In Memory

John Burke

John W. Burke Jr. age 65 of Dixon died, unexpectedly, at KSB Hospital on Friday Nov. 21, 2014. He was born in Dixon on Oct. 3, 1949 the son of John W. and Velma (Miller) Burke. He was a maintenance man at Raynor Garage Door Manufacturing for over 30 years. John was an avid Green Bay Packers Fan and enjoyed fishing, grilling and spending time with his family. 
He was a veteran of the Marines. 
John married Debi Hayden in Dixon on July 6, 1987.
He is preceded in death by his parents. 
Survivors include his wife of Dixon; 3 daughters Stacy Brace of Rockford, Tracy (Jeff) Bates of Rockford, Stacey (Jay) Sharboneau of Dixon; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters Linda (Bob) Swim of Grand Detour, Sharon Trotter of Dixon, Jackie (Bill) Brooks of Dixon; 1 brother Charles (Mary) Burke; and several nieces and nephews. 

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12/03/14 09:34 PM #1    

Frank Masterman

I always liked and respected John in high school; just an all around nice fella he was. I ran into him many years later when I hired on at Raynor. I worked closely with John many times over the four years I spent there, and always enjoyed our time together on repairs and/or special projects. For some reason I've thought about him a goodly amount in recent weeks and just learned of his passing today. I am saddened greatly by this news. RIP John.

12/04/14 01:21 PM #2    

George Berg

I think John was a Marine. He could chew the top off a beer can. I saw him in boot camp - we just smiled at each other. God speed friend!

12/05/14 08:15 AM #3    

Colleen Kirkpatrick (Tofte)

John was in the same baby contest as me, if any one wants a copy of the picture, let me know.

12/05/14 12:59 PM #4    

Al Hardersen


John was a good person as I remember him.  He enjoyed a good laugh but not at others expense.  


12/05/14 02:37 PM #5    

Gregory Cavanaugh

I grew up with John as kids he lived just down the street from me and we both went to St Mary's and DHS. I saw him after marine boot camp in ITR. Oddly enough he and I just "lived down the street " from each other these past years. John was a good person, always friendly. Semper Fi Devil Dog!

12/05/14 06:34 PM #6    

Kathy Lee (Bento)

I also went all through grade school and high school with John.  I remember how funny he could be!  

12/06/14 08:57 AM #7    

Wendy Miller (Allen)

John was a nice guy and I don't think he was an enemy to anybody

12/07/14 11:12 AM #8    

Pat White

I will always think of John as Johnny Burke, from grade school at St. Mary's.  His father Jack and my dad Red White played on the same team in the old Dixon Recreation bowling alley, with Paul Kopeck's dad, Paul as well.  Rusty Cooper and John were great friends in early grades and I was happy to be among that circle.  Everything that our friends have been saying about John resonates with my memory too: a good guy, easy going, fun and pretty unflappable.  Sorry to see him go.


12/07/14 07:43 PM #9    

Rusty Cooper

John and I  were playmates in the first few years of grade school at St.Mary's. Some of my earliest memories of friendship include him. Sorry to hear this news.

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