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Walter Joseph Bourke Sr.

  • "Rest in peace my good friend and neighbor. We will miss you."
    - Betty Hundley
    - Bob Charles
  • "We were sorry to hear of Walt's passing. You all are in our..."
    - Kevin and Debbie Kocks
  • "Ruth Ann , I have such fond memories of your father. My..."
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    - Diane Hayes (Guelda)

Bourke, Walter Joseph Sr.,

86, of Louisville passed away Tuesday, August 26 2014. He was born in 1928 to Tim and Anna Bourke in Louisville. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church an Army veteran and a retired pressman from Standard Gravure and a avid UK Basketball and Notre Dame Football fan.

He was preceded in death by his son Shawn Eric Bourke, brothers Joe and Bill Bourke, his sisters Mary Ann Helm and Patsy Herdt.

Walter is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Gaye W. Bourke, brother Timothy T. Bourke II, sister Shirley Dietz, children, Walter "Jay" Bourke, Jr. (Jackie), Dr. Ruth Ann Reed, DMD (Scotty), Bridget Lynn Brake (Steve), grandchildren, Christy Vensel (Jimmy), Chad Bourke (Michelle), Thomas Reed (Katie), Eric Bourke, Josh Reed, Kyle Kocks, great grandchildren, Hailey, Grace and Mollie and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM on Friday, August 29, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church with burial to follow at St. Michael Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 PM Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Bosse Funeral Home, 1355 Ellison at Barret avenues. The family would like to thank the caring professionals of the Nazareth Home, Jane Cornett, MD and staff and Regina Jackson. Contributions in Walter's memory may be made to Lifehouse Maternity Home, 2710 Reidling Drive, Louisville, KY 40206 or online at


Published in The Courier-Journal from Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, 2014
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