Obituary for James E. Burke

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James E. Burke

December 8, 1943 - October 18, 2017

James E. “Jim” Burke, age 73, passed away on Wednesday morning, October 18, 2017 at his home in Morgantown.


By his side, was his devoted wife of 51 years, Vickie L. (Snider) Burke, whom he married on April 14, 1966 in Wise, Virginia. Also by his side, were his loving children, Jennie (Kyle) Hogue of Greenwood, Tammy (Gian Spadone) Dotson of Trafalgar, Rebecca (Mike) Taylor of Martinsville, Jason (Dusty) Burke of Morgantown, Jeremy (Angela) Burke of Bargersville and Enos Dotson of Trafalgar. Jim is also survived by nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


Jim was born December 8, 1943, in Camden, New Jersey, to the late Richard L. and Marguerite (Henry) Burke. He served as a Medic with the HHC 1/5 25th Infantry Division of the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Jim was a decorated soldier, earning three Bronze Stars.


He retired in 2001 from Gaile’s Propane in Morgantown after 10 years of service. After retirement, Jim worked for himself as a HVAC Specialist. He was a member of the Morgantown General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn and the Greenwood American Legion Post 252. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, target shooting and watching western movies. He was a licensed pilot who enjoyed flying his own plane.


Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Jeanne Langley.


Brothers Stan White and Mike Day will conduct a funeral service on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to service time on Saturday. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown with Military rites presented by the Martinsville American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guards.


Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Jim to the Morgantown General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, 229 East St. Morgantown, IN 46160.    


Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Burke family at  Information:  (812) 597-4670




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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time: 10:30 am

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Born: December 8, 1943
Died: October 18, 2017

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Steven Donahue posted on 10/21/17

What a wonderful video of Jim. I wish I could come to his service, I'll be there in spirit. May God give you strength during this difficult time... -Steve


Becky, Mike, and Aj posted on 10/19/17

He was the first man I loved and he taught me how to love. He was my hero, friend, and dad. He was a remarkable grandpa to Anthony and they adored each other. I don't know how to get through life without him but I know I will honor him with every breath I take. I hope you are flying your plane, laughing with Rick and Jeannie, and playing croquet with Grandma Cora. I love you more than it's possible to have shown you in one life time. Love, Becca, Mikey, and Aj


Terry Hall posted on 10/21/17

Jim was my friend and would do anything to help a friend. He loved his family, was a hard worker, and loved his country. I was a better man from just knowing him.


Brian & Stacey Roberts and family posted on 10/19/17

Jesus told his disciples in John chapter 14 that he was fixing to leave the Earth soon; but he would not leave us as orphans. He said he was going to send a comforter. The comforter is still at work today as much as he was in the days of Jesus. Our prayer is that the Holy Spirit wrap his arms around your entire family and give you strength and comfort in the days ahead. God bless you all--Brian & Stacey Roberts and family


Steve Gottlieb posted on 10/18/17

Jim was the most wonderful man I have ever met. Thoughts and prayers to Vicki and your entire family, my heart is just broken to hear about your loss. The times that I knew Jim were priceless. RIP my friend.


James Fawcett Family posted on 10/18/17

It saddens me to hear that Jim has passed away. He was an amazing person. He was a great friend that put others first, he loved his family with every breath. I never heard him complain about anything, no matter what happened, he always had a positive outlook. When he lost part of his vision, he shared how they made a special viewing item to assist him with the computer. Although in the last few years we did not speak often. We have a friendship that was like we were never apart. I wish I could understand why we lose the best people in life. He was decorated soldier that was humble. He was a devoted husband, father and friend. It will be a huge loss to anyone who knew him. Until we meet again my dear friend.


Christina and James Comer posted on 10/18/17

Our deepest sympathy to Vicky and her children Jennie, Tammy, Becky, Jason and Jeremy, and their families and all of their children and all of your entire circle of family and friends. We hope that all of the wonderful memories and good times that you all shared, will be the comfort and peace that you can look to at this sad time! Love you all! Jim and Christina Comer


Steven Donahue posted on 10/18/17

The world lost a wonderful soul today, Jim played many rolls on this stage called life., His best rolls had to be that of Husband, Father and Friend. Jim will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. Go rest on high my friend...


Lisa Burkman & family posted on 10/18/17

Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.


Linda Milburn posted on 10/18/17

So sorry for your prayers are with you.


Nancy Maxwell posted on 10/20/17

Jennie, Your fellow artists at Art Sanctuary send you condolences and hugs; we are so sorry for your loss.