Our Staff


Burton Prugh

Burton Prugh

Owner/Funeral Director

Burton Prugh is the owner of Prugh Funeral Service. He is the fifth generation of his family to operate the business. He is a graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College with a degree in Business Administration and also a graduate of The Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science. Burton is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He served in the US Army Mechanized Artillery during the Vietnam War. His hobbies include boating, woodworking, playing the guitar, gardening, creating pen and ink drawings and restoring classic cars. Burton is past president of the Burlington Rotary Club,past president of the Art Guild of Burlington, past president of the Special Needs Foundation of Des Moines County and treasurer of the Crapo Park Foundation.


Email: tradition@prughthielencares.com


Joanne Prugh

Joanne Prugh

Owner/Office Manager

Joanne Prugh is the office manager for Prugh Funeral Service. She has worked with her husband Burton for over 20 years and they have been married since 1971. Joanne and Burton have two daughters; Lindsay (John) Fruehling and Molly Prugh and three grandchildren, Coulter, Hannah and Ava. She enjoys cooking, entertaining and traveling. She is past treasurer of the Southeast Iowa Symphony Pops Concert, has served on the board of the Visiting Nurses Association and is an associate member of the Burlington Fine Arts League.

Lindsay Prugh Fruehling

Lindsay Prugh Fruehling

Owner/Office Manager

Lindsay Prugh Fruehling is the sixth generation of her family to be associated with Prugh Funeral Service. She attended Southeastern Community College and Bradley University. She and her husband John were married in 2000 and have one son, Coulter and two daughters, Hannah and Ava. She is a member of the Burlington Fine Arts League and Hetta Gilbert and enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.


Telephone: 1-319-752-2828

Email: lindsayf@prughthielencares.com


John Fruehling

John Fruehling

John is the son of Barb and Henry Bohlen.  He is a graduate of Burlington Community High School and Western Illinois University.  As well as assisting at Prugh Funeral Service and Prugh-Thielen Funeral Home, he is the owner of Precision Companies, Inc.  He married Lindsay in 2000 and they have three children; Coulter, Hannah and Ava.  He is a member of the New Crystal Lake Club, South East Iowa Builders Association, on the board of the YMCA Burlington Bullsharks swim team and enjoys biking, running, and participating in triathlons.

Adam Thielen

Adam Thielen

Funeral Director | Embalmer | Certified Crematory Operator | Preplanning Specialist

Adam graduated from Burlington Notre Dame High School. Following a few classes at Southeastern Community College he graduated from Carl Sandburg College of Mortuary Science in Galesburg, IL. Adam is an Iowa and Illinois Licensed Funeral Director and an Iowa life insurance producer. He is a member of SS. John & Paul Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Council No. 568, 4th Degree Member of the Mackin Assembly, Coordinator of the Black Knights volunteer pallbearers group, member of Burlington Golf Club, Burlington Elks Lodge #84, Master Mason with the Des Moines Lodge, No.1, Burlington/West Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association. He serves on the Homesteaders Life Company Advisory Board and Two Rivers Bank & Trust Advisory Board.  Adam is the father of two daughters, Julia Catherine and Claire Elizabeth and one son, Paul Jonathan.  He is an avid golfer, a longtime sufferer of the Chicago Cubs, and enjoys watching movies.  He was recently honored by the Burlington/West Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce as their 2009 Business Person of the Year.

Email: preplan@prughthielencares.com


Theresa Thielen

Theresa Thielen

Funeral Director | Embalmer | Certified Crematory Operator/Preplanning Specialist

Theresa graduated from Burlington High School and attended Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant. She graduated from Carl Sandburg College of Mortuary Science in Galesburg, IL. Theresa is an Iowa Licensed Funeral Director and has an Iowa Insurance Producer's License. She is a member of SS. John & Paul Catholic Church, Chapter NI of PEO, Rotary, Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Council No. 568, Burlington/West Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association. Theresa is the mother of two daughters, Julia Catherine and Claire Elizabeth and one son, Paul Jonathan.

Email: preplan@prughthielencares.com


Douglas Beck

Douglas Beck

Funeral Director/Embalmer/Certified Crematory Operator

Doug Beck is an Iowa licensed funeral director who graduated from Danville High School, Class of 1982 and the Kansas City, Kansas Mortuary College. He became a certified crematory operator in 2012. He is a long time resident of the Des Moines County area. Doug and his wife have three children. His wife is a school teacher in our community. When Doug is not serving families, he enjoys hands on restoration at his home and buildings. Doug is an avid motor sports enthusiast.


