mr. Nelson was a tailor and owned and operated Nelsons Clothing Store in Macomb since 1945.


He was a member of the Macomb Elks Lodge, Macomb Masonic Lodge, Macomb VFW and American Legion. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he was a trustee, deacon, and taught Sunday School. He was a scout leader in his younger years. Red was an avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting, fishing, and especially mushrooming. He was very dedicated to his family.


Funeral Services will be at 2 PM Wednesday June 19, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, where visitation will be from Noon -2 PM. Rev. Erin Marth will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens with Military rites. Memorial Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com


Cindy J. Starbuck, 69, of Blandinsville, IL

Cindy J. Starbuck, 69, of Blandinsville, IL passed away on June 10, 2019 at Franciscan Hospital in Dyer, IN. She was born February 20, 1950 in Orion, IL to Richard and Phyllis (Kohls) Kommer. She married Rod L. Starbuck on February 2, 1972 in Orion, Il. He survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Bryan (Monique) Starbuck of Sauk Village, IL; Marcus (Jessica) Starbuck of Macomb, IL; one sister, Michelle (Ray) Haynes of Davenport, IA and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Richard Kommer and one sister Chris Matheny.

Cindy completed her master’s degree in nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse at McDonough District Hospital. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Macomb.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday June 18, 2019 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Where visitation will be Monday June 17, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Pastor Youngshim Pitcher will officiate. Interment will be in Glade City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the family of Cindy Starbuck. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com