CARTHAGE, NY — Michael J. Burke Sr., 68, died on Monday night, Oct. 15, 2018, at Upstate Medical University, surrounded by his loving family.
Born April 13, 1950, in Watertown, NY, a son of the late Gordon and Dorothy Houghton Burke, he graduated from Carthage High School. Michael served in the United States Army from 1970 to 1971, during the Vietnam War.
He worked various jobs, most recently at the Guthrie Clinic on Fort Drum as a laborer.
In 1992, he married Jennie Smith at Black River Baptist Church.
Michael is survived by his wife, Jennie; five sons, Michael Burke Jr., Carthage, NY; Marshall Burke, North Carolina; Patrick Burke, Virginia; Joshua Robinson, Missouri; Jess Burke, Carthage, NY; one daughter, Stacy Burke, Carthage, NY; four brothers, Thomas Burke, Rome, NY; Gene Burke, Champion, NY; Lynn Burke, Carthage, NY; John Burke; a sister, Anne Burge, Anchorage, AK; two granddaughters and two grandsons.
He is predeceased by a sister, Patricia Burke, and a brother, Gary Burke.
Michael loved caring for people; he visited people in various nursing homes. He had a true passion for ministry; he was a leader Long Falls Baptist Church
Callings hours will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Long Falls Baptist Church, 35794 Rte. 126, Carthage, NY. A memorial service immediately will follow, at 6:00 p.m.
Arrangements are entrusted to Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage, NY 13619.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Long Falls Baptist Church or the VEM Food Pantry.
Condolences may be made online at www.lundyfuneralhome.com.