Burton E. 'Casey' Empson
Thursday, January 24, 2008ALTONA - Burton Ervin "Casey" Empson, 60, 305 Lillie Avenue, died at 4:41 p.m. Monday (Jan. 21, 2008) in an automobile accident on Illinois Route 82, 1.7 miles north of Illinois Route 17 in Weller Township, Henry County.
He was born Oct. 9, 1947, in Kewanee, the son of Burton Erwin and Eleanor Talbert Empson.
He married Rosemary Kay Mason on Sept. 4, 1970, in Avon.
Surviving are two sons, Burton Eric (Tara) Empson of Altona and Kyle Mason (Alicia Thompson) Empson of Knoxville; Patrick Empson of Hawaii whom he raised as a son; three grandchildren, Nicole Empson, Caleb Empson and Burton Eric Empson Jr.; his mother, Eleanor Empson of Galva; sisters Amy (Tony) Empson of Hawaii, Kelly Empson of Davenport, Iowa, and Terry (Keith) Fell of Oneida; and brothers Andy Empson of Long Beach, Calif., James Empson of Florida and Dan Empson of Altona. He was preceded in death by his father.
He graduated from ROVA High School in Oneida and later attended barber college. He served in the Army from Dec. 13, 1967, to July 23, 1969, in the COD15-TC-BN First Cavalry and received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Unit Citation and the Vietnam Service Medal. He served an extra tour of duty for his brother.
He worked at Maytag Corporation in Galesburg in the paint department, quality control and on the door machine, retiring after 30 years. He then worked at Dick Blick Art Materials in Galesburg in the packaging department.
He became a member of United Church of Altona in May 1993 and was a member of its administrative board, board of trustees, pastor-parish relations committee and the REEL mens group.
He was a member of Ekstedt-Hurr American Legion Post 390 of Altona, Altona Masonic Lodge 330 A.F. and A.M. of Altona, Little John Conservation Club of rural Victoria and the Victoria Rod and Gun Club of Victoria.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at United Church of Altona in Altona, with the Rev. Judy Vidakovich officiating. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the church, with Masonic Services conducted by Altona Masonic Lodge 330 AF and AM. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery, rural Altona, with military rites by Ekstedt-Hurr American Legion Post 390 of Altona. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory, Oneida, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Victoria Rod and Gun Club of Victoria.
Online condolences may be made at www.hurd-hen dricksfuneralhome.com.