Bobby Gene (Ike) Burrow, 83, was born on July 5, 1929, and joined his brother, Marion, and sister, Lois. Siblings Kate, Charles and Joan came along later which completed the family of Roy and Odessa (Collins) Burrow. After two cancers and several strokes, he completed his life on earth and made his transition to his Heavenly home at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in the Cedar County Memorial Hospital.
Ike started his preparation for this journey at the age of 28 and remained a devout Christian to the end. He definitely believed in living a changed life and he allowed God to take complete control of his life. He was happy to stay in the background and was a great listener but loved to pray and to hear his wife pray. Ike was always the same, whistling or singing hymns and you had to accept him as he was.
Bobby attended a country school through the sixth grade but graduated from the 12th grade at the Roscoe School in 1947. After graduation he worked scooping gravel from boxcars and in the fall of the same year he was the second employee hired as a leather shoe cutter at the new International Shoe Company in El Dorado Springs. He was a faithful employee until the company closed its doors after 36 years. Ike worked at the 3M plant, a new Hagale factory and finished at Witt Printing at the age of 79 with a total working record of 62 years. He also worked evenings and weekends as custodian for Tri-County State Bank and the First Baptist Church.
His hobby was taking care of his cows on his farm.
On April 22, 1950, he married Winifred Gresham and the lifetime commitment began. He moved his new bride from Roscoe to El Dorado Springs where they lived in town until 1972 when they moved to their farm at the edge of town.
In June of 1950 the news of the Korean Conflict came over the air ways and in February 1952 he was drafted into the army and was sent to Camp Picket in Blackstone, VA, for basic training and an additional 16 weeks of medical training. He was attached to the Big Red 1, Medical Division and on Aug. 8, 1952, he was deployed to Schweinfurt, Germany, where he became the company’s mail clerk and guard of the payroll and continued there until his return to the states on Feb. 26, 1954.
After 10 years of marriage a decision was made to start a family and on Sept. 13, 1960, a baby boy arrived to bless their home and lives. He was named Carl Nolan Burrow. He was and is the pride and joy of their lives and after college he gave them a daughter-in-law and two grandsons which brought more joy to their lives.
Surviving are his wife, Winnie, of 62 years; son, Carl, and daughter-in-law, Lindy; two grandsons, Ryan and Jordan; two sisters, Lois and Joan and husband, Larry; one sister-in-law, Betty Gilbert; and many special nephews and nieces and many friends.
Bobby, better known as Ike, will be greatly missed by those that loved him most, but our loss is Heaven’s gain.
Services were held Saturday, March 16, in the Church of God (Holiness), El Dorado Springs, with Pastor Joe Trussell and Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Karen Rains, Bonnie Query, Faith Trussell and the Strong Tower Quartet sang “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Hero For Jesus,” “We Have This Moment Today,” “That’s The Place I’m Longing To Go,” “His Hand In Mine,” “In The Garden,” “Old Rugged Cross” and “Another Soldier Is Coming Home.”
Military honors were provided by the Juliet Team and VFW #257. Casketbearers were Greg Allison, Kyle Bland, Chris Vickers, Lyle Bland, Randy Moore and Kirk Bland. Interment was in El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under direction of Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.