Walter “Wally” G. Burks

12/12/1940 — 11/27/2019

From Richland, WA | Born in St. Louis, MO

Public Viewing

Thu, December 12, 2019, 3:00 pm
Thu, December 12, 2019, 5:00 pm
Einan’s at Sunset
915 Bypass Highway

Richland, WA US 99352

Celebration of Life

Fri, December 13, 2019, 1:00 pm
Einan’s at Sunset
915 Bypass Highway

Richland, WA US 99352

Walter “Wally” G. Burks

Walter “Wally” G. Burks went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 in Richland, Washington.

Wally was born in St. Louis, Missouri on December 12th, 1940 to Samuel Owen Burks and Edith (Moore) Burks as the youngest of 7 boys.

Wally migrated west from Ipava, Illinois to Richland, Washington to join his brothers who already settled in the Tri-Cities.  Wally attended Richland High School (Go Bombers!) and graduated in 1959.

While attending Richland High School, he met JoAnne Beatty Robertson and shortly after graduating, they married and were blessed with four children; Teresa, Tamara, Tonia and Walter “Wally” Jr.

Wally was the proud owner of multiple service stations in Richland and Pasco. In 1963, he and his brother Frank purchased a Texaco station located in Richland, Washington on the corner of Swift Blvd and Stevens Dr. In 1969, Wally and his brother Charles “Leo” purchased a Conoco station off Court St. in Pasco, Washington and in 1971, Wally Purchased Westgate Texaco in Richland, Washington and maintained ownership until the 80’s.  Then he moved onto ownership of Texaco Mini-Mart in Pasco, Washington.

After many years of being the proud owner of the Texaco and Conoco service stations, Wally left to work for various other employers to include; Farmers Exchange, Harbor Oil, ICF Kaiser and Clark County Parks.  Wally was also employed by Einan’s Sunset Memorial Gardens and assisted in its construction.

Wally was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Owen Burks, his Mother Edith “Moore” Burks and his beloved brothers Donald “Don” Burks, William “Bill” Burks and Robert “Bob” Burks.

Wally is survived by his children Teresa Wayman, Tamara Morrison, Tonia Garrigues and Walter “Wally” Burks Jr.  He is also survived by 11 grandchildren; Danielle Webster, Karina Garrigues, Marissa Garrigues, Brianna Morrison, Brooklyn Morrison, Makayla Ratty, Tyler Ratty, Adam Burks, Addison Burks, Makenzie Burks and Lila Burks all of whom he was so proud of.  Wally was blessed with 3 great grandchildren; Grace Tetreault, Taylar Shively and Star Teal.

Wally was deeply committed to his family and friends, always there when they needed him.  He was a man who loved life, a very strong man with a witty sense of humor who touched many.  He was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.

Memorial services:  Einan’s at Sunset (Chapel) 915 By Pass Hwy Bldg. H, Richland, WA 99352

Public viewing: 12/12/2019 3-5pm

Memorial Services: 12/13/2019 1-3pm

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  • RIP Walt

    Bernie Qualheim
    December 12, 2019
    Gig Harbor, Wa
  • I was lucky enough to work for Walt in high school at Westgate and later on A Street. It was always fun to go to work. I really enjoyed my time there and meeting all the brothers and the cast of characters that stopped by to visit. Walt was a great boss and mentor to me. One day in December of 1980, he asked me if I would be interested in running my own shop (maybe it was the only way he could get rid of me). Later that day, we drove over to check out the Uptown Texaco and two weeks later I was in business for myself. Forty years later I’m still there, it never would have happened without Walt’s help. I am so thankful to have known him.

    Kevin McCue
    December 11, 2019
  • A friend will be missed

    ray hall
    December 3, 2019