John T. Burlage Jan. 8, 1936 – April 1, 2018

John T. Burlage

John T. Burlage, 82, of Monticello, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, Sunday, April 1, 2018, at the Good Neighbor Society in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 700 East Oak St in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be recited at 3 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7:30 pm.  Visitation will continue Thursday from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 4700 Valley Farm Rd, in Central City prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Central City with burial in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Castle Grove.  Rev. Wayne Droessler will officiate.  Military Honors will be accorded by the Monticello Drill Team.

John was born on January 8, 1936, to Lawrence and Frances (Kurt) Burlage in Monticello.  He graduated from St Mary High School in Cascade with the class of ’54 and then enlisted in the United States Air Force where he spent four years.  On June 3, 1961, he married Doris Domeyer at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. 

John, with his wife by his side, raised their family on their farm in Castle Grove west of Monticello.  Later in life he enjoyed driving truck and talking about his adventures.  He had a special passion for his beloved pygmy goats and could watch and talk about them for hours.  They brought him nearly as much joy as his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 57 years, Doris.  His children:  Cheryl (Rodger) Sill of Stanley, and their children: Tom, Will, Sam and Aly; Peter (Holly) Burlage of Plano, Texas and their children: Sydney and Addisyn; Daniel Burlage of Marion; Carla Burlage of Ankeny and Dawn Burlage and special friend, Brett Swift, of Cedar Rapids; siblings: Grace Tallman of Davenport, Robert Burlage of Monticello, Richard Burlage of Brooklyn, N.Y., Helen Hignite of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Don (Marcia) Burlage of Tipton, Ind.  In-Laws: LaVerne “Bud” Domeyer of Petersburg, MaryLou Gravel of Dyersville, John (Shirley) Domeyer of Holy Cross, Peter (Clairce) Domeyer of Dubuque and Rita Domeyer of Dyersville as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Patrick, his parents and his brother, William “Bill” Burlage, as well as many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

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