UPDATE: There will be a memorial service honoring Shirley and Horace Burke beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, 3001 S. College Ave. in Bryan, Texas. Refreshments will be served.
Horace R. Burke, of College Station, passed away on September 6, 2016. Horace was born April 1, 1926 near Elkhart, Texas to Franklin Parks Burke and Minnie Lee Walling Burke.
After attending Elkhart High School, he served in the United States Army 17th Airborne Division, 194th Glider Infantry in World War II. He also served as part of the 13th Airborne and 82nd Airborne Divisions.
Upon resuming civilian life back in Texas, Horace attended Sam Houston State University where he earned a degree in Biology, then achieved his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology from Texas A&M University. After working for the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station for several years, he became a professor of Entomology at Texas A&M in 1958, where he continued to teach and perform scientific research for nearly 40 years.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley Darrow Burke; a son, Daniel R. Burke of Pflugerville, TX; a daughter, Cheryl Burke Jarvis, of Carbondale, Illinois; and his siblings, Johnny Parks Burke and Billie Sue Smith, both of Houston, TX.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Sam Houston State University for the Horace Burke Library of Natural History, c/o Dr. William Godwin, 2405 Avenue I, Suite E, Huntsville, TX, 77340-2092; to the Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation at http://www.htohhfoundation.org/; or to a charity of your choice.
A memorial gathering will be held for friends, colleagues, and family at a date and location to be determined.
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