BURKE, RICHARD THOMAS "DICK," 86, passed away Friday May 28, 2010 at home.
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He was born on January 13, 1924 in Louisville. He was the vice president of Public Relations for Weldbend Corporation of Chicago, Illinois up until the time of his death. He was also a long time employee of the Tube Turns Company of Louisville and spent several years with Louisville Trust Bank.
Dick attended St. James Parochial School and was an active participant in the old Castlewood Athletic Club. Following his graduation from Louisville' s St. Xavier High School in 1942 he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps (United States Air Force) as a second lieutenant and was a navigator on a B-29 bomber.
He was a devout Roman Catholic in faith and a parishioner of Saint Frances of Rome Church. Dick will be remembered for his humble demeanor, keen sense of humor, subtle wisdom and eternal optimism.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Thomas Burke and Marie Murphy Burke and by his brothers, Robert Thomas Burke Jr. (Francis Eady), Daniel Frances Burke (Nancy Creal); and his sister Virginia Burke Edelen (Marshall), all of Louisville.
He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Young Burke, whom he married 55 years ago in Beeville, TX. He is also survived by sons Richard Thomas "Toby" Burke Jr. (Ann), of Louisville and David Young Burke (Virginia), of Malvern, PA; daughters, Gwendolyn Kimbrough Burke and Sarah Cornelia Burke Harris (Terry), both of Louisville; grandchildren, Sarah Virginia Cummings, Elizabeth Menier Cummings, Mary DeBaun "Molly" Burke, John Thomas Burke, Henry Peter Burke, David Murphy Burke and Claire McVey Burke; great-granddaughter, Vivian Menier Cummings; sister, Marea Burke Gardner of Louisville and 12 nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at Monday, 3-7 p.m. at Pearson's, 149 Breckinridge Lane. A private burial at Cave Hill Cemetery will be followed by a funeral Mass celebrated at Saint Frances of Rome Church, 2119 Payne St. on Tuesday at 10 a.m. A reception for friends and family will immediately follow the mass at St. Frances of Rome Church.
The family wishes to thank the employees at Cleveland Clinic, Baptist East Hospital, Hosparus of Louisville, Home Instead and his physicians and nurses for their diligent and caring manner. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choosing.
Published in The Courier-Journal from May 30 to June 1, 2010