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Edward O. Burke

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 4th, 2012

Edward O. Burke
DIXON - Edward Owen Burke, 78, of Dixon, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at 11 a.m., in St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon. Cremation will follow with burial of cremains at a later date in St. Michael Cemetery Sandy Hill. Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Holloway Center at St. Patrick Catholic Church from 3 until 8 p.m., with the rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. Funeral arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Dixon.

Mr. Burke was born in Amboy on Nov. 21, 1934, the son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Antoine) Burke. He married Lucella (Lu Morrissey) in Walton, on May 7, 1955.

Survivors include his wife, Lu, of Dixon; 10 children, Julie (Scott) Helfrich, Terry (Ron) Hicks, Dan (Sandy) Burke, Joe (Asami) Burke, Pat (Tim) Oliver, all of Dixon, Sue (Randy) Kaiser of Hampton, Ted (Carol) Burke of Poplar Grove, Mag (Diana) Burke of St. Charles, Molly (Mike) Baerson of Buffalo Grove, and Jennifer (Luke) Lefever of Elkhart Ind.; 33 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; siblings Sr. Regina Johnson, S.L., of Nerinx Ky., Dan (Vivian) Burke of Dixon, Elizabeth (William) Widolff of Rock Falls, and sister-in-law Darlene Burke of Mendota.

He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter Emily Cullen; a great-grandson Andrew Tobin; two sisters, Mary Ellen (John) Murray and Margaret "Peg" (Nate) Friel; two brothers, Joseph (Doris) Burke and Francis Burke; brother-in-law Clarence Johnson; and sister-in-law Mary Jean Burke.

He was a farmer for many years in the Maytown and Walton areas. He held positions with many organizations including United Parcel of Freeport, Albrecht Grain Company of Harmon, Eldena Co-op, Anchor Coupling of Dixon, BorgWarner of Dixon, and was currently manager for Premier Wash, Dixon.

He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon and Lee County Democrats. He was very active with his large family and many friends. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor and was cracking jokes right to the end.

Condolences may be sent online at www.thejonesfh.com.

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