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Robert Joseph Burke

Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Robert Joseph Burke

DIXON – Robert “Bob” Joseph Burke, of Dixon, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon.

Bob was born on July 14, 1942, at the Amboy Hospital to Doris (Bushman) and Joseph Burke. They resided in the Maytown area.

After graduating from Franklin Center High School, he joined the Army. Being stationed in Hawaii began an adventure of living in various locations and a lifetime of traveling the earth. Bob had a career with the U.S. Postal Service in Milwaukee.

Bob was a lifetime believer in volunteering, particularly with the Irish community in Milwaukee and later in retirement. Bob never married or had children, but through a passion for family research (genealogy), he gained an extended family of thousands.

He is survived by brothers Bill (Pat) of Amboy, Gary (Anne) of Winter Haven, Fla., and Don (Vicki) of Forsyth; one beloved sister, Mary (Watson) Smoot of Dixon; four nephews and six nieces, plus, as mentioned previously, many, many cousins (first, second and third).

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and two young brothers, James (or Jimmy) in infancy and Joseph Charles (or Joey).

A casual celebration of Bob’s Irish heritage will be held at St. Joseph Hall, next to St. Patrick Church in Amboy, from 4 to 8 today, with a funeral Mass at St. Patrick in Maytown at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial of cremains will be at Maytown at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please give to the charity of your choice.

Bob and family wish to thank everyone for your support during his illness and his lifetime.

Jones Funeral Home in Dixon is handing arrangements. Visit to send condolences.

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