ROLLA, Missouri- The Phelps County Sheriff’s Department has announced that former Deputy John Burke has passed away. He had 35 years in law enforcement.

Burke served with the United States Army and was a police officer for the city of Rolla from 1981-1982. He worked for Phelps Country Sheriff Department from 1982-1996 and then was a police officer for the city of St. James from 2008-2016. He was also a Security Guard for the Phelps County Regional Hospital from 2008-2016.




“Although it seems like an eternity ago, it’s hard to believe that John and I worked together for 14 years. He was my first Sergeant. He had a tremendous impact on my life and my career, must more than he knew and much more than I ever told him,” Patriot Guard Missouri Assistant State Captain Mark Williams wrote in remembrance.


Burial will be in Dinkela Cemetery.