Kenneth “Bud” Burke

Published 5:00 pm Thursday, June 29, 2017

Kenneth “Bud” Burke, 82, of Nederland, died Thursday, June 29, 2017. He was born on August 28, 1934, in Salem, Massachusetts, to Grace Grover Burke and Arthur Burke.

Bud retired as a manager from Sears after twenty-five years of service. He was a member of United Methodist Temple. Bud served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict and later served on the Kansas City, Missouri Police Force. He was also a member of Rotary International. Bud will be remembered as a good and faithful servant with a heart for Jesus and serving God. He was a volunteer with Community Care Prayer Outreach and his passion in life was prison ministry and Bluegrass Gospel Music.

Survivors include his wife of thirty-one years, Bonnie Burke of Nederland; son, Russell Burke and his wife, Lois, of Winston, Georgia; daughters, Melissa Cordray and her husband, Neal, of Houston and Tanya Payne of Port St. Lucie, Florida; granddaughters, Brittany, Kaylea, Ashley, and Amber; sisters, Lorrie Lasater of Independence, Missouri, Patricia O’Hare of Oak Grove, Missouri, and Priscilla Biskie of Nixia, Missouri; father and mother-in-law, Jerry and Dot Sonnier; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Grace Burke; son, Brian Burke; brothers, Art Jr. and Bill Burke; and sister, Carole Burke.

A gathering of Mr. Burke’s family and friends will begin at 12:00 p.m., followed by his memorial service at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 1, 2017, at United Methodist Temple, 4101 TX-73, Port Arthur. Cremation arrangements will be under the direction of Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Burke’s memory to Community Care-Prayer Outreach, 808B Nederland Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627.

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