A celebration of the life of Michael Joseph Burke, 77, of Harbor Hills, will be held at the Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Rd SE, on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 pm.
Mike was born in Biddeford, Maine to Joseph and Frances Burke of Kennebunk, Maine. He passed away suddenly at Licking Memorial Hospital on February 19, 2010.
Mike was a graduate of Kennebunk High School and Maine Maritime Academy as a Marine Engineer. He was enlisted in the Merchant Marine and the US Navy, retiring a Lieutenant Commander. He worked for The Foxboro Instrument Company in Massachusetts and joined Owens Corning Fiberglas in 1965 as Control Systems Engineer. He retired from Owens in 1997.
He is predeceased by his father, Joseph; his mother, Frances; his brother, James; and his former wife, Imogene Cook Burke.
He was a loving husband, father, Papa and friend. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Pamela Wallace Burke; his son, Scott Burke (Debbie Lessner); sons, Josh (Diana) Hardbarger, Tad (Suzanne) Hardbarger, and Jake Hardbarger; his daughters, Claudia (David) Powell and Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Moore-Molander; grandchildren, Cora and Panne Burke (Kerry), David and Elizabeth Powell, Heather and Kyle Molander, Nicholas and Lily Hardbarger and Heidi Holmes.
Mike enjoyed traveling worldwide, both in the course of his careers and in retirement – summers on the coast of Maine, and winters on the beaches of Mexico; boating on Buckeye Lake; and walking his beloved dog. Dior. He enjoyed visiting Dawes Arboretum often. Mike served as a shining example of appreciating and loving everyday of his life. His favorite words – “Life is good” – will echo in the hearts of his wife, family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name in lieu of flowers to Dawes Arboretum, where a Legacy Memorial Tree will be purchased in his honor.
An on-line guest register and memorial to Mike are available at www.hoskinsonfuneral.com. Hoskinson Funeral Home, Kirkersville, is honored to care for the Burke Family.