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Clarence Burke

March 17, 1926 – November 6, 2017


BurkeClarence Burke, age 91 of Temperance, formerly of Ida, died at 10:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6th at Hickory Ridge of Temperance.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. VFW Post 1138 will provide military honors followed by words of comfort and inspiration by Rev. Kevin Eccles, Pastor of Monroe Free Methodist Church, and former Pastor, Rev. Earl Habecker. Committal services and burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. LaSalle.

Born March 17, 1926 in Harrogate, Tennessee, Clarence was the son of the late Jonas and Lizzie (Owens) Burke. He married Betty Marie Whitaker on April 7, 1945 at Clark Street Baptist Church.

Clarence served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War from December 29, 1951 to December 8, 1955, obtaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.

For thirty years, Clarence was employed at the GM Powertrain Plant in Toledo, retiring in 1986. In his spare time, he was a skilled woodworker and talented furniture maker.

Clarence is survived by his wife Betty of Temperance; daughter, Nancy Gail (Leo) Bishop of Erie; two grandchildren, Travis Matthew (Emily) Bishop and Aaron Kyle (Sarah) Bishop; and three great-grandchildren, Noel Suzanne Bishop, Harley Jewelliette Bishop, and Gavain David Bishop.

In addition to his parents, Clarence was also preceded in death by three brothers, Fred, Jesse, and Marshall Burke; and five sisters, Glessie Wilson, Nancy Brooks, Stella Burke, Lucy Lingar, and Rennie Burke.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Salvation Army.

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2 Responses to Clarence Burke

  • Betty and family, so sorry to hear of Clarence’s passing. We will miss him; may God rest his soul. Grace Ann and I were always very fond of Clarence and you Betty. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    You always felt like when Clarence was talking to you, he was really talking to you. What we will miss most is hearing his stories and regret not being able to have heard more of them. However, he is now with Jesus and we will see him again on the other side.

    God bless you Betty for your devotion to Clarence. May your true display of love and sacrifice inspire others facing such challenges. Love to you and the family in this season of grief and sorrow. If there is anything we can help with, just say the word.
    With Blessings,
    Pastor Bob and Grace Ann Bolton

  • Patricia Clapp says:

    I am so sorry to here of his passing. You do not know me but i am the daughter of Dewey Burke. I came across this by doing my family genealogy. I am the Granddaughter of Jesse Burke.

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