William Roger “Inky” Burke

William Roger “Inky” Burke, 76 years of age, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 20, 2019.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Riverton United Methodist Church. Friends and family will be received from 10-11 a.m.

Inky was born March 20, 1943 to the late Wilson J. and Mary Burke. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Joan. He was a loving father to daughter Tammy Jo Burke-Shell, her husband Tommy E. Shell, and son William “Billy” Burke II and wife Kimberly. Devoted grandfather to Charity Shifflett , her husband James , William Roger “Trey” Burke III, his wife Pam, Jennifer Shell , her finance Patrick Langlais and Travis Shell ; Great grandchildren, Parker Shifflett, Jameson Burke, Jillian Langlais and Mason Langlais . He was the youngest son of 15 children. He is survived by sisters Weltie Kelly, Peggy Scheetz, Anna Baer, Nancy Mottley, Jean Johnson, and Clara Thompson ; brothers Stewart Burke and Thomas Burke. Predeceased by sisters Frances Beckner, Mable Updike, Barbara Baer and Susan Fischer; brothers Wilson J. Burke Jr. and Luther Burke, and numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. In addition, he loved his furry family members.

Inky was a Sears service technician for 35 years. He won many distinguished service awards over the years including top Service Technician for his region. Inky was gifted with his hands. He was a carpenter, mechanic, mason, farmer, woodworker, gardener and loved bird watching. He was a member of Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department for 54 years, serving as Chief for 27 of those years. He was a steadfast Christian and member of Riverton United Methodist Church. He loved the Lord! His light shined through helping others.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riverton United Methodist Church, 55 E Strasburg Rd, Front Royal, VA 22630 or Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department, 714 Rivermont Dr, Front Royal, VA 22630.

  4 comments for “William Roger “Inky” Burke

  1. Jackie Wayne Barnard
    May 23, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Inky, I will miss your laughter and stories you shared with me. Rest in peace my friend

  2. Laura Gavis
    May 23, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Stewart, I remember Beckie use to talk about Inky. It was always a story to bring a smile. I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. Beth Cayer
    May 23, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Tammy Jo and Jennifer (and family) please know that your family is in my prayers for peace at this difficult time. I know it has been a struggle for you all recently, but I also know that your dad/granddad is fully restored at Christ’s feet. Blessings to you all, Beth

  4. John Jackson
    May 23, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Rest in peace we loved you but God loved you best , we worked together for years and you will be missed,to the family my heart goes out to you ,to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord . God Bless you family

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