Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home
Douglas W. Burke, died December 26; 92 years old. Born in Lovell, Wyoming, 1920. Served in U.S. Army 1941-44. Married Rachel Smith in the Salt Lake City LDS temple, 1946. Graduated from University of Wyoming (BS, MS) and Washington State University (Ph.D. in plant pathology 1955). Moved to Prosser in 1956; worked many years at IAREC, where he helped develop more viable bean crops used throughout the United States. Visiting professor at University of Wisconsin
Lifelong member of LDS Church. Served diligently in many church responsibilities throughout his life. He was branch president in both Greeley and Prosser. He also served as manager of the church welfare farm. This was in addition to his plant pathology job. At the church farm on many Saturdays he could be found with his sons teaching them lessons of hard work and service.
After retirement, spent a year in Botswana with USAID helping with cowpea production. Doug and Rachel went on a church mission to India, 1987-88. In later years, Doug was a genealogy enthusiast. He took care of Rachel for 9 years as her health failed.
Survived by 5 sons (Winston, John, Doug, Tom and Merril) and grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a sister, Viva Ellis, of Colorado.
The viewing will be at Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home on Union Street in Kennewick from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, 1/2/13, and the funeral will be at Hansen Park LDS Chapel, also in Kennewick, at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, 1/3/13.
The family invites you to sign their online guestbook at www. muellersfuneralhomes.com.