Charles "Charlie" Burke, 87, of the town of Glen, passed away peacefully at his home, with his loving family by his side on Monday, April 29, 2013.
He was born in Fonda, N.Y. on September 25, 1925, the son of the late George W. and Bertha Hastings Burke.
Charlie lived most of his life in Fultonville and attended local schools. He was a veteran of the United States Army, WW II, serving in the European Theater of Operations, and the Philippines. He was awarded the Europe and Middle Eastern Campaign medals along with the Occupation of Japan medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, Good Conduct medals, the Bronze Star and New York State Distinguished Veteran's Award. Charlie was a member of the VFW Post 942 of Fonda. He was employed as a truck driver for Local No. 294, Van Namee's Express; Dorn Transportation, Boss Linco Lines, Tacy's Express and M&G Conroy. He was a member of the Edsel Owner's Club, Fulton County Antique Car Club, where he served as a past president. He and his wife enjoyed wintering in Florida.
On June 6, 1998, he was united in marriage to the former Eleanor Gordon Miller.
In addition to his beloved wife, he leaves his son, Douglass Burke of Northville, daughters, Karen Burke of Fonda and Barbara Kruger (Ken) of Amsterdam; stepson, David Miller (Chris) of Charleston Four Corners; stepdaughters, Vicki Esqueda (Mike) of Fonda, Laurie Miller of Charleston Four Corners and Tammy Rogers (Gary) of Amsterdam; two grandsons, Stephen and Nicolas; great-grandson, Xander Kruger; grandchildren, David, Eric, Stephanie Miller, Jessica Bortell, and Christy Coonradt; great-grandsons, Michael Coonradt and Dinari Bortell; and several nieces and nephews.
Services are Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main Street, Fultonville, with the Rev. Brett Popp officiating. Interment will follow with military honors in the Charleston Four Corners Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Charlie's memory to the Town of Florida Veterans Park, c/o the funeral home office. Please visit the family's online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.