www.thehawkeye.com THE HAWK EYE !" BURLINGTON, IOWA Saturday • December 28, 2013 7B FOR THE RECORD County fires 911 dispatcher caught sleeping the job in August. Lynch, who turned 54 Friday, applied for unemployment benefits after her dismissal. County officials opposed her applicaBy RYAN J. FOLEY tion, saying she had been fired Associated Press for misconduct and therefore was ineligible. IOWA CITY — An Iowa sheriff In testimony in the case, has fired a 911 dispatcher who Lynch admitted she had been was caught sleeping on the job sleeping on those two occasions. twice in three months, the secBut she argued her colleagues ond time in such a deep slumber, no longer were “team players” she missed repeated messages because they had stopped covfrom co-workers, according to ering for each state records. other when Ma r ia nne “It’s not right, but one fell asleep. Lynch, who claimed I’m not going to say, She worked the she had been overnight ‘Oh my gosh, she’s a u n f a i r l y shift at the singled out, Dickinson terrible person.’ ” claiming other County comemployees had munications Nancy Brady, trained been caught center, was sleeping and found sleepdispatchers at the Iowa were not fired. ing, wrapped In the interLaw Enforcement in a blanket view, Baloun last month, Academy for 15 years said one other according to a dispatcher judge’s ruling on the overnight shift has been that denied her unemployment caught sleeping and was discibenefits Monday. Lynch had plined. slept through phone calls, radio The instances of dispatchers inquiries and intercom mes- sleeping on the job surprised sages from a jail employee and Dickinson County board chairother officer communications man David Gottsche, who told — but none that involved emer- the AP, “I’m not familiar with it gency situations. at all.” “Thank God,” Sheriff Greg Instances of sleeping on Baloun said in an interview the job are rare and unacceptThursday. able, but dispatchers often are The communications center stressed and overworked as in Spirit Lake handles calls for counties add jail responsibilipolice, fire and ambulance ser- ties to their plate, said Nancy vice for municipalities in Dick- Brady, who trained dispatchers inson County, which is home at the Iowa Law Enforcement to Lake Okoboji and a popular Academy for 15 years. Working tourism destination. Lynch had overnight in an office for eight worked there since January hours or more can make it hard 2009 and was on the overnight for any employee to stay awake, shift for most of her tenure. she said. Lynch did not return mes“It’s not right, but I’m not sages from the Associated Press going to say, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s a seeking comment. terrible person,’ ” Brady said. On Nov. 5, jailer Amber Bailey In her ruling Monday, Adminwas trying to contact Lynch to istrative Law Judge Julie Elder unlock a door electronically so sided with the county by denyshe could leave the jail and enter ing unemployment benefits. She the communications center. But said Lynch had “a tremendous her repeated attempts to reach responsibility to the public, the Lynch through phone, radio and police department and the fire intercom failed. department.” Instead, Bailey was forced “To be sleeping on that job is to obtain and use keys meant inexcusable and irresponsible,” for emergency situations so she Elder wrote. “Additionally, the could leave. She found Lynch claimant had already been sleeping and called her name caught sleeping once months four times before Lynch woke earlier, but the employer gave her a second chance to correct up. “You’re sleeping again,” Bailey her behavior. The claimant did told her, and later reported the not just nod off in her chair for incident to superiors, the ruling a minute but was deeply asleep, with a blanket around her and said. Baloun approved Lynch’s was difficult to wake up.” Lynch’s actions showed an firing later that day, noting it was her second such infrac- “intentional and substantial distion within months. Lynch had regard of the employer’s interreceived a five-day suspension ests and the employee’s duties after she was caught sleeping on and obligations,” Elder wrote. This wasn’t the first time the employee slept on the job. For the Record Arrests/citations Reports are taken directly from the daily logs of area law enforcement agencies. Some agencies do not differentiate between arrests and citations. Burlington Thursday 6:25 p.m. 115 S. Garfield Ave. Wilson Edwin Finney, 44, same address: domestic abuse assault. 9:03 a.m. 2410 Mount Pleasant St. Randel Lee Swank, 52, 314 Prairie St., West Burlington: driving while suspended. West Burlington Thursday 3:52 p.m. 525 S. Gear Ave. Reginald Butler, 42, 257 S. Eighth St.: interference with official acts no injury, disorderly conduct and simulating intoxication. Des Moines County Thursday 5:55 p.m. Henry County. Merissa Erin Dilks, 27, 704 S. Adams Place, Mount Pleasant: warrant for failure to appear. 