John K. Burkley II

  • Born: February 14, 1963
  • Died: August 26, 2017
  • Location: Elkton, Maryland

R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A.

259 East Main Street
Elkton, MD 21921

Tel. (410) 398-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

John Kobler Burkley II, age 54 of Elkton, MD, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017. He was born on February 14, 1963, in Baltimore, MD to the late William F. and Judy Keller Burkley.

He graduated Elkton High School in 1981. He attended Wesley College in Dover, DE and Lynchburg College in Virginia. He went on to work for John K. Burkley Insurance Company.

He is survived by his wife Eileen Brennan Burkley; three daughters, Charlotte, Janie, and Julia; a sister, Wendy Burkley Barry, of Bel Air, MD; and nieces, Taylor and Kendall Barry, also of Bel Air, MD.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11AM on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 150 North Bridge Street, Elkton, MD 21921. Friends and family may visit one hour prior to the service beginning at 10AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution checks can be made to "Cecil County SPCA" or "Trinity Episcopal Church" and sent c/o R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 259 East Main Street, Elkton, MD 21921. To send an online condolence, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest condolences for John's family. John was such a great guy. He will be missed by many. So very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Donna Jackson Perri - Crosby, TX - Friend   September 01, 2017

Dear Eileen and Wendy - my sincere condolences to you and your girls. I am so sad to have lost my very first friend. John was a funny, kind and loyal person. I cannot imagine your loss...with love, Brenda Beach

Posted by Brenda Beach - Clinton Corners, NY - friend   September 01, 2017

Dear Eileen and Family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest condolences.
Sincerely, Dave & Lindsay Cain & Family.

Posted by Lindsay and Dave Cain - Elkton, MD - Friend   September 01, 2017

Wendy I am sorry for your loss. John was very kind to me and my family.
Brian Lockhart - Gainesville, Florida

Posted by Brian Lockhart - Gainesville, FL - Friend   September 01, 2017

I knew John as one of "the boys" with our mutual friend Geff Sanford. He was a most memorable and lovable man. John went on all the rides in this life and got back in line again and again. The roller coaster of life was never too fast or two high. One more ride. I will remember him that way. Happy, energetic, and the fun of our party. But a good man. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Hubert Streep - Medford, NJ - Friend   August 31, 2017

We are so very sorry for your loss. May you be comforted knowing John is in the hands of Jesus

Posted by Joan Haggeety - Bel air, MD - Friend   August 31, 2017

Such a sad time for your family. The service today was beautiful,Eileen your words were perfect from the heart and John would be proud ❤

Posted by Kim Bartow - Elkton, MD - Family   August 31, 2017

Dear Wendy, Eileen and girls,
I'm so sorry for your loss. John will be remembered by all of us for his many kind contributions to our town. May all your fond memories of him sustain you and carry you through this rough time. Sincerely, Sue Whitaker, Elkton, MD

Posted by Sue Whitaker - Newark, DE - Acquaintance   August 31, 2017

Our deepest condolences and prayers for the entire family.

Posted by Karl & Suzanne Fockler - Charlestown, MD   August 31, 2017

Wendy,Eileen and Girls,
So sorry. You all are in our prayers.

Posted by Gary & Debbie Storke - Elkton, MD   August 31, 2017

Even though my friends and I only knew John at Wesley College for 1 year, he had a wonderful presence about him and stood out in a crowd! Always a smile on his face and very outgoing friendly guy! Condolences and prayers to his family from all the girls from Wesley College.

Posted by Emily Maguire - Montclair, NJ - Acquaintance   August 31, 2017

Eileen, Wendy and girls,

Praying you find peace in all your wonderful memories. If you need anything, just let us know.
With love,
Kelly and Dan

Posted by Kelly Haggerty - Bel Air, MD - friend   August 31, 2017

Wendy and family, so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. John had such a cheerful soul and will be greatly missed.

Posted by Sandy Barnett - Elkton, MD - Friend   August 31, 2017

Eileen, my deepest condolences and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Lorraine Nelson - Woodstown, NJ - Coworker   August 31, 2017

Eileen, condolences to your entire family.

