Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
November 8, 2011 11:59 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — George R. “Bob” Burke, 83, of Mount Vernon, passed away Nov. 5, 2011, at his residence.

He was born May 25, 1928, in Mount Vernon to the late George C. and Eva Mae Burke. Bob was a former Special Deputy Sheriff for Knox County in the 1950s and was a former Volunteer Firefighter in Centerburg. He was a member of the Mount Zion Lodge 9 F&AM and Aladdin Shrine Temple in Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor D. Marshall Burke; three sons, Rob (Deb) Burke of Shelbyville, Ky., Ron (Julie) Burke of Chicago, Larry (Nancy) Burke of Centerburg; a daughter, Brenda (Ted Severance) Jagger of Sunbury, a sister, Betty Sands, and a brother, Don (Betty) Burke, both of Centerburg, a step-daughter, Linda (Richard) Shrimplin of Loudonville; a stepson, Neal Marshall of Mount Vernon; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many close friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Norma Jean Burke; and an infant sister, Kathleen Burke.

Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, where Masonic service will follow calling hours. Funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial in Eastview Cemetery in Centerburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to Mount Zion Masonic Lodge Endowment Fund.

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