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Billy Joe “Hoss” Burnett

London Mills – Billy Joe “Hoss” Burnett, 47, of London Mills, passed away at 11:02 PM on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. He was born on April 29, 1973 in Peoria, IL to Dave Sturgis and Debra Burnett. He married Ana Garcia on October 8, 2016 under the walnut tree. She survives.

Also surviving is his father, Dave (Shirley) Sturgis; mother, Debra (Jim) Dildine; six children, Brittany (Shawn) Hilligoss, John Burnett, Wyatt Burnett, Alex Keith, Bradyn Carroll and Avery Carroll; two grandchildren, Ayla Hilligoss and Addy Jackson; two brothers, Nick (Allison) Sturgis and Ron (Bobbie) Burnett; two sisters, Toni Sturgis and Nikki Sturgis; two step-sister’s, Melissa (A.C.) King and Jennifer Hillyer; two step-brothers, Jake and James Dildine; grandmother, Helen M. Sturgis; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins whom he loved greatly.

Billy was preceded in death by his grandmother, Beulah L. Burnett; two grandfathers, Richard M. Burnett and Harry F. Sturgis.

Billy worked as a truck driver for many years. He loved riding motorcycles, playing with his boys on dirt bikes, and four wheelers. Billy was known for his story telling and great sense of humor. He also had a contagious laughter and special blue eyes.

A celebration of life will be held from 4-7 PM on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Riverside Park in London Mills, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to The Family. To make online condolences you may go to


  • Linda Pullen

    Reply June 18, 2020 6:14 pm

    Dear Ana & Family, Your Cottage ICU family is holding your family up in prayer. Lisa D., who was a young widow with children, has great love for you and great wisdom to share.,If there is some way that any of us can help you and your family through this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to let us know. In times like this, my faith and The Holy Spirit get me through to the other side. You are such a gentle spirit, but have great strength. Love you, Linda Lou

  • Peg ward

    Reply June 20, 2020 9:01 am

    So very sorry for this terrible loss , we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time ❤️ May you find comfort , support and love with your friends and family Always

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