James F. Burke, 68, of Geneseo, passed away suddenly on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus, in Rochester, Minn. A funeral mass was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Pakula officiated. Burial followed at the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, in Atkinson, where military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo, where a scripture service was held at 7 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the James Burke Memorial Fund and will be distributed among several local charities.

James F. Burke, 68, of Geneseo, passed away suddenly on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus, in Rochester, Minn. A funeral mass was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Pakula officiated. Burial followed at the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, in Atkinson, where military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo, where a scripture service was held at 7 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the James Burke Memorial Fund and will be distributed among several local charities.

James was born Sept. 19, 1949, in Washington, D.C., the son of James and Mary (Kraker) Burke. James married Carolyn K. Moens-Crowe on Sept. 16, 1995, in Bettendorf, Iowa. He was a Director of Pharmacy at Genesis Health Systems Illini Campus, in Silvis, and later at Perry Memorial Hospital, in Princeton, retiring in 2015. He graduated from Alleman High School and the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in pharmacy in 1979. He received an MBA from St. Ambrose University, in Davenport, Iowa, in 1989.

James had a love of fine wine. He enjoyed studying and tasting different varieties. His interest in wine was accompanied by his love to travel, especially to France, where he and his wife enjoyed the countryside from the vantage of hot air balloons. James also loved pizza. He was an avid reader and enjoyed attending family events. James is a veteran of the United States Army. He and Carolyn are members of St. Malachy Catholic Church.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Carolyn; and daughters, Kelly Crowe, of St. Charles; Karyn Robertson, of Moline; and Christine (Thom) Cunningham, of Deerfield. He’s also survived by his brother, Douglas (Patti) Burke, of East Moline; and two nephews, Ian Burke (Dr. Jessica Stumphy), of Edina, Minn.; and Kyle Burke (Lyndie Crimmins), and their children, Elyjah and Lylah, of East Moline. His grandchildren are, Desiree, Chelsea and Michaela Mertz; Brittany (Matt) Parker; Tyler (Renee) Robertson; Caleb (Leah) Robertson; and Abby, Claire and Ryan Cunningham. His great-grandchildren are Max, Molly, Lilly and Ellie Parker; and Shae, Harper and Ryder Robertson. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary.