Burr Angle

MADISON - Burr Angle, age 72, loving husband of Dolores Kester, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

Burr was born September 2, 1941, in Orange, N. J., the son of the late Donald Morrison Angle and Josephine Choate Angle. A graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas (1959), Burr earned his B.A. from Oberlin College. He served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia in the mid-1960s, building chicken coops in a leprosarium, before returning to school for his master's degree (English) and other studies at UW-Madison.

Burr married Dolores on August 30, 1976. He had worked as a jackaroo on a sheep station in Australia, professor (University of Maryland), book editor/writer for a national hobby publisher (Kalmbach), and manager of a hobby store (Hobby Craft). He edited and wrote numerous published articles and books in the hobby field. Since his retirement, he has written a number of articles and books on Madison history, has been a guest speaker at the East Side History Club, and was serving on the board of Historic Madison, Inc. at the time of his death. Burr enjoyed bicycling, hiking, gardening, crafting model airplanes and boats, and doing historical research with help from his research assistant, Sable the Shetland Sheepdog.

Burr is deeply missed by his wife, Dolores; his twin brother, John Angle (Sandy) of Mammoth Lake and Borrego Springs, California; his sister, Jean Williams (Tom) of Ocala, Florida; a nephew John DeVoy (Pam) of Chicago, Illinois; and a niece Ann DeVoy, of Bonn, Germany. He is especially missed by Sable the Sheltie.

A memorial service honoring Burr, including Farewell Blessings and Story Telling, will be held at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Avenue, Madison, Wis. Beginning at 11 a.m., on Friday, November 8, 2013. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

The family invites friends to bring a story to read (or send c/o RYAN FUNERAL HOME) to be preserved in a memory book for the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Historic Madison, Inc.; the Wisconsin Historical Society; or Lakeview Branch of the Madison Public Library.

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