Richard Alvin Burke

Richard Alvin Burke

Age 74, Luray, Va.

Richard Burke went home to be with his lord and savior Jesus Christ on Oct. 18, 2020, holding the hand of the love of his life Joyce! 

Richard was born on Aug 8, 1946 in “Little” Washington, Va. He attended Luray High School, where he graduated in 1966.

After high school, he joined the United States Marine Corp. Soon after enlisting, he was deployed to Vietnam where he served two tours of duty from 1967-1969.

After his return from Vietnam on the night of Dec 31, 1969,  he meet the love of his life, Joyce H. Burke. They were joined in marriage July 4, 1970 and were inseparable for the rest of his life.

Richard worked at Page Memorial Hospital in Luray, Va., for more than 30 years, where he was able to witness to, joke with and terrorize every doctor, nurse, staff members and patients, which he loved every moment always meeting everyone with a kind word, a smile and a song.

Richard is survived by his wife Joyce Burke of Luray, son Allen Burke of Broadway, daughter Marcy Parlett and husband Phillip of Luray, and seven grandchildren who meant the world to him, Will Parlett, Jillian Parlett, Hayden Parlett, Jaidyn Parlett, Addalyn Burke, Bryleigh Burke and Calyn Burke. Also surviving is brother James Burke and sister Joan Moyer.

He was preceded in death by parents Wood and Rena Burke, and also by sister Denise Good. 

Richard was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, church activities and traveling with his soulmate Joyce. 

Family will receive friends and family on Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray, Va. Funeral services will be Thursday, Oct 22, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Bradley Funeral Home, followed by graveside serve at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Luray, followed by lunch at Stanley Volunteer Fire Department on Main Street in Stanley, Va.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mill Creek Bible Church,  4903 Mill Creek Rd., Luray, VA 22835 or Stanley Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Arrangements by the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray, Va.

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