Posted by Pat Purdum - DE - Friend   August 30, 2017

Posted by dutch and neal sentman - chesapeake city, MD - friend   August 30, 2017

So sorry for your loss . Praying for his family

Posted by Roger Osborne - Elkton, MD - Friend   August 30, 2017

Such an unfortunate loss for John's family and friends. What great guy and glad to have gotten to know him pretty well while we were in college and being able to see him on occasion when he stopped in the store. May he rest in peace

Posted by Bob Nicholson - Bear, DE - Classmate   August 29, 2017

So sorry to hear this sad news!! Will be keeping his family in my prayers. My peace be with them.

Posted by Dale Brown - Rehoboth beach, DE - Friend   August 29, 2017

We will always remember John for his cheerful personality, willingness to help anyone, his love for family, friends, and his hometown. He will be missed. Our sincere condolences to all of you.

Posted by Jean and John Broomell - Elkton, MD - Friend   August 29, 2017

Our condolences on John's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Posted by Mike Devine - Elkton, MD - Friend   August 29, 2017

John was a good neighbor that knew just about everyone in the area. Eileen, Charlotte, Janie and Julia, we are very sorry John died so suddenly. Please don't hesitate to ask your neighbors on Winding Way for anything at all. You are all in our prayers. Love, Becky, Peter, Sam, Luke and Andrew

Posted by Peter Silva - Elkton, MD - neighbor   August 29, 2017

So sorry to hear of your loss, he was such a sweet guy. Prayers to you rip John

Posted by jeneen (Biggs) Fortenberry - Oklahoma, OK - Friend   August 28, 2017

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Posted by Nichole Kleinota - Essex, MD - coworker   August 28, 2017

So very sorry to hear about the loss of such a great guy. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Posted by Deb Smith - Elkton, MD - Friend   August 28, 2017


Posted by Mallory - Elkton, MD - Classmate   August 28, 2017

Dear Eileen and Wendy
I am so sorry for your loss. If you need anything please do hesitate to ask.

Posted by Sharon Walla    August 28, 2017

Dear Eileen, Charlotte, Janie and Julia,

We are so sad to hear about John's death. My heart reaches out to all of you, especially the girls during this time. The girls and I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. There are no words.....only love and healing we wish for all of you. God bless you.

Jan, Abby and Charlotte Taylor

Posted by Jan Taylor - Cumberland Foreside, ME - Friend   August 28, 2017

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Dawn Hensley - Aberdeen, MD - Coworker   August 28, 2017


Wendy, My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are your family are in our prayers. - the Duobinis family

Posted by Maria Elena Duobinis - ELKTON, MD - Classmate   August 28, 2017

I extend my heartfelt sympathy to John's entire family. I will always remember him as a sweet, funny student. You are all in my prayers as you grieve for a father, husband, brother and uncle.

Posted by Cathie Lenhoff - Elkton, MD - Teacher   August 28, 2017

Eileen: I am so sorry to hear about John. Please always remember the good years. You have 3 beautiful daughters. They are a precious gift. Although I am retired now, if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know and say hello to Tim for me. Fondly, Stephen Robinson - Wilmington DE

Posted by Stephen Robinson - Wilmington, DE - Friend   August 28, 2017

Wendy and Family. Prayers and hugs to all of you during this time

Posted by Patricia Gibson - Elkton, MD - Friend   August 28, 2017

Our heart goes out to all. Our deepest sympathy.

Posted by Frank and Nancy Williams - Elkton, MD - Friend   August 28, 2017

Please know this beautiful family are in our prayers. So very sorry for the loss of John, a husband, daddy & brother, uncle, & friend

Posted by John & Denise Warrington - Fair Hill, MD - Friend   August 28, 2017

Deepest sympathy from the Penhollow''s ♡.

Posted by Monica Penhollow - NorthEast, MD - Family Friend   August 28, 2017

My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Posted by Judy Mutter - Aberdeen, MD   August 28, 2017


The family is in my prayers.

Posted by Melissa Bristow - Elkton, MD - Family Friend   August 28, 2017

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