He was born Sept. 29, 1929, in Brazil, as the son of Fred H. and Loretta Lucille Harris Burk Sr. He graduated from Brazil High School. He served in the U.S. Army. He married Mary E. Porter Feb. 4, 1951.
Fred Jr. worked at the Brazil Gas Company then at P R Mallory, Greencastle, and then he moved on to International Harvester/Navistar, where he worked for 18 years until his retirement in 1990. Fred Jr. and Mary were also foster parents for 32 years. Fred Jr. was known as "Candy Man" when he managed the concession stand in Forest Park for several years during the 4-H Fair. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Brazil.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sons Timmy Joe and James David Burk, and his in-laws Clint and Audrie Porter.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years Mary, daughter Debbie Rao (Achuta), son Dennis Burk (Sue), Reelsville, granddaughter SuSheela Rao, grandsons Jason Burk, Joshua Burk and Jerremy Burk, stepgrandchildren Tiffiany Archer (Kevin), Tiffany Archer and Shane Ake, three great-grandchildren Chase and Elizabeth Burk, and Esphono Gerberkiden.
He is also survived by one sister Barbara Ferry (Jim) and their daughter Jana Trusler, brothers-in-law James Porter (Helen), Col. Harry Porter (Ann) and David Porter, three sisters-in-law Shirley Lawson (Don), Jean Cox (Wayne) and Rebecca Bass, and other extended family.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Friday, at Moore Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, with Bro. Jim Porter officiating with burial at Calcutta Cemetery.
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