Burleigh (Burl) Dennis Streets, lifelong resident of Helena, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday February 4, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.
Burl was born in 1943 in Helena to Fern and Clarence Streets. He was the youngest of four children.
After growing up in Helena, Burl served the US Navy in the Vietnam era. He then returned to Helena and met his beloved wife, Karen. They lived in Helena, raising their three daughters, working hard and playing hard. They generously shared their time, energy and humor with anyone crossing their paths. Karen became ill in 2002, and Burl retired from his 30 year career as an electronics technician to be her full time caregiver. After Karen’s death that year, Burl and his second wife, Toni Rickman started their life together.
Burl was an avid and extremely talented tinkerer, able to return almost any broken item to working condition. He often said anything could be repaired with duck tape, nylon ties and WD-40. He was never without his tools, which he wore around his waist on what he referred to as his “bat belt”.
Burl lived with gusto, and humor was his greatest gift. The giant concrete gargoyle he installed on top of his house is characteristic of the individuality he brought to everything he did. He was known around town for his witty banter and jovial nature. He announced his arrival everywhere he went with an off-color joke delivered in his booming voice.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife and best friend Karen Streets, and brothers Wayne Wilson and Bill Streets.
Burl is survived by his wife, Toni Rickman, three daughters, Britt “Bearsky P. Bear” Ballinger, Casey “Weasel” Berryman, and Clarice “Duck” Streets, sons-in-law Nathan Berryman and Jim Fricker, step daughters Peggy Timm and Tracy Maphies, step son Shawn Maphies, adopted sons Guy Root and John-Jack Wells, surrogate daughter Merrillee Rutherford, sister Wanda Miller, his six grandchildren, his nieces and nephews, and innumerable people who had the honor of calling him a friend.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 8th at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A reception will follow at the family’s home at 700 Cole Avenue in Helena, Montana. Please visit below to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Burleigh. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Lewis and Clark Humane Society, P.O. Box 4455, Helena, MT 59604. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Burl.