Jerry L. Burke

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Jerry L. Burke passed away Friday, February 23, 2018. We will gather for fellowship and remembrance from 6 to 8 PM, Monday, February 26, 2018 at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 74 years on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 12:30 PM at West Texas Church at the Barn with Ted Currington officiating.

Jerry was born February 14, 1944 to Ray and Jessie Burke in Lamesa, TX, and was a long time Wolfforth resident. He owned and operated Jerry’s Photography since 1975. Jerry photographed countless schools, sports teams and events, families, seniors, and weddings.

Jerry graduated Monterey High School and was very involved in planning and organizing many reunion events. Jerry and his wife, Beverly, were house parents at Texas Boys Ranch in the mid 1970’s where they invested much of themselves to create a better life for kids.

Jerry and Beverly were longtime members of Church on the Rock. They traveled the world over with COTR and various other ministries doing prayer support and pastor’s conferences. He was also involved with the Men’s ministry and loved hosting Men’s Retreats at his cabin in Ruidoso and his ranch in Ralls.

Jerry loved horses and riding. He rode his horse with some of his dearest friends from Lubbock to Fredericksburg just to prove he could. It took two legs to complete the ride, one from Slaton to Colorado City (6 days) with his dear friend Oliver Spicer and the second from Colorado City to Fredericksburg (10 days) with his friends Jake Kellen and Mike Jackson. This trail ride was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream and it proves that you’re never ever too old to make your dreams come true.

Jerry loved his family and friends. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, they were his greatest joy! He took the responsibilities God blessed him with very seriously. He was a wonderful husband and caregiver for his sweet wife, a rock and provider for his children, and an endless encourager to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He prayed tirelessly for his family and friends and was always ready and willing to visit or have a meal together. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Beverly; daughter, Debbie Turnbow and husband, Michael; son, Jent Burke and wife, Stacy; seven grandchildren Jessica, Drew, Brooks, Brynna Tristan, Deidra, and Brayden and one great-granddaughter Ellie as well as his sister, Brenda Oats.

He is proceeded in death by his son, Doug.


24 thoughts on “Jerry L. Burke”

  1. Cody & Jill Reep and family

    We are praying for all of you during the loss of Jerry. What an amazing man he was! We love you all!

  2. Very sorry for your loss. I’ve known Jerry since the 9th grade. He was a fine man, husband and father

  3. The Moore families extend our sincerest sympathies, Jerry meant a lot to our families as have the Burke family.

  4. Brad and Darla McNeill

    Our deepest condolences to Jerrys family. I’ve known him for many years and we’ve had a bunch of laughs together. He will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace my friend.

  5. nathan gilmore and family

    praying for all sorry for loss of your father, jerry was always good to me and helped me out growing up, prayers for all your family

  6. Brad and Jane Johnson Family

    Our prayers are with you, he was so sweet and now taking amazing pictures in heaven.

  7. I am so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. I Have so many great memories with your family, especially at our reunions. He was such a wonderful and fun-loving person. Praying for your family during this difficult time.

  8. This is where the cowboy rides away. What a life! Jerry was a special man. A real man and will be missed. I love you’ll and pray for peace in your hearts until you all meet again.

  9. LuAnn Jenkins Godfrey

    Awwww, the man behind the lense—- such a wonderfull, kind soul and a memory in every part of my High School experience. Fly high Jerry and give Doug a big hug— love you Burke family.

  10. Bill & Mary Pearson

    I do not have the words to ease your pain but I pray you feel the love we have for you all.

  11. Happy trails amigo to that great trail ride in the sky. I’ll never forget the great times we had on the month long trip to Seattle for the world’s fair in the summer of 1962. Until we meet again for that heavenly reunion where I’m sure you’ll have your camera ready to record the wonderful bliss.

  12. Royce and Ceta Glenn

    We are Soo sorry for the pain your family is going through . Jerry was so loved and will be missed. Brayden we love you and are saying special prayers for you.

  13. Bob and Sherry Folkner

    We will miss knowing Jerry is not with us but so very happy knowing he is with Jesus. He had such a personality that was so fun to be with. We are sad for all the family that he loved so much but he is with Doug now. What a joy!

  14. Beverly and family, I’m so sorry for your loss of Jerry. What a wionderful, generous and loving man. A definite man of God! He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  15. I am so thankful to have talked with Jerry at our last class of ’62 reunion. It was a reminder that Jerry was/is truly a great guy. I know he will be missed, but I heard a message today that reminded me loved ones will be reunited someday when we all get to heaven. I know Jerry will be surrounded by a great crowd of family one day.

  16. Charles & Alicia Addington

    Dear Ones, I had not heard until Alicia called me on the road to tell me. The world is indeed smaller because a fine, fine man has moved his permanent residence into the Holy City. I have to be out of town working all week, but we promise to hold all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We are having a really hard time getting our minds around this loss of our dear friend. The memories are absolutely running wild. We love you all. May our Almighty God of ultimate comfort and peace rest His Holy Spirit upon you in these hours and forevermore. Isn’t it wonderful to know that because of Jesus, this separation is only temporary?

  17. Linda Conner Waller

    I am so sorry for your losing Jerry, but he has now seen Jesus and I know that is wonderful.
    I pray God’s blessings and comfort on you all.

  18. I will miss my visits with Jerry. I went to COTR with him for years. I would visit when he came to my work. Would also see him at Post trade days. Great man, kind, God loving gentleman. Love that he’s in Heaven and so sorry for the family.

  19. My sincere condolences to the family. In reading Jerry’s obituary it is clear he had a deep love for God. You may find comfort in a beautiful promise from our loving Heavenly Father at Revelation 21:4 that assures us that God will do away with all the things that cause us pain.

  20. Dear Family,
    I wish to express my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one.The pain, the grief, and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. The Bible’s promises give comfort and hope.” And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more,neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”.- Revelation 21:4. I hope this will give your family comfort. If you would like to know more about what the Bible promises, please visit: free of charge or obligation.
    With Deepest Sympathy, Kristy

  21. He truly was an amazing man!!! He will forever have a special place in our hearts. Our deepest condolences to our adopted family. We love you all.

  22. So sorry to learn of your loss. I will miss him. He was a friend ever since we moved to Lubbock in 2004.
    Our prayers are with and for the whole family—-knowing our Lord will comfort and strengthen you to carry on.
    If I can help in any way, please let me know.
    With the love of Christ!

  23. Nga (Nguyen) Fagerstrom

    So sorry for your loss. He was an awesome man and I’m glad I got to know him way back then. I know that He is in a good place with the Lord.

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