Benjamin J. Burke
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Benjamin J. Burke Battle Creek Benjamin J. Burke, 28, of Battle Creek, died at home on April 1, 2012. Ben was born in Battle Creek on March 11, 1984, to Roderick A. and Theresa M. (Galloup) Burke. He was a 2002 graduate of Pennfield High School. He then served four years in Asia/Japan with the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the USS O'Brien, Kitty Hawk and Fitzgerald. After the U.S. Navy, Ben attended Kellogg Community College and studied electronics, and at the Industrial Trade Center at Ft. Custer and Grand Rapids Community College, where he made the Dean's List. Ben was recently employed as a dispatcher and truck driver for the Salvation Army. Previously he worked summers for the Veteran's Administration and worked on his electrical apprenticeship. Ben is survived by his parents, Rod and Theresa Burke of Battle Creek; two sisters, Meghan A. Burke of Bloomington, IL and Sarah M. Burke, currently serving in the U.S. Air Force; maternal grandfather, John O. Galloup; and numerous aunts and uncles and cousins. Ben was a Boy Scout; he enjoyed weight lifting, playing with the dogs, music, and laughing with his family. He was an avid reader and enjoyed being in the woods at The Cabin up north. He attended St. Philip Catholic Church in Battle Creek and St. Andrews Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, where he recently took a course about the Eucharist and the Easter season. He was a gentle, compassionate, and spiritual young man who loved doing God's work through the Salvation Army, praying the Rosary and helping others with addiction or other personal problems. At the request of the family, friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home where they will be received 2:00-4:00 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m. and where the Rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be officiated by Majors Roger and Cecilia Senn at the funeral home 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Committal will follow at Pennfield West Hicks Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Ben's memory may be made to Salvation Army, 1491 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI 49507; Riverside Alano Club, 223 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49014; or Territorial Alano Club, 1125 W. Territorial Rd., Battle Creek, MI 49015. Personal messages for the family may be placed at

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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Apr. 8, 2012.
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April 14, 2012
Rod and Theresa,
Please find peace and comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Marilyn Kellogg
April 10, 2012
Rod, Theresa, Sara, and Megan
Your family has always taken me in as one of their own. I suffer for your loss. Ben was a wonderful person. I will always remember the years we spent together as best friends.
Tom Coward
April 10, 2012
Theresa....I am so sorry about Ben...I love you always ....Nikki Olvera
April 9, 2012
Rod, Theresa, Meghan & Sara,
My thoughts arnd prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
Vicky LaRouech
April 9, 2012
I am sorry for all you guys loss and I am praying for all you and the family.
tammy burke
April 9, 2012
I am sorry for your loss and I am praying for you and your family.
tammy burke
April 9, 2012
Theresa, You and your family are in my prayers that through your faith you will find comfort and peace.
Karen Lukowski
April 9, 2012
Rod, Theresa, Meghan and Sarah - I just want to wrap you all up in a cocoon of peace and caring, but I know that your family has always been just that for each other. Your strength, faith, and love will get you through this unimaginable loss. I have such fond memories of Ben and your family.
Janet McClelland
April 9, 2012
Theresa, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. May you find comfort and solace in memories you have of Ben. Hoping you will find peace in your hearts and minds with each passing day.
Helen Smith
April 8, 2012
We are so sorry to hear of this tragedy...I remember all the Burke children and their wonderful days at North Pennfield, Jan and Tom Blaising
April 8, 2012
Rod and Theresa, my heart goes out to your family during this very painful loss. Many, many prayers are being sent your way. May God pour Peace through you and Comfort you.
Tina Leeser-Gruner (Madras, Oregon)
Tina Leeser-Gruner
April 8, 2012
M. Williamson
April 8, 2012
Theresa, Rod, Meghan and Sarah
I offer my sincere condolence and deepest sympathy for your loss. May the outpouring of sympathy, the acts of kindness from family,friends and strangers and knowing that your loss is felt by many, help you thru this difficult time. God Bless all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Laura Raupp
April 8, 2012
Our heartfelt sympathy for your loss,
Steve & Sandra Hildenbrand
April 8, 2012
Theresa and Rod, our deepest sympathies, God Bless You,The Kellner Family
April 8, 2012
So deeply sorry for your loss. My heart is hurting for the pain you must feel. Thoughts and prayers to the whole family. Cousin Debbie in Dowagiac
Debbie McDonald
April 8, 2012
Theresa and Rod, you are in my thoughts and prayers, Karen Baker(Gogel)
Karen Baker
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