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Loran N. Burken - 77

2/12/1941 - 10/2/2018

Clinton, IA

      Loran N. Burken age 77 of Clinton, passed away Tuesday Oct. 2, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport.  Mass will be held 11:00AM Friday at Prince of Peace Parish.  Visitation will be held Thursday 3 – 7 PM at the Pape Funeral Home and Friday 9:30 AM until the service hour at the church.  Burial will be held at Smith Cemetery.  Casket bearers will be his seven brothers.  Online condolences may be left at


     Loran was born on Feb. 12, 1941 in Bellevue, IA, the son of Victor and Martha (Feller) Burken.  He graduated from Goose Lake High School in 1959.  Loran enlisted in the Iowa National Guard in 1959; he was called to duty to serve the Clinton Community during the flood of 1965. He married Betty Lou Banowetz on Jan. 9, 1965 in Sugar Creek, IA.  Loran farmed his whole life, where he founded the Blue Hyll Dairy farm.  He was a member of Prince of Peace Parish, Eastern Iowa Polka Club, a lifetime member of the Clinton Moose Lodge, and numerous other local and national organizations.


     Loran is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Burken of Clinton; his three children, Barbara (Mike) Vakulskas of  Eldridge, Michael (Heather) Burken of Clinton, and Martin (Susan) Burken of Clinton;  six grandchildren, Heather (Ray) Terhune, Nathan (Kelsey) Easley, Hannah, Lexie, Haley, and Hillary Burken; two great grandchildren, Brayden and Hollis Terhune; seven brothers, Jerome (Janis) Burken of Clinton, Leo Burken of Sprageville, IA, Gene (Nancy) Burken of Miles, Earl (Colleen) Burken of Clinton, David (Kathy) Burken of Clinton, Daniel (Lois) Burken of Preston, and Donald (Linda) Burken of Clinton;  five sisters, Dora Meyer of Maquoketa, Judy (Larry) Farrell of Clinton, Marietta (Jim Roling) Trenkamp of Clinton, Elaine (Ron) Holdgrafer of Miles, and Anna (John) Lorenzen of Bryant; and several nieces & nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lois Miller.   


Visitation will be held Thursday 3 – 7 PM at the Pape Funeral Home and Friday 9:30 AM until the service hour at the church.


Mass will be held 11:00AM Friday at Prince of Peace Parish. Burial will be held at Smith Cemetery.


  • Angela Wiebenga

    on 10/03/18

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  So sorry for your loss. 

  • Bill and Nicole (Burken) Shores

    on 10/03/18

    We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

  • Gloria Creveling Robinson

    on 10/03/18

    To the Burken family,

    I am sorry to hear of your loss.  I will keep the family in my prayers.

  • Dean and Jane O'Tool

    on 10/03/18

    Betty and family, we feel terrible we aren't with you at this tough time.  We don't need to say it, but Loran was a wonderful man.  May he rest in peace and may the Lord be at your sides during this difficult time.

    Dean and Jane

  • Keith and Phyllis Jensen

    on 10/04/18

    So sorry for your loss of Loran


    on 10/04/18

    Betty & family, I was totally shocked when I heard about your loss last night.  I am so sorry that I won't be able to make it back to Iowa for the services.  You have my sympathy and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.  May God bless your all!!!

  • Miriam Babak

    on 10/04/18

    Dear Betty and family,

    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. May God comfort you and strengthen you in the difficult days ahead.

    In Christian love and sympathy,


  • Frank Randall

    on 10/05/18

    To the entire Burken family,

    Sorry to hear about the loss of Loran.  You are in out thoughts and prayers.

  • barak wierenga

    on 10/05/18

     sorry for your loss, i have the utmost respect for Loran and he is missed.

  • Lisa Gray and Elizabeth Gray

    on 10/05/18

    So sorry for your loss. I haven't seen any of the Burkens in years, but you do occasionally pop into my thoughts, so I was very sad to read about Loran today. I will call and let my mother know tonight. Hugs and warm wishes to all of you.

  • Janice and George

    on 10/05/18

    So sorry for your loss Betty

  • Randy & Shirley Jost

    on 10/05/18

    Betty and Family, so sorry to hear about Loran. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Kenna Atherton

    on 10/06/18

    Our thoughts are with Betty and the whole Burken family. Condolences and sympathy from Carol Helfert and Eric and Kenna Atherton & Family.

  • Ed and Ginny Wisor

    on 10/09/18

    Betty and family,

    We were so sorry to hear of Loran’s death.

    We will remember the family in our prayers and 

    pray for the repose of his soul.

    God Bless!✝️❤️

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