Burke A. Cumbie

March 02, 1931 ‒ April 05, 2021

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Youngstown, Ohio

Honesty. Integrity.  A strong work ethic.  And a slightly off-beat sense of humor.  These qualities in Burke Cumbie continue to live within his four children.

Life with dad was the best of two worlds. His bluntness was offset by the gentleness of our mother, Janet.

Dad was an independent individual and in constant control of his surroundings, up to the very end of his life. For his four children, he expected nothing less than for us to give our best in anything and everything – whether in the classroom, the workplace or on the playing field. We did not want to let him down, and all of us continue with our best efforts every day. We will miss him greatly.

Burke A. Cumbie, 90, of Marion, died peacefully on Monday, April 5, 2021 following a brief illness, with his son Steve by his side.

Burke was born on March 2, 1931 in Youngstown, Ohio, the younger of two children of the late Burke A. Cumbie Sr. and Mildred E. (Myers) Cumbie.  He graduated from Struthers High School in 1949 and in1954 he graduated from Ohio Northern University with a pharmacy degree.

While attending Ohio Northern University, Burke met a fellow student, his bride to be, Janet L. Kuhner. They were married on January 23, 1955, at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Marion.  Janet preceded him in death on June 9, 2007.

After brief stops in northeast Ohio and in Newark, the family moved to Marion in 1961.  Burke was employed at the Henny and Cooper Pharmacy in Marion for over 20 years. He then worked at Marion Prescription well into his late 80’s.  In total, Burke was a pharmacist in Marion for over 55 years.

Throughout his life, Burke was a dedicated Freemason, who devoted much of his time to this universal brotherhood and their principles of friendship, fellowship, and service to all mankind.  He could proudly recite many of their services from memory.  He was a member and served in most capacities of the Marion Masonic Lodge #70 F & AM, serving as Worshipful Master in 1983.  Burke was exalted a Royal Arch Mason Marion Chapter #62 R.A.M., serving as High Priest in 1982 and received the Order of the High Priesthood from the Grand Chapter of Ohio.  He was a member of Marion Council #22 R & SM, receiving the Super Excellent Master Degree in 1975, and served as Illustrious Master in 1990.  Burke served in several offices of the Grand Council R & SM of Ohio, including Associate Chaplin and Grand Chaplin, received the Order of the Silver Towel, and served as Secretary of the Council of Anointed Kings for many years.  He was Knighted a member of Knights Templar Marion Commandery #36 in 1975, and served as Commander in 1995.  Burke was awarded the Meritorious Service Award from the Grand Commandery and was Knighted in Ohio Priory #18 Knight York Cross of Honor.  He received his 32nd Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus and received the Meritorious Service Award in 2003.  Burke was a past Sovereign Master of High Point Council #121 Allied Masonic Degrees, past Governor of Blackstone College York Rite Sovereign College #195, a member of Aladdin Shrine, and Past President of Marion Shrine Club.  He also was a member of the Marion White Shrine No. 15, Past Worthy Patron of the Lydia Chapter #83 of the Order of the Eastern Star (OES), and of the Warpole Chapter 344 OES.  He also was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church.

Burke enjoyed golfing every chance he could at all the local courses.  He also was an avid football fan, who loved watching The Ohio State Buckeyes, and cherished going to some of the games with his family.  He also enjoyed watching the Pleasant Spartans play football, as well as the Cleveland Browns.

A perfectionist, Burke took pride in everything he ever did.  He also will be remembered as an honest and forthright man, who was steadfast in his ideals and beliefs.

Most important of all to Burke was his family.  He and Janet especially cherished their grandchildren.  One of his favorite memories was taking 21 members of his immediate family on a cruise in 2011.  Burke was truly one of a kind, and he had his own unique way of showing the people he loved how much he cared.  He also was an animal lover, having many canine companions over the years.

Left to cherish his memory are his three sons: Stephen (Beth) Cumbie of Marion; Richard (Kathleen) Cumbie of Pittsburgh, PA, and Kevin (Julie) Cumbie of Danville, IN; one daughter, Patty (David Robinson) Hiatt of Columbus; eight grandchildren: Eric Cumbie, Susan (Nick) Keserich, Nicole (Chris) Tressler, Christopher Cumbie, Jonathan (Lara) Cumbie, Jessica Cumbie, Katie Cumbie, and Daniel Hiatt; seven great-grandchildren: Becca and Nathan Keserich, Aurora Cumbie, Luke and Andrew Tressler, Cailee Cumbie, and Asher Cumbie; and two nieces: Billie Sue (Jimmy) Greene, and Joy (Beverly) Nelson.

Including his wife and parents, Burke was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Millicent (Bill) Nelson.

