Sunday 23rd of December 1923 - Monday 30th of December 2019
Don Burke, 96, passed away in the late evening of Monday, December 30, 2019. Don was born in Pikeville, Kentucky to the late William and Mary (Layne) Burke on December 23, 1923.
Mr. Burke proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during WWII in the Pacific. Don married Helen Goff on August 31, 1946 and together they celebrated 70 years of marriage until her passing in 2016.
Don and Helen moved to Lexington from Pikeville in 1952. He was owner and operator of Gardenside Professional Cleaners as well as a Real Estate Broker and Auctioneer. Subsequent to his retirement from dry cleaning in the mid-80s, he worked part-time at Keeneland until 2010. When not working, Don loved to garden and fish and was known for the delicious peanut butter fudge he was proud to share with everyone.
Don was a long time member of Heritage Baptist Church in Lexington.
Don is survived by his children, Mike (Karen) Burke and Sherry (Jim) Shumard; grandchildren, Jamey Shumard, Jeffrey Shumard, and Carolyn Burke, and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and loving wife, Don was preceded in death by his brother, Clyde Burke and sister, Delphia Boshear.
Family will receive friends for visitation on Monday, January 6, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm at Milward - Southland located at 391 Southland Drive, Lexington. Funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm with interment and military honors in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens to follow.
To share a remembrance of Don or offer condolences to his family, please visit milwardfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Heritage Baptist Church.
Eleanor Gilliatt and Diane Longsays
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. My Mom met Helen and Don at Lexington Country Place. She always talks about them both and misses them very much.
Paul and Lana Colliversays
Don was a favorite uncle of ours. He was thoughtful and kind. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He was a blessing to Paul and me. We will miss you Don. Much love and prayers to all the family. Love Paul and Lana
Jamey Shumard I am so so sorry for the loss of your grandfather I have been there and know it is hard. Prayers for you and your family.
I got to know Don at LCP when he was caring for his wife. His love for her and dedication to her impressed my a lot. I played piano and sang periodically and he was always encouraging and supportive, and friendly. He will be missed.
Nancy Younce Volmersays
Have great memories of this wonderful man. He married into my family before I was born, so he was always a part of the family as long as I can remember. As a child I fell in love with him, he was the kindest, sweetest, and best looking man that I had ever met. He will be missed by all of us who loved him dearly, but will always remain in the beautiful memories he left behind.
Don was a smart, fun loving, quick witted genuinely nice man. Always ready with a smile and a hug. He will be missed. Our loss is heavens gain. Condolences to the Burke family.