Charles R. ‘Charlie’ Burton
STERLING – Charles R. “Charlie” Burton, 80, of Emerson, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at his home.
He was born Feb. 4, 1933, in Kentucky, the son of Homer and Alice (Dresvick) Burton. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served proudly in the Marines. Charlie was employed at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. in Sterling for 35 years before retiring. He then worked as a greeter for the past 11 years at the Rock Falls Walmart store. He married Aldiana (Reyes) Ramos on Feb. 14, 1987. Charlie was a member and commandant of the Sauk Valley Detachment Marine Corps League and the Military Order of the Devil Dogs. He also was a member of the Rock Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5418, Rock Falls American Legion Post 902, and Tebala Shrine. He was a 34th-degree Mason. He also was very active in the Toys for Tots campaign each Christmas.
Surviving are his wife, Aldiana; children, Mark (Natalie) Ramos and Sabrina (Vicente Lopez) Davila, both of Sterling, Michael (Amee) Davila of Arizona, and Suzy (John) Belmonte of Sterling; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his sisters, Barbara Burton, Anna Jean (Kevin Brock) Burton-Brock, and Maryland Luocks; and his brothers, Tony Lee Burton and Benjamin Burton.
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