Email: tradition@prughthielencares.com


Sam Newkirk

Sam Newkirk

Funeral Director | Embalmer | Certified Crematory Operator

Sam grew up in West Burlington, the son of David and Michelle McLeland. He graduated from West Burlington High School, and 2 years later received an Associate Degree from Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City. Upon graduation, Sam moved to Ankeny, Iowa, to enroll in the Mortuary Science Program at Des Moines Area Community College.  Sam was licensed as a funeral director in Iowa in 2011 and is very happy to return to his hometown. Sam is a member of the Greater Burlington Young Professionals and Team B.E.A.S.T. in Burlington. He and his wife Sammy have one son, Wyatt, a daughter, Quinn, and their Boston Terrier, Max. In his free time, Sam enjoys disc golf, working out, fishing, kayaking, riding his bike, anything outdoors, and spending time with his family.


Email: samn@prughthielencares.com


Scott Glover

Scott Glover

Funeral Director/Embalmer/Certified Crematory Operator

Scott grew up in Spencer, Iowa where he graduated from Spencer High School. After attending the University of Northern Iowa, he moved to Chicago, Illinois to attend Worsham College of Mortuary Science where he earned his Associate of Science degree in 2012.  Scott completed his apprenticeship at Chicagoland’s largest Jewish funeral home, Chicago Jewish Funerals under David I. Jacobson.  After completing the necessary course work for his apprenticeship he was offered a position as a licensed funeral director under Eugene Cha and his four funeral homes in the Chicagoland area servicing 600 families annually.  Getting the opportunity to get back to Iowa, closer to family, he joined the Prugh-Thielen Funeral Home in 2016.  Scott is a licensed Illinois and Iowa funeral director, a member of Burlington Kiwanis and the Greater Burlington Young Professionals.  When he is not serving families, Scott enjoys golfing, staying active in the community, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, keeping his English Lab, Sophie, entertained and driving his fiancé, Sami, crazy.  Scott and Sami are very excited to call Burlington home and are eager to make a difference in the community.

Email: scottg@prughthielencares.com


Lindsay Leathers

Lindsay Leathers

Funeral Director Intern

Lindsay Leathers graduated from Danville High School, and received her Associate of Science degree from SCC.  She graduated from Carl Sandburg College of Mortuary Science in Galesburg, IL in 2015.

Lindsay volunteers at Old Thrashers, Children Cancer Connection Camps and the University of Iowa dance marathon.  She enjoys the outdoors, working on her families farm, playing various musical instruments and spending time with family and her fiance, Travis.

Email: lindsayl@prughthielencares.com


Gary Young

Gary Young

Funeral Director/Embalmer/Certified Crematory Operator

Gary Young is a graduate of Roseville High School, Black Hawk East College, and has an A.A.S. in Mortuary Science from Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Iowa and Illinois. He is married to Sheryl Young; has two daughters, Amy (Ray) McIntire and Brenda (Eric) Vancil; four granddaughters and one grandson.

Having spent the majority of their married life in Henderson County, Illinois, Gary and his wife live in the city of Oquawka, Illinois. Gary began working for Prugh Funeral Service on June 30, 2008.  He is a member of the Burlington Kiwanis Club and the Gladstone United Methodist Church where he leads a Bible study class.  He enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar with his friends; working with his grandson on a pulling garden tractor; and followin the Rams, Illini and Cardinals.

Email: tradition@prughthielencares.com


Charlotte Shafer

Charlotte Shafer

Secretary

Charlotte Shafer and her husband Brad, who is a master carpenter for Brueck Construction Co., make their home in Biggsville, Illinois. They are the parents of one daughter, Stephanie (Jamie) Jarrett of Burlington and two sons, Nick (Ammie) Shafer of West Burlington and Rev. Travis (Morgan) Shafer of Omro, Wisconsin. They have two granddaughters; Mallorie Walker and Brenna Shafer and four grandsons; Cade Walker, Ethan Walker, Riley Walker, and Kennan Bradley Shafer.  Charlotte is a member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Biggsville, IL where she teaches Sunday school and helps with the Ladies Aid.  She volunteers with the American Cancer Society helping to organize the Henderson County Relay for Life.  Charlotte enjoys bowling and bowls on Majestic Mixed Sunday night league and the Monday Night Ladies league and treasures time spent with family and friends.

Tayler Johnson

Tayler Johnson

Secretary/Community Room Manager

Tayler graduated from West Burlington Arnold High School and the Iowa State University with a degree in Event Management.  She is the daughter of Wayne and Alma Johnson. She makes her home in West Burlington with her dog, Freckles. Tayler is a member of Greater Burlington Young Professionals and a Lifetime Girl Scout member.  She is a great addition to the staff with her warm personality.  Her primary duties are planning and organizing the Community Room events and luncheons as well as producing the amazing  Photo Tribute Videos  Prugh~Thielen is known for.  She is an avid reader, enjoys cooking, crafts, being outdoors and especially spending time with her family. 

