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E. Rodney Burket

March 12, 1934 ~ May 26, 2019 (age 85)
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E. Rodney Burket

March 12, 1934      May 26, 2019

     E. Rodney Burket, 85, of Martinsburg passed away Sunday afternoon, May 26, 2019 at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg.

     He was born in Martinsburg, son of the late Elvin R. and Mary J. (Dilling) Burket.  On March 31, 1956 he married Shirley I. Frye at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Williamsburg.

     Surviving are his beloved wife of 63 years; a son, Stephen R. Burket (wife, Pamela) of Ashburn, VA; two grandchildren: Joshua S. and Hannah Mae Burket; and a sister-in-law, Janet Burket of Bloomsburg.

     He was preceded in death by a brother, J. Edward Burket.

     Rodney was a 1952 graduate of Morrisons Cove High School, Martinsburg.  He was a longtime member of Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church and also a member of the Horseshoe Curve Chapter, Destroyer Escort Sailors of America.

    He was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1956 until 1958 attaining the rank of Private First Class.  Rodney retired as a pressman from the Morrisons Cove Herald with 35 years of service and was previously employed at Cove Shoe Factory in Martinsburg for 10 years.

     Rodney loved attending old and classic car shows and also enjoyed talking to family and friends, especially about the history of The Cove.

     Friends will be received from 4 until the 5pm funeral service, Friday, May 31, 2019 at Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church, Pastor Brian L. McCall officiating.  Private interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg.  Arrangements are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg.

     The family requests that no flowers be sent.  However, memorial contributions in memory of Rodney can be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or a local charity of your choice. 

Donations may be made to:

St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-822-6344

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