1:09 a.m. Des Moines County jail. Jason David Nicholson, 34, 11912-92 Des Moines County 99: second-degree theft and driving a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. Fort Madison Thursday same address: fifth-degree theft. Crime watch Reports are taken directly from the daily logs of area law enforcement agencies. Burlington Friday Aspen Grove Cemetery, 2043 Sunnyside Ave. Burglary reported at 5 a.m. 2700 block of Mount Pleasant Street. Assault reported at 2:41 a.m. Rondavoo, 605 S. 10th St. Burglary reported at 12:08 a.m. Thursday 2100 block of South Central Avenue. Theft reported at 9:10 p.m. 900 block of Summer Street. Car burglary reported at 8:56 p.m. Burlington Area Community YMCA-YWCA, 2410 Mount Pleasant St. Theft reported at 6:17 p.m. F&M Bank, 221 Jefferson St. Burglary reported at 9:22 a.m. 1200 block of Valley Street. Vandalism reported at 7:27 a.m. West Burlington Friday Denny’s Automotive, 109 E. Mount Pleasant Street. Hit and run with property damage to the building reported at 12:09 a.m. 7:53 p.m. 1904 Avenue H. Timothy Robert Lundquist, 51, homeless: public intoxication. Fort Madison 4:53 p.m. 1814 Avenue G. Ja- Thursday cob Russell Gilpin, 15, 2826 1400 block of Avenue G. VanAvenue L: public intoxication. dalism reported at 6:40 p.m. 4:53 p.m. 1814 Avenue G. Jer- 2800 block of Avenue L. emiah James Palumbo, 19, Theft reported at 3:02 p.m. Deaths Obituary policy Larry Lewis Larry L. “Butch” Lewis, 73, of rural Bonaparte died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at his home. Born July 18, 1940, near Utica, he was the son of William and Edith Robbins Lewis. She married Doris Basquan, and they later divorced. Mr. Lewis was a graduate of Bonaparte High School. He worked as an inspector at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant. Survivors include two sisters, Sharon Elliott of Bonaparte and Gerry Roller of Knoxville, Tenn.; three nieces; two great-nieces; and one great-nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers. Cremation has been accorded. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday at Pedrick Funeral Home in Keosauqua, where family will be present. The memorial service for Mr. Lewis will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Pedrick Funeral Home, with the Rev. Timothy Roller officiating. Private burial will be at a later date in Bonaparte Cemetery. A memorial has been established for Kahoka Bible Baptist Church. Linda Simpson Linda Lou Simpson, 63, of Oquawka, Ill., died at 11:55 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at her home. Born Nov. 12, 1950, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Charles F. and Maxine T. Gerdom Tracy. On July 27, 1968, she married Billy L. Simpson in Galesburg, Ill. Mrs. Simpson was raised in the Oquawka and Galesburg area and was a 1968 graduate of Galesburg High School. She began work at O.T. Johnson Department Store in Galesburg during the 1960s. She then worked at Protexall for a time and then served several nursing homes locally as a certified nurses assistant for several years. She enjoyed going to flea markets and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Cherie Johnson of Raritan, Ill.; two sons, Billy L. Simpson II of Oquawka and Jared Simpson of Davenport; three granddaughters; two grandsons; three sisters, Charlotte Druin of Oquawka, Carolyn Bigger of Gladstone, Ill., and Connie Day of Galesburg. She is preceded in death by her parents and one nephew. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Turnbull Funeral Home in Oquawka, where family will receive friends. The funeral service for Mrs. Simpson will be on Tuesday at Turnbull Funeral Home in Oquawka. Burial will be in Oquawka Cemetery. A memorial is being established. Janice Curley-McCoy Howard Derby Janice Lynn Curley-McCoy, 57, of Burlington died at 11:12 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Great River Hospice House in West Burlington. Born Dec. 22, 1956, in Burlington, she was the daughter of James Louis and Shirley Eastburn Curley. On Nov. 3, 1995, she married Marvin McCoy Sr. in Burlington. He died Aug. 6, 1996. Mrs. Curley-McCoy was a Burlington High School graduate. She worked at Skerik Auto Parts and helped her husband in his construction business, McCoy Construction. For the last 17 years, she was a dredge operator at Cessford Construction, where she loved going to work. She loved being outdoors, being in the water, swimming and time spent on the river. She was an avid Cubs and Bears fan. She loved her pets and spending time with her family. Survivors include her two sons, Joe Curley and Brent McCoy, both of Burlington; one daughter, Cody McCoy of Burlington; four grandchildren; two sisters, Barb Drew and Mary Daedlow, both of Burlington; one brother, Steven Curley of Burlington; two nieces; and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one stepson. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lunning Chapel, where family will receive friends. The funeral service for Mrs. Curley-McCoy will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lunning Chapel, with the Rev. Dean Graber officiating. Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. A memorial has been established. Karen Lyon Karen L. Lyon, 65, of Burlington died at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Great River Hospice House in West Burlington. Born Dec. 15, 1948, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Wayne E. and Charlene Helen Gantz Mooney. On Jan. 23, 1991, she married Richard D. Lyon in Burlington. Mrs. Lyon was a 1967 graduate of Burlington High School and earned an Associate of Science degree at SCC. She worked as the receptionist/assistant for Burlington Oral Surgeon PC for many years. She was active with her classmates in their activities and reunions, a member of the National Guard Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed bird watching, traveling, plants and her family, especially her grandchildren. She was of the Protestant faith. Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Kelly Johnson of Marion; one son, Brian Wolgemuth of Fort Madison; one stepdaughter, Jenny Reece of Palo; one stepson, Jeff Lyon of West Des Moines; 13 grandchildren; one sister, Linda Deets of Burlington; and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents and one stepson. Friends may call from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at Lunning Chapel in Burlington, where family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral for Mrs. Lyon will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Lunning Chapel, with the Rev. Dean Graber officiating. Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery in Burlington. Memorials have been established for Great River Hospice and for Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Howard C. Derby, 93, of Dubuque, lifelong resident of Burlington, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at Mercy Medical CenterDubuque. Born Jan. 20, 1920, in Harper, he was the son of Charles and Christine Saner Derby. On July 17, 1951, he married Mary Ruth Stuart in Lynnville. Mr. Derby helped with farming at a young age and worked with the Iowa State Department of Transportation. He enjoyed gardening, especially vegetable gardening, and solving puzzles. He was an Iowa Hawkeyes fan. Survivors include his wife; two children, David Derby and Deborah Stinson; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Thelma Horsey; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 10 siblings. The funeral for Mr. Derby will be at 1 p.m. today at Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before the service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Paid Notice Paul Hoschek Paul Daniel “ D a n ” Hoschek, 55, of Burlington, Iowa, died at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa Friday morning, December 27, 2013 after a short courageous battle with cancer. Born on January 9, 1958 in Burlington, Iowa, Dan was the son of Paul H. and Shirley I. Hanson Hoschek. He was of the Protestant Faith. Dan was a graduate of Notre Dame High School class of 1976 and attended Estherville College. He played football in high school and college. Dan worked for the Iowa Department of Correctional Services at the men’s Residential Facility for 24 years. He owned and operated a cleaning business, and was active in the Farmer’s Market in produce sales. He liked to work in the yard and garden. Dan also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Over the years Dan had many dogs; his favorites were Daisy and Ella. Dan is survived by his wife Joyce of Burlington who recently celebrated 13 years together. One daughter, Shelby Hoschek of New London, Iowa and one son Nathan Hoschek also of New London, Iowa. Two step-daughters, Wendy (Kasey) Rider of Danville, IA and Megan Doyle of Burlington, Iowa. Two stepsons, Derrick (Jaleesa) Doyle of Danville, IA and Curtis (Candi) Doyle also of Danville, IA. Grandchildren and step-grandchildren. Gannon, Baylee, Macy, Wyatt, Ayden, Mykael, Kamey, Kinley, Donntasia and Valicea. Two sisters, Becky (Charles) Kneedy of Macomb, IL and Kris (Jack) Smith of Galesburg, IL. Four special nieces, Lisa, Robyn, Beth & Jennifer. Several cousins. One Aunt and Uncle of California. He was preceded in death by his parents. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in Prugh’s Chapel Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Dean Graber will officiate. Interment will be at a later date. The family will receive friends Sunday evening at Prugh’s from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A memorial has been established in his name. The Hawk Eye publishes standard death notices of Burlington-area residents or former area residents free of charge as part of its news report. Information should be supplied by a mortuary. The newspaper also accepts custom obituary advertisements, for which there is a charge. Paid Notice 162 Years Established 1852 PRUGH FUNERAL SERVICE 317 N. Fourth St., Burlington, Iowa (319) 754-8241 1-800-550-8573 Jean Keller Jean L. Keller, 55, of Carthage, Ill., died at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at OSF Hospital in Peoria, Ill. Born Nov. 28, 1958, in Pekin, Ill., she was the daughter of Earl and Martha Dunkelberg Keller. Cremation has been accorded. Printy Funeral Home of Carthage is in charge of arrangements. Paid Notice Scott Strabala Scott Alan Strabala, 63, of Lone Tree, formerly of Ft. Madison died Christmas morning at Pioneer Park in Lone Tree. Survivors include four siblings, Karen (William) Horner of Iowa City, Keith (Debra) Strabala of Riverside, Rodney Strabala of Iowa City and Kent (Billi Jo) Strabala of Burlington; niece and nephews, Shannon (Jarod) Webb of North Liberty, Eric (Katie) Horner of Iowa City and Ryan Horner of North Liberty, and Jamie (Shannon) Strabala of Ellison Bay, WI; seven greatnieces and great-nephews. