Joseph Burke

October 3, 1960 - January 13, 2022

10/03/1960 - 01/13/2022

Past Services

Tuesday January 18, 2022
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Wednesday January 19, 2022
6:00 pm

Additional Information:

615 Bar and Grill


1615 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454

Joseph M. Burke, Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) passed away unexpectedly on January 13, 2022 at the age of 61 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Joe was born in the City of Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Chesapeake High school in 1980. Shortly thereafter Joe joined the United States Navy where he served a distinguished 21-year career on many ships all over the world as a Senior Enlisted Damage Control Manager and Training Specialist. His duty stations included Norfolk Virginia, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, Yokosuka Japan and Atsugi Japan. Upon retirement Joe Instructed at the Maritime Institute of Technology in Maryland and also worked as a Service Technician for Mechanical Engineering & Construction Corporation. His lifelong love and devotion to the United States Navy was evident and continued on into his retirement years.  He volunteered at the VFW and many of the Chief’s Clubs where he made countless friends and memories. 


Joe was preceded in death by his father Howard, mother Muriel and sister Muriel Coomes. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Mami Burke, daughters Karen (William) DeAngelis, Christine (Keith) Phillips; stepson Takahiro (Rina) Inoue; stepdaughter Risako; grandchildren Catarina, Weston, Rei, Yurika, Go, Erika, Ai, Alicia; Brothers, Alan (Linda) Burke, Carl (Kathy) Burke, Howard (Lisa) Burke, Michael (Dawn) Burke, many nieces and nephews and dogs Turbo and Nitro. 


Joe loved to hear live music in the company of friends. He had such a big heart and would have given the shirt off his back to anyone. Joseph never met a stranger and made friends with everyone. His kindness, friendliness, and good nature will be missed by so many. 


~ Fair Winds and Following Seas~ 


The family will receive friends at a visitation for Joseph on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside Chapel 5033 Rouse Drive Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462.    


A gathering at 615 Bar and Grill, 1615 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454 will be held the following night, Wednesday January 19, 2022 at 6:00pm.  


An Inurnment Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery will occur at a later date still to be determined.   

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Saju Mathews
1 year ago

Dearest Big Brother Joe, after the news I was kind of numb not accepting that you had left us. But my heart was broken. Guess I just suffered in silence. Meeting you and Mami at the DAMNECK Chiefs Club was awesome and loved you and Mami being there every week with your love and laughs. I’m thankful I was able to introduce you to NORFOLK CPOA and meeting the great Chiefs there and this awesome place where you served the Mess for a few more years unconditionally with love respect and true passion of the term “The Chief!” I will always miss you Big Brother and my heart is always with Mami. I pray for comfort for your family and renewed strength and faith and remembering your memory like us Chiefs do. May God give you true rest and comfort and we are thankful for your service to this grateful Nation and Navy! I love you brother and will always have you in my heart. Fair winds and following seas, Shipmate! Save a seat for me at the eternal CHIEFS CLUB which you are the PRESIDENT.

Betty Basham
1 year ago

You will be missed by many Joe.

Barbara Diann Stafford
1 year ago

As part of your Navy Exchange family, i want to give you my deepest condolence in the lost of your best friend, the love of your heart, your husband. I will keep you in my prayer that you remain strong during such sad departure, and know that we all love you and praying you.

Michael H Sekeet
1 year ago

Joe you will be sorely missed at the Cutlass (CPO Club). You truly lead by example and shared your wisdom, wit, and sea stories with the active and retired Chiefs. You invested yourself in our mess and gave so freely of your time and talents to make it a better place for all. You will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Rest your oars brother.

Ken and Sherry Hilliard
1 year ago

Great friend from first grade on
To many stories to tell
Our condolences to the family

Linda and Myles Chaput
1 year ago

Joe, we will always remember the good times we had with you and Mami at JJ’s. We will miss your humor and funny stories. Gone too soon but will never be forgotten.

1 year ago


John and Sue Henderson
1 year ago

Joe, there are no words to say how much we will miss you. In our heart and thoughts forever.

Trisha Tran
1 year ago

How is it that you are gone to soon! Joe Burke was an amazing man! He had jokes and wasn’t shy about telling us those disgusting one to! He was a perfect gentleman when it came to Mami, she was his love, when he talked about his beautiful daughters his light would shine so bright and even brighter when he spoke of his grand children! Joe had so many friends every where he went and made new ones along the way! I will miss his stories of the old days, his momma’s cooking and how he misses his sister, now he is with them celebrating their reunion! So as we grieve for Joe we also have to celebrate that beautiful reunion! We are going to miss you my friend!

ET1 (SW) Gabriel Fernandez USN, Retired
1 year ago

Rest In Peace shipmate. Was onboard the Blue Ridge with you. Glad we had a chance to serve together. Fair winds and following seas.