Merlin Burk

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Merlin W. Burk

St. Johns

Merlin W. "Curly" Burk, 93 of St. Johns, MI died on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Hazel Findlay Country Manor.  Curly was born on September 12, 1920 in Eureka, MI the son of John and Myrtie (Wilson) Burk.  He graduated from Elsie High School in 1938 and served in the Army Air Corps during WWII serving as a meat cutter.  Curly worked as a Tool & Die maker at Saylor-Beall in St. Johns. On March 27, 1943 he married Betty E. Matice in Eureka, MI.  Curly was a life member and Past Master of the St. Johns & Ovid Masonic Lodge # 105 F & AM, life member of Past Patron of the Eastern Stars.  He had served as president of UAW Local 925 for many years. He enjoyed spending time at their cabin at Cranberry Lake, as well as hunting, fishing, walking, gardening and playing shuffle board at which he won several trophies.

Survived by his wife of 71 years Betty, sons Gary (Ricki) Burk, Tom Burk, and daughter-in-law Olga Burk all of St. Johns.  8 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.  Curly was preceded in death by son Larry, 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

Funeral services will be held at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating.  Burial will follow at Eureka Cemetery.  The family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M.  Masonic services will be held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Johns and Ovid Masonic Lodge.

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Keck-Coleman Funeral Home
1500 Waterford Pkwy.
St. Johns , MI 48879
(989) 224-4422
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Published in Lansing State Journal from July 1 to July 6, 2014
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