Peter Tycho Burke passed at the age of 75 on January 21, 2022, in Rockport, Texas during a battle with health concerns and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Peter was born November 4, 1946, in Boston, Massachusetts, where he attended school before setting out to travel the world.
A world traveler in early life, Peter settled into life as a Texan as a ranch hand in Sierra Blanca, Texas in the late 1960s and enjoyed life in many areas of Texas before settling into Rockport with his family in the early 1990s. A one-time Merchant Marine captain, US Navy sailor, West Texas ranch hand, early-era computer programmer, boxing club manager, South Texas ranch manager, and more, Peter always searched for understanding of God’s world through new experiences and perspectives. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, Peter was awarded the National Defense Service Medal alongside his fellow Navy sailors. In life, Peter loved animals and enjoyed walks in the natural areas of Aransas County, taking time to share identification of local wildlife and plants with his grandchildren. Peter enjoyed research and diving into legal systems, family genealogies, and solving the unsolvable for many people. This love of puzzles, questions, and solution-seeking drove many of Peter’s interests and accomplishments over the course of his life.
Peter is survived by four sons, one daughter, and thirteen grandchildren. Son Luke Huston of Austin, Texas; son Joshua (Eliane) Huston of Melbourne, Australia and his children Dylan, Benjamin C., Marie, and Claire; daughter Meaghan (Joshua) Bihun of San Antonio, Texas and her children Luka R.A. and Niall; son Liam (Melanie) Burke of Rockport, Texas and his children Sara, Logan, Alexis, and Emilia; and son Eamon Burke of Rockport, Texas and his children Lily, Norah, and Phoebe.
Visitation and viewing will be held at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Rockport, TX on Tuesday February 1st from 2-5pm followed by an evening rosary. A funeral mass will be observed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rockport, TX on Wednesday February 2nd at 9:00 am with graveside service to follow at Rockport Cemetery