03 Aug 2013
03 Apr 2012
Ford Funeral Home
Midwest City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
J. Burke was born June 16, 1948, in Bethany, MO
to Emerson and Winona Bea Burke. He passed away
in Muskogee on June 29, 2008. William, along
with 6 of his closest friends, served in the
Marine Corp in Vietnam where he served as a
radio operator in 4 major campaigns. The seven
of them were remembered as the “magnificent 7”.
Mr. Burke had a passion for many things in life.
He loved Harley Davidsons, guns, and sailboats.
He also enjoyed every moment with family as well
as reading histories and biographies.
William was preceded in death by his father. He
leaves behind his mother; one son, Jay Burke and
wife Erika Baez; one sister, Tina Griffin and
husband Nick; and one brother, Brian Burke and
wife Carolyn. He is also survived by his nieces
and nephews: Casey, Corey, Rachel, and Ashley.
Services for William will be at 3:00 PM on
Wednesday July 2nd at Candlewood Chapel in
Midwest City under the direction of Ford Funeral
Service. Burial will follow at
Arlington Memory Gardens. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to the local
chapter of the DAV or Vietnam Veterans of