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William Justin Burke


1924 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
William Justin Burke Obituary
WILLIAM JUSTIN BURKE Jan. 11, 1924 - Nov. 26, 2016 William J. Burke, aka Bill Burke, 92, died of respiratory failure on November 26, 2016 at home in Beaumont where he had lived for the past 12 years near his son-in-law and daughter: Richard and Beverly Crowe. He previously lived in Riverside, CA for 30 years. Bill was born in Barberton, Ohio on January 11, 1924, and spent his formative years in Detroit, Michigan. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII from December 1942 through February 1946. He married Blanche Schrader of St. Louis, Missouri in 1943 where they settled and had four children, Barbara, Beverly, Patricia and Paul. Bill attended Michigan State University and Washington University receiving an accounting degree. In St. Louis, he had an opportunity to take over a floundering plastic food wrap company, Roll-O-Sheets, in the early 1960s which, under his leadership and over the next decade, became a multi-million dollar operation with divisions in England, Germany and Canada. Bill married his second wife, Hilary Richards of Ilford, England in 1969. They had two children, Julian and Reginald. In later years, Bill established a bookkeeping and tax preparation business from which he retired at age 90. Bill loved playing the piano and singing and enjoyed playing golf. Bill is survived by his beloved girlfriend of twelve years, Mary Mooney, of Upland, CA; sister Betty Myers of Richmond, VA; daughters Barbara German of Austin, TX, Beverly Crowe of Beaumont, CA, and Patricia Carlson of Boca Raton, FL; sons Paul Burke of Wheaton, IL, Julian Burke of Corona, CA, and Reginald Burke of Murrieta, CA, fifteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Services will be held on January 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside CA 92518.
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Published in Press-Enterprise from Dec. 18, 2016 to Jan. 8, 2017
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