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Riverside with Rev. David Brownfield as celebrant. The family will greet friends after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Paid Notice Calvin E. Clay Sr. The funeral service for Mr. Calvin Eugene Clay Sr., 71, who d i e d M o n d ay, December 23, 2013, will be 2 p.m. Monday, December 30th, at Lunning Chapel with Elder Faye O’Neal officiating and Mr. Wendell B. O’Neal providing the eulogy. Interment will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the time of service on Monday. A memorial has been established. Janice L. Curley-McCoy The memorial funeral service for Mrs. Janice Lynn Curley-McCoy, 57, who died Tuesday, December 24, 2013, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 31st, at Lunning chapel with the Rev. Dean Graber officiating. Inurnment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the time of service on Tuesday. A memorial has been established. According to Mrs. Curley-McCoy’s wishes, cremation has been entrusted to Lunning Chapel. Karen L. Lyon The funeral service for Mrs. Karen L. Lyon, 65, who died Tuesday, December 24, 2013, will be 9 a.m. Monday, December 30th, at Lunning Chapel with the Rev. Dean Graber officiating. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until 7 p.m. Sunday, December 29th, at Lunning Chapel where the family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Memorials have been established for Great River Hospice and Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Send a sympathy message at: www.LunningFuneralChapel.com Remembrance Picture Tributes and Funeral Services may be viewed at the respective obituaries of participating families. Dan Hoschek A Celebration of Life Service for Paul Daniel “Dan” Hoschek, 55, who died Friday, December 27, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, will be held in Prugh’s Chapel Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Dean Graber will officiate. Interment will be at a later date. The family will receive friends on Sunday evening at Prugh’s from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A memorial has been established in his name. Condolences may be sent to www. prughfuneralservice.com. Photo life tributes may be viewed at the respective obituaries of participating families. Paid Notice Thelma E. Crist April 14, 1916 – December 26, 2013 Thelma Estella Brown Crist, 97, of Morning Sun, Iowa, died on Thursday, December 26, 2013, at the Morning Sun Care Center. Mrs. Crist was born on April 14, 1916, in Yarmouth, IA. She was the daughter of Benton J. Brown and Susie Melvina Peckham Brown. Mrs. Crist graduated from Yarmouth High School in 1934, and married Charles Weldon Crist in October of 1934. The community of Morning Sun, IA was home to Mrs. Crist throughout her adult life. She was an employee of Nichol’s Produce before becoming secretary/bookkeeper at the Morning Sun Grain Company. She worked as an employee of the Minnis’ family until her retirement from the grain company in 1984. Mrs. Crist was among other things, a dedicated employee; member of the Morning Sun Methodist Church and the TT Club. During her younger years she loved to garden, dance, shop flea markets, collect teapots and was an avid card player. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and was fiercely loyal to her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, C. Weldon (Weldy) Crist, a brother Carl Brown and her only child, Janice Lee Crist Johnson. She is survived by her grandchildren; Wayne Johnson of West Burlington, IA, Scott and Julia Johnson of West Des Moines, IA, Cristy and Michael Schmidt of Burlington, IA, Jay and Mindy Johnson of West Burlington, IA, 5 great grandchildren; Nathan Schmidt, Jackie Johnson, Ross Johnson, Graham Johnson, Jamie Johnson, a brother-in-law, Verle Crist of Cibolo TX, a sister-in-law Betty Crist of Burlington, IA, a niece; Carol (Jim) Fruehling of St. Paul, MN, and 6 nephews; Dale (Jane) Brown of Denver, CO, Randy Crist of Bastrop, TX, Barry Crist (Suzanne) of McQueeney, TX, Raymond Crist of Bastrop, TX, Doug (Cindy) Crist of Burlington, IA, and Chuck (Elizabeth) Crist of Austin, TX. “Nanny”, as Mrs. Crist was known to her family, was blessed with a supportive and caring circle of friends in her community of Morning Sun. Janet Hall was Nanny’s special care provider and an outstanding friend to her during her residency in the Morning Sun Care Center. A visitation, with family members, will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Methodist Church in Morning Sun, IA. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. The funeral services for Thelma E. Crist will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Morning Sun, IA. Interment will follow at the Conesville Cemetery in Conesville, IA. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Morning Sun Methodist Church or the Morning Sun Community Center. Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Morning Sun is in charge of the arrangements.
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