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FORT WORTH – Robert Arthur Burke, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and son, passed away on Thursday April 9, 2009.

Funeral: was 11 a.m. Tuesday at Thompson’s Harveson and Cole Funeral Home. Pastor Jorge Gonzalez will officiate. Interment: was 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: 5 until 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Robert was born Jan. 31, 1954 in Bellville. He graduated from New Caney High School and joined the U.S. Army where he served six years for our great country, including a tour to Japan. After moving to Fort Worth, Robert met the love of his life, Margaret Joanne Cressel. They were married on Oct. 28, 1988.

Based on his morals and a very giving heart, Robert was always ready to help anyone, even a stranger. He was a wonderful family provider and he was inspired to start a very successful company, Sentry One Siding, in 1993. After establishing this business that he cared so deeply for, he was given the opportunity to own his biggest dream, a Harley Davidson, “the Freedom of the Ride”.

Robert and Margaret spent many great years together. They loved spending their spare time at the lake so they could fish and take care of his camper. He loved spending family time with his wife, children and grandchildren, and especially enjoyed barbqueing and making his famous “Burke Burgers”.

Robert’s warmth and tender heart will be missed by all. He was preceded in death by his father, William H. Burke; and grandson, Jorge A. Gonzalez.

Survivors: His wife of 20 years, Margaret Cressel Burke; daughters, Janna Cressel Gonzalez and her husband, Jorge, and Nicole Ebersole Hampton and her husband, Michael; grandchildren, Justin, Caitlyn, Christyn, and Cylie Gonzalez, and Kaylie Hampton; great-granddaughter, Alexia Gonzalez; mother, Joyce Burke; sister, Vickie Hargrove and her husband, Charlie; brother, Thomas Burke; many nieces and nephews; Margaret’s parents, Lance Cressel and the late Sandra Cressel; her brother, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Thompson’s Harveson & Cole Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arranegements.

Posted by Joy Neely


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