William Burnworth

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William “Bill” F. Burnworth, 91, of Belleville, IL, born November 29, 1929, in East St. Louis, died, Friday, August 20, 2021, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Burnworth was the owner and operator of Peerless Furniture Company for over 50 years.  He was a graduate of Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, where he earned a degree in business. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.  He loved playing tennis and waterskiing and lived an active lifestyle well into his eighties. Bill was a Korean War U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Dolores J. Burnworth, nee Goetz, whom he married in 1950, and who died on March 15, 2014; his parents, Norman and Martha, nee Veneman, Burnworth; a son, Michael Burnworth; a son-in-law, George “Butch” Lewis; and two sisters, Norma Jean English and Marabeth Burnworth.

Bill is survived by his children, John Burnworth, Jeff (Geri) Burnworth, Ann Lewis, and Bill (Lisa) Burnworth; a daughter-in-law, Belinda Burnworth; his twelve grandchildren, J.C. (Lauren) and Chris (Kim) Burnworth and their mother, Linda Burnworth, Allison (Ben) Carron, Maggie Burnworth, Sara (John) Buethe, and Grace Burnworth, Rachel (Zac) Lewis- Choate, Clay and Cole Lewis, and Brad (DeeDee), Ross (Kassy), and Page Burnworth; four great-grandchildren; and many dear relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School or Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

 Visitation: Due to the Covid Pandemic, a private visitation will be held Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Matthew Elie officiating.

Burial will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



7 Comments on William Burnworth

Tom and Janet Andes said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2021 at 10:37 AM

Our sincere condolences on the loss of Bill. Great friend for many years. Enjoyed lots of tennis and boating at the Lake of Ozarks.

  • Naples
  • Florida
Tom Sautman said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2021 at 1:33 PM

I got to know Bill pretty well eating with him every day and also shared a happy hour once a week. I and Grand Manor will miss him. A great guy.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Mike and Mary Guest said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2021 at 11:31 AM

We are sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I’m sure he will be missed but that memories will help comfort you.

  • Belleville
Michael McAleenan said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2021 at 8:23 AM

Much love to your family from ours.

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  • Fl
James Millard said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2021 at 8:40 PM

John, we haven’t known each other long, but I would like to express my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your father. I’m sure I also speak for the other members of the Belleville Flyers. Doc

  • Aviston
  • IL
Susan Jasiewicz said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2021 at 12:59 PM

My sympathy to the Burnworth family. Your father was a very kind man and a pleasure to talk to. It was obvious the pride he took in his children. May your memories provide you with comfort and guide you. Susan Jasiewicz

  • Swansea
  • IL
Debbie and Charlie Thacker said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2021 at 9:57 AM

Our sincerest sympathy to the entire Burnworth family! For the many years we have known your dad, we have always admired his love for his family, his active lifestyle, and his ready smile. What a loss this is for you! May happy memories soon ease your sadness.

  • O’Fallon
  • Il

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