George Charles Burback, 86, of Pocatello passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at his home.
He was born of Feb. 12, 1925, in Parker, Idaho. Charlie was the first of four children born to George Louis and Vera Ford Burback (Heltne). He attended Pocatello High School.
Charlie entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943, seeing action in England and Germany as a tail gunner in B-17s. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
He married Betty Nussbaum, his childhood sweetheart, on Dec. 1, 1947. They had two children- David (Linda) of Corvallis, Ore., and Sandra (Kim) Rogers of Blackfoot.
Charlie worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a welder/car man for 41 years, retiring in 1987.
He enjoyed working puzzles, helping his neighbors with their yard work, both summer and winter, tinkering with anything mechanical, especially cars, and camping, fishing, and motorcycle riding with Betty in their younger years.
Charlie was preceded in death by his wife Betty, who passed away on Feb. 19, 2011; his sisters Joyce James and Arlene Kearns, and his half-brother Rodney Burback.
He is survived by his sister Verdean Scott of Idaho Falls; half-brother Larry Burback of Pocatello; his children; and four grandchildren - Cory (Diane) Burback of Winston, Ore.; Amy (Cameron) Marlowe of Boise; and Emily (David) Phillips and Paul (Leslie) Rogers of Blackfoot. He is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren - Connor and Danica Burback; Andrea, Hannah, and Collin Marlowe; Crewe, Piper, and Chance Phillips; and Evie and McKenzie Rogers, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Charlie will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 20, 2011, at Wilks Funeral Home, 211 W. Chubbuck Road. A viewing will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the funeral home. Military rites will be provided by Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard at the funeral home on Friday. Inurnment will follow the services at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the Inkom Cemetery. His funeral arrangements are under the direction of Wilks Funeral Home, 211 W. Chubbuck Road, 238-8000.
Our family would like to express our sincere gratitude to Creekside Hospice for the loving care they gave to Dad.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Creekside Hospice, 4425 Burley Dr. Suite C, Chubbuck, Idaho 83202, in memory of Charlie Burback. Condolences for the Burback family may be sent online at www.wilksfuneralhome.com.