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Jimmie W. Burks

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MANITO - Jimmie W. Burks, 73, of 713 S. Prairie Lane, Manito, passed away at 12:08 a.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

He was born Nov. 3, 1940, in Michie, Tenn., the son of Troy and Killie Strawn Burks. He married Judy K. Darnell on May 22, 1981, in Manito and she survives.

Jim has six children, Tressia (Timothy) Kelley of North Pekin, Paula Bernshausen of Pekin, Shelia Kelley of Creve Coeur, Terry Burks of North Pekin, Buddy (Cindy) White of Leopold, Mo., and Ronald (April) White of Osage Beach, Mo. There are 22 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He has two brothers, Alton (Linda) Burks and Charles (Dorothy) Burks of Michie, Tenn.; and one sister, Joann Sweat of Stantonville, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister and four great-grandchildren.

During his early years, he helped with the family farm in Michie, Tenn. He later moved to Peoria and worked at Caterpillar in Mossville in the foundry as a sand mixer. He retired from Cat in 1991 after 33 years. He had moved to Manito and worked for the village of Manito for 18 years, retiring again in 2009.

He was a member of the UAW Retirees Club, the Peoria Sportsman's Club and the NRA.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. today, June 27, 2014, at the Maas-Hurley Funeral Home in Manito. Pastor Kathy Clark will officiate. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Meadow Lawn Cemetery in Manito.

Memorials may be made to the Forman Ambulance Service or to the Forman Fire Department.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hurleyfh.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star from June 26 to June 27, 2014
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