Steven Vincent Burke

Note from family contributor, Kim Callahan: This is my Grand-Uncle Steven Vincent Burke (1894-1971). He was another Plymouth County WWI Veteran who survived the war. He lived in Westfield. His parents Steve & Rose (McConville) Burke were my Great-Grandparents. His father Steve was an Indian Interpreter for Sitting Bull at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Steve Vincent was born at Ft. Yates, North Dakota as was my Grandmother Henrietta (Burke) Hoschler. I’m not certain, but I believe Steven Vincent Burke serviced in a Chemical Munitions Unit in World War I. He died in 1971 and is buried in the Dell Rapids, SD Cemetery. I’ve included a photograph of his headstone along with copies of his Draft Registration Card for World War I.

----------------------------------- World War I Draft Registration Card

Photos taken of Stephen Vincent Burke......1917



The picture below appears to be in LeMars, Iowa....note the bleachers in the background which looks like the Baseball field in LeMars.

Possibly a Training Camp group.....Stephen Burke is standing back row, furthest to the right.

His Obituary, b. 16 Sep 1894; d. 02 Feb 1971

Akron Register-Tribune
February 11, 1971

Stephen F. Burke, age 76, passed away at his home in Dell Rapids, So. Dak., after a long illness. Survivors include his widow, Mabel; one son, Lieut. Com. Joe Burke of San Diego, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Niggeling of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two sisters, Mrs. Claude Burris and Mrs. Henrietta Hoschler of Akron; several grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 5th from the Hermanson Kahler funeral home in Dell Rapids. A Requiem Mass was held at St. Mary’s Catholic church, Rev. Paul Bauchman officiating.

Full military honors were held at the Dell Rapids cemetery under the direction of the American Legion Post of Dell Rapids where burial was made. Steve was a veteran of WWI.

NOTES: Per his tombstone, he was born 16 Sep 1894 and he died 02 Feb 1971.
SPELLING CORRECTION: His name is correctly spelled: Steven Vincent Burke.