Frank D. Burke

Frank D. Burke passed away at home on Saturday, September 2nd after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma. He was 67. 

Frank was a lifelong resident of Lansing. He was born to Robert and Ione (Murphy) Burke on January 5, 1956. He graduated from J. W. Sexton High School (class of 1974), where he played the trombone in the marching band. He completed an associate’s degree at Lansing Community College and a degree in electronics. Frank had many jobs over the course of his life, but finished his career working for the State of Michigan’s Treasury Department for 20 years. 

Frank was a fun and funny man who enjoyed lifting weights, going to the beach, and playing softball and cards with friends and family. A fan of sports in general, Frank rooted especially for Michigan State University and the Detroit Tigers. Frank took great pride in caring for his home and property. He had many friends who knew him to be a thoughtful, kind, caring and generous soul. He was a wonderful brother to Pat and Bob, and a good husband to Stephany. He will be greatly missed by all.

Frank is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Stephany, as well as his brothers Robert (Mary) and Patrick (Beth), and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are his in-laws John Fishbeck (Laurie Dawson), Jim Fishbeck (Lee Morgan), Jan (Bill) Heston, Janet (Nick) Marcanio, Greg Persondek, and Jill Royster. His sweet ginger cat, Lucy, will miss curling up for a nap in Frank’s lap.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2023, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing, MI, 48933. A private inurnment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Greater Lansing Food Bank

Print Obituary

16 Messages to “Frank D. Burke

Print Messages
September 6, 2023 at 6:56 am

What a wonderful & kind person. He was always a ray of light when came into our office. God bless he & his wife & family.

September 6, 2023 at 11:32 am

Did Frank go to Sexton High School ? Class of maybe ’74 or ’75 ?

Stephany Burke
September 6, 2023 at 12:30 pm

Class of 1974.

Vicky Williams
September 6, 2023 at 12:36 pm

So very sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. I used to work with Frank for Department of Treasury. He was always very kind & friendly. Hugs & prayers for Stephany.


September 6, 2023 at 3:53 pm

I’m Sorry to hear this and offer my deepest condolences. I worked with Frank for many years at Treasury. He was a great co-worker and friend, as he was very kind and considerate of everyone else. I miss our conversations about investments. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.


Gina Murphy
September 6, 2023 at 4:30 pm

Stephany and Family,

So sorry to hear of the loss of Frank! Even though we haven’t seen you all much since Aunt Ione passed away, I think of you frequently and wonder how you’re doing. Very sad. Frank was always so sweet. Well, the whole family is!

Jacki and I are out of town next week but I hope we are able to see you at the the service.

RIP Frank. Say hi to Aunt Ione and Uncle Bob, and my dad and John. The list is much longer, but I will just add say hey to Jimmy Buffet. 😉

Love and Prayers,

Gina Murphy
Battle Creek

Don Kill
September 7, 2023 at 2:44 pm

Had a great time playing with Frank ( and Pat) in the Alumni marching band over the years. I think it made us all feel young.

Diana Lamb
September 9, 2023 at 10:20 am

I had the pleasure of working with Frank many years ago in Collections. He was very friendly and kind and a great co-worker. I’m so very sad to hear of his passing. Sincere sympathies to his family and friends.

September 10, 2023 at 12:29 pm

So very sorry for your loss. Frank was one of the very best.
David (Stork) Ording

September 10, 2023 at 9:44 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Frank has alway been one of the nicest people. He will be sadly missed
I love You guys.

Julie Mueller-Hayes
September 11, 2023 at 3:56 am

As Stephany’s good friend from high school, I had the opportunity to meet and socialize with Frank. I would run into him at the YMCA in earlier days. He was kind and sensitive and a fun card player. Miss him. Sending daily hugs to Stef.

Bonnie Bennett
September 20, 2023 at 9:53 pm

Frank always had a good word for everyone. He was so good in the alumni band twirling the trombone. Rest in pease frank you will be missed and hugs to your loved ones

Joseph Pizzo
September 21, 2023 at 2:19 pm

Sadden by Franks passing. We had such a great time growing up on Princeton street and playing at com stock park. Great memories, my condolences to his family and to his brothers Bob and Patrick. Thinking of good times, from the Pizzo brothers.

Anne H Stump
September 22, 2023 at 10:52 am

Agree with Pat Pizzo, great neighbor on Princeton. Part of the alley family, they were great neighbors,
Stump family lived on Logan St.
God bless him and may the Angels welcome him to Paradise .

Stephany Burke
October 2, 2023 at 10:59 am

Thank you everyone for your caring thoughts.

Robert Galey
October 8, 2023 at 9:30 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about Frank’s passing. He was a great friend from childhood. Too many memories and laughs to remember. I was just looking at some pictures my brother, James Galey, took of camping trips at Manitou Island with Frank and my brother Steve. We called Frank “Franklin” back then. Here’s to you, Frank!


Please Sign The Guestbook

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *