William E. Burke

Profile Updated: January 6, 2014
William E. Burke
Residing In: Kansas City, MO USA
Spouse/Partner: Eliesabeth Luise (Mittring) Burke
Occupation: Retired U.S. Army
Children: Scott W. Burke born 1963
William M. Burke born 1965
Military Service: U.S. Army  
Yes! Attending Reunion
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Not long after leaving school entered the military
in 1962 and later married and father a son in
1963 and 1965. Sadly, the marriage was short and ended in 1967. Was stationed at a number of locations in the U.S., overseas assignments
consisted of two trips to Southeast asia, three
years in Berlin, Germany followed by three years
in Augsburg, Germany and served two years
in Stuttgart, Germany. While stationed with the
1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, Ks. I met my
present wife in Junction City, Ks in 1975 and
soon after in 1976 we were married. Eight months
after our marriage I received assignment to Germany for three years that turned into six. Then
we were assigned to our school Brigade at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts. And our last assignment
was Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas where I retired from the Army
in 1984 after 22 years of service.
After retiring I took up road driviing and believe
after about 22 years of travel through out the U.S., have no desire to purchase an R.V. and travel. Presently stay in Missouri and Kansas and
vacation in Germany as we did this past June.
Since declaring myself officially retired I take
community classes and at present I am auditing a
German class at UMKC in the seniors program
($25 plus cost of books).
Life has treated me good and I look forward
to the class reunions and visiting with all.
A big thanks to all of you who have served in the military or were spouses of military people.
Bill Burke

6 January 2013
Since my comments above have travel a couple more times
to Germany and three or four times to West Coast.
Most importantly attended the 70th birthday party and
enjoyed it greatly.
Never mentioned I worked in the army as an intelligence analyst
and when I retired did not want to work for government or military.
But with much advise of what I should do, decided the route to go
on job selection was to select a job that fit my personality. Went to
our Fort Education center and took two personality tests. At
top was restaurant manager, lawyer, cadet, and truck driver.
Cadet of course would be something I'd like, but could hardly be
one at over 40 years old. Restaurant manager didn't sound to exciting
and lawyer , wondered if I'd be able to handle all the case studies
etc. The truck driving I new absolutely nothing about, but had
flown light aircraft over a thousand hours, and liked doing it, and had done
primary instruction for nearly two years. However, as much as I enjoyed
flying, it wasn't even at the bottom on my personality test. But
with the experience of operating planes, driving truck I could handle.
So, went to a driving school and was that ten percent of graduates
who went on to make a 2nd career of road driving, and very happy with
both my military career and truck driving career. Drove over 2 million miles
and never involved in a injury accident, never layed over or upside down.
And only had 10 or 12 accidents in 24 years of driving. Presently, drive
my wife where ever she wants to go.
At 70th birthday party folks gave me a hand for having served
22 years in the military. It nearly made me go speechless - and I failed
to thank them for the recognition. And most importantly, failed to thank
them for their service to society, be that military or civilian.
So, here is a big Thanks for all the service to society performed
by my classmates.
Bill Burke

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Posted on: Dec 29, 2015 at 5:57 PM

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday. My wifes Birthday is on the 9th and
mein on the 12th and believe your brother's birthday is in January.
We could all celebrate together.
Enjoy your birhtday and wishing you many more.
Bill Burke

Dec 29, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Happy Birthday. Can remember waiting at the school bus stop on
56th Str. with you and believe Charles Bock. You always seemed
postive, even on the cold days. Hopefully this birthday wish finds
you doing well.
Bill Burke

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Posted on: Apr 18, 2015 at 7:25 PM

Jane, remember seeing you in school, but didn't have any classes with you.
Have traveled all over the the U.S., but can not remember being in Lewisville, Texas.
Next Thursday will be going to Ft. Worth for a couple days, just wanted to see what
the Ft.Worth/Dallas had to offer. In the military was stationed three different places in Texas and over a week stayed at a Naval Station in Dallas. Really enjoyed my
time spent in Texas, believe you selected a wonderful place to live.
Wishing you The Best,
Bill Burke

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Posted on: Mar 29, 2015 at 6:59 PM

Hello Charles,
Glad your still here with us and hopefully well. Can still
picture in my mind you pitching real fire balls at the batters and
I thought a good attitude and fun to be around. We never won
many if any ball games but believe we would of won some with
better coaching.
You can look at my profile and see I retired from the Army after
22 years and then drove road for another 24 years. And that took me
to 65 and figured I'd had enough of serving our country, just play Taxi
for my wife and on occassion have taken some community classes.
Wishing you well and glad your still with the living,
Bill Burke

Mar 28, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Wishing you happy birthday today and many more in the future. Tust
your still living close to Branson and selling time share's. Normally every
Spring my wife and me travel to Branson for a couple of shows, however,
this year believe we'll travel to San Antonio, TX. with stops along the way.
Will probably bring back some memories of being in the 1st Cav. when we
visit FT. Hood.
Again wishing you a happy birthday,
Bill Burke (Kansas City, Missourit)

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Jan 12, 2015 at 3:33 AM
Aug 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM

A late "Wishing You a Happy Birthday". My super Grandaughter had her 25
birthday on the 11th. She majored in Social Sceince at Pittsburg State and now
works for the state of Kansas and has a two year old child. Just one of those
people in your family, you wish you could of planned out your education and life like
they have.. Guess you could, if born in August.
Wishing You many more happy birthdays..
Bill Burke

Aug 12, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Wishing you a happy birthday, know it's a day late but do not ck my E-mail
msgs. often. You more than likely remmeber Jimmie Houlihan since he lived
just East of you in Claycomo. He died this past week and services will be tomorrow
and visitation to nite. His good looking and intelligent brother Charles is alive.
Wishing you a good week and many more birthdays,
Bill Burke

Jun 16, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Another Birthday! Believe we're all happy to have a birthday, but wonder if we
could just leave out the getting older. However, you are one who has managed to
maintain a youthful appearance and attitude.
Wishing You the Best on this birthday and many more,, Look forward to seeing
you at our next class gathering..
Bill Burke

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Mar 22, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Gary, trust your looking as young and healthy as the last time I saw you.
Plan to be at the Munger school Reunion on Saturday the 3rd of May.
Question, are you still selling time shares in Branson?
Have a Happy Birthday,
Bill Burke

Mar 05, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Happy birthday! Hadn't seen you or your name in over 50 years, but when
I saw it here recalled you right away. Thanks for your service in the Army,
I served over 20 years in the Army and thought I'd never retire, would of stayed
longer if they allowed you to stay over 30 years. Enjoy your birthday, Bill Burke

Jan 07, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Bill,
Happened to check our high school site and see your birth date is same
as my wife. We celebrate together, since mine is on the 12th, will be a
dinner out. Have a happy birthday. Know we mostly had contact at
church. Your father was a very exceptional speaker and will alway
have find memories of going to the baptist church in Claycomo. Retired
from the Army and came back to KC, attend the Methodist Church in Claycomo,
due most of my family goes there.
Hopefully this finds you well, and again a Happy Birthday
Your Classmate,
Bill Burke
church. D

Jan 06, 2014 at 4:49 PM