Bernard W. “Ben” Burken, 78, of DeWitt, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 24, 2019, at home.
Ben was born Sept. 28, 1940, in Clinton, to William and Marjorie James Burken. A 1959 graduate of DeWitt High School, Ben married Pauline Flor on April 16, 1961, at Grace Lutheran Church in DeWitt. He worked at Peters Motors before becoming a DeWitt police officer, serving as an auxiliary officer and EMT, and working for C&J Farm Service. He served in the Army Reserves/National Guard for nine years. Ben was plant manager for HSI Corp, and then worked for Goettsch Farms 21 years, retiring in 2004.
Ben served as a DeWitt volunteer fireman for 26 years. He was a charter member of the DeWitt Nite Lions, serving the local community and becoming District 9x9 Governor in 1989-1990.
He was a member of the American Legion, and chairman of the City Board of Adjustments. He was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church, serving as trustee for four years.
Ben enjoyed fishing, woodworking, hunting and family.
Surviving are his loving wife of 58 years, Pauline; a son, David (Liana) Burken, of Lincoln, Nebraska; two daughters, Pamela (Richard) Kendall, of Council Bluffs, and Anne (Alan) Edwards, of DeWitt; four grandchildren, David Burken, Brian (Shelby) Burken, and Amelia and Louis Kendall; three great-grandchildren, Carmine, Ashley and Eldon Burken; three brothers, John (Jan), Ed (Bonnie) and Mark (Jerri); a sister-in-law, Sandy Burken; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, and brother, Leonard.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Friday, Aug 30, at Schultz Funeral Home in DeWitt. Service of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Grace Lutheran Church in DeWitt. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery in DeWitt.
Memorials may be made to the DeWitt Nite Lions or the DeWitt Fire Department.
Condolences may be expressed, and a photo tribute viewed at schultzfuneralhomes.com.