|Birth: ||Mar. 11, 1937|
|Death: ||Jan. 22, 2013|
DeKALB – Burley O. Billips, 75, of DeKalb, Ill., died Tuesday morning, Jan. 22, 2013, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.
Born March 11, 1937, in Hamil, Ark., the son of Chester and Dorothy L. (Vandergriff) Billips, Burley was married to the former Ila Jean Olson on Nov. 16, 1955, in Rockford.
Burley worked for Anaconda Wire for 21 years, and then he worked for Burgess Norton for 15 years, retiring in 1999. Burley lived in the DeKalb community since 1962, moving here from Rockford. He was a member of the DeKalb First Church of the Nazarene. Burley enjoyed bingo, music, camping and watching football, and he could play any instrument with strings. Burley also had his own band called "The Southerners."
Survivors include his wife, Ila Jean of DeKalb; children, William "Bill" (June) Billips of DeKalb, Dale (Diane) Billips of DeKalb, Tonya (Matt) Sheehan of Malta and Corey (Becky) Billips of Cortland; grandchildren, Jessica Bush, Michael Billips, Nicole Billips, Joshua (Nicole) Billips, Natalie Sheehan, Peyton Billips, Bethany Billips and Jaxson Billips; great-grandchildren, Madison Ricke, Joslynn Michaels, Reilly Bush and Brooklynn Billips; brother, Harold M. (Bernice) Billips of Flordia; sister, Sharon K. (Donald) Johnson of Ridott; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Troy Hinkle; and brothers, Arvin Neil and Thomas Gene.
A celebration of life service for Burley will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115, with Pastor Janet Hunt of the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, until the time of the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the family to be established at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home.
Published in Daily Chronicle on January 23, 2013
Chester Arvin Billips (1904 - 1974)
Dorothy Lorell Vandergriff Billips (1911 - 1995)
Arvin Neal Billips (1934 - 2002)*
Burley O. Billips (1937 - 2013)
GPS (lat/lon): 41.90667, -88.7625
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Record added: Jan 24, 2013
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