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Kenneth Richard Burke

September 26, 1927 May 10, 2019
Kenneth Richard Burke
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Obituary for Kenneth Richard Burke

Kenneth R. Burke, age 91, passed away on May 10, 2019 after a short illness. He was born Sept. 26, 1927 in Commerce, OK to Tommy and Maggie (Searcy) Burke. The family moved to Salem, MO soon afterward where Kenneth grew up.

Kenneth joined the US Army in 1948 serving two tours in Japan and two tours in Korea during the Korean War. He was awarded numerous medals. It was during his last tour in Japan that he met and married Yoko Norimatsu, to whom he devoted the remaining 63 years of his life. They settled in Rolla, MO and raised four children.

Kenneth taught himself the plumbing trade to support his young family and quickly developed a reputation as a man who did good work with fair rates. In addition to performing service work, he worked with the Campbell brothers installing plumbing in many of the new houses in Rolla. Kenneth remained productive into his late seventies. In addition to being hard-working, he was also kind and generous, always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Kenneth led a simple life with simple pleasures. He enjoyed his family above all else, but he could also be found restoring old furniture, gardening, or whatever else might catch his interest. He had a bright and inquisitive mind, and he had a difficult time sitting still.

He was beloved by his family and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Yoko, and his three living children and spouses: Jane and Monty Morse, Carol and Forrest Strobel, and Kent and Debbie Burke. His son Richard Burke sadly preceded Kenneth in death. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great grandchildren: Matt Strobel, Luke and Safiyya (Jackson) Strobel, Shannon Burke and daughter Cadence; Shay and Megan (Barker) Burke and children Arleigh, Deason, and Ren; Andrew and Samie (Maday) Morse and son James, Daniel Morse, Alex Burke, Aaron Burke, Sean Burke, and Jessica Turnbull.

A funeral service for Kenneth Burke will be held at 1 pm Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla. Interment with full military honors will follow in Ozark Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service Saturday beginning at 11 am at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


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Visitation

Saturday

18

May

11:00 AM 5/18/2019 11:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 5/18/2019 1:00:00 PM
Null & Son Funeral Home

1010 Kingshighway
Rolla, MO 65401

Null & Son Funeral Home
1010 Kingshighway Rolla 65401 MO
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

18

May

1:00 PM 5/18/2019 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 5/18/2019 2:00:00 PM
Null & Son Funeral Home

1010 Kingshighway
Rolla, MO 65401

Null & Son Funeral Home
1010 Kingshighway Rolla 65401 MO
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Ozark Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery Final Resting Place

Hwy 63 South
Rolla, MO 65401

Hwy 63 South Rolla 65401 MO
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105
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