|Birth: ||Jun. 19, 1937|
Big Horn County
|Death: ||Mar. 6, 2005|
Big Horn County
June 19, 1937 -- March 6, 2005
Teddy Max Burke, 67, died surrounded by family and friends on March 6, 2005, in the town of his birth. Max was born to Rufus and Ella (Hoffman) Burke on June 19, 1937, in Lovell. Born at a time when things were hard, he brought much joy to his family. Over the years, Max became well-known and highly thought of by all who knew him. He became well-accomplished in everything he did.
Max grew up and attended school in Lovell, graduating in 1955. He married Bernice Green on Sept. 1, 1956, then joined the Navy, serving our country for 25 years. During these years, Tammy, Lisa and Danny were born. Max was a weather forecaster and flight briefer for most of his Naval career, during which he served on three aircraft carriers and saw many nooks and crannies of the world.
After his retirement from the Navy, Max married Ida May Young in Lake Tahoe, on January 2, 1982. Max returned to his roots in the Big Horn Basin and he and Ida made their home in Cowley, where Max adopted Clay, one of Ida's biological sons. Later, in November, 1992, Max and Ida were sealed to each other for time and all eternity in the Denver Colo. Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Adding to the special moment, Max's brother, Noel, performed the sealing, and his two other brothers, Doug and Ron, served as official witnesses.
Along with the move to Cowley, Max found a renewed faith in God, and became an active member of the LDS Church. He served the Lord faithfully in various capacities, including high councilor, bishop, and teacher.
Max's natural ability to get along with people allowed him to be successful in his continued employment, first as a business partner and salesperson with Townsend Agricultural Services, then finishing his working days as an insurance agent for Prudential Financial. Max worked hard, with Ida by his side, and won numerous achievement awards while with The Prudential, including the prestigious "Leading Client Builder of the Year" award.
Though his work was generally rewarding, Max's real joy was in spending time with his eternal "honey," Ida. Whether at work, church or play, wherever one was seen, the other was rarely far off. It was like they were joined at the hip and their love seemed to grow stronger as they spent more time together, accordingly. An avid golfer, bowler, and fisherman, if one ever wanted to find Max and "the dynamic duo," they generally had to look no further than the golf course, bowling center, or on the river. He excelled at and was especially accomplished as a bowler and golfer, winning numerous tournaments in both sports, even obtaining the ultimate in both sports: 300 games and holes-in-one. Max is survived by his widow, Ida; children Tammy (Denver, Colo.), Lisa (Long Beach, Calif.), Danny (Cowley) and Clay (Denver); step-son and partner Brandon Wong and Jacki Gerber (Hanford, Calif.); and two beloved grandchildren Brittnee Maddox and Brandon Wong II.
He is also survived by two brothers, a sister, and their spouses: Douglas and Rachel Burke, Noel and Marge Burke and Viva and James Ellis; in-laws: Ellen Salvador, Mary Ann and James Gong, Barbara and Russell Gin, Liz and Paul O'Neil, Sue and Jim Waters, Cecil Young and Ray Young; as well as extended family, too numerous to mention, but "extended" by definition only. He was preceded in death by both parents and his beloved brother, Ronald Rufus Burke.
He cherished relationships with people, especially those with his family. He will be deeply missed.
Funeral services will be held at the Cowley LDS Chapel on Friday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m., with Bishop R. Ray Peterson conducting. The viewing will be at the Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell on Thursday, March 10, from 6-8 p.m. Interment will be at the Lovell Cemetary.
Lovell Chronicle News
Rufus Burke (1892 - 1947)
Ella Cora Hoffman Burke (1898 - 1988)
Douglas Winston Burke (1920 - 2012)*
Teddy Max Burke (1937 - 2005)
Big Horn County
Created by: Lovell Cemetery
Record added: Jul 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39305954