Myrtle Beach, SC
Bertrand (Bud) C. Burke, 90, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019, Born May 10, 1929, he was the son of the late Francis D. and Beatrice (St. John) Burke.
Bertrand grew up in Rhode Island and served his country during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam as an Air Force medic in the European Theatre. He joined the Navy and after serving two years returned to civilian life. However, with difficult times for employment he chose to re-enlist in the Air Force and served 20+ years. After retiring from military service, he was a chef, a bartender, and a casino card dealer, among many other things. He was a very talented man! He was a loyal companion to his wife and a loving, sweet man, who we never saw get angry.
Dad, as he was to us, loved life and was always quick with a joke. When he was younger, he could be found outside manicuring his lawn or playing a round of golf. He always had time for conversation with a stranger and loved to be around his family. He helped raise his granddaughter, Samantha, and was often caught reading to, playing with, and horsing around with his great grandchildren Victoria, Michael, and Ashton.
For his 90th birthday in May of this year we were able to get together with his wonderful sons Randell Burke, Michael Burke and his wife Constance, their son Josh Burke along with his wife Leesa, granddaughter, Ericka Burke and her fiancé Gabe and Grandson Ricky Burke all from the Arizona and Colorado areas. It was an immensely enjoyable time to celebrate Bud’s life with family who had not seen him in many years.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth E. Burke; sons, Michael (Constance) and Randall Burke; daughter, Cindy Burke Jones; step-sons, Mike (Jean) Koehn and Robert Mackey, 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Burke, granddaughter Jessica Burke and five brothers and sister: Frances (Frank) Burke, Beatrice, Delores, Raymond and Carol.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at McMillan-Small Funeral Home, with Rev. Joey Yow officiating.