LaVerne Burke


LaVerne Everett Burke, age 84, of Eyota, MN died peacefully on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

LaVerne was born September 3, 1937 in Eyota Township to Clifford and Persis (Smith) Burke.

LaVerne was a logger and sawyer for Axley Bros., A & B Lumber and Brunkow Hardwood Corp., and Gary Gusa Logging & Lumber up until his retirement.

LaVerne loved deer hunting, fishing and watching sports and taking drives to see wildlife.

LaVerne is survived by his 3 children, Charlotte (Ken) Fagerlind, Steve (Cassandra) Burke, Tammy (Rick) Johnson; 4 grandchildren, Christopher (Kate) Fagerlind, Travis (Kristine) Johnson, Nicole (Laith) Alkhalil, Paige Johnson; step granddaughter, Jessica (Ray) Peterson; 6 great grandchildren; and sibling, Lillian Axley.

LaVerne was preceded in death by his wife Barbara; his parents; brother, Vernon; sister, Dorothy Axley; brother-in-laws, Ralph Axley and John Axley.

LaVerne donated his body to Mayo Clinic. A private family gathering will be held. Cards to the family may be sent to Tammy Johnson, 4918 19th Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904.

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4 thoughts on “LaVerne Burke

  1. One tough cookie and a great shade tree mechanic. I’ m sure he is fishing some where in heaven! God Bless Pops! From son Steven Burke.

  2. Sorry for your loss. I’ve known Sonny since we were pretty
    young. I first knew Sonny when we visited my mother’s Grandma Smith who had a couple of rooms in the house Sonny’s family lived. While my mother visited with Grandma we usually played basketball or softball with Sonny and his 2 older sisters (they were very good at both). In more recent years we saw each other at family gatherings or at the Eyota restaurant at breakfast time.. Always enjoyed a good visit..
    He will be missed..

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