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John Paul Burkey
December 21, 1951–March 2, 2008
John P. Burkey, age 56, of Baldwin, Iowa, died of an apparent heart attack on Sunday morning, March 2, 2008, while coyote hunting in rural Jackson County, Iowa.
A celebration of his life was held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 6, 2008, from the Carson & Son Funeral And Cremation Services in Maquoketa, with Chaplin / Celebrant Rev. Ruth Ann Scott of Carson & Sons officiating. Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, from the Carson & Son Funeral And Cremation Services. Burial was in Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.
John Paul Burkey was born on December 21, 1951 in Anamosa, Iowa, to Galen P. Burkey and Arlene (Folkers) Burkey. During high school, John worked for the Maquoketa newspapers and graduated from Maquoketa Community High School in 1971. He married Diana L. Kucera on February 2, 1974 in Bellevue, Iowa.
After graduation, John worked for Stouffer's in DeWitt for a couple years. In 1977, he was hired by John Deere, Davenport works, working as a welder for the next 30 years, retiring on February 1, 2007.
John was a member of the Cascade/Anamosa Coon Hunters Club. He loved to fish and was an avid turkey, deer, coon and coyote hunter. He enjoyed taking coon hunting trips and competition. He was known as someone who loved to talk and enjoyed visiting. He also loved his family, and most especially being a grandpa.
John is survived by: his wife Diana Burkey of Baldwin; sons Alan (Michelle) Burkey of Maquoketa, and Aron (Christine) Burkey of Maquoketa; three grandchildren Hunter, Skyler & Stacie; his mother Arlene Burkey of Maquoketa; brothers Ronald Burkey of Maquoketa, Mike Burkey of Maquoketa, & Gary Burkey of Maquoketa; and sisters Gail Clary (Kevin Felten) of Preston, Eileen (Steve) Orcutt of Anamosa, Brenda (Dan) Seeley of Anamosa and Angela (Bob) Kennedy of Baldwin. He was preceded in death by his father on July 29, 2004, and two brothers Thomas and Larry.
A John P. Burkey Memorial Fund has been established.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 7 March 2008


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