Obituary – Burk, Robert Wesley

Class of 1940

Robert Wesley Burke

October 20, 1921 – February 2, 2002

Robert W. Burk, Sr., 80, Manhattan, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002 in the Mercy Health Center on College Ave., Manhattan.

He was born Oct. 20, 1921 at Perry, Okla., the son of William Wesley Burk and Doris (Dearborn) Burk. He grew up in Perry, where he attended the local schools and was a star basketball player for the Perry High School.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army during the D-Day invasion.

He was united in marriage to Ruth S. Staley on March 11, 1943 at Stillwater, OK. She survives of the home.

Mr. Burk moved to Manhattan in 1946 and worked as a meat cutter for the A & P Grocery for over 27 years. He later worked for Safeway, Falley’s and retired from the Food-4-Less Grocery in 1984 after nine years of service.

He was a member of the First Christian Church, life member of the Lee Pierson V.F.W. Post No. 1786 and was active in the Farmer’s Market from 1984 until 1999.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wayne Burk and Kenneth Burk; and an infant sister, Betty Jean Burk.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Burk is survived by two sons, Robert W. Burk, Jr., and his wife, Kathy, Klamath Falls, Ore. and Ron Burk, and his wife, Jill, Stephenville, Texas; one brother, Delmar Burk, (Lt. Col. USAF ret.), Norman, Okla.; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday in the First Christian Church, Manhattan, with the Rev. George Bever officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in the Ashland Cemetery, south of Manhattan.