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Robert L. Burke passed away peacefully Feb. 15, 2013. Born in Evanston, Ill., Aug. 10, 1932, Robert enlisted in the Navy in 1950, and was honorably discharged in August 1953. Robert began working for Illinois Bell. In 1964, Robert and his family took a vacation to Three Lakes,Wis, and he decided to move his family to Three Lakes to become the Three Lakes telephone man. He retired in the mid-1990s.

Robert was a resident of Three Lakes for 44 years. He is survived by his sister, Lois; brothers, Pat, Mike and Ken; daughter, Sharon; grandchildren, Bryce,

Brooke and Kent; and great-grandchild, Parker.



Dad was my rock and my friend. Raising me and my siblings in Three Lakes was the best gift he gave me. I made many trips back to Three Lakes with his grandchildren so he could teach them about fishing and to just enjoy nature. My father called me every week so we could keep up with each other. I always knew what the weather was doing and when I couldn’t take it any longer, I asked him to come thaw out in San Diego. Never could get him to stay long . . . his heart belonged to the Northwoods. I will miss your laughter and your loving, kind way toward me and my family. I will be forever grateful for you, Dad, and the memories we created together.

Love and miss you Dad, Sharon and Family


Robert, you were a dear brother to me. You taught me patience, love and kindness. You are with Our Lord and Savior. There will be no more pain. I bet now you are with Bobby and Nancy, having a great celebration.

Your loving sister, Lois


Bob, you were like a brother to me, except when the Packers and the Bears played. Go for those muskies — no limit now! Your Bro-in-Law, Jack


What we admired most about Bob was that he lived what he loved in the woods of northern Wisconsin, surrounded by water and woods, a loving family and many friends. He was the kindest and gentlest of souls, always ready with a smile and a helping hand. He left the world a better place than when he arrived, just by being in it, though there may be a few fish that would disagree!

The Minnesota Burke Family —

Pat, Jill, Kim & Robert & Patrick


Bob was a great brother and the time we spent together will be everlasting in my memories. He will be missed.



When I think about my brother Bob, I remember him always having a smile on his face. Even though I didn’t see him very often, he was always easy to talk to and made everyone feel at ease. I will miss him.

Love, Mike, Mary, Erin and Sean Burke


Memories of Uncle Bob teaching us how to water-ski behind his 18-horse Evinrude fishing boat on Island Lake. Letting us use his snowmobile, adventuring around the lakes and trails. The fond memories of freezing my fingers and toes off while my dad and Uncle Bob showed me ice fishing on the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes. Teaching us how to fish and sharing all of his favorite fishing cribs. Uncle Bob gave us a reason to revisit the tranquility and peacefulness of Three Lakes Northwoods, enjoying his company and friendship. Uncle Bob, you will truly be missed. Rest in peace.

Nephew Jac


Uncle Bob has greatly enriched our childhood experiences. He introduced us to life in the Northwoods and has given us many fond memories that we will never forget. We always had great times when our families would get together. We will dearly miss and never forget him.

Nephew Steve


What I will remember most about Uncle Bob is his love for the great outdoors and living on a lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin . . . his love for hunting, fishing and boating. I will treasure the memories of his relaxed personality, fun sense of humor and his kind, loving, gentle spirit.

Niece Cathy


A celebration of Robert L. Burke’s life will take place at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, 1701 Superior St., Three Lakes, Wis., on Aug. 7, 2013, at 11 a.m.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013 7:14 PM
Last Updated on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 7:20 PM

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