William James “Reno” Burke

Reno Burke

William James “Reno” Burke, 65, of Waco, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017 at his residence.

Reno was born on Mother’s Day, May 13, 1951 to James Burke and Mary Hompkins Burke in Manhattan, New York. He was a school bus driver for 20 years in New York State and retired after many years of service due to an injury while shoveling snow. He then worked in the real estate business for a few years before meeting Donna online on the 26th of June 2000. He moved to Waco in November of 2000 to be with her. Reno loved Harley’s and the “feel of the freedom”, Tattoos and Wolves. Reno and Donna married February 2, 2002. They enjoyed all kinds of adventures and spur of the moment plans.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Shannon Burke; and his sister, Linda Dixon.

Reno is survived by his wife, Donna of Waco; his son, Jimmy Burke; step daughters, Tyffanie McCullough and Jennifer Eaton; his sister, Joyce Moyer; grandchildren, Cameron Lynch, Cody Burke, Faith Farrisi and Angela Burke; step grandchildren, Samantha McCullough, Logan McCullough and Lillie Eaton; step great-granddaughter, Kloii Bailey; and his two dogs, Goober and Dixie.

Visitation: 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 22nd at Lake Shore Funeral Home.

Funeral Service: 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 23rd in the chapel of Lake Shore Funeral Home.

Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr
Waco, TX 76708
United States (US)
Phone: (254) 752-5900

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. Was so sorry to hear that Reno had passed.
    My thoughts and prayers are with y’all in this time of sorrow. Much love!!!

  2. Paul & Lori Colombo

    We love you, Donna.
    You know our thoughts are with you.
    We will miss Reno always.

  3. Dear Donna,
    I’m so heartfully sorry that Reno has passed away. I know how hard it is to let go of someone you love dearly. There is always so much we want to say and so much we have left to do. I’m praying for you and your family and one day you will be reunited with Reno and that will be a glorious day indeed. God bless you, dear Donna.

  4. Omgosh this breaks my heart. Im so sorry Donna, “freaky” we all go way back. Reno loved you so much girl. My heart goes out to you. RIP ReReno. Much much Respect, Shotgun*

  5. Such a beautiful rememberance. My heart is sad for Donna and the family, yet I know Reno will always be watching over you. Reno I know you are ok as you have moved on to another level of your journey, you will be sadly missed. Much love to you all..

  6. Randy & Denise (Niles) Ragsdale


    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  7. Please accept my deepest condolences. May the peace God gives sustain your family during this difficult time. Lean on one another and remember you are not alone. God is there to comfort and strengthen you. (Isaiah 41:10 and Revelation 21:4

  8. Fred, Trish & Troy Deleon

    Donna & Family, We are so deeply sorry for your loss. We were so shocked when we heard that Reno passed away. He was a good man. May you have peace knowing he is in a better place. We are always here for you Donna, if you need anything. God Bless you all!

  9. Chuck and LuAnn

    We are so sorry to hear of Reno’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Donna and your family.

  10. Donna, I am so very sorry for your loss. I’m sure Reno is watching over you and will be riding free of pain waiting til the two of you are together again. Take care, my friend

  11. My heart is a little emptier, with the news that Reno has passed on. May you Donna, and and the rest of your family, take comfort in knowing, that he was loved and riding the highway skies, so free. Until you meet again, much love and and gentle hugs. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  12. Our Condolences to Donna (Freaky) and The Family.. I was just so sadden when I heard of RENO passing… He was a kind Man. Heaven got another Awesome Angel indeed! Donna may all the Memories give you the strength & comfort in the days ahead! God gives you your rest now…. `~ Ride Free ~ ++

  13. Donna J Rocchio a/k/a MeanDonnaJean, Mt. Vernon NY

    Tonight, the first night of this new year 2021, I excitedly Googled the names of 2 very special people I knew many years ago, Reno & Donna Burke, and the unexpected results sadly led me here. My heart sank as my eyes filled with tears over learning that Donna’s true love & my dear old friend Reno had passed. I am truly sorry for your & your entire family’s loss. I can’t recall the exact year we became fast friends but those wonderful days of Reno’s Renegade Biker will forever be etched in my mind. I can vividly recall how excited Reno was when you & he began corresponding and how he didn’t hesitate to open up his heart completely for love once again. Donna, I’m so sorry for being a few years late in receiving this news. I hope and pray you are doing well. I’m sure you know just how much Reno meant to me & to everyone he met. There’ll never be another Reno. He’ll always be a shining star in our skies.

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