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Dr. Max C. Burke

July 08, 1925 - January 05, 2017

In Loving Memory of Dr. Max C. Burke

Dr. Max C. Burke 91, of Carmel, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, January 5,2017. 


He was born July 8, 1925 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Walter and Harriet Burke.  Max married Freda Sherrill October 20, 1966. He is survived by his beloved family; wife Freda; children Suzanne (Frank) Perry, Dr. Brent (Teresa) Burke, Lucinda (Mark) Goldsmith; eight grandchildren Lauren Burke (Cory) Layton, Scott (Melissa) Perry, Brice Burke, Grant Goldsmith, Bradley Perry, Eric Burke( Elizabeth), Alexis Goldsmith (Elliot) Hevel, Brendon Burke; three great-grandchildren Valen Wade, Eden Layton and Austin Layton.


Max graduated from Indiana University Dental School in 1948.  The following year he accepted a position with I.U. as Clinical Instructor for Prosthetic Dentistry.  Max opened his private dental practice in 1948.  In 1954, the United States Navy notified Max, along with seven other dentists nationwide, to report for duty at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, California.  He served two years as Clinical Director in Prosthetic, Crown and Bridge Dentistry.  He returned to Indianapolis to private practice the following year and continued in private practice until he retired in 1990.


His academic achievements include; Fellow in Academy of General Dentistry, Diplomat as a Master in Academy of General Dentistry, past president of Indiana  Academy of General Dentistry, head of Continuing Education Mastership Program for the state of Indiana Academy of General Dentistry (1982-1988), member of American Endodontic Society, Harold Katz Award recipient of American Endodontic Society for distinguished  contributions in the field of dental continuing education, 1984 elected to International College of Dentists, 1984-1988 member of Indianapolis Dental Society Peer Review Board, and 1990-2002 member of Assemblies of God Health Care Team with foreign mission assignments in Ecuador, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Brazil and Russia.


Max was a kind, loving and thoughtful man with a great sense of humor.  He enjoyed sharing the love of Christ with others.  Throughout his life, Max was a member of numerous local churches.  He served on many elder and deacon boards, teaching and training youth.  He was active in the Bill Glass/Chuck Colson prison ministry.  He served on executive committees for three Billy Graham Crusades and served on many levels of Youth for Christ Indianapolis. All of these activities and accomplishments speak to the personal relationship Max had with his Lord and Savior. His family has benefited the most from Max’s dedicated time in prayer with the Lord.  Grandpa was always interested in his children’s, grandchildren’s, and great-grandchildren’s lives.  Faithfully, he would offer each one to the Father in prayer.  It was very evident time and time again that these prayers were answered.


Psalm 16:11”You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”


Because of Max’s heart for missions, memorials may be made to ActioNow, 533 Melark Dr., Carmel, Indiana 46032


Funeral Information

.  Visitation: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. -  1 p.m. at Crown Hill  Funeral Cemetery, with funeral services to follow at 1 p.m. 

Donations Information

Because of Max's heart for missions, memorials may be made to ActioNow, 533 Melark Dr., Carmel, Indiana 46032

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