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Virgil Austin Burks, 88

| February 15, 2021 11:25 AM

Virgil Austin Burks, 88, of Wallace, Idaho, passed away Feb. 12, 2021, at Shoshone Medical Center in Kellogg, Idaho. He was born June 18, 1932, in Denver, Colo. Virgil was the son of Virgil A. and Wilhelmnia Burks Sr.

Virgil attended and graduated from South High School in Denver. He then attended and received his bachelor's degree in finance and mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado.

Virgil proudly served in the U.S. Army.

Virgil was united in marriage to Judi Barber on Dec. 12, 1980, in Casper, Wyo. Judi and Virgil moved to the Silver Valley in January 1986 from Lewiston, Idaho.

Virgil served as a manager in the banking business for many years. He had also worked in the Shoshone County Assessor's office.

Virgil was a member of the National Ski Patrol, he joined the Lookout Pass Ski Patrol in 1986-87 and patrolled for many years. He was also a member of the Wallace Gyro Club, the Kiwanis Club of the Silver Valley, the St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Coeur d'Alene and had served as Trail Marshall for the Hiawatha Trail.

Virgil loved and enjoyed skiing (he skied until the age of 81), biking and tennis.

Virgil is survived by his wife, Judi Burks of the family home in Wallace; four children, Robert (Darla) Burks of Denver, Heather (Scott) Etter of Seattle, Wash., Adam (Stacy) Smith of Pasco, Wash., and John Burks of Denver. He is also survived by four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Katherine Burks and one sister, Bette Duffy.

Memorial services will be held and announced at a later date.

Shoshone Funeral Services & Crematory, Kellogg, is entrusted with services. You may share your memories of Virgil and sign his guest book at