James "Lyle" Burke Sr.

October 15, 1925March 25, 2019

James "Lyle" Burke Sr., age 93, of Branchport, NY passed away on Monday March 25, 2019 at the Homestead in Penn Yan, NY.

Lyle was born October 15, 1925 in Branchport, NY to Mary (Prosser) and Charles Burk. Lyle retired as a master mechanic from JG Turner in Victor, NY. Lyle was the former owner of B & B Sales and Service in Branchport, NY. He was a member of the Yates County Pool League, Penn Yan Moose, Lakeside Country Club. He was an avid Pool and Euchre player.

Lyle is survived by; daughters, Cheryl Youngs, Debbie Humble and Sandy (Jeff) Welker; grandchildren, Christy Youngs, Teresa Youngs, Stacie (Zac) Milroy, Mandi Neave, Lindsay (Joel Balthaser) Youngs, Jimmy (Kelly) Humble, Jonathan Humble, Jennifer Humble, Derek Welker, Kyle Welker, Ashley (James Eaves) Burke; great grandchildren, John, Kara, Jamie, Jordan, Jameson, Thomas, Stella, Ryan, Gracie, Hunter, and Tinley; nephews, Scott (Stephanie) Burke and Arthur "Art" (Lori) Burk. In addition to his parents Lyle was predeceased by his wife of 52 years,Wilma I. (Storms) Burke; son, James (Jim) L. Burke Jr and brothers, Kenneth and Evered Burk. Friends and family may call from 11am to 1pm on Monday, April 1st, 2019 at the Townsend Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan, NY. His funeral service will follow at the funeral home at 1pm. Interment will be at Branchport Cemetery in Branchport, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to the Keuka Comfort Care Home, PO Box 107, Penn Yan, NY 14527.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Burke family.


  • Keuka Comfort Care Home


  • Calling Hours Monday, April 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 1, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Gathering Monday, April 1, 2019

James "Lyle" Burke Sr.

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Carol Hullings

April 1, 2019

Lyle was an amazing man..We had the joy of meeting him through the Yates County Pool League.. He always had a smile and a gentle hand shake for everyone. I (Carol) learned a lot from watching him play pool. But most of all I learned how to smile during adversity.. he will be missed but he will never be forgotten.. our deepest condolences to you and your family. Ralph and Carol Hullings..😢❤❤

Jennifer Humble

March 28, 2019

I will forever cherish the summers I use to spend with Grandpa Lyle. He always condoned cookies for breakfast and a good game of Yahtzee in the afternoon. Somehow he kicked my behind in any game that we played (especially in Yahtzee and Skip-bo), we swore it was the lucky dining room chair he sat in. I am so grateful that his qualities carry forward within my mother. What a wonderful man who has for sure left a special mark on this earth. Sending love to all of my family and Grandpa Lyle's dear friends during this time.

William Mac neal

March 28, 2019

I like hearing his story’s he was definitely the window into the past I’ve never met a person that loved to play cards as much as him he would be ready as soon as you walked into the door waiting with his home made counters to play euchre and talking about his Harley My deepest condolences to the family he was an ingredable man

Mollie Ross

March 26, 2019

Lyle always had a smile on his face and a wonderful disposition. I remember playing conasta and having fun trying to keep all the cards in my hand. Prayers to everyone