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David Burke


David J. Burke, 53, Piqua, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at his home.
David was born Dec. 9, 1959, in Iola, the son of Lewis “Ben” and Wilma J. (Wille) Burke. He grew up in the Piqua area.
In 1978, he joined the Kansas National Guard and served until the time of his death. He was deployed to Iraq and several other foreign countries. He also operated Dual County Sanitation and later Dave’s Trash Service for a number of years. At the present time he owned 5 O’Clock Somewhere.
Dave married Brenda Johnson and they later divorced. In 1995, he and Robin Myers were married. They made their home at Piqua.
He was a member of the Iola American Legion and Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Robin Burke; one son Brandon Burke and  wife, Loida, Saint Roberts, Mo.; two stepdaughters, Amanda Collins and fiancé Jean Barnett, Emporia, and Heather Black, Iola; his father Lewis “Ben” Burke and companion Madalyn Varnell, Piqua; one brother, Danny Burke, Oklahoma City; two sisters, Kathy Eichstaedt and husband, Frank, Wichita and Laurie Sampson and husband Kenny, Iola; one grandson, Bryson; three stepgrandsons, Hunter, Jesse and Khoner; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, brother Steven Burke, daughter-in-law Veronica Burke and granddaughter Lilly Burke.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel, Iola. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Piqua.
Burial will be at St. Martin’s Cemetery with full military honors.
Memorials can be made to SAFE BASE and left with Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel, Iola, which is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences for the family may be left at


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