East Peoria – Burl R. Stokes, 93, of East Peoria, IL formally of Creve Coeur, IL passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Manor Care at Riverview in East Peoria. Burl was born January 1, 1920 in Brownstown, IL to James M. and Clara (Tackett) Stokes. He married Vivian V. Vars on September 13, 1941 in Peoria, IL. She preceded him in death on November 8, 1980.
Also preceding him in death were his daughter Virginia Timmons and son Paul Stokes. His parents,
brothers Joseph, James II (Bud) and Earl, one grandchild Lori Whelchel and two great-grandchildren
Sydney & Juliette Scaff also preceded him.
Surviving are his daughter Judy (Ron) Rosenow of Edwards, his son Tom (Gail) Stokes of East Peoria;
grandchildren, Shelley (Peter) Scaff of Mackinaw, Tom (Rachelle) Stokes of Metamora, Tara (John)
Powell of Farmington, Brandon (Sara) Stokes of Peoria, Denton Stokes of East Peoria, Debbie Whelchel,
Tami (Terry) King and Melissa Timmons of Tennessee, Jill (Lance) Haukedahl of Bloomingdale, Amy
(John) Fenicle of Indiana, Julie (Steve) Bunde of Minnesota; also several step-grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Also surviving are sisters Eileen Wilkinson of Morton and Laurel (Wallace) Lorey of
Decatur and many special nieces and nephews.
Burl was a member of the Army Air Corp. 33rd Photo Reconnaissance squadron as a P-38 pilot in Europe
during World War II. He remained in the reserves after the war and attained the rank of Lt. Colonel. He
attended annual reunions of his squadron and these members were a big part of his life. He was a proud
member of the "Greatest Generation".
Burl retired from Caterpillar Tractor Co. after 33 years of service. He and Vivian spent many years
traveling together and spending winters in Texas. After Vivian's death, he continued to spend his winters
in Texas (his second home) enjoying the people he met and the wonderful bird watching in the area. He
also enjoyed his weekly breakfast "board meetings" with fellow Caterpillar retirees.
He enjoyed gardening, bird-watching and visiting with friends and family. He was a generous and humble
man. Visitors to his home would never leave empty-handed.
A special thank you to his Circle of Life caregivers who became friends while he lived at Riverview.
Visitation will be from 5 – 7 pm Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday at the funeral home with an additional visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Memorials may be made to the choice of the donor. Online tributes and condolences may be made at www.RemmertFuneralHome.com
An Admirable Man
If a man is honest with others and with himself . . .
If he receives gratefully and gives quietly . . . .
If he is gentle enough to feel
And strong enough to show his feelings . . . . .
If he is slow to see the faults of others
But quick to discover their goodness . . .
If he is cheerful in difficult times
And modest in success . . . .
If he does his best to be true to his beliefs . . .
Then he is truly an admirable man.
Burl will be greatly missed by his family and friends.