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Thomas Kerry Burke, age 69 of Naperville, IL, passed away peacefully in his home January 26, 2018 at his winter residence near Palm Springs, CA. He was born September 10, 1948 in Ottumwa, IA to his loving parents, TG and Maxine Burke. He met Marjorie Yochum in kindergarten and was married to her for 45 years with a love that will last forever. He was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Tom attended St. Patrick's elementary school, Evans Junior High, and graduated from Ottumwa High School, Class of 1966. He enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 17, was stationed in England, and after 4 years of service returned to continue his education at Iowa State University, Indian Hills and Scott Community College.

Tom started his data processing career in 1970 at AC Nielson in Iowa. It continued in Chicago, IL at Time Life and CNA Insurance. Later he established his own successful telecommunications consulting company, TK Burke, Inc.

In 1982 Tom, Marjorie, and their two children, Jennifer and Brian, moved from Iowa to Naperville, IL which has been their home for 35 years. Tom was a dedicated father and coach of his children's soccer, baseball and softball teams.

Tom lived his life to the fullest and loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed the sun, the stars, reading, music, trivia, golfing, soccer games, Broadway musicals, family vacations, and spirited card games with his wife and friends. He will be remembered for his great humor, intelligence, vast knowledge and quick wit.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Marjorie; children Jennifer Kellogg and her husband Mike, Brian Burke and his wife Tara; mother-in-law Catherine Yochum; grandchildren Asher, Finley, Teagan, and Chloe; siblings Bonnie Bissell, Linda Comstock, and Phil Burke and his wife Rena; siblings-in-law Mary Lou Croker and her husband Mike, Mary Yochum, Kathy Rosenbaum, and Carol Yochum; 13 nieces and nephews, and their spouses and children. He is preceded in death by his parents Thomas Glen and Maxine Burke, father-in-law Carl Yochum, and brothers-in-law Jerry Bissell and Stephen Yochum.

For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to Tom's life, memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Heart Association or the Loaves & Fishes food bank. Following the generous example of his parents, Tom chose to donate his body to medical research. A celebration of life will be held in Naperville, IL.
Published on February 5, 2018
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