Gerald LaMotte Burke, 85, of Idyllwild, died of a heart attack Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003 at Desert Regional Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 5, 1918, in Trenton, Mo.

Mr. Burke was a retired machinist with 17 years employment at Consolidated Products Inc. of Idyllwild.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was discharged as a chief motor machinist’s mate.

Mr. Burke was a member of the American Legion Post 800, the Pearl Harbor Survivors, the American Rifle Association and the Idyllwild Bible Church.

He lived in Idyllwild for 35 years and in Carson for 13 years.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21 at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. Miller-Jones Mortuary is handling arrangements. Interment will be at Riverside National Cemetry.

He is survived by a son, Gary Burke of Long Beach; a stepson, Tom Powers of Garden Grove; and four stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Burke.