Jim married Patricia Moore on June 3, 1973, at the Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Milford. They began their life together in Casper where Jim worked as a loan officer and marketing manager at Guarantee Federal Savings and Loan. He was twenty-four years old when he was diagnosed with MS. They relocated to Spirit Lake in 1988.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary Burke; his in-laws, Fred and Helen Moore; and two brothers: Larry and Dan Burke.
Jim is survived by his wife, Patricia, of Spirit Lake; children: James (Jim) of Iowa City, Mary Helen (Molly) of Portland, Ore., and Kathleen Kelly (Katy) of Milwaukee, Wis.; and brothers and sisters: Maureen and Marvin Emrich of Casper, Wyo., Michael and Carolyn Burke of Casper, Wyo., Eileen Burke-Sullivan and Michael Sullivan of Omaha, Neb., Rev. Kevin F. Burke, S.J. of Berkeley, Calif., Drs. Thomas and Mary Francis Burke of Casper, Wyo., Brian and Jan Burke of Greenwood Village, Colo., Anne and Chris Bell of Denver, Colo., David and Molly Scott of Spencer, and Mike and Kate Ebinger of Cedar Rapids.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Turner Funeral Home of Spririt Lake. Those who wish to make a memorial donation may do so to the Jim Burke Healthcare Scholarship Fund.