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Joel T. Burke

Joel T. Burke, 45, of Pembina, ND passed away Sunday, September 13, 2015, at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, September 19, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the Pembina School Gymnasium, Pembina, ND. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 18th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service at the Assumption Catholic Church, Pembina, ND. Burial will be held in the Pembina Cemetery.
Joel Thomas Burke was born March 8, 1970, at Cavalier, ND to Thomas and Beverly (Monette) Burke. He grew up and attended school in Pembina, graduating in 1988. After attending UND for two years, he then worked for Cosley Farms for several years.
On January 23, 1996, he married Kristie Wilkins Newton and together they made their home in Pembina raising their two boys Tyler and Kelly. Their family grew when daughter MacKenzie was born August 30, 1999, followed by son Justin on May 8, 2003.
He began his trucking career in 1999 when he bought his first truck and trailer and he went "over the road" for S&S Transport. After he sold his truck and trailer he began driving for Northdale Oil, where he continued to work until the time of his death.
Joel enjoyed watching NASCAR, football, basketball as well as BMX racing as both a spectator and participant. He was always willing to offer a helping hand to anyone in need. He had a passion for music and enjoyed sharing his beautiful voice with everyone. He was also a fantastic drummer.
Survivors include his children: Tyler Newton (fiancée, Autumn Hanson), Larimore, ND, Kelly Newton, Grand Forks, ND, MacKenzie and Justin Burke, both of Grand Forks; grandchildren: Tynleigh Rose Hanson and Brantly Jaxx; parents, Tom and Beverly Burke, Pembina, ND; sister, Kimberly (Michael) Kemp and their son, Brad, Grayslake, IL; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents: Leo and Maude Burke, John and Betty Monette; uncle, Howard Burke; aunt, Geraldine Bares.

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I was Joel's roommate for the 1990 fall semester at UND. Literally stumbled across this almost by accident. Joel was a very funny guy and I enjoyed getting to know him. I am terribly sorry to hear of his passing. May God bless Joel and his surviving family. I am sorry for your loss.

Scott Thompson Apr 14 2018 12:00 AM

(I used to date Gary Warner for 7 years... late 90's/early 2000's). I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Joel. Joel was always so friendly and kind. He had a fun personality and enjoyed visiting. May all of the wonderful memories you have of Joel help you get through this difficult time. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May God Bless. Sheryl K Driscoll

Sheryl K Driscoll Sep 18 2015 12:00 AM

I am deeply saddened when I heard of the loss of your son Joel. Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family. Joel was a kind and caring man. "I love you" in sign language Karen L. Kern

Karen Kern Sep 18 2015 12:00 AM

On behalf of the Buffalo Fire Dept., I would like to extend our sincere sympathy, and condolences to Joel's family, and fellow Firefighters. We are very saddened by your loss. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Paul Tinjum Chief Buffalo Fire Dept

Paul Tinjum Sep 18 2015 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers from Billings County Rural Fire Protection District.

RodneyJob Sep 18 2015 12:00 AM

Justine Nord has sent an Expressions of Sympathy card.

Justine Nord Sep 18 2015 12:00 AM

Sending Heart felt sympathy, from me and my famy to you and yours.

Melissa Hilliard Sep 17 2015 12:00 AM

Hi to Tom and Beverly; My condolences to you and all concerned for what happened to Joel. He and i always visited and shared a laugh or a joke. Good guy! Good singer! He honestly enjoyed being around his friends and people in general. I will miss him. Sincerely, Jeff (aka howie)

Jeff Hughes Sep 17 2015 12:00 AM

I'm so broken hearted for all of Joel's family. He was a super guy with a heart of gold. Let all the wonderful memories and the support of the community embrace you and help you through these sad days. God Bless!

Tanya (Dorion) Mesheski Sep 17 2015 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers to the entire Burke family. Joel was a great guy!

Shelly Sexton Sep 17 2015 12:00 AM

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