His family will greet friends from 2 – 4 pm on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion, where Masonic services will follow at 4 pm.  A service to honor his life will also be held there at 11 am on Monday, with visitation starting at 10 am.  Deacon Kevin Kehn will be officiating.  Masks will be required inside the funeral home.  For those unable to attend his funeral on Monday at 11 am, you are welcome to watch via livestream on the funeral home’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DenzerChapelSFH/).  Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Marion Masonic Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 432, Marion, OH 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, are honored to serve Burke’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • My deepest and sincere sympathies go out to the family Burke was my Senior Decon the year I was Master a good friend and a Brother Mason I am sorry for your loss.

  • Our deepest condolences to the Cumbie family. Burke and Janet traveled extensively with us during my year of service as head of the state in one of the Masonic groups. He served as my associate grand chaplain and spent more than 100 nights that year driving and/or traveling with me to various locations both in and outside Ohio. Without his help, I would not have completed my goals that year. His dedication and friendship to us will not be forgotten.
    Ron and Debbie Pool

  • My sincere sympathies to the family if Burke Cumbie . He and Janet were the best. They stood beside me in both White Shrine and Eastern Star when I needed a friend after the passing of my mother. Burke was also a good friend to my father, Clarence Jamerson in Lodge 70. May he rest in peace. Well done, my friend.

    • Jim and Patricia,
      Thank you for the kind thoughts. We have missed seeing you at the concerts in the park. Hopefully we can start up again this year.
      Steve and Beth

  • What a honor it had been to Nancy and I to have had the pleasure of having Burke as a friend and a Masonic Brother. A man that was my right hand man that no job was too big. He and Janet travelled many miles with Nancy and I. I can honestly say I have never met a more dedicated man in my life. My only consolation is that Janet and Burke are together again. I thank them both for sharing their lives with Nancy and I. I miss them both and hope to see them again one day. Rest well my beloved friends. You both have earned your rest. The Gates of heaven are winners this day.

  • To Steve, Beth, and family we are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May the Lord bring you comfort at this time.

    • Darrell and Rosemary,
      Thank you for the kind thoughts. Hopefully we can visit with you and others from Stolz in the near future.
      Steve and Beth

  • Rest In Peace. My friend, Brother, Companion, A great man. And a true Royal & Select Mason We traveled to many Arches together. Helping with. Degrees. And we’re back to back I’ll. masters. I will never forget our friendship and his Lady Janet, My prayers are with the family God Bless. Avon Ault

  • I send to you my sincere sympathy in the loss of your father, Burke. He and Janet were active in OES and Masonic activities when Ralph and I were active and we always enjoyed their company. He epitomized the statement ‘ live respected and die regretted’.

  • I’m so sorry about your dad. I hope all of you will recover ( as much as possible ) in time. I met your dad once at Pats house. There were a few of you there. He was quite the character. Appreciated his humor ! 🙏🙏

  • I will truly miss my Uncle Burke. He was so loved by all of the Nelsons, and especially my mother, who just adored her little brother. May he Rest In Peace. I know he, Aunt Janet, and my mom and dad are having a great reunion in Heaven. Love to everyone

  • Worked with Burke back in 1980-1981 @ Super-X in Marion. I really liked him! Sorry for your loss and prayers! Sincerely, Michael Lundquist, Marion.

  • -Steve, Beth, and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. We didn’t have a chance to know your father, but we know that he must have been a very special person to have raised a pretty great person like you Steve. It sounds like his characteristics run pretty strong in all of his children. May you share many great memories of your father with your family and may he rest in peace.

    • Thank you Jen and Kevin. Yes, they all share in Cumbie sarcasm and it has been passed down to the grandchildren! And, Dad was a very special person.
      Love, Steve and Beth

  • I have many pleasant memories of my travel with Burke over my years working with the Grand Council. He was a good friend as we travelled with Bill Laughlin and Watson Penrod. Those trips caused a lot of ideas, many of which were turned to actions. What a kind man he was to me but he helped bring out the best in me. I will greatly miss him but will be forever glad I got the chance to know him. Thank you for sharing him with us. Now he is truly home, as God lent him to us!


  • Steve, Beth, and Cumbie Family, We”re so sorry for the the loss of your father. Nick and I always enjoyed talking with Burke at all the family gatherings. He will be greatly missed by us! Take comfort in this diffucult time, and hold on to precious memories, that will no doubt put a smile on your face and joy in your heart. And our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Nick & Linda Keserich

    • Thank you, Linda and Nick. Dad so enjoyed his trips to Strongsville and Medina to see the kids and Becca and Nathan. I know he really enjoyed talking to you all and celebrating holidays and birthdays with the families. We will miss seeing you this weekend.
      Love, Beth and Steve

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