William Theodore Burke, 89, of Rochester, died Friday, April 14, 2017, at Cottagewood in Rochester. He was born Aug. 20, 1927. He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and graduated from the University of Minnesota in Veterinary Medicine. He worked as a mathematical statistician and computer programmer for the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., for many years. He was also a master gardener. William is survived by his wife, Bonnie; sons, Steven and David; stepchildren, Randy, Wendy, and Erin; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Elizabeth (John) Olson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Augusta and Alfred Burke; sons, Ronald and John; brother, Fred; and sisters, Marjorie and Patricia. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 21, at Calvary Evangelical Free Church, Rochester. A time of visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. The family requests that memorials be made to the Alzheimer's Association in William's memory.
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