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Burton O. Cork 1928-2010

Aug 17, 2010

MASON CITY — Burton O. Cork, 81, of Mason City, died Wednesday. Aug. 11, 2010, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 14, at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel in Mason City. The Rev. Dennis Ganz officiated. Burial was in the Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery where Military Honors were conducted by members of the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Iowa in Burton’s name.

Burton O. Cork was born on Sept. 21, 1928, in Colome, SD, to Oral and Novella (Taylor) Cork. He received his education from the Mason City High School and graduated amongst the class of 1946, the year in which he was the winning pitcher at the baseball state tournament.

Burton played professional baseball for the McAllen Giants for two years and always enjoyed both watching and playing the game. He also had the opportunity to caddy for Patty Berg when she played at the Clear Lake Golf Course.

Burton entered the US Army where he served in the First Infantry Division in Germany.

He also enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden, oil painting, bird watching, bicycling and working word puzzles. He had a great love for nature.

Those grateful in sharing in Burton’s life are his siblings, Bill (Chris) Cork, Mason City; Judy (Jack) Lowe, Emmetsburg; his nieces and nephews, Steven Cork, David Cork, John Cork, William Lowe, Richard Lowe, Jennifer Myers, and Michael Groves; and 11 great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Meryl B. Cork; and a nephew-in-law, Tom Myers.