John J. Burke III
Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home
9000 West 151st St
Orland Park, IL
Burke III, John J. Ret. U.S. Naval Capt. Of San Diego, California passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 after a battle with cancer. John was 72 years old. John was a graduate of St. Thomas More grammar school, Mt. Carmel High School and Notre Dame University. He was a devout follower of the Notre Dame Irish sporting teams and he followed the Irish to different sporting events around the world. Captain Burke valiantly served his county in Vietnam as a Captain in the US Navy. John is survived by his mother, Suzanne Burke (nee Meyering); his brothers, Jim (Sheila) Burke, Bill Burke and Mike Burke; and his sisters, Margaret (Mike) Dreznes, Sheila (Ken) McDonnell, Suzie Burke and Marie Burke as well as numerous loving nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces. Visitation Wednesday 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, 9000 W. 151st Street, Orland Park, IL. Family and friends to gather for Mass of the Resurrection on Thursday at 9:45 a.m. at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 10134 South Longwood Dr., Chicago, IL 60643. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Lenti Legacy Scholarship, care of Mount Carmel High School, 6410 South Dante Ave., Chicago IL 60637, would be greatly appreciated. 708 857-7878.

Published by Chicago Sun-Times on May 6, 2019.
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John was a "fun guy" and never held it against me that I was a Georgetown "Hoya" and not a Notre Dame "Golden Domer". We had many good times together in San Diego and at Notre Dame.
God bless John's soul. We miss him - Larry (and Judy) Logue
Lawrence Logue
December 17, 2019
John and I saved together in RVN during 1972 prior to the end of the conflict there. He was the Naval liaison to the Army of the Republic of S. Viet Nam at Qui Nhon, Binh Dinh province. We shared an experience that was raw and rough owing to the fact that our unit, Sub-Unit 1, 1st ANGLICO, USMC was one of the last to leave. We rekindled our friendship via the ANGLIO Association and saw each other off and on over the last several years. He was easy company and a good friend. Someone who had your back.
Reginald Owens
August 6, 2019
John was a true professional and served his marine insurance clients well.

My condolences to the Burke Family.
Matthew Cox
July 9, 2019
To the Burke Family: We are going to miss John, or as our family called him, "Shorts" so much. South Bend will never be the same on game days. When we sat next to Shorts at ND games, he had a phone, radio and binoculars in his hands and his hands were moving all the time. He knew all the football stats. He had more football updates than the announcers.
He came to some of our son Jay's high school games and he knew several high school team stats as well. He keep us updated on local coaches and players and what to expect when we were playing the opposing teams.
We always knew we would see him as soon as we drove into the condo parking lot in South Bend. He was the life of the party and had so many stories to tell us. We will miss seeing him there and it definitely won't be the same.
Our hearts go out to all the family. We are very sorry for your loss. We will miss him dearly. With love - Kos, Gloria & Jay Koski
Gloria Toti-Koski
May 8, 2019
Most sincere condolences to the countless friends and loved ones of my dear friend and classmate John Burke. He was a grand man who was universally esteemed. He will be missed and remembered by all who knew and loved him.
John Duggan
May 7, 2019
Remembering John fondly from our grammar school days and beyond. I went to a nursing school in South Bend and am a proud fan of the "Fighting Irish". My condolences to the family. Mickey Hatzell Murphy Tucson, AZ
May 7, 2019
Thank you to the Burke #Men of 6410 for your Service. John's Tribute to this years Mount Carmel Banquet on May 3, 2019
Ron & Marybeth Szczesniak
May 7, 2019
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Aleaner Thurman
May 7, 2019
John was a patriot, a loving son and sibling and
a true supporter of things he believed in. Not only did he support Notre Dame but he supported, in spirit, as well as financially, many other institutions. He was a dear friend and I will greatly miss him. My deepest sympathy to his family.

Carol Ann Quinn
May 6, 2019
Condolences to the burke family. He was a fellow 1965 Carmel grad. Always remembering the vets. Knew him after graduation and spent time conversing with him at the yearly banquet that he attended even with a cast on and in pain
Gonna miss those conversations.
Neil Maas
May 6, 2019
'Notre Dame, our mother, tender, strong and true'... may you and your family be comforted knowing John is out of pain and at peace... our prayers and thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.

John and Colleen Reece
May 6, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with John and his family.
William and Anne Dawahare
May 6, 2019
John will be missed. It is because John brought Ron Szczesniak to a lifeguard party at St. Kilian's that we met in 1968. we have been so blessed since then. Thank you John. We are sure all the Angels and Saints are welcoming John, along with Black Jack, Chester, Mike Cummings and the crew. Condolences to the Burke Family.
Go Caravan!
Ron & Marybeth Szczesniak
May 6, 2019
It is with my deepest condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time of sorrow. May Peace and Love and Mercy be increased to you and your family.
May 6, 2019
The thoughts and prayers of the Mount Carmel High School community are with your family during these days. May the saints of Carmel welcome John into God's eternal embrace and may Our Lady of Mount Carmel wrap you in the mantle of her love and care.
Mount Carmel High School
May 6, 2019
I'm sorry for your loss. May the true God of comfort, comfort those mourning and bind up the brokenhearted.
Isaiah 61:1,2
May 6, 2019
Dear Family, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear family member. May your fond memories and the peace that God gives comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time. Phillipians 4:6,7,13Sincerely,Dora
May 6, 2019
Shipmate: Rest In Peace.....

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