Tim Agnew

Tim Agnew

Funeral Director Assistant

Tim was born to a railroad family and is the 5th generation of his family to live in Burlington. During his youth he was an avid 4-H member with a special interest in quarter horses. His interest in quarter horses continued for more than 35 years. Tim is a graduate of Truman State University majoring in education/business. He served in the military for 8 years and recently retired from The Hawkeye Newspaper as a major account representative. Tim is a member of St. John's Catholic Church. He is an active member of Kiwanis, The Eagles Club and The Knights of Columbus. He serves on the advisory board of the Great River Medical Center Rehabilitation Health and Fitness Center. Tim's hobbies include boating on the Mississippi and restoring older homes. He is also a vintage automobile enthusiast.

Mary Margaret Wagner

Mary Margaret Wagner

Funeral Director Assistant

Mary Margaret graduated from Fairfield High School and St. Joseph Hospital in Ottumwa with a registered nursing degree.  She worked as a public health nurse with the Des Moines County Public Health Department for over 20 years.  Mary Margaret is on the board of directors at ADDS, she volunteers with Birthright, St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, and is a Master Gardener where she volunteers her talents by working on the Mary Garden and other garden areas at St. Johns Catholic Church.  She is passionate about child safety.  She is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and was in the first certification class in Iowa.  She provides carseat checks and education for individuals and groups.  Her support and involvement continue with child abuse prevention, parenting education and children injury prevention.  Mary Margaret is a member of SS John and Paul parish where she is a lector, Eucharistic Minister, Health Ministries, takes communion to residents at Burlington Care Center, and is active with Garden
Angels and Mary Garden.  She enjoys time spent with her family, especially her grandsons high school and college music activities and her only granddaughter, Evie who was born in 2014.  She loves spending time outside in her yard, gardening, baking, sharing cookies, brownies, and cheesecakes with her family and providing goodies for concerts at Starr's Cave Nature Center and various other events.  She enjoys the arts, music, plays, going to continuing education, conferences, and workshops.


Richard Hagemeier

Richard Hagemeier

Funeral Director Assistant

Richard graduated from Burlington High School. He served in the Korean Conflict. He had worked for I.R.C. Resister Inc. for 15 years. He retired from Iowa Southern Utilities in 1996. He married Janet Nafziger and they have three children. He belongs to First United Church of Christ. Richard is an avid golfer and enjoys working in his yard. 


James Wilt

James Wilt

Funeral Director Assistant

James "Jim" Wilt retired from the J. I. Case Co. in Burlington where he was honored for the longest employment of all Case employees. Jim graduated from the Air Force Police Academy and served four years in the Air Force Military Police. He was a police officer in West Burlington for twelve years. Jim is widowed and makes his home in West Burlington. His duties at Prugh's include assisting at visitations, delivering flowers and driving one of the pallbearer or family cars.

Mary Rosenberg

Mary Rosenberg

Organist

Mary Rosenberg has been the staff organist at Prugh Funeral Service for many years. She is a long time Burlington resident. Mary is one of the areas most accomplished and versatile organists. She is also the church organist at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Burlington and enjoys playing the Wicks pipe organ in Prugh's Chapel. She is the mother of four children and the adoring grandmother of seven children. 

Joe Stevens

Joe Stevens

Funeral Director Assistant & Sacred Heart Cemetery Administrator

Joe graduated from Burlington Notre Dame High School. After NDHS, he attended SCC from 1970-1971.  He married Barb Wade in 1972 and they have four daughters; Jenny (Mike), Kim, Becky(Tim), and Mandy (Will); one son; Josh (Chelsea) and seven grandchildren; Taylor, Jayden, Colin, Peyton, Gavin, Henry and Harrison. He retired from the Case Corporation after 30 years. Joe has been very active with the organizations of his church, S.S. John & Paul's Parish. Not only working, but helping to run St. John's Bingo off and on for over 15 years, was a member of St. John's Parish Council for 9 years. Helped organize the Regional Parish Council and was their 1st President. Joe has always been involved in the Notre Dame School System, where his children graduated from. He was a member of the Home & School Association, organizer of the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Elementary School, and was a member of the Notre Dame Music Boosters for 19 years. He also served on Notre Dame's God's Portion Day Auction Committee for 14 years and has oversaw the Home and School Fun Fest fundraiser.  He also served several years as Co-Chair for the Pot of Blue and Gold Committee and co-produced a number of Variety Shows for Music Boosters.   Joe enjoys spending his free time with his family and friends, enjoys the Arts and loves to plays golf.   After 15 years of devoted service, Joe retired from Prugh-Thielen Funeral Home on July 1, 2016.


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