Fred Burk, Jr.
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Fred Burk, Jr. left his earthly home to make his journey to his heavenly home on August 11, 2013. He was born June 16, 1936 in Gainesville, Missouri, the son of Fred Burk Sr. and Essie (Wood) Burk. Fred was blessed with a large family of brothers and sisters: Bob, Jim, Billy and Pauline.
The family attended the First Church of the Nazerine. In the year 1952 Fred's junior year of high school, he bought a 1936 Ford coupe and returned to Gainsville, Mo living with his Uncle Orville and Aunt Chole McClendon. Finishing high school in Gainsville, he played varsity basketball until graduation in 1954. After high school, Fred returned to Springfield. Fred met his wife of 57 years. Barbara (Tannehill) Burk at the city Hall Drug store. Fred asked Barbara for a date and they were married June 30, 1957 at the General Baptist Church, Springfield, Missouri. The family attended this church for many years.
Fred worked for the Burk Bridge company for 40 years as a superintendent. He built bridges all over the state of Missouri. Fred was born into a "bridge building family" and he was proud of this tradition.
When his sons Mark and Tim were growing up, the family had a cabin at Hooten Town overlooking the James River Valley Many happy hours were spent there fishing and enjoying the beautiful Ozarks.
Fred was blessed with a caring spirit, his pride and joy was his sons Mark and Tim, grandchildren and family.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, son Mark and his wife Kathy, son Tim and his wife Dana, grandchildren, Mark Burk, Jr. and friend Aimee Garrison, Dianna Burk, Fred, III and wife Rachel, T.J. Burk and wife Tonia, step grandchildren, Matthew Campbell and wife Crystal and daughter, Zoey, Michelle Campbell, Mitchell Bradley, Todd and Jason Hale, Todd Jr. and Matthew Hale and Maddox and Cameron Garrison, mother-in-law, Mattie Reeves, brother Billy Burk, sister-in-law, Reba Davis and Christine Lee and husband Tommy, and many nieces and nephews, and friends that he loved dearly and his beloved St Bernard dog "Grumpy".
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at White Chapel 5234 W. State Hwy EE Springfield, MO with graveside services to be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 10 a.m. in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
~He will live in our hearts forever~
Published in the News-Leader on Aug. 12, 2013