William F. "Bill" Burks

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

William F. "Bill" Burks, a 1948 Nevada High School graduate, died unexpectedly Dec. 10, in Albuquerque, N.M., where he and his wife had lived for 44 years.

Burks, 78, was president of the Nevada High School class of 1948. He and his wife, the former Susanne Martin, also a 1948 graduate, visited Nevada in October to attend their 60th year class reunion.

Burks graduated from the University of Missouri in 1952 with a bachlor's degree in economics. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and later was active in the reserves, retiring with the rank of colonel.

He was an executive in the savings and loan business for more than 30 years, including Farm and Home Savings and Loan Association in Kansas City and two associations in Albuquerque. He also served on the Federal Home Loan Bank Board of Little Rock and held other positions in industry affairs.

Burks was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque and also served on the church's Endowment Foundation. He was active in the Democratic Party and several other organizations and grew roses that won prizes at the New Mexico State Fair.

Burks is survived by his wife of 56 years; son, Dr. Randy Burks; daughter Julie Forbes; five grandchildren; and several other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, former Nevada residents Ted and Ethyl Burks and brother Robert Burks.

A memorial service was held Dec. 15, at the First Presbyterian Church. The family has asked that memorial donations be made to the Endowment Foundation in care of the church, 215 Locust NE, Albuquerque, N.M. 87102, or the charity of one's choice.