Beryle Burns, whose family business has run several well known restaurants in the Modesto area and Central Valley over five decades, died Monday of complications from Parkinson's disease, his family said. Burns was 83.
A native of Oklahoma, Burns studied accounting in college and after serving in the Air Force established an accounting business in Modesto with his wife, the former Dorothy Marie Rasmussen of Oakdale.
In the early 1960s, Burns and partner Chic Brooks bought a Topper's Steak House in Fresno, later known as Happy Steak. The Burns family became Happy Steak franchise owners in the Modesto and Fresno areas and eventually added several Perko's cafes.
The family company, now run by Burns' sons Steven and Jeffrey, includes Huckleberry's restaurants in Modesto and Turlock and Cool Hand Luke's in Riverbank.
Beryle Burns is survived by his sons, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His and his wife were married 52 years until she died in 2001.
Services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Oakdale Memorial Chapel, 830 West F Street.