The Lusk Herald
November 20, 1996
Melvin E. "Red" Burke
Services for Melvin E. "Red" Burke, 69, were Nov. 9, 1996, in Fontana, Calif.
Burke, a former Wyoming resident, died Nov. 3 at his home in Bloomington, Calif., of lung cancer. Burial was in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif. He was born May 9, 1927, in Harrison, Neb., to John O. and Caroline A. (Geike) Burke. He grew up and received his education in the Whitman community. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Cavalry in Fort Riley, Kan. He cared for the horses and mules of his battalion. As a young man, he worked on various ranches around the country including the Percival ranch at Hat Creek and the Ollie Seaman ranch in Sioux County, Neb.
He married Cecile Steele in 1950 in Harrison. They lived on a ranch south of Harrison for three years. They then moved to Fontana, where he became a dry wall hanger. In 1963, they moved to Bloomington, where he became a self-employed horse shoer which he continued to do until the late 1980s when an accident in which a horse fell on him forced him to retire.
Survivors include his wife, Cecile; sons Michael of San Bernadino, Calif., Edward of Bloomington, Timothy of Jennings, Okla., and Mar of Fairfield, Calif.; daughter Catherine Bocanegra of Murreita, Calif.; sisters Edna Freeland of Rye, Colo., and Mamie Klitzke of Kenosha, Wisc.; brothers John Burke of Lusk and Donald of Casper; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Clyde; sisters Blanche Wise and Nellie Wilkison; and brother Clarence.
Glenn A. Baker (August 25, 1958 - September 29, 1983)Caroline Augusta Burke (February 19, 1892 - December 24, 1975)Donald Ray Burke (April 2, 1930 - March 26, 2011)George Burke (April 12, 1893 - March 24, 1952)John Henry Burke (November 25, 1920 - January 20, 1999)John Other Burke (December 11, 1883 - September 24, 1954)Montivel A. Burke (July 20, 1885 - December 13, 1967)Nellie Mae Burke (Date Unknown - October 14, 1957)Edna Louise Moore Freeland (December 4, 1914 - July 10, 2013)Edward Sedwick Freeland (June 2, 1910 - April 29, 2006)Henry Ferdinand Geike (November 22, 1896 - August 30, 1970)Herbert A. Geike (February 26, 1929 - April 4, 1986)Janet L. Geike (March 27, 1952 - September 6, 1998)Orpha L. Geike (May 20, 1902 - May 18, 1994)Paul Carl Geike (January 25, 1894 - June 2, 1968)Wendell Fredrick Geike (February 5, 1927 - July 1, 2001)Ruby Elda Holtz (January 20, 1907 - January 27, 1984)Carol Jean Kaumo (July 15, 1943 - April 29, 1967)Mamie C. Klitzke (May 31, 1916 - December 5, 1998)Bertrum Lee Moore (January 22, 1907 - November 22, 1979)Ralph R. Moore (July 28, 1929 - January 20, 2001)Ralph Moore (March 28, 1901 - April 29, 1961)Harold Leonard Wilkison (July 22, 1913 - February 8, 1983)Nellie Mae Wilkison (October 13, 1910 - January 7, 1994)Roxann Wilkison (September 1, 1951 - April 29, 1967)Walter Sherman Wise (February 16, 1893 - October 30, 1955)
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