Richard Thomas “Dick” Burke, 86, died May 28 at his home in Louisville, Ky. Burke served as the vice president of public relations for Weldbend Corp. of Chicago until the time of his death.

A graduate of Louisville’s St. Xavier High School in 1942, Burke attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps (U.S. Air Force) as a second lieutenant and was a navigator on a B-29 bomber. Burke joined Weldbend in May 1992 and was well-known throughout the industry.