Thomas L. Burke
Ormond Funeral Home
733 West Granada Boulevard
Ormond Beach, FL
Thomas L. "Tom" Burke, 65, Daytona Beach, retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, died Saturday, April 1, 2006. Family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 5), at Lohman Ormond Funeral Home. Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, April 6, at the funeral home. Col. Burke grew up in Plainfield, N.J., and enlisted in the Air Force in 1960. In the early part of his career, he was assigned to the Far East, serving as a Chinese linguist in Korea in 1962, in intelligence in Vietnam in 1966 and Thailand in 1974. While stationed in Omaha, Neb., in 1968, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska, and was commissioned an Air Force second lieutenant. During an assignment in 1978 at Florida's Eglin AFB he earned his master's degree from Troy State University. He completed Squadron Officer's School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College. From 1980 to 1983, he served on the Air Staff for the Assistant Chief of Staff Intelligence in the Pentagon. In 1984 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and served as the Director of Intelligence at Space Division, Los Angeles, Calif. His final military assignment was at the Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force in NATO, in Heidelberg, Germany, from 1985 to 1987. During his military career, Col. Burke was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He served his country in the Air Force for 27 years and retired in October 1987. After retirement, Col. Burke began a second career in safety and human resources in Daytona Beach. He was employed in these fields at Halifax Medical Center, Stetson University, Martin Paving Construction and Aluma Shield Industries. He was an active member of Volusia Manufacturers Association and Volusia-Flagler Safety Council. He was predecesed by his son, Steven Mark Burke. He is survived by his wife, of 29 years, Darlene, Daytona Beach; two sons, Thomas Burke, Vienna, Va., and William Burke, Sterling, Va.; daughter, Jennifer Burke-Vento, DeLand; two stepdaughters, Michelle Schultz and Jodi Raborne, Forest City, N.C.; brother, Michael Burke, Kissimmee; and seven grandchildren. Burial will be with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, send remembrances to Hospice Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129. Share condolences with the family online at Arrangements are by Lohman Funeral Home Ormond.
Published by Daytona Beach News-Journal from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2006.
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It’s been 15 years. It doesn’t get easier. I literally keep myself so busy so that I don’t get sad. We nearly lost mom this past year and although I know she wants to be with you I did everything to make sure she was okay. I miss you dad. I will continue to make you proud and try my best to take care of everyone. Love you Daddy
Jennifer Vento
March 29, 2021
I want to tell you how much you are really missed. I have had a very big accomplishment in my life this year and you would have been very proud of me. I know you were with me threw all of it because I could have never done it without you looking down on me. There is not a day that goes by I dont think of you and how much I want you back in my life. You were the best father any one could ever ask for!!! We had so many good times together and I will always remeber those. Marshall misses all the good times you had at Hooters,dog track and fishing he misses you ever time we visit Florida it is never the same. I promise you I will take care of mom for you!! Please keep helping all us we need you. We will be there with you one day!!! We all love you more than words can ever say.
Jodi, Marshall and Cameron
Jodi Raborne
April 1, 2007
Well I cant believe that it has been a year already. It feels like we all just seen you and your smile. I miss you very much and will see you some day. Jenn is staying strong and misses you everyday. Dominic is getting so big. You would be proud of Jenn she is a very good mother. You tought and raised her well. Your spirit and love remains in her and others. I love you and miss you. Keep that smile on your face, that spirit strong and see you some day.
Michelle Soncek
March 31, 2007
It's been 1 year that you have been gone from us and Mommy and I miss you so much that it hurts. We hope to know that you are with us everyday and we love you deeply. I hope you are pain free. But now we are carrying the pain with us for not having you in our lives. I want you to visit mom more if you can. She needs you more than I. I know you will come to me when you can...But she needs you more. I always thought that I would need you more, but you prepared me to be strong and now I have to take care of her. Dominic is getting so big and he looks at the moon and tells you stuff ans shows you stuff. He looks at your picture as well. He has not forgotten you. We Love you!!!!!

Jennifer aka farsomblossom
Jennifer Vento
March 30, 2007
Tom (pops) was a very grateful and happy man. He was always smiling and laughing. He always had a story to tell. The memories that I have of him will always be in my heart. If the family needs anything at all call me. God Bless you all. Love, Michelle Soncek
Michelle Soncek
May 21, 2006
With heartfelt condolences to the family for their loss of one of our cherished classmates at SBHS,
Joanne Mendoza Iwens
April 5, 2006
"Gone but never forgotten". Now picture at his Best. Love and prayers for all of you that God will comfort you and bring you peace. Love you always, Cherry
Chery Hill
April 5, 2006
To the Burke famly,
We only new Tom since Jen and Ray got together. but meeting him and talking with him will be something never to be forgotten. He will be missed. He is in a better place now. we will meet him again one day!!!!!
Eden John and Sean Murphy
April 4, 2006
I am saddened at the loss of another of our South Broward High Bulldogs. May God's love & mercy be with his family and friends through this time of grief.
Lita Goldstein-Poehlman
April 4, 2006
Darlene & Family,
I only knew Tom for a short period of his life. It didn't take me long to find out what a kind and gentle man he was. He was a wonderful person, friend, and grandfather to Matthew.
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
Carmen Sullivan
Carmen Sullivan
April 4, 2006
I was lucky to work with Tom at "Martin" he was a sincere man and I enjoyed his friendship. God Bless you, Darlene and family...may Tom rest in peace.
Terry Dearborn (aka Lao)
April 4, 2006
You all are like family to me. This world won't be the same with out him. I cherish the memories and love you all dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sarah Rivera
April 4, 2006
Yvonne( Bon ) Finchum
April 4, 2006

April 4, 2006
Tom was always a special friend to me and my deceased husband Larry. I will always remember his humor, his sincere friendship and his wonderful personality. He will be greatly missed.
Mary Slappey
April 4, 2006
Darlene and Jennifer,

Tom will always be a part of my memories and I will cherish our friendship forever. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
John and Teresa
John Robbins
April 4, 2006
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