John Burke

John D. Burke, 89, of Leavenworth, died peacefully in his home on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. John was born Nov. 12, 1925, in Leavenworth, Kan., the son of Edward Edmond and Bertha Agnes (Harrison) Burke.

John Burke

He leaves behind his companion and best friend for over 13 years, Margaret Lien of Minnesota; his two daughters, Karen D. Burke of Basehor and Betty J. Burke-Comer (Jack) of Leavenworth; his two granddaughters, Rachel L. Johnson (Troy) and Kimberly K. Jackson; four great-grandsons, Kyler Williams, Tristan Jackson, Caden Monahan and Chance Johnson all of Leavenworth; his sister, Shirley Mustain of West Chapel, Fla; his sisters-in-law, Mary Helen Burke, Betty Nakata and Dixie Dickson; 11 nieces and 12 nephews currently living in California, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee; and many great nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, E. Nadine Burke and the mother of his children. He was also preceded in death by his two brothers, Edward Warren Burke and Robert Burke; three sisters, Elaine Mistler, Emmagene McEvoy and Ruth Parson; and his oldest nephew, Edward Burke of California.

John was a World War II Army veteran and prisoner of war in Mulhberg, Germany. He was liberated by the Russian Army in Prague, Czechoslovakia. In 2002, John met up with his Army buddy Jessie Hadaway after losing contact for over 57 years.

John retired from the Veteran’s Administration in 1971. He also worked as a plumber for Denney Plumbing for many years. He was a member of the Leavenworth United Methodist Church since his return from the war and recently joined the Southern Heights Methodist Church with his daughters. John loved to drive and crossed the country many times. He was a winter Texan for over 30 years. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The family would like to extend their appreciation to St. Luke’s Hospice and Cushing Hospital for their continued care and friendship.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2015 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association.