In loving memory of

Brian S. Burke 12/19/2021
March 15, 1964 - December 19, 2021

Brian (Scott) Burke, 57, of Omaha, NE, passed away Sunday, December 19, 2021, in the comfort of his home with his loving wife, family members and beloved dogs at his side. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 27, 2021, at the First Congregational Church in Marshalltown, Iowa. Rev. Daniel Vellinga will be officiating. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, December 26, 2021, at Anderson Funeral Home in Marshalltown. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown. Online condolences may be sent to

Brian was born March 15, 1964, to Gordon and Kay (Borgerson) Burke in Marshalltown, IA. He graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1982 and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Kaplan University. He was united in marriage to Nancy Vellinga on August 3, 2013, in Clinton, Iowa. Their paths crossed for the first time at their 30-year high school reunion in the summer of 2012 and instantly knew they were soul mates. Although the number of years they had together were few, their love for each other was vast, and they packed a lot of living into those years. Brian was proudly employed as a senior manager for Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha. Prior to this position, Brian held numerous positions for Union Pacific in Iowa, Texas, and Nevada. It was the little things that brought Brian much joy... spending time with family and friends, sharing a good dad-joke and making people laugh, seeing the underdog win, sharing a big bag of gummies with his grandchildren, and spending Saturday mornings at the dog park with his dogs. 

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Nancy, their children: Darby (Charles) Peterson of Apache Junction, AZ., Branif (Caeling) Burke of DeWitt, IA., Ben Patron of Fullerton, CA., and Sophia Patron of Boston, MA., grandchildren Brody, Aevaeh, Lillyann, Westin, Gracie, Elijah, and Charlotte; his parents Gordon and Kay Burke of Marshalltown; sister Carey (Rick) Roberts of Tracy, IA., numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and co-workers; and his three large breed dogs Moe, Tank and Lulu. Brian was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Orville and June Borgerson, paternal grandparents William and Lilly Burke, and his in-laws Harvey and Mary Vellinga.

The family would like to thank the good people at the Buffett Cancer Center/Nebraska Medical Center, MD Anderson, and Endless Journey Hospice in Omaha for their compassion and care.

Memorials may be made to the Animal Rescue League in Marshalltown, Iowa and the Humane Society in Omaha, Nebraska.


Carol and John Ward wrote on Dec 23, 2021:

"We are so sorry to hear about Scott. I remember our conversations, Kay, and always your pride and love for Scott shone through. Sending hugs and prayers for comfort and peace to everyone, especially you Kay, Gordon and Carey. With much sympathy - Carol and John Ward"

Cordell Harris wrote on Dec 23, 2021:

"Kay and Gordon - we were greatly saddened to learn about the loss of your son. Please accept our sincere condolences. Cordell and Linda Harris"

Cathy Woodruff wrote on Dec 23, 2021:

"To all of Scott's family we are so sorry for your loss. May all your memories give you comfort and peace. Love, Mark & Cathy Woodruff "

Janet Schultz wrote on Dec 20, 2021:

"I worked with Brian at the UPRR. He was a fair minded manager to me and I learned from Brian. My condolences to the Family and loved ones of Brian Scott Burke. Janet Schultz, UPRR Engr. "

Lana Knickerbocker wrote on Dec 20, 2021:

"Nancy and Scott have always helped me through many of my health issues. I love both of you for all your help. Scott is at peace now and will always hold a special place in my heart. RIP Love you Nancy "

Sara Robertson wrote on Dec 20, 2021:

"I gave had the pleasure of being Scott?s friend since elementary school. He was always smiling and he was very funny. He will be dearly missed. Much love to his family. "

William c Denison wrote on Dec 20, 2021:

"My heart goes out to Scott's family. He was a great guy. Scott was a founding member of our little moped gang back in the day. I have many fun memories of hanging out with him at the Bobcat Football games down at Franklin Fields as well. Rip in Peace my old friend. Bill"