Burke A. Cumbie
March 02, 1931 ‒ April 05, 2021
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.