Donald L. Burke Sr., 84, of Lowell, passed away on Wednesday morning (Oct. 23, 2013) surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 9, 1929, at Rainbow to Joseph and Vesta Burke. He worked in construction, farming and auto mechanics. He loved to play country music.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Burke, whom he married on Dec. 22, 1949.
Don is survived by two sons: Donald L. (Lucy) Burke, Jr. and Tommy (Gretchen) Burke, both of Lowell; five grandchildren, Donald (Shawna) Burke III of Waterford, Brandy of Lowell, Ashtyn of Canal Winchester, Shelby and Sydra of Lowell; four great-grandchildren, Josie and Jacob of Waterford, Jamaria of Lowell and Emersyn Sue due in December. He is also survived by one brother, Robert, of Lowell; four sisters, Ethel Rush, Eloise White, Betty Stewart and Shirley Norris.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two brothers, Joseph and McKinely; three sisters, Dorothy Payton, Lillian Burke, Mary Hughes; and great-grandson, John George Burke.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Healthcare Plus and Hospice for the compassionate care they gave Don.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday (Oct. 26) at 10:30 a.m. at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home with burial following in Rainbow Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday after 2 p.m. with family present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Messages of sympathy may be sent at www.lankfordfh.com.