Allen Burke – August 18, 2011

Allen Burke, 72, of Amarillo died Thursday, August 18, 2011.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 22, 2011, in Hillside Christian Church Chapel with Jerry Hopkins and Roy Wheeler, ministers, officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Allen was born Nov. 29, 1938, in Hopkinsville, KY, to Bartlett Allen Burke, Sr. and Dorothy Gee Burke.  After serving in the Army, Allen worked with Allstate Insurance from 1964 to 1999.   Allen was an avid golfer, a good friend to all, and was rarely seen without a smile on his face, a kind word and a good joke.
Allen, along with his children, Lori and Steve, married Mary Dell Knorpp, and her children, Karan and Kristi, on Jan. 23, 1976, at Central Church of Christ in Amarillo.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Dell Burke; a son, Steve Burke of Austin; three daughters, Karan Alan (David) of Virginia Beach, VA, Kristi Brown (Steve) of Richland, WA, and Lori Nolen (Scott) of Arlington; two sisters, Blane Voyles (Roy) of Lubbock and Lucy Clevenger of Levelland; and four grandchildren, Jordan Nolen (Adell), Alyssa Nolen, Mia Alan and Shelby Brown.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to BSA Hospice, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79106; Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX  79174-0001; or the charity of your choice.
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0 Replies to “Allen Burke – August 18, 2011”

  1. Mary Dell & Family,
    I was so sorry to hear about Allen. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I haven’t seen you all for so long but I think of you all.
    Cristl Craig

  2. Having Allen as a friend during our school years was a treasure I will always embrace. He was always the \good guy\ with as big ole smile and a hug. He will surely be missed. Please accept my thoughts and prayers for your comfort.

  3. Grandad,
    I am really going to miss you! I really hope you know how much I love you. You were one of my best buds. I remember all of the times you were there to support me, comfort me, and cheer me up. I could always count on you. Every Friday night I called you on the way home from Norfolk. We talked about my week at school, golf, dance, and what we were going to do on the weekend. I will never forget when I came to visit you and Mimi I would make a pallet at the foot of your bed. We would watch funny shows on TV, play games about counting sheep, and on those nights there would be more laughter than sleeping. I will always remember sitting in your lap and tickling you with the feather I attached to a stick. We would always go to the movies together. I still laugh when I remember saying, “LOOK AT THAT GRANDAD ISN’T IT FUNNY!?” and you would be asleep. I always loved to Skype you and Mimi. It made me feel I was really there. One of the things I am really going to miss is talking to you about my golf game. Every time I played golf I would think, “I can’t wait to tell Grandad about this shot!” And sure enough after I got home I was talking to him on the phone. We would always have our little jokes that never got old. You were like a dad to me, and you are someone who will never loose a special place in my heart. I am dedicating this golf season to you, Grandad. I feel so proud to play the sport that I know you loved so much. I don’t know what heaven is like, but I know you are up there playing golf. I also know that you are watching over me. I may not get the chance to talk to you anymore, or tell you what my future car will look like, where I go to college, my profession when I older and where I’ll live. But there is one thing that is for sure. Even though I will not get to talk to you, you can see, and you will already know. I am glad that when your cancer got really bad in the last few weeks, it was fast. You are truly too great of a person to be in a lot of pain and misery. When I get to Heaven, you get first hugs! I will never forget you Grandad! I love you so very much!

  4. Allen was one of the nicest boys in our 1956 school class in Seminole,TX. He was so handsome, always polite, always smiling and lots of fun. This is how I shall remember him. This world has lost one of the good guys. He will be greatly missed at our school reunions. My love and prayers go out to each of you . Sincerely, Albernita

  5. Lori, Steve, Mary Dell and family,
    My hearfelt sympathy to you and your family. Some of my greatest memories growing up is because of Allen and his always welcoming hugs, smiles, laughter and advice. He always meade me feel like a part of your family. I wished I could be there personally today, but always there with each of you spiritually.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers,

  6. In themselves the days of our years are seventy years;
    And if because of special mightiness they are eighty years. Psalms 90:10
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. May our \God of all comfort\ (2 Cor 1:3,4) soothe your hearts until He makes all things new. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Rev 21:3,4

  7. Condolences to Alan’s sister, Lucy from an old time neighbor in Seminole, TX. Sad to think about the world without Alan.

  8. Please accept our condolences, he will be missed.
    We all had alot of fun over the years. He will meet up with Ed and Len.
    Betty Hoyne and family

  9. Mary Dell,
    Kathy and I are so sorry about Allen. Please remember all the laughs we shared during our lunch dates when ya’ll came through town. How I cherish each one. Love, Terri

  10. I could only wish I had had the chance to know you better. Time and circumstances keep loved ones at a distance.
    Your cousin, Peggie Gruse (Gee)

  11. Mary Dell and Family
    We are so sorry to hear about Bub. You are all in our prayers and our thoughts.
    Sandra,Lee,MacKenzie and Emily

  12. Lori and Steve,
    We are so saddened for your loss of your dad. We wish we could be there with you in body, and not just in thought. It is hard when a father passes. But know that he lives immortal in the memories and heart of you and all those whose lives he touched. God bless you. Steve and Kerrin Parris

  13. Mary Dell and Family:
    So sorry to hear about Allen. Please know that are thoughts and prayers are with you through this time.
    We Love You,
    Neil & Sue

  14. Mary Dell and Family:
    So sorry to learn about Allen. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
    We Love You,
    Neil & Sue

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