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.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Phyllis Burton and Elaine Dalton; and his brothers, Clarence Andrew Burton and Jackie Earl Burton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Ave., Rock Falls. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling, with the Rev. Juan Ay, celebrant, officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling.