Raymond Edward Burke
(1925 - 2009)

Raymond Edward Burke

April 22, 1925

December 30, 2009

Raymond Edward Burke, 84, of rural New Albin, died Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at Franciscan SkempHealthcare Center in Lacrosse, surrounded by his family.

Raymond E. Burke was born April 22, 1925 in Iowa township, of Allamakee County. He was the son of Joseph and Ruth Theobald Burke. He grew up and lived all of his life in the Irish Hollow of rural New Albin. On October 21, 1952 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth "Betty" Mauss at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Lycurgus. This was the beginning of a 47 year marriage filled with raising seven sons and one daughter.

In addition to farming, Ray hauled milk for the New Albin Creamery and worked at Lee Aluminum Foundry in New Albin. Ray enjoyed playing Euchre, especially the Euchre tournaments at Fred's and his longtime neighborhood card club. He also enjoyed dancing, fishing, hunting and his friends at Senior Citizens center and take care of his pets. Ray was a farmer who was proud of his dairy, crops and his century farm. Above all Ray was dedicated to his faith, family and friends.

He is survived by his very special friend Donna Luttchens of Caledonia; six sons, Joe of Waukon, John of Waukon, James "Bernard" of New Albin and special friend Judy of Onalaska, Wisconsin, Jeff(Mary) of Decorah, Jay(Becky) of Davis Junction, Illinois, Justin and special friend Teri of Sutherland, Iowa; one daughter, Janice(Rick) Monson of Highlandville; two brothers, Ronald of Cedar Falls, Jim(Rosemary)of Eitzen, Minnesota; two sisters, Mary Sybil Cronin and special friend Bill of Waterloo, Ruth Burke of Waukon; fifteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Elizabeth "Betty" on May 10, 2000; one son, Jerome "Jerry", a sister, Coletta Lapi and four gransons, Jeremiah, Jackson, Jamison Burke and Ryan Monson.

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Amy Teslow
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