Sgt Joseph Ray Burke

Sgt Joseph Ray Burke

Birth
Wisconsin, USA
Death 25 Apr 1947 (aged 53)
Hampton, Franklin County, Iowa, USA
Burial Hampton, Franklin County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 135256453 · View Source
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Joseph Ray Burke was born on October 7, 1893, in Hampton, Franklin, Iowa, the only son of Thomas William Burke and Estella May Bates.
Thomas and Estella were married in Hampton, Iowa, in 1892. They may have met in Wisconsin as Thomas's family had settled in Delavan after immigrating from Ireland in 1882, and Estella grew up in Monroe. Thomas and Estella divorced within a few years of marrying, and Estella remarried in 1899 to Edward Smith. Estella and Edward had three more children. Thomas did not have more children, and did not remarry until 1923 when he married Docia Holmes. Joseph Ray Burke was mostly raised by his grandmother, Estella's mother Harriet (Blunt) Bates, but in the 1910 census Joseph Ray is living with his mother and step-father in Mower County, Minnesota.
Joseph Ray served in the US Army in Company E, Motor Transport Repair Unit, during World War I. He did a tour in France, and attained the rank of Sergeant before his discharge. (His father Thomas was a veteran of the Spanish-American War who reenlisted for World War I, and he also attained the rank of Sergeant before his discharge.)
After his return from the war, Joseph Ray Burke married Rosa Jane Harper in 1919 in Franklin County, Iowa. Their first son Donald was born in 1920 in Hansell, Iowa. Shortly after, they moved west to the state of California, where son Clifford was born in 1927 (in Westminster, California). Joseph Ray worked for Walter Knott's farm (later the Knott Berry Farm) in southern California. In 1933, the Long Beach Earthquake (magnitude 6.4) destroyed their home, and the Burkes packed up and moved back to Iowa.
They returned to Hansell, where soon Joseph Ray opened a filling station and did auto repairs, and also drove a school bus, while Rosa cooked for teachers at the local school.
The Burke family was quite musical. Joseph played banjo, Rosa played accordion, and Donald played harmonica and guitar. Together they would make up a family band to play for local dances with neighbors.
Joseph was known by his nickname "Hap" (short for Happy).
Joseph Ray Burke passed away in 1947 and was buried at the Hampton City Cemetery. Rosa Burke later remarried to widower Clarence Richards, but was buried next to Joseph Ray after her death in 1978.


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  • Maintained by: Abbie Brown
  • Originally Created by: Jolene Dodge
  • Added: 31 Aug 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 135256453
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Joseph Ray Burke (7 Oct 1893–25 Apr 1947), Find A Grave Memorial no. 135256453, citing Hampton Cemetery, Hampton, Franklin County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Abbie Brown (contributor 49383908) .