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John Henry Elmore

June 17, 1924 ~ May 7, 2018 (age 93)

John Henry Elmore, 93, of Burlington, died at 1:50 PM Monday, May 7, 2018, at the Danville Care Center in Danville.

Born June 17, 1924, in Kahoka, MO, he was the son of Ira Everett and Edith Blythe Elmore. On January 10, 1942, he married Doreen Brockelman. She later passed July 17, 1988. On November 26, 1988, he married his wife, Martha, at St. John's Catholic Church in Burlington. 

John owned service stations and the Nira. He also worked for Burlington Municipal Water Works and drove heavy equipment for Duke Construction. 

He was in the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during World War II from April 22, 1943 until June 28, 1945. He served as an Aerial Gunner with the 5th group in the 23rd squadron in the 13th Air Force in the South Pacific on 57 missions with Captain James Rowden as his pilot. He was very proud to be a Veteran.

He loved woodworking, gardening and canning. He liked people and enjoyed going to his grandkids' events and activities. He had a very inspiring work ethic.

Survivors include his wife, Martha of Burlington; two daughters, Marcia (David) Walker and Linda Elmore, both of Burlington;  three sons, Tom (Geri) Elmore of Burlington, and Max Elmore of Jacksonville, FL Dennis (Barbara) Elmore of West Burlington; two step-sons, Bob (Linda) Barton of Forest Lake, MN and John (Joyce) Barton of Burlington; four step-daughters, Kay (Larry) Persinger of Norman, OK, Carol Franklin of Burlington, Mary (Frank) Moss of Kingston, and Patricia (Mike) Slama of St. Louis, MO; 26 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Doreen, four brothers, and one sister. 

Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM Saturday, May 12, 2018, at  Divine Mercy Parish-St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Elmore will be 10:30 AM Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Divine Mercy Parish-St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Rev. Father Bill Roush as the Celebrant.  Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir.  Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.  Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.  A time of food and fellowship will be held in the cafeteria at St. John's following the burial. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the St. Vincent De Paul food pantry. 

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