Burks, Richard John (June 13, 1917 - July 28, 2001)

Richard John Burks

Douglas Budget - August 1, 2001

Funeral services for Richard John Burks, 84, were held July 31 at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Douglas with Rev. Martin Strom and Pastor Tom Strock of the First Baptist Church in Lusk officiating.

Interment was at the family plot at Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mr. Burks, a life-long resident and rancher of Converse County, died July 28, 2001, at his ranch home on Inez Road following a long battle with leukemia.

He was born June 13, 1917, in rural Converse County to John Richard and Ida E. (Slichter) Burks. He received his early education at Boxelder and Pleasant Valley country schools. He graduated from Glenrock-Parkerton High School in Glenrock in 1936.

Following graduation he worked the family ranch until he attended military basic training at Camp Hood, Texas. He was released from active duty to return home and run the ranch. He remained there his entire life.

Mr. Burks married ruby Vitek on Dec. 28, 1947, in San Diego, Calif. He served eight years as Converse County Commissioner, 29 years as supervisor of the LaPrele/Glenrock Soil Conservation District, 16 years with ASCS, eight years with Joint Powers Board and 35 years with Deer Creek Grazing Association as director, treasurer and secretary. He was a member of Farm Bureau and Wyoming Stock Growers Association. He was recognized by former Gov. Mike Sullivan as the owner of one of the centennial family ranches.

Mr. Burks is survived by his wife, Ruby V. Burks of Douglas; two daughters, Shirley Baker of Jeffrey City and Cindy Reynolds of Douglas; two step-grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Beatrice Philbrick and infant Sarah Burks.

Serving as pallbearers were George Akers, Todd McIntyre, Craig Philbrick, Jeff Werner, Hugh Hiser and Jack Lewis. All of is many friends were the honorary pallbearers.

Memorials to the Ranchers' Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Converse County Bank, P.O. Box 689, Douglas, would be appreciated by the family.

Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of arrangements.

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