Melchior David Burke

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Melchior David Burke, age 72, was born in Cleveland Ohio on July 7, 1949 to the late James Willis Sr. and Eunice Nesbitt. David departed this life on Wednesday November 3, 2021.

He graduated from the Cleveland School System and was employed with Mar’s Corporation (formerly Kal-Kan) for 30 years.

David leaves to cherish his memories, wife and love of his life for 25 years; Debi Burke, son; David Burke, tow bonus daughters; Tiffany Dillard and Anitra Lomax, sisters; Lucretia (Marcellus) Hodge, Mildred Tyler, LaMonyna Burke, and Jacinta Willis, brother-in-law; Thaddues (Kristina) Dye, sisters-in-law; Betty Dye, Della Dawson, Lula (Vincent) Grant and Kim Willis; as well as a host of relatives, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends.

David is preceded in death by his parents, James Willis Sr. and Eunice Nesbitt, brother, James Willis Jr. and sister, Minister Pauline Hawkins.

“God knew that you were tired and the hills were hard to climb. He gently closed your weary eyes and whispered peace be thine”.

Private Visitation 1:00 PM and Private Memorial Service 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd). To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Burke Family, visit


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  1. Sharon Headington

    I am so truly sorry for your loss. I worked with David at Kal Kan for 12 years. I truly admired this man.

  2. To all the Burke Families my thoughts and prayers are with you all. David was a good man I had the pleasure of working with him he was a very special person to me. David always had a smile that would like up a room. R.I.P David! Love Diane

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. Dave was someone I always looked forward to seeing at work. He was quick witted, and always made me smile as I was walking away from him. I’m sure he was loved by so many. We’re all blessed to have known him.

  4. Also from all of us that worked with him @ Mars Pet care (Kal Kan) for all those years. One of his famous sayings were Blase’, Blase’ and he was never wrong! Though we all no that wasn’t the truth! We all loved him & care about him!

  5. Patricia McCall-Steele

    My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Debi and the Burke. Like I would always tell you , stay faithful. God will never leave you nor forsake you.

  6. Dave was a good man. Always, always brought a smile to my face. I was in engineering at Kal Kan and at one time we had four engineers named Brian. I was at my desk one day, alone, when Dave came up and was looking around. I said “what’s up”? Dave said “where’s Brian sit”? I said “which one, there’s four Brian’s”? He said “the one with the chicken head”. I said “that’s Brian Nero… he sits right over there”. I’m still laughing. I’ll miss his humor. Sorry for your loss.

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