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Services For George Burke To Be Friday Last Rites Will Honor Prominent Attorney And Public Servant Funeral services for George J. Burke, sr., 64-year-old Ann Arbor attorney and eminent public servant who died while taking a nap at his office yesterday afternoon, will be held at 10 o'clock Friday morning at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Msgr. G. Warren Peek will officiate at the services. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery. Pall-bearers at the service will be J. W. Edwards, Frank B. DeVine, Edward F. Conlin, J. I. Wanzeck, George Wedemeyer, and Burke Fitzgerald. Holder of many high public offices during his lifetime, Mr. Burke was a former member (1938 to 1950) and chairman of the Michigan Civil Service Commission, general counsel for the Office of Price Administration (1943), and a judge at the Nurenberg, Germany, war crimes trials after World War II. Other Offices Mr. Burke also held a membership on the Michigan Crimes Commission (1933-35), the state directorship for Michigan of the Federal Housing Administration (1934), the vice-chairmanship of the Detroit Regional Labor Board (1934-35), and membership on the State Corrections Commission (1939). He has been a member of the advisory committee on rules of criminal procedure to the U. S. Supreme Court since 1941. As senior partner of the law firm of Burke, Burke & Smith, Mr. Burke was attorney for the University of Michigan, the Ann Arbor Trust Co., the Ann Arbor Bank, and several institutions. Argus Board Chairman He was chairman of the board of directors of Argus, Inc., a member of the board of directors of the Detroit Eidson Co., and president of the Citizens Mutual Insurance Co. of Howell. A 1903 graduate of Ypsilanti Central High School, Mr. Burke received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1907 and, with the late Martin J. Cavanaugh, immediately established the Ann Arbor law firm of Cavanaugh & Burke. 1. He served as Washtenaw county prosecutor from 1911 to 1915 and was an active member of the Democratic Party on both the county and state level. St. Thomas Church Member Mr. Burke was a member of the St. Thomas Catholic Church, and a member and former president (1931) of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. Other memberships include the Ann Arbor Club, the Michigan Union, the Knights of Columbus, the Ann Arbor Elks lodge, the Ann Arbor Rotary Club, the Washtenaw Country Club, the Barton Hills Country Club, and the Detroit Athletic Club. Besides his wife, the former Edna J. Fritts, Mr. Burke is survived by three sons, George J. Burke, jr., H. William Burke, and Martin J. Burke; one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy A. Coffee; and seven grandchildren. A second daughter, Katherine E, is deceased. Friends may call at the Burke residence, 626 Oxford Rd., until the hour of service.