Bob Burke had little time to accept a plaque that pronounced him Wentzville's Citizen of the Year.
He had to get home and get to sleep. After all, he was going to get up early the next day and get back to his do-gooding ways. This time, he was set to stuff more than 20,000 Easter eggs for the .
Burke was named the city's citizen of the year during last week's board of aldermen meeting.
According to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article, Burke visits Progress Park three or four times weekly to spend all morning stuffing candy into plastic eggs for the city's annual Easter egg hunt, scheduled this year for March 31 in Rotary Park.
From the report:
As he has for 14 years, Burke continues to volunteer every Wednesday morning at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis, putting medical records in order, addressing envelopes, making coffee and coordinating with housekeeping to tidy up the waiting area.
A World War II Navy veteran, Burke retired in 1989 after working 37 years in the earth-moving equipment sales business. He was married 55 years to Dorothy J. Burke, who he called "DJ." They had three children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Burke credited his wife, who died in 2002, with introducing him to volunteering. He said his activities keep him busy in his retirement.
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