~ The Owners ~
The owners/operators, John Lightle and LeRoy Imler purchased the home and property in 1994 to be used as a private residents. Both owners had been involved in educational careers for most of their working lifetime.
John began as a business ed. teacher at Marion High school. After completing his Master’s Degree he became the coordinator of the school’s business education cooperative. He then completed his Doctoral Degree and moved into school administration where he served as Administrative Assistant for the Superintendent, Assistant Business Manager, Director or Personnel, Business Manager, Assistant Superintendent, and Interim Superintendent. John moved out of school administration to become coordinator of a Regional Tech Prep Program. John soon left the Marion Community School Corporation to work for the Ivy Tech Community College. John coordinated his teacher training program through Ivy Tech. When an Ivy Tech administrative position opened at the Marion campus, John moved into his current position and currently serves as the Vice Chancellor/Dean and directs the operations of the Marion Ivy Tech campus.
LeRoy began his teaching career at McCulloch Junior High School, teaching choral and general music classes. After completing his MA degree in music education, he moved to Marion High School where he taught choral music and performance. He developed and directed the “Now Sound Express” performance and stage choir. Leaving music, LeRoy became coordinator of the In-School Suspension Program. He continued his pursuit of education by completing a Master’s of Library Science degree and his “Certification in Secondary Administration.” He served as assistant principal at McCulloch Middle School. He then moved to become the coordinator of Audio Visual Services at Marion High School. With considerable “on-the-job” training, LeRoy became the Director of Technology Services for the Marion Community School Corporation and K-12 Library Coordinator. LeRoy finished his education career as library coordinator for Marion High School and K-12 Library Coordinator.
Shortly after taking an early retirement package from Marion Community Schools, LeRoy was called by Ivy Tech Community College to coordinate audio visual services and video conferencing for the Marion campus. Soon LeRoy’s job increased to coordinating AV and video conference program for the Region 6, East Central division, of Ivy Tech Community College. Throughout his life, LeRoy has served as music director and organist for several churches
throughout Grant County, Elwood, and in `Portland, Indiana.
John and LeRoy opened Burke Place Bed and Breakfast in September of 1999. Baxter, the in-house White West-Highland Terrier, joined in the operation of Burke Place and has become quite the entertainer for guests.
Our Bed & Breakfast is designed with you in mind. We've tailored each room, our hospitality and amenities to make your stay is as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. We hope that our attention to detail and desire to pamper you shines through each and every moment of your stay.