Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Friday, 20 June 1902
John Marshall Burk died at 12:40 a.m. Sunday morning at his home on South Water Street. His death was very sudden and had a striking similarity to the demise of J. P. Walter. Mr. Burk was apparently in his usual health Saturday evening, the only peculiarity noticed being that he did not feel very hungry at supper and went to his room at eight o’clock and retired. He said at the supper table that he had suffered considerably from the heat during the day. At a little after twelve o’clock his brother, Milt, went home and soon noticed a labored breathing coming from Marsh. He went into the room and tried to awaken him, but saw that he was dying. In a few minutes the end had come and he was beyond any help.
Mr. Burk had spoken several times about the death of Mr. Walter, and said that it was the best way to die and expressed a wish that he might go in that way. Only last week he and Mr. Walter were closely associated, Mr. Burk being engaged at his trade, that of a tinner, for Mr. Walter. Their deaths were almost identical, that of Mr. Burk being pronounced apoplexy.
Marsh Burk was born in Hamilton, Ohio, Sept. 3, 1844. He moved with his family to this city in 1852, and has since resided here. During the war he served with distinction, being made a corporal. He enlisted in 1864 with Co. D, 135th Indiana for 100 days. He re-enlisted and was assigned to Co. K, 154th Indiana, and served to the end of the war. He returned here at the end of the war and has worked at the tinning trade since.
He leaves three sisters, Misses Kate, Mary and Nannie Burk, and two brothers, Milt and Oliver.
The funeral occurred at the home Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock and the interment was at Oak Hill. -s