William Russell Burk
William Russell Burk

OHIO CITY, Ohio — William Russell Burk, 68, of Ohio City and formerly of Van Wert, died at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, following a battle with cancer.

He was born May 5, 1946, in Van Wert, to the late Minnie E. (Wooderson) and Russell A. Burk.

Survivors include his son: Shawn (Renee) Burk of Ohio City; daughter: Christina (Mark) Nowak of Grover Hill, Ohio; sister: DeeAnn Zimmerman; grandchildren: Brittany (Josh) Evans, Kimberly Dudas, Jayson Nowak, Steven Burk, Rebecca Burk and Megan Slusser; three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother: David Burk.

He had been employed at Decatur Casting for 27 years and later at Securitas. He was a 1965 graduate of Van Wert High School and an avid CB’er with the handle “Swamp Fox.”

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert. Burial will be in Van Wert Woodland Cemetery.

Calling is Tuesday from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m.

Preferred memorial is his family or the Van Wert Area Visiting Nurses.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at: cowanfuneralhome.com.