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LAMOILLE — Ivon J. Sharkey, 81, of 29429 Illinois Highway 92, LaMoille, died at 1:05 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley.
Born Nov. 1, 1931, in Maytown to William and Frances (Gugerty) Sharkey, he married Sharon Thompson Sept. 6, 1964. She survives.
He attended Dixon High School and earned his G.E.D and some college credits while serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a 56-year member of the Operating Engineers. He served as a business agent for many years and later was an assistant coordinator for the Apprenticeship Improvement Program and Hazmat Training. He also served on the Training Sites Board.
He was a member of the Retirees Club in District 1 and 5, Walnut Masonic Lodge 722, Ameranth Chapter 290 of Order of the Eastern Star and Operating Engineers Square Club. He had attended St. Patrick’s Church in Amboy.
Also surviving are two daughters, Becky Sharkey of Peru and Paula (Ed) Eubanks of Thomson; two sons, Brian Sharkey at home and Mark (Judy) Sharkey of Columbia, Ill.; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Milaicki of Peru and Cody (Levi) Henson of White Bluff, Tenn.; two grandsons, Erik Milaicki of Peru and Jacob Sharkey of West Jordan, Utah; five stepgrandchildren; three great-grandsons; several stepgreat-grandchildren; and one sister, Elaine Routh of Grand Rapids, Mich.
He was preceded in death by one son, Michael; one brother, Patrick; and one sister, Marie McCoy.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Patrick’s Church, Arlington, with Rev. Patrick Fixsen officiating. Burial will be in Valley Memorial Park, Spring Valley, with military services conducted by the Ladd American Legion.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Hurst Funeral Home in Ladd. Additional visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday in the church.
Memorials may be directed to the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle or St. Jude.