DIXON – Bernard J. Sexton, 89, of Dixon, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Franklin Grove Nursing Center.
He was born July 23, 1924, in Ottawa, the son of Bryan and Margaret (Jensen) Sexton. After two attempts to enlist in the Army, he was inducted and served in the military police during World War II. He married Catherine Wruck in 1948 in Ottawa. She preceded him in death on Dec. 8, 1972.
He managed Star Radiator Service in Ottawa, and had been a police magistrate in LaSalle County for 12 years. He moved to Dixon to join Sentry Insurance, and finally was the Lee County zoning officer before his retirement.
Bernard was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Dixon, Dixon Knights of Columbus Council 690, and the Father Boland Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He also was a lifetime member of the Dixon Elks Lodge, and a member of Dixon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 540. He served on the Lee County Board. He was an avid bridge player, and taught bridge at Sauk Valley Community College. He was known to many as the “The Social Director.”
Survivors include his daughter, Connie Sexton of Chicago; one brother, Francis (Laurie Ann) Sexton of Deerfield Beach, Florida.; two sisters, June MacMurray of Las Vegas and Bea Vines of Daytona Beach, Florida.; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St Anne Catholic Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Antoni Kretowicz, pastor, officiating. Military honors by the combined veterans group will be after the Mass at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded.
A memorial has been established.
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