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Charles Everett “Charlie” Burke

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Charles Everett “Charlie” Burke, 75, of Lecanto, FL, passed away on Mon., Oct. 16, 2023 at his home. A native of Frederick, MD, he was born Aug. 29, 1948 to Charles and Matilda “Tillie” Ann (Joy) Burke, one of two children. Charlie, as he was known to everyone, served his country honorably and proudly in the U.S. Army from 1967-1970 in the 25th Infantry Division, attaining the rank of Specialist Fifth Class. He flew and maintained helicopter­s as part of the Air Cavalry. Mr. Burke served in the Vietnam War from May 5, 1968 to May 4, 1969 and was a Purple Heart recipient. Charlie served the City of Hampton, Virginia for 32 years as a Master Electricia­n and moved to Lecanto permanentl­y in 2018 from Newport News, VA. Mr. Burke was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in Lecanto. Charlie, along with his wife Kathy, were sealed in the Manti Temple in Manti, Utah in 1973 for time and eternity. Charlie enjoyed basketball, football, bowling and baseball, especially the minor leagues, and was devotedly involved in the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Burke also enjoyed all aspects of wildlife and loved his two dogs, Chloe and Rocky, and his perfect day would involve spending lots of time with his family and his dogs. Mr. Burke was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Mary Kathleen “Kathy” Burke, Lecanto, FL; children Charles Daniel Burke (wife Angie), El Paso, TX; David Orrin Burke (wife Heather), Sandy, UT and Amanda Kathleen Ginos (husband Kevin), Gloucester, VA; grandchild­ren Jon and Liam Burke of El Paso, TX and Dexter, Quinn and Zion Burke of Sandy, UT; sister Maude Ann Gardner (husband Jesse), Garland TX and niece Tabitha Gardner and nephew Eric Gardner, both of Garland, TX. Friends will be received on Tues., Oct. 24, 2023 from 10:30 A.M. until 11:30 A.M. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3474 W. Southern St., Lecanto, FL 34461, where a funeral service will commence at 11:30 A.M. with Brother James Pirrota officiatin­g. Military honors will follow at 1:30 P.M. at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL with the honors being rendered by the Florida Army National Guard and the American Legion Post #155 of Crystal River. Macrini-Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL. www.wilderfune­ral.com

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