Milton M. Burke, 68, an attorney in Washington and then in Silver Spring for more than 45 years who had been active in civic and Jewish community affairs, died of cancer Friday at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Rockville.

A 1936 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. Burke had maintained a general practice of law in Washington until moving his offices to Silver Spring 10 years ago. He was a member of the D.C. and Maryland bars.

He was born in Poland and came to this country as a child with his family. He took pre-law studies at the University of Maryland.

Mr. Burke was a past president of Beth Sholom Congregation, which presented him with its Chai (Life) Award on April 5. He had been president of the Hebrew Travelers Sheltering Home of Greater Washington, the District Mutual Loan Association and the bethesda-Chevy Chase civic Council.

He was chairman of the board of an investment group, Fifty, Inc. He was Noble Grand of the Abraham Simmons Chapter of the Odd Fellows and a member of the Masons.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Ruth, of Rockville; three children, Sheila Fisher, of Bethlehem, Pa., Janice Tichauer, of Vienna, and Alan, of Columbia; a brother, Dr. Irving Burka, of Chevy Chase; a sister, Evelyn B. Modance, of McLean, and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of one's choice.