July 02, 2011

Ernest L Burd

Burd Obituary

Roxbury Township, Ernest Lance Burd, “Abe”, 92, of Berkshire Valley died July 2, 2011 at Compassionate Care Hospice in Dover.  He was born and raised on a farm in Chester Township in 1919, and always remained a farm boy at heart.  After serving in the Pacific in the U S Army, 34th Infantry, during WWII, he married Myrtle Haggerty in 1946 and was the proud father of six children.  He worked as a heavy equipment and crane operator until retiring in 1984.  He first worked for the N J Quarry in Morris Plains, the for the Lock Joint Pipe Company in Wharton, and then for Vianini Concrete Pipe Company in Whitehouse. As a 61 year resident of Roxbury Township, he volunteered as a Cub Scout Master and as an instructor for the Roxbury Township Junior Rifle Club.  He was an Exempt Fireman with Roxbury Company #3 and a member of the Lower Berkshire Valley United Methodist Church.  Abe proudly flew the American flag outside his home every day.  

Abe was predeceased by his wife, Myrtle, in 2009 and leaves a daughter, five sons, and their spouses; Wendy and Patrick Evans of Oak Ridge, Frederick and Diane Burd of Blairstown, Jere and Jill Burd of Washington, NJ, Jack and Debby Burd of Biglerville, PA, Richard and Julie Burd of Hopatcong and Brian and Cathy Burd of Hackettstown.  He was the dear grandfather of 12; Kristine, Matthew, Michelle, Douglas, Amy, Brian, and Emily Burd, Karen Fishman, Nicole Redden, Dana Dickerson, Sean and Todd Evans, and step-grandfather to Taryn Hummel, Tonya McGahey and Chris Evans.  He also leaves his great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; Jessica and Elaina Formichella, Ryan Fishman, Gavin Redden, Jaceb and Samuel Dickerson, Peyton Burd, Shaun McGahey and Maegan, Makenna and James Hummel, and his care-giver Barbara Barnes.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Wednesday from 4PM until 8PM at Davis and Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna (973-584-7264)  davishepplewhitefh.com.  Funeral Services will be held Thursday, 10 AM at the funeral home, with the interment to follow at the Succasunna Methodist Cemetery. The family sincerely requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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