John "Jack" Corwin Burley passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2013. He was 85, born February 27, 1927 in Corvallis, OR to Clarence and Golda (Sheppard) Burley. Jack served during WWII with the U.S. Merchant Marine in both the Pacific and European Theaters. He worked for the Bellingham Police Department for 25 years, retiring in 1976 as Chief of Police. Jack was a member and Past Master of Whatcom Lodge #151, F&AM; Scottish Rite Bodies; Past Exalted Ruler of Bellingham Elks Lodge #194; past president of American Merchant Marine Veterans; member of Albert J. Hamilton American Legion Post 7; and belonged to the Bellingham Police Association. He was preceded in death by his daughter Linda Smith. Jack is survived by his wife Vivian; children Jackie Burley and friend Michael Duty, John and wife Debbie Burley; son-in-law Ron Smith; grandchildren, Chad Moses, Mark Smith, Kyle Smith, Brianne Stephens, Kelsey Navasard, Christopher Burley; and 10 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to Tall Elks or Bellingham High School Alumni Band. Visitation will be Thursday, January 24th from Noon-5:00 PM at Moles Farewell Tributes-Bellingham. A funeral service will be held Friday, January 25th at 11:00 at the First Baptist Church, 110 Flora St. in Bellingham. Burial with Military Honors to follow at Bayview Cemetery. Please share memories at www.farewelltributes.com
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Jan. 20, 2013