William Burke

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William R. “Bill” Burke, 97, of Belleville, IL, born April 24, 1920, in Waterloo, IL, died peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Dammert Geriatric Center, Belleville, IL.

Bill was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, and was stationed in England.  He attended Westminster College in Fulton, MO.  Bill was a member of First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, IL, and was a retired deacon at the church.  He was also a member of Belleville Elks Lodge 481, Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge 1221, the Waterloo Band, the Telephone Pioneers, and the Ham Radio Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh A. and Ruth M., nee McKee, Burke.

Surviving are his wife of 71 years, Brenda M., nee Tipping, Burke, whom he married on May 11, 1946;
a son, Robert (Judi) Burke of Greensboro, NC;
two daughters, Linda (Fred) Leone of Belleville, IL, and Kimberly (Dale) Hindman of Belleville, IL;
seven grandchildren, Christopher (Laura) Leone, Nicholas (Alissa) Leone, Kevin (Emily) Burke, Andrew (Laura) Burke, Amanda Cox (Jason Kinzel), Broc Hindman (Sabrina McClure), and Cory (Grace) Hindman;
eight great-grandchildren, Isabella Leone, Matthew, Jonathan, and Ryan Burke, Caleb and Carly Cox, Hailey Hindman, Piper Hindman, and one more on the way;
two dear friends, Denver Russ and Beverly Crum;
many other wonderful friends;
and dear cousins.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Dammert Geriatric Center for the loving care given to Bill.

Memorials may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Robert Dyer officiating.  Military honors will follow the funeral services at church.

Burial will be at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery, Waterloo, IL.



7 Comments on William Burke

Courtney Haberer-Grapperhaus said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2017 at 5:14 PM

Brenda and family, I am so sorry to hear of Bill's death. You were such good neighbors for many years. I have many fond memories of you both. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Love, Courtney

  • Dupo (Formerly Belleville)
  • IL
Shawn Toon said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2017 at 8:16 PM

I’m so sorry to hear of Bills passing. I use to be Bill and Brenda’s housekeeper at the Shrine. I would love to hear the stories of the love he had for Brenda and how he got her fathers permission to marry Brenda. Your family will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Paula Ratliff said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2017 at 6:16 PM

So sorry to hear the sad news. Thinking of you all. Love from all at t.he British Club

  • O Fallon
  • Illinois
Lisa Kay Wissehr Williams said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2017 at 5:19 PM

Brenda and family. I was saddened to hear of Bill's passing. I have found memories of my parents and the two of you together. I will be thinking of you and your family. Sending Love and Prayers.

  • Braselton
  • GA
Sharron Calvanese said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2017 at 2:07 PM

Dear Brenda: I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember our wonderful times together. Please convey my condolence to your family.

  • Ft. Myers
  • FL
Joyce said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2017 at 1:07 AM

Dearest Brenda and Family, Bill Burke was a special man who loved his family first and foremost. I'm sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you during this hour of grief. Love, Joyce

  • Loveland
  • CO
Marilyn Linton said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2017 at 9:06 PM

Brenda and family, I am so sorry to hear of Bill's death. all though I have not seen him for a while, you and he were two of my favorite people. Please accept my condolences.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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