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Edward "Burke" Mucho

1939 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Edward "Burke" Mucho Obituary
March 21, 1939 - March 27, 2017 Edward "Burke" Mucho passed away March 27th, in a Los Angeles hospital, after a vailant 2-week battle to defeat a dangerous bacterial infection. Burke was born on March 21, 1939 in Rock Springs, WY, to Edward and Josephine Mucho. As a military "brat," Burke grew up living across the US. He graduated from Chateauroux High School, an American school, in France. Upon graduation, Burke received his appointment to the United States Military Academy. He graduated from West Point in June of 1961 and began pilot training at Reese AFB in Lubbock, TX. Burke began his 17-year marriage to Valerie Jo Harris in 1962, during which time their two sons were born. In July of 1969, Burke began his tour of duty in Vietnam. After his return, he was stationed across the US and was selected for promotion to Colonel, but chose to retire after 21 years of military service. At this time, he began his civilian career. Burke worked for Hughes Aircraft Company and then Northrup Grumman. His accomplishments were many, but he was most proud of his combat missions in Vietnam, his work on the GPS System at Hughes, and the B-2 Program at Northrup Grumman. In 2003, he went into full retirement and began traveling extensively with his partner of 22 years, Sandy. He was a devoted grandfather and loved to cook for family and friends. In addition, Burke was an accomplished pianist, and even played at the Paris Conservatory while living in France. He loved to ski and spent time with the Single Ski Club. Burke is survived by his devoted partner, Sandy; his two sons, their wives and four grandchildren; his brother and his wife; his sister; and his 2 nieces and 2 nephews. Funeral services will be on Thursday, April 6 at 11:00 AM, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 5550 Thornburn Street (at La Tijera Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90045. Interment will be at 11:00 AM on April 13, 2017 at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Burke's memory be sent to St. Jerome Parish Community, 5550 Thornburn Street, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 6, 2017
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