Dale was born on April 2, 1937 in Vanduser, Mo., the son of William R. and Wilma L. (Batts) Burke. After high school, Dale attended the University of Missouri and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. Several years later, Dale graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Law Degree. After law school, Dale served as Barry County Prosecuting Attorney, practiced law, served as Monett City Attorney, served as Associate Circuit Judge for Barry County and served as Municipal Judge for several local jurisdictions. Dale was a devoted husband and a loving father, who was very involved in the community. He served as a school board member, a member of the Kiwanis Club, Masonic Lodge, Shriner's and Monett Chamber of Commerce. He was currently serving on the Cox Monett Hospital Advisory Board. He also volunteered as a driver for Loaves & Fishes. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Monett.
Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-three years, Sharon (Grieb) Burke, of the home; two sons, Capt. James R. (Randy) Burke of Waxahachie, Texas and David Burke of Lewisville, Texas; two daughters, Lori Welch and fiancÚ, Larry Cantrell, of Monett and Debbie McClelland and husband, Hal, of Springfield, Mo.; one brother, Terry Burke and wife Vicki, of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; one sister, Joy S. Leslie and husband Rick, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren, Dillon, Eric and Ryan Welch, Erin McClelland and Devin Burke; as well as a host of extended family and friends. Dale will be dearly missed by many.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, William and Wilma Burke; and one granddaughter, Rachel Welch.
Funeral services for Mr. Burke were held at 11 a.m on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church in Monett. Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Monett.
Memorial contributions can be made to Loaves and Fishes or to First United Methodist Church Building Fund. Arrangements have been entrusted to Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, Mo.