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Jerome F. Burke, Sr., 87, passed away April 20, 2021. The funeral mass will be held on Friday, June 11th at 10am at St. Elizabeth Parish, 2 E. 75th St., Kansas City, MO. Interment will be private, held at Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Elizabeth Parish.
Jerome was born a triplet on June 17, 1933 in Kansas City, MO to Jerome J. and Anne (McGee) Reardon Burke. He graduated from St. Elizabeth Grade School, Rockhurst High School and Rockhurst College. Jerome served in the US Army. He was preceded in death by his parents; half-brothers, Edward and Thomas Reardon; a half-sister, Virginia Kopp. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Alice Katherine (Kay) Burke; children, Jerome F. Jr. (Christine), Christopher E. (Sara), David L. (Jennifer) and Anne M. Flynn (Michael); 13 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild; triplet brothers, Joseph and John Burke.
On June the 17th, 1933 the Union Station Massacre occurred. At St. Josephs Hospital on Prospect Avenue, his mother, Anne, was having triplet boys--a unique occurrence in those days. Jerry began his life as a very unique person.
Jerry spent his entire career in the insurance business in direct marketing, a job which he truly loved.
He loved the lake and the little, red A-framed home at Lotawana. He loved the annual Oklahoma trip with his family and friends, a tradition that started in 1972 and continued for the next 45 years. He loved tennis, which he was good at, and golf, not so much. He loved reading, especially about the Civil War and World War II. He loved the St. Patrick's Day floats built by his enormous extended family. He loved all animals, including any bugs that made their way into the house, and returned them safely to the backyard. He was very proud of his Irish ancestry and looked forward to the McGee Family picnics and reunions.
Above all, he loved his family. His family will miss him dearly.
. Memorial Mass St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
Friday, June 11, 2021
2 E 75th StreetKansas City, Missouri 64114
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