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.
My dad set the bar on what a gentleman should do and how he should treat a lady. He was the perfect husband for my mother and together they worked to build a family. He loved people and brought a smile to everyone he met. His focus was God, family and country. He will be missed by everyone. Love you Dad
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Burke a few years ago when he was looking for nursing care for his wife. Little did I know that he would become like a family member to me. He was a true gentleman, a kind person and wanted to make people smile. And his smile would brighten your day. He will be missed. But he is with his Helen.
Betty jean Daileysays
Don Burke was a wonderful man I got to know at Lexington Country Place . He spent a few years every day with his wife as a patient and recently a patient himself . He always had a smile and enjoyed life . He loved the entertainment at LCP . He will be missed so much . Praying for his family .