Willow Hill, Illinois: Grave of Burl Ives

Burl Ives was a folk singer and actor who became a pop culture mainstay as the singing snowman in the animated Christmas special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Mound Cemetery

Address:
E. 1200th Ave., Willow Hill, IL
Directions:
Mound Cemetery. From the intersection of Hwys 49 and 33 north of Willow Hill, drive east on Hwy 33 for two miles. Turn left onto N. 2100th St. Drive one mile. Turn right onto E. 1200th Ave. Drive a half-mile. You'll see the cemetery on the left. Burl Ives' tall black tombstone is on the right, a few rows in from the cemetery entrance arch.
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Burl Ives Monument sign.

Burl Ives Grave

The gravestone of Burl Ives is located in the Mound Church Cemetery between the towns of Oblong and Newton -- a dark granite stone with his likeness and information.

[CherC, 07/30/2015]

Grave of Burl Ives.

Burl Ives Grave Site

Burl Ives is buried in Mound Cemetery.

[Sue Hankins, 07/03/2015]

Burl was born nearby. His tombstone praises the actor-singer-writer as "adapted to all media" and "Equally at home before the royalty of Europe and the farm folk of Midwestern USA." Though he recorded lots of songs and acted in many films, he is perhaps most familiar to modern audiences as the voice of the narrating/singing snowman ("Holly Jolly Christmas") in the animated Christmas special "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer."

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