Dennis Royle Burroughs, affectionately known as Tex, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2023, in Norfolk, Virginia. He was born on October 7, 1946, in Sayre, Oklahoma, and at the time of his passing, he was 77 years old.
Dennis led a fulfilling and accomplished life, leaving behind a legacy that will be cherished by those who knew and loved him. He dedicated a significant portion of his career to serving his community. Dennis was a “Jack of All Trades and The Master of None.” He held many titles after serving in the United States Army which included truck driving, heavy machinery mechanic, with his favorite title being a proudly self-proclaimed Redneck Construction engineer. He served as a Deputy at the Norfolk Sheriff’s Department, where he displayed unwavering dedication and commitment throughout his 11 years with them. His strong work ethic and sense of duty earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and the community he served.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Dennis had a passion for motorcycles and trucks. He found solace and joy in the open road, embracing the freedom and adventure that came with these modes of transportation. His family has many fond memories of Dennis refurbishing older vehicles with his most impressive build of a Fiero that was once scattered inside of his garage.
Dennis proudly served his country during the Vietnam War as a valued member of the United States Army. For his service, he was awarded several honors, including the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and his certification as a Sharpshooter. His bravery and commitment to his Nation will forever be remembered and honored.
Dennis will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, Jean Elizabeth Burroughs, with whom he shared countless memories as they built their life together. They navigated life’s joys and challenges hand in hand, exemplifying a bond that stood the test of time. In addition to his wife, Jean, Dennis is also survived by his five children, 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one brother, and several other cherished family members and friends who will forever carry his memory in their hearts.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
Dennis had an extraordinary sense of humor that brought laughter and warmth to those around him. When asked how he was holding up, he would often reply with a twinkle in his eye, “With both hands!” His infectious spirit and positive outlook on life will be remembered fondly by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
A Funeral Mass will be held on November 29, 2023 at 11:00 AM at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Dennis will be laid to rest following the services at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk, VA. This is a special day as this is their 54th Wedding Anniversary.
As we bid farewell to Dennis, let us celebrate his life and honor the immense impact he had on those fortunate enough to cross his path. He will forever remain in our hearts, his memory a source of inspiration and comfort. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA is honored to serve the Burroughs family.