Robert "Jim" Burke (1943 - 2017)

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Robert "Jim" Burke, age 74, of Forest View Drive, Reynoldsville, Pa., died April 8, 2017, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois, Pa.
Born March 16, 1943, in St. Marys, Pa., he was a son of the late Robert E. and Leonore (Murphy) Burke.
He is survived by his companion of 35 years, Bonnie Grill of Reynoldsville, Pa.; two children, Dennis Burke of Benezette, Pa. and Shaun (Jessica) Burke of Brockport, Pa.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; six brothers: Stan Burke of Emporium, Pa., Reggie Burke of Benezette, Pa., Carter Burke of Boston, Mass., Mike Burke of Caledonia, Pa., Bill Burke of Emporium, Pa., Anthony Burke of Emporium, Pa.; six sisters: Marion Shadduck of Byrnedale, Pa.; Missy Cortina of Force, Pa.; Maria Beers of DuBois, Pa.; Mona Burke of Caledonia, Pa.; Marleena Fox of Caledonia, Pa. and Theresa Burke of Ridgway, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jim was a graduate of Bennetts Valley High School.
He served in the US Army during the Vietnam Era and continued in the US Army Reserves for many years.
He worked as a heavy equipment operator, worked on the railroad and retired from Metaldyne in 2008.
Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, guns, scratch-off tickets, Sunday drives with Bonnie and helping others. Jim was an 89 gallon blood donor.
Raised in Caledonia, he lived 15 years in Benezette and the past 35 years in the Reynoldsville area.
There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2017, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Force, Pa., with Father Mark Mastrian as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Red Cross and will be accepting online condolences at
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, Penfield.
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Ralph M Geer Funeral Home
12045 Bennetts Valley Hwy
Penfield, PA 15849
(814) 637-5401
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Published in The Courier Express from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2017