Memorial services for Paul F. Burke, Miller Attorney and retired Judge, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 24, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Miller. Rev. Fred Rosin toether with Rev. Joel Harris will conduct the service.
Paul Burke, 77, died [Sept. --, 1984 *ssdi] of a heart attack enroute to a Bismarck hospital while returning from a trip to Canada.
He was born November 7, 1901[*ssdi] in Miller, the son of Wilbur and Mary Burke. He
spent his entire life in Miller, except for four years in the Navy. He attended Huron College and received his BA Degree from the University of South Dakota. After receiving a law degree from the University of Michigan, he returned to Miller where he set up his law practice.
He married Myrtle Tobias May 21, 1942 at Miller.
He had a long career in the legal profession having practiced law in Miller for over 50 years. He will probably best be remembered as Judge Burke having served eight consecutive terms as County Court Juvenile Judge and later becoming District County Court Judge and serving in that capacity eight years. He served as States and City Attorney and was past president of the South Dakota County Judges Association and the South Dakota Mental Health Association. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW. At the time of his death, he was serving as Chairman of the Hand and Hyde County Board of Mental Illness.
Throughout his life, he was committed to Peace and Justice issues. He was a charter
member of the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center at Watertown and supported their program.
Survivors include his wife, Myrtle, four daughters, Phyllis Burke, Salem, Oregon, Patricia
Krueger, Portland, Oregon, Janet Fattahi, Whittier, California, Beverly Ruhl, Edmonton,
Alberta, Canada, one son, Wayne Eugene, Oregon and two grandchildren, John Fattahi
and Carrina Ruhl.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marian.
The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers.
Following the Memorial Service his ashes will be buried in a brief service at the GAR
Paul F. Burke
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