William Reynolds Burke “Bill”
85; Jeffersonville, IN
Born July 13, 1934
Died July 11, 2020
William R. Burke “Bill”, 85, of Jeffersonville, IN passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Clark Memorial Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial for Bill will be at 10 AM on Monday, July 20, 2020 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 316 N. Sherwood Ave, Clarksville, IN, with burial to follow at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Cemetery in Jeffersonville, IN. Visitation will be on Saturday, July 18, from 12 PM - 6 PM and on Sunday, July 19, from 12 PM - 6 PM both at Legacy Funeral Center, 921 Main St. Jeffersonville, IN.
Bill was a loving husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He spent his life shaping metal, perfecting forms, and restoring automobiles as the auto body mechanic at Monarch Lincoln Mercury, where he worked for 38 years, and even longer after retiring. He was a parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua, and was a faithful Catholic all of his life. He attended Flaget High School and Ahrens trade school for auto body repair. He was ready to help out with any job and kept close bonds with his family. All who knew him knew a kind, giving soul, who loved children, cars, and music, and had a lifelong drive to learn. He once was part of a performing water ski group called the Ski Bees, and was an avid marine lover. He loved to work on projects with family and friends, his kids and brothers, and would undertake anything, including putting two halves of two totaled cars together to make one good car. He was the one you called when you couldn’t fix something. His son Jeff followed in his footsteps in auto body restoration. He is missed beyond words.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Magdalene and William J. Burke, and siblings Thomas Burke, Donald Burke, and sister-in-law Carolyn Burke.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years Jennette Burke, né Turk; children Joyce Burke, Jan Gross (Philip), Jeff Burke, Carlana Miller (Tom), Billy Burke, and Tammy Burke; grandchildren Emily Gross, Philip Gross, Harrison Miller (Amanda), and Ruby Grace Miller; siblings Mary Sue Mann (David), Ellen Simon, Dr. Kevin Burke (Jeanie), Shawn Burke (Bonnie), and sister in law Sharon Burke, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
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