|James V. Burke|
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|Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:37|
James Virgil Burke, 78, of Portage, Ohio ,went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 13, 2014.
James was born in Jack Horn, Kentucky on July 18, 1935 to the late Jarvie and Juanita (Fleming) Burke.
He married his loving wife of 57 years, Yvonne (Villar) Burke, on May 28, 1958 in Lucedale, Mississippi, and she survives in Portage, Ohio.
Along with his wife Yvonne, James is survived by a son: James Dennis Burke, of Toledo, Ohio; a daughter: Elizabeth "E.J." (Les) Benschoter, of Portage, Ohio; three sisters: Lillian (Raymond) Johnson, of Welston, Ohio; Bernice (David) Feicht, of Morgantown, West Virginia; Betty Sue (Raymond) Fultz, of Waterville, Ohio; a brother: Jarvie D. (Marilyn) Burke, of Del Rio, Texas; five granddaughters; one grandson; three great-granddaughters and six great-grandsons.
Along with his parents, James was preceded in death by a daughter: Rosa Laurene Burke and two sisters: Geraldine Euler and Venus Plotner.
James served his country proud in the United States Navy from 1955-1959.
He retired from the Green Manufacturing Company in Bowling Green after 36¬Ω years, where he was the head of the paint department. James also was employed for ABC Security and did security work for local stores and the Wood County Hospital. After retirement, James worked for McDonald's on South Main Street in Bowling Green.
James was an avid volunteer for the Ohio Youth Advocacy Program, where he volunteered as a Big Brother.
He was a member of the Victory Chapel Fellowship Church in Cygnet, Ohio and a member of the Bowling Green V.F.W. Post 1148.
In his spare time, James enjoyed baking and making all sorts of candy. He became famous for his candy making and would pass out candy to numerous local and national organizations, friends and family.
Tom's candy making skills granted him the name as "Candy Man" to the numerous individuals who sampled his candy.
James was a true family man and enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. James became a "grandpa" figure to anyone who got to know him.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on July 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Victory Chapel Fellowship Church, 5998 Rockridge Road, Cygnet, Ohio. (Corner of Cygnet Road and Washington Street).
Memorial contributions in James' honor may be given to the American Lung Association or to the American Heart Association.
Arrangements for James, have been entrusted with the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster Street/P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Tele: 419-352-2171.
Online condolences as well as fond memories may be shared with James' family by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.
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|Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:38|
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