Jack was born on February 18, 1936 in Grand Prairie Canada, the 6th child of Francis and his lovely wife Marvel Burke, who died shortly after childbirth. His brothers (Tom, Dewey, Vernon, and Frank) and sister Betty preceded him in death. Ollie and Zula Hebig were neighbors of the family and offered to adopt him. Ollie, Zula, and Jack lived in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Seattle. During his education in Seattle, Jack became known as a great football player while attending Ballard High School, appearing in several newspaper articles. He received offers to play at numerous colleges but decided on Central Washington University. Unfortunately shortly after Ollie was injured and couldn’t work. Jack quit school to work and take care of his parents. He was in the navy from 1956-1958.
Jack spent the majority of his life raising kids! He married Kathleen (Kathi) Pounds in 1961 and adopted her two young children, Cheryl Lee and Michael Dean. The family enjoyed many years in Bozeman, Montana after he was transferred there to become terminal manager for Garrett Freightlines in 1964. Lots of memories were created camping, fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles, skiing, etc. Jack and Kathi moved to Billings in 1973 when Cheryl and Mike were in high school. They divorced in 1981.
Cheryl married Tom Brown and has been married for forty years with three children. Sarah (Michael Day with daughter Chesney 6 years), Eric, Tyler (Katie Durgan Brown with daughter Ana 2 years). All of the family lives in the Seattle area.
Mike lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife Debbie of 29 years. He has two children from a previous marriage. Josh and Jamie Hebig live in Arkansas. Brittany Adams and her son Jasper live in Everett, Washington.
Jack met Edie in Billings and they were married in 1982. Edie had a daughter, Medora and naturally Jack took on the responsibility. Medora had 3 children, Shawndell, Mathew, and Kameron. In 1988 Mathew and Shawndell went to live with Jack and Edie. They enjoyed raising and making memories with them. Jack was welcomed into heaven with open arms by his wife Edith; parents Ollie and Zula; mother and father-in-law Elizabeth and James; brothers-in-law Eddie and Mike; and sister-in-law Gloria. He leaves behind his children Mike and Cheryl; step-daughter Medora (Robert) Biggs; grandchildren Shawndell (Darick) McDuffie, Mathew Sieversten, Sarah (Michael) Day, Tyler (Katie) Brown, Eric Brown, Josh Hebig, Brittany Adams; great grandchildren Jaydis, Janiyah, Christian, Kayleigh, Ryan, Chesney, Ana, and Jasper; sisters-in-law Phylis, Ruby (Charles), Elaine, Betty, Karen, and Cheryl; brothers-in-law Billy, Bob, Gary, and Jack along with numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten, and will live in our hearts forever.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday April 11 at 4 p.m., at VFW Post 1634.