Bryan Robert Burke, 75, of Fort Worth Texas passed away on February 10, 2023 of a stroke. Bryan was born to Robert and Bonnie Bryan Burke in La Porte, Indiana. After Bryan graduated from Bonita High School, La Lerne CA he proudly enlisted in the Marines, then on to study law. After graduating college with a degree in law, Bryan moved to Oregon and helped create the Spring Valley Fire Department and became fire chief in Salem Oregon. He owned and operated a computer business, ABUCUS Computers, in Salem, Oregon. Bryan moved to Texas and started, owned, and operated ATC Group flight training where he taught many to fly, as well as give check rides, including his step sons, Mat & Greg. Then he continued on to work for Bombardier as well as owning and operating Avpro Resources. In 1989 just before Valentine's Day, Bryan met his wife Enice. Bryan and Enice traveled coast to coast and over the pond for business and pleasure enjoying 33 years of marriage. Rarely did you find these two apart, a love story that started just before Valentine's Day and came to an end with Bryan’s last breath just before Valentines Day.
Bryan is preceded in death by his beloved niece Nicole, niece Sarah, great grand daughter Rorie, Grandson Theodore. Bryan is survived by his loving wife Enice Burke, his three children, (son) Timothy & Teresa Burke of Rogers Arkansas. (Daughter) Kristine & Chad Minnich of Silverton Oregon. (Daughter) Melissa & Brandon Gregory of Dallas Oregon. (Stepson) Mat and Dana Haskins of Fort Worth Texas. (Stepson) Greg and Monique Haskins of Atlanta Georgia (Brother) Dennis Burke. (Sister) Michelle Rathfelder. Bryan proudly had 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
There will be a private family memorial held. There will not be a formal funeral/burial service.
James P. Schwend and Betty J. Kinnibrugh-Schwend were called to Heaven to be with God on December 20, 2022 and later Betty on February 11, 2023.
James was born in Wichita Falls, Texas to James Gordan Schwend and Thalia Irene Wolfe-Schwend on December 4, 1942. He lived and went to school in Wichita Falls, before enlisting in the US Army. After serving in the US Army, he went on to attend college where he attained a degree in Civil Engineering. In between that time, he met and later married the love of his life of 56 years, Betty Jo Kinnibrugh-Schwend.
Betty was born in Benjamin, Texas to Orville Roland Kinnibrugh and Joardis Gray-Kinnibrugh on July 27, 1944. She grew up and went to school in Vera, Texas before attending college at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, where she met and fell in love with James. They would later get married before moving to Fort Worth, Texas.
Once settled in Fort Worth, they decided to start a family and get involved in their community. Both loved to worship the lord and after visiting a couple churches, the fell in love with the lords work at North Richland Hills Baptist Church, where they were members 30 years.
James was an active leader in many aspects of church, helping Betty with teaching Sunday school, but his passion was helping with the Royal Ambassadors, a youth program to teach kids how to become leaders for Christ.
Betty’s commitment to the lord involved teaching Sunday school and later being one of the co-founders of the church pre-school program, which still exist today. In the 1990’s, God had different plans for Betty, so the pre-school program that she started at church was extended to the home where Betty and James (and her daughter Scherry), reached out to many children throughout the community. Outside of the lord’s work, James and Betty were loving parents and grandparents.
They both are survived by their children, Scherry E. Schwend-Creech (and husband Wylie), James R. Schwend (and wife Emily), Stephen W. Schwend, and grandchildren, Justin, Sarah, Jonathan and lastly Ryker.
Funeral Services will be held at the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas on Friday, March 10th at 1:00 pm.
Donald (Don) Ray Parker, 75, of North Richland Hills, TX, passed away on February 8, 2023.
Don was born on July 10, 1947 to Howard and Hazel Parker in Honey Grove, TX. He served in the US army in Vietnam from 1966-1968. He spent many years as a brick mason across DFW and OKC - he could tell you every wall, fence, mailbox, etc. he built when you drove by. He spent his early years competing in shuffle board tournaments, winning many, and his retirement playing solitaire and watching his TV that could be heard from a mile away.
Don was preceded in death by his mother and father, Hazel and Howard Parker; brother, Paul Parker; sister, Mary Day; daughter, Kimberly Parker and son Jason Parker. He is survived by his sister, Darla Arnell; daughter, Dhonia Harrell and her husband, David; son, Don Parker; grandchildren, Justin Parker and his wife, Bekka, Jared Parker and his wife, Bailey Parker, Baylee Davis and her fiancé, Chuck Corder, Whitley Harrell, Aren Voyles and his fiancé, Kaylee Mullendore, Jaci Parker, Camryn Parker; great grandchild, Keira Parker; niece, Tammy Day and her fiancé, Danny Hernandez.