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Burton W. "Burt" Duenke
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Birth: Jan. 17, 1919
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jun. 11, 1994
Camden County
Missouri, USA

BURTON W. "Burt" DUENKE was a nationally recognized vacation resort and real estate developer/contractor and the initial builder/owner of TAN-TAR-A Resort at Lake of the Ozarks, MO, which he built in 1960 and developed over the course of four decades. (Later, TAN-TAR-A was sold to the Marriott Hotel Corporation, which continues to manage it today).

While having only an eighth-grade education, the entrepreneurial Duenke was a quick study, a good organizer, and a shrewd real estate buyer and entrepreneur, skillfully developing his corporate capabilities to meet the demands of new real estate markets, buyers, and lessors, such as building his own prefabricated home component factory and developing other innovative construction, building, and real estate development techniques that were emulated worldwide by other contractors and developers.

Earlier in his career, much of Duenke's initial home building and real estate work took place in North St. Louis County which now has a street bearing his name (Duenke Drive in Moline Acres). He made many major real estate, resort, homebuilding and commercial ventures in the Lake of the Ozarks Area as well. Subdivisions in the St. Louis suburbs of Bellefontaine Neighbors, Crestwood, Creve Coeur, Moline Acres and Chesterfield also bear the Burton Duenke Development Company stamp in their design, construction and evolution. Some of Duenke's innovative suburban developments and designs are pending nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for their historical housing significance.

Visionary, directive, innovative and "tough," Burt Duenke was one of the notable innovative American real estate figures of the 1950's and '60's who truly developed the suburban, luxury and resort home concepts with national success and renown. His numerous accomplishments in the hospitality, tourism and convention and meeting industries also set national records. He and his firm (Burton Duenke Enterprises and later, Burton Duenke Real Estate and Development Co.) were major residential, commercial, industrial and resort developers in mid-Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks region and suburban St. Louis.

Burton and his wife Peggy (1931-- ) endowed a hospital wing at Lake Ozark Memorial Hospital which bears their names. His death occured on June 11, 1994,aged 75. After funeral services at Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis, MO, Duenke was interred on his family lot in Oak Grove Cemetery on St. Charles Rock Road in north St. Louis County. 
Note: Major St. Louis-area homebuilder, contractor and Lake of the Ozarks resort owner 1960's-80's.
Oak Grove Cemetery
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Wm Duenke Family Lot
Created by: Max S. Kaiser, Jr.
Record added: Aug 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57245653
Burton W. Burt Duenke
Added by: Susan Ing
Burton W. Burt Duenke
Added by: Susan Ing
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BURTON, the folks at TAN-TAR-A Resortand LAKE of the OZARKS salute your memory, accomplished life, and community-building skill! You will befondly remembered by all of us!THE LAKE OF THE OZARKSRESORT COMMUNITY
- Lake of the Ozarks Resort Community
 Added: Aug. 27, 2010

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