DeKALB – Ullman David "Butch" Burright, 91, of DeKalb, Ill., died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb.
Born Aug. 2, 1922, in Rochelle, the son of Charles and Viola Marie (Hardesty) Burright, Butch married Martha Myllyniemi on July 23, 1944, in DeKalb.
He was a member of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in DeKalb. Butch was a veteran
of the U.S. Army
during World War II; for his service he received a Purple Heart
. He was a member of VFW
Post 3878 in Rochelle and American Legion Post 66 DeKalb, and served on the honor guard for many years. Butch also was active in DeKalb Area Alano Club.
He worked at DeKalb Cyclone Fence and for Milk Consumers, retiring from Muller Pinehurst Dairy. He also was a chef, working part-time at Kishwaukee Country Club and Fargo Hotel in Sycamore. He also worked as a meat cutter at Inboden's Meat Market in DeKalb.
He is survived by his son, Ronald (Kathy) Burright of DeKalb; grandchildren, Pat (Carla) Burright of Fremont, Calif., Matt Burright of DeKalb, Debbi (Rick) Kohler of Sycamore, Erik (Wendy) Gilbert of Rochelle, and Aaron (Julie) Gilbert of Cary; 13 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Helen Piefer of Joplin, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha; daughter, Karen Gilbert; parents; and four brothers, William, Robert, Orville and Eugene.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1915 N. First St., DeKalb, with the Rev. Dan Wynard officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb, with full military honors by American Legion, AmVets and VFW. The visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Ullman D. "Butch" Burright Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com
or call 815-756-1022.