Burr E' Brakeman 70 of Vanceboro Maine)formally of Washington Illinois died at home in Vanceboro June13 2020 at 2;30 pm He was surrounded by his loved ones.
Born September 26, 1949 to Jean and John Gibson and at the age of 4 adopted to Walter and Ruth Brakeman. He married Joan ( Bunny ) Cropley on July 3, 1970 in Alta, Il. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters: Michelle Johnson and husband Charles from Washington, Il. Robin Brown from Peoria, Il. And Jill Mason and husband Sherman from Vanceboro, Me. Fourteen Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren. And two brothers, Biff Brakeman and wife Debbie of Canton, Il. and David George of Indiana. Two sisters, Bunte Ellison of Collinsville, Il. and Janice Baraks of Warsaw, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Shoemaker, his birth parents Jean and John and his adopted parents Ruth and Walter.
He was a graduate of Dunlap High School in 1967. Joined the U.S. Army and retired from Army Reserves after 20 years. Retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company after 30 years. Worked landscaping on the side.
Moved to Maine in 2000. Started working again at Walmart, Janitor at two different Schools and the U.S. Border Station. He was also a bus driver for Topsfield School.
While he was in Illinois he was Chief Ranger for Independent order of Forresters.
He was the Commander of the American Legion Post 172 known as Frederick S Mills in Maine. Burr enjoyed working for the town of Vanceboro also. He was a volunteer Fireman, an election Judge, worked on the planning committee and for some years the Animal Control Officer.
Cremation has been accorded and grave side services will be on July 3, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. Friday at Vanceboro Cemetary.