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Induction Category & YearProfessional 2000
Home TownPierre, SD
Pierre, SD

   Charles Burke
Champion of Excellence

 Charles Burke II has lived a quiet, but noteworthy life. He has reared a family, guided and developed a 100-year-old bank and given back to his community and state.

As a businessman, Charles began his banking career while still in high school, working during the summer doing miscellaneous jobs at the bank that had been his family’s concern for over 85 years, Bank West (formerly Pierre National Bank). He served in a variety of positions in the bank throughout his career from assistant cashier to vice president and finally president in 1972. To this day, he serves as chairman of the Board and served as CEO of the Pierre Financial Company from 1951 to 1958. Through his leadership, Bank West has grown and flourished to include nine locations throughout South Dakota.

Throughout Charles' career he has lent his time and talent to various organizations such as the Black Hills Playhouse, South Dakota Board of Regents, Children Care Foundation, Mary House, South Dakota Banking Commission and the University of South Dakota Foundation to name only a few.

One area of Charles Burke's life that stands above all others is philanthropy. Through his generous support he helped found the Oahe Foundation, the Pierre/Ft. Pierre United Way and the Stanley County Community Service Christmas dinner for the needy in the community. He continues to contribute to organizations throughout the Pierre/Ft. Pierre area and the entire state.

For his philanthropy and kind heart, Burke was named the South Dakota Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year, honored with the 1999 Good Person Award, an award given in Pierre as part of the National Philanthropy Day, and was named one of 50 South Dakotans making a difference in their communities and the state.

Charles Burke has always gone the extra mile to ensure success and well being in his business, his community and his state.

Charles H. Burke died peacefully at his home in Pierre on Monday, July 27, 2009.  He was 87. 

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