Tribute: Dorce “Sam” Burkley

Dorce "Sam" Burkley, passed away October 23

Dorce "Sam" Burkley, Canfield, Ohio - obit

CANFIELD, Ohio – Dorce “Sam” Burkley, 86, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2016. He was born on March 31, 1930 in Payne, Ohio, son of Raymond and Edith Burkley.

After a term with the U.S. Navy, Sam, with the help of his then, fiancé, Marilyn, diligently studied to pass the Ohio State Highway Patrol exam and enjoyed a 15-year career with that agency. This also resulted in the relocation of him and his bride from his home in Western Ohio to the Canfield Patrol Post. After leaving the patrol post, he enjoyed a long, successful career as an insurance adjuster for State Auto Insurance Company and earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.

He was a past volunteer fireman and board member of the Canfield Joint Fire District. He was a past elder and deacon in the Canfield Presbyterian Church and a long-time member of the church choir. Sam was also a member of the Canfield Conservation Club.

Sam was a man of many talents and interests. He and Marilyn both loved to travel and took their family on many camping vacation adventures, visiting almost all of the states in the U.S. In later years, Sam and Marilyn traveled to Australia and Europe. They belonged to the Scampers Camping group and enjoyed monthly outings, often including their lucky grandchildren. For over 20 years, they enjoyed spending their winters in Florida as active members of Alligator Park in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Sam also loved to golf and earned a hole-in-one at Diamond Back Golf Course. He was a talented woodworker and crafted numerous, beautiful pieces for family and others. He and Marilyn were both avid card players who formed lifelong friendships with other couples in their bridge club. Besides his family, however, his greatest love was music. He was a talented guitarist and played with several area bands, as well as using his beautiful singing voice as a popular square dance caller.

Sam leaves to cherish his memory, his three daughters, Susan (Michael) Welsh, Jill (Gail) McCullough and Dana (Richard) Beil. He also leaves his seven grandchildren, of whom he was exceptionally proud, Ryan (Michelle) Mccullough, Matt (Jonathan Emerson) Coonrod, Erin (Brian) Maley, Brooke (Ryan) Anderson, Ian Beil, Carter (Tesla) Beil, Adelyn Beil and great-grandchildren, Siena and Kate Maley, Julian, Miles and Silas McCullough. Also surviving are his sisters Orlea Seely, Veda Crawford, Lorean McCollum, Lula (Lennis) Saylor; brother Duane Burkley and sister-in-law Joan Alt and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; his parents and his son-in-law, Michael Coonrod.

Calling hours will be held at Canfield Presbyterian Church, 140 W. Main St., Thursday October 27 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Friday, October 28, one hour prior to the funeral services beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Interment will follow at Canfield Village Cemetery.

The family request any memorial contributions be made to the Canfield Presbyterian Church organ renovation fund.

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