Louis Burkel Jr., 87, of Portales died Thursday, April 27, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.
Born Sept. 16, 1918, in Jefferson City, Mo., he was the son of Margaret and Louis A. Burkel.
He graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1936, attended Central College in Jefferson City and earned his undergraduate degree at Northeastern Missouri State University. After serving in the Army during World War II, he returned and completed his master’s degree in music. He was a band instructor in Sweet Springs, Versailles and Jefferson City, Mo., before moving in 1952 to Beatrice, Neb., where he was the band instructor for 13 years.
In 1965 he moved to Portales to become a professor in the Eastern New Mexico University music school, and retired in 1981. An accomplished woodworker, he built his home in Beatrice except for the plumbing and made various pieces of cabinetry and furniture, family members said. He loved music, they said, and played his trumpet in the community band in Clovis, in a local dance band and for church services, and for several years volunteered as a bugler for military honors at local funerals. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Portales and Portales Kiwanis Club. Family members said he was an avid golfer and member of the Portales Country Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Fred Burkel, and his wife, Marjorie, who died Oct. 16, 2003.
He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Louis Burkel III (and wife, Sandy) of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Paul Burkel (Wanda) of Lake Forest, Calif.; a daughter, Susan Sampson, of San Antonio, Texas; a sister, Marjorie Beach of St. Louis; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Sunday School Building Fund.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.