Confirmed:Russell Burke, Veteran US Navy (54-19) 5 APR 19

April 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Sunset Funeral Home & Memorial Park
1701 Austin Hwy
San Antonio, TX 78218

The family of Mr. Russell R Burke, a US Navy Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders at the services, LEO supported procession, and graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one.

Russell R. Burke, age 87, passed away March 23, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. He was born on August 8, 1931 in Lincoln, NE to William & Ida Burke. Russell graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School (San Antonio, TX) in 1949. He was a past member of America Legion Post # 2 and the Lions Club-Bexar County China Grove. Russell was a proud U.S. Navy Veteran and a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He and Betty have been long time members of Northeast Baptist Church in San Antonio but also attended many other churches of different faiths. Russell was an accountant in the business office at San Antonio Junior College for 25 years. He was also a tax preparer since 1958, and later started Burke Tax Service with his brother John in the mid 1980’s. He was a quiet, humble, hard-working man who never called a lot of attention to himself. He was a huge fan of Country Music. Russell was quite an adventurer and enjoyed traveling especially to Nashville and Dollywood. If a theme park was around, he was there, especially if a roller coaster or rides were involved. In the last few years, he had fun traveling on the tour bus to Coushatta. When family or friends came to visit, they were treated to a “tour” of San Antonio. He took pride in showing off his city and all its attractions. Russell never met a stranger and loved a good conversation with people of all ages. He loved to fish at the coast, even if he didn’t catch anything; just being out on the water with friends and family was just fine with him. Above all, spending time with his huge extended family made him the happiest.

WEATHER: Hi 84 / Lo 66, 10% Chance of Rain, 71% Humidity

REQUESTOR:  Pam Burke Gonzalez, Daughter

STAGING:  0900 Hours, Friday, April 5, 2019
Sunset Funeral Home & Memorial Park
1701 Austin Highway
San Antonio, Texas 78218

BRIEFING:  0915 Hours

SERVICE: 1000 Hours
Sunset Funeral Home & Memorial Park
1701 Austin Highway
San Antonio, Texas 78218

KSU:  1030 Hours (Semper Gumby)

INTERMENT:   1115 Hours Shelter #2
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd
San Antonio, TX 78209

RC:   Jim “Red” Hefner

FC:  Martin “SoJo” Sojourner


1. Iron horses if you can, cages are always welcome and appreciated and unless under special circumstances not allowed in processions. You do not have to have a motorcycle to participate in honoring our veterans.

2. Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.

3. Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and. NO TALKING, SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR CELL PHONE USE IN THE FLAG LINE!

4. Cemeteries are hallowed ground. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit. Show our respect to ALL who are in attendance.

5. If riding/driving a motorcycle on Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, which is located within a Military Installation, you will need to wear closed toe shoes, long sleeve shirt, gloves, DOT approved helmet, eye protection, long pants, and boots/shoes that cover the ankle.

 ***Safety Notice***
Before volunteering and/or attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders missions we encourage you to review all safety information below.  Included are some potential safety concerns to be aware of, however this does not include the full scope of all potential hazards.  Anyone attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders mission understands that they do so at their own risk. Neither the Patriot Guard Riders Organization nor its representatives are liable for any damages incurred on any PGR mission or event.
Funeral Processions/Escorts
EVERY RIDER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for their own safety at all times while riding in a funeral procession.

At NO TIME are any riders authorized to block any intersection or otherwise block or impede traffic laws in any way.  Only Law Enforcement officials are authorized to block and/or impeded the lawful flow of traffic.

If you choose to fly a flag on your bike you are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for ensuring it is secured and not a danger to any other rider or traffic.

Warm Regards,
Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Deputy State Captain
San Antonio Patriot Guard
Honor, Dignity, Respect
Cell: (562) 413-2223