Burke C. Hill

May 6, 1937May 12, 2019

Burke Hill, after a 3 year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2019 at the age of 82. Burke was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He was a patriot and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17. He proudly served until a serious car accident caused career ending injuries. Burke was a master craftsman who enjoyed working with his hands, especially as a gunsmith. He was well known for his work and was frequently sought out for his expertise. He also loved anything with an engine and was very mechanically minded. He worked as a service advisor at several dealerships for many years, and then finished his work life as a quality assurance supervisor in the research and development department of a local turbine jet engine company. Burke loved his family and friends with every ounce of his body and soul. He married the love his life, Grace, on June 25, 1960. In 1963 they had a son, James, and in 1968 the family moved to Arizona. He was an incredibly generous with his time, knowledge and, if he was able, with finances. Even on his worst days he always maintained a positive attitude and was known to tell you that he was “damn near perfect”. Burke was preceded in death by his wife Grace. He will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his surviving sister Gaynelle Hall, his son James, his daughter-in-law Shawn, his favorite (and only) grandson Joshua, and his many other cousins, nieces and nephews and wonderful friends. Memorial Services will be at Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona at 10:00 on Saturday June 1, 2019. There will be a reception following the memorial service; details will be available at the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association at, or the American Heart Association at


1 June

Memorial Service

10:00 am

Green Acres Chapel of Light

401 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257


Burke C. Hill

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May 19, 2019

Burke was a special friend, I also know he was a loving husband & father & grandfather. He was as honest as anyone could be or strive for, a wealth of knowledge even though he played it down, always went out of his way to help friends, family & neighbors. Always one with a good story, always entertaining. He will leave his mark on many of us, an honor & a pleasure to have known & been a friend to Burke.
Semper Fi

Holly Rohrer

May 17, 2019

I loved Sonny, Grace, and this entire family. Gaynelle still shines as an example of what a wonderful core group the Rohrer family comes from. I remember Sonny as a hard working, kind, thoughtful person who loved Grace and his son. My days in Arizona with this entire family are happy loving memories that I will always hold so dear and close to my heart. My love and support to all.

Mark Johnson

May 15, 2019

As early as I can remember, my cousin Sonny was always a cheerful guy. The many family gatherings at Aunt Isabel and Uncle Burke’s home In Hopwood, Pennsylvania, Christmas memories at Grandma and Grandpap Rohrer’s in West Brownsville , Pennsylvania, picnics at Lick Hollow and especially his and Grace’s wedding day. He was always cheerful and happy and was a great guy especially with all of the cousins. He will never be forgotten. His knowledge of guns and automobiles was unsurpassed. I know that he touched so many lives with his genuine personality. So many memories of he and his beloved wife Grace and son Chris. He now has been reunited with Grace and Aunt Isabel and Uncle Burke and Grandma and Grandpap Rohrer in Heaven and I look forward to seeing him again in that Ivory Palace. May God Bless his loved ones and grant them peace and comfort especially my dear cousin Gaynelle, Chris and Shawn and all his nieces and nephews. Rest In Eternal Peace Sonny. We will always love 💕 you and fondly remember you

David McElroy

May 15, 2019

"Sonny", as he was affectionately known as by his family, was dearly loved and respected. Many good memories of he, Grace, and Chris I will hold close to my heart. All the family picnics and visits to them on Wharton Furnace Rd, me as a youngster fascinated by his war memoribilia, and more recently, the visits he made to "Uncle Harry" and Aunt Maife"... I was so grateful for those. He's united with cousin Grace once again. RIP Sonny.

Rebecca (Ed) Blankinship

May 15, 2019

I only knew Burke for a short while from 1995, but my husband Ed was a great friend and admirer of Burke. They spent so much time together at shooting events. They really enjoyed each other's company. Ed always called him Mr. Hill. Out of respect. Burke was a very loving person and so happy. He will be missed. Thank you for your service to your country and for the great memories.