James Burke

James E. Burke

Friday, August 27th, 1926 - Thursday, April 4th, 2019
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92 of Louisville, passed away April 4, 2019. Jim was a Navy Veteran of both WWII and the Korean Conflict, where he witnessed the Atom Bomb Tests. Formerly Bottling Superintendent, he retired after serving 36 years with Schenley Distillers, INC., (now Diageo, North America). Jim was preceded in death in August, 2007 by Mary Ann Carl, his dear spouse of 58 years; his parents, John and Ester; brothers, William, Tony, and Dale; and sisters, Laverne, and Agnes Juanita.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Jo Francis (Mike); sons, Pat Burke (Shannon), Tim Burke (Mary Sue); grandchildren, Kelley Kiesler (Jeff), Kara (Pat), Aaron (Aubrey), Elizabeth Verburg (John), Daniel (Stephanie Dent), Megan Via (Alex), and Conner; great grandchildren, Cole, Piper, Ashlynn, Liam, Maddie, and Georgia; brothers, Tom, Al, and Jerry Burke; sisters, Sr. Elaine, OSU, and Juanita Ann Burke.
A funeral mass will be held 10:00 am, Monday, April 8, 2019 at Mary Queen of Peace, 4005 Dixie Highway, Louisville, Ky 40216. Visitation will be 2:00 -7:00 pm, Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville, Ky 40205. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, he would love for you to donate to his cherished community, The Franciscan Kitchen/Shelter House, 748 S. Preston, Louisville, Ky 40203.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 7th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, April 7th, 2019 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
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  • Service

    Monday, April 8th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Monday, April 8th, 2019 10:00am
    Mary Queen of Peace
    4005 Dixie Highway
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  • Interment

    Monday, April 8th, 2019 |
    Monday, April 8th, 2019
    Calvary Cemetery
    1600 Newburg Rd.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
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Love, Aaron and Aubry

Posted at 11:47am
Gramps brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget him and always miss him!
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Vince Carl

Posted at 01:28pm
I have only fond and loving memories of uncle Jimmy. I spent several summers, weeks at a time, with him and his family enjoying play with my cousins, participating in summer activities at the local park, and attending fish fries at a local parish. As often as they were told, I have never tired of hearing him recant stories of those days. My family and his family enjoyed many day trips and vacations together while we children were young. As an adult I always looked forward to seeing him when I returned home to visit. I will miss him and remember him in the kindness and love he conveyed. Peace uncle Jimmy, say hi to aunt Mary Ann.

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