John Anthony Burke, 80, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away on July 22, 2022.
John (known as Jack) was born in East Newark, New Jersey on December 16, 1940, to David and Isabel Burke. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Olathe, Kansas from 1960-1962, as well as Norfolk, Virginia aboard the USS Independence during 1962-1963. He attained the rank of E-4. After his military service he worked in New Jersey from 1964-1977, later moving to Kansas City, Missouri, where he worked and retired from Independence Power & Light from 1977-2001.
Jack married Amelia Mellor of Olathe, Kansas on August 12, 1961, and they shared 61 beautiful years together.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen Burke; brother, David Burke; and his parents, David and Isabel Burke.
He will be greatly missed for his gentleness, humbleness, and often times humorous “sense of humor” and fondly remembered by his wife, Amelia Burke.
Children: John Burke Jr., Christine Figge, Helen (Burke) Mullenix, Dan Burke, and Nicole Burke.
Grandchildren: Zack Burke, John Burke III, Christopher Burke, Emily Burke, Lindsey Burke, Talia Burke, Elaine Burke, Dan Burke Jr., Joshua Figge, Caitlin Figge, Ty Figge, Phoenix Burke, Kathleen Burke, Ciara Burke, Anastasia Burke, Ellsy Burke and JJ Hamilton; plus 13 great grandchildren.
Siblings: Pat Poplaski, Maureen Battagliese, Margaret Walstrom, and Eileen Ricciardelli, all of New Jersey.
A visitation will be held at Terrace Park Funeral Home on August 1, 2022 from 5pm to 8pm. The funeral service will also be held at Terrace Park Funeral Home on August 2, 2022 at 1pm, followed by the graveside service at Terrace Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation (diabetes.org) or Esophageal Cancer Foundation (ecan.org).