Jerry O. Burke Obituary




Newspaper Clipping dated September 19, 1938: “Retired Livestock Buyer Dies After Years Illness; Services Tuesday.

COLON – Jerry Orlando Burke, 52, retired livestock buyer here, died at 7:15 a.m. Sunday in his home of complications after having been in failing health for a year.

Mr. Burke was a member of the Colon Masonic lodge, the Sturgis commanery, Knights Templar and of the Sherwood chapter, O. E. S. and was a past master of the Sherwood Masonic lodge.

He came to Colon several years ago and had operated a livestock and wool buying business here until failing health forced him to retire.

He was born Oct. 23, 1885, in Brady township, Kalamazoo county, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marcellus Burke and spent his boyhood in and near Vicksburg, living with an uncle, Spencer Burke, and attending the Vicksburg school. In 1911 he began farming in the Clipbell district, moving to Colon a few years later.

Dec. 25, 1902, he married Miss Chlote Frymire. She survives as do a son, Melvin, of Colon; two daughters, Mrs. Leta Farrand of Colon and Mrs. Beulah Wilbur of Bronson; three sisters, Mrs. Walter Howard of Lawrence and Mrs. Lulu Provost of Leonidas and (illegible).”