Charles Ronald "Ron" Burk (1933 - 2014)

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Charles Ronald Burk


Charles Ronald "Ron" Burk, 80, of Salinas, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Kindred Pacific Coast Care Center.

Ron was born to parents, Charles Herbert and Alice Ida Burk, on Sept. 13, 1933, in East St. Louis, IL. He graduated from San Mateo High School in 1951 and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1955.

Ron married Helen Lucille Mallory on March 11, 1955, in San Luis Obispo. He served in the U.S. Army for two years, stationed in Bamberg, Germany, with military training prior at Ft. Ord on the Monterey Peninsula. Ron began working for Sears and Roebuck in San Luis Obispo in 1958 and in 1968 moved his family and transferred to the Sears store in Salinas where he managed the automotive department. He was employed with Sears and Roebuck for 35 years before his retirement in 1993.

Over the years, Ron loved restoring classic cars, doing much of the work himself. His pride and joy was his yellow 1947 Mercury convertible, named "Geraldine". During his retirement, Ron could be found sporting one of his cheerful Hawaiian shirts exploring weekend garage sales and flea markets. He loved "searching for treasures" and equally delighted in "the thrill of the hunt" on behalf of family and friends. There was always something to look for and even more exciting to find! He treasured his extensive collections of baseball cards, hot wheel cars, old car memorabilia, vintage movies, postage stamps and interesting books.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Alice, and sister, Charlene Holtman.

Ron leaves loving memories to be cherished by his wife of 59 years, Helen; as well as daughter, Debbie (Jeff) Meeks; son, Larry (Jenell) Burk and four deeply cherished grandchildren, Mallory Meeks, Samantha Burk, Cole Burk and Justin Burk. He is also survived by brother, Ray (Jennefer) Burk of Fortville, IN; sister, Karen (Stephen) Haas of Evansville, IN and one niece, Lynette (Bill) Nappi of Belmont.

Ron's life will be celebrated Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Corral de Tierra Country Club, 81 Corral de Tierra Road in Corral de Tierra.

The family would like to express heartfelt and sincere gratitude to Dr. James Dacus, the staff and nurses of Kindred Pacific Coast Care Center, VNA & Hospice, and dear "Miss Vicky", for their care and support during Ron's final days.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to VNA & Hospice, 45 Plaza Circle, Salinas, CA 93901.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.

For more information and to share a memory, visit

Funeral Home
Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-0311
Published in The Salinas Californian on Mar. 29, 2014
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