October 22, 2008
William Burke passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, in Issaquah. He was in the loving company of family and friends at the time of his passing.
Bill was born Oct. 31, 1924. In the 84 years of his life, he positively influenced many, made countless friends, raised a happy successful family and left the world a better place. He will be missed by all who met him. As a young man, he enlisted in the Navy and distinguished himself as a captain in the Pacific during World War II. While on leave, Bill married his sweetheart, Florence Lindeke, in 1944.
After the war, they lived in Madison Park and then moved to Beaux Arts, where they raised three children, Bill Burke Jr., who now lives in Auburn; Bob Burke, living in California; and Laurie Helley, who lives in Sammamish. In addition to his three children, Bill is survived by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Bill and Florence shared 58 happy years together and retired to Providence Point. Florence passed away Dec. 14, 2002.
During his lifetime, Bill’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to many different business ventures. He ran a successful Seattle advertising firm, owned and operated Henry House Meatpacking, owned and operated the Islander Lopez (a resort in the San Juans), rebuilt an 83-foot Coast Guard cutter and ran a charter business. He was the police chief of Beaux Arts and served on the board of directors of Alaska Airlines. In all of his business endeavors, he was known for his business acumen, his honesty and integrity.
Late into his “retirement,” he started a photo restoration business and became very popular with residents of University House, a senior living facility. He was the guy that could make those wrinkles disappear. Bill and Florence were regular participants at the Issaquah Farmers Market, selling Bill’s photographs and Florence’s oils.
He was a world traveler and a lifelong learner. He started an Elderhostel program on Lopez Island, and enrolled in the computer-aided design program at Bellevue Community College when he was 75. He spent many hours each day working on his computer, designing airplanes or learning new programs.
Bill was a big man, both in stature and in the impact he had on those who knew him. His body is gone but his influence lives on.
At his specific request, there will be no services.
The family suggests remembrances to Providence Point Marianwood.
Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.
Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.