1931 - 2014
Burrell Lirgg was born in New Philadelphia, Ohio on June 6, 1931. He started his early life learning skills from his grandfather, consisting of building wood items and structures, which he utilized all his life. He stayed in Ohio until he came to Idaho at the age of 15. He attended Caldwell High School for two years. After lying about his age, with his mother's permission, he joined the U.S Navy at the age of 16. He signed up for three years. With the Korean War in full effect, the Navy automatically extended his time to four years. He served on an oil tanker for most of his time, working as an electrician's mate. They circled the globe two times, giving him a chance, on his temporary leave, to explore several countries. He bought many beautiful souvenirs, paying for them at times with cigarettes he got from the ship's store.
Burrell married Billie Jo Warren July 22, 1950 during his employment with the Navy. He started work with Idaho Power in 1953, and retired in 1990. After retirement they traveled the world. He and Billie visited Switzerland, Germany, England, Scotland, and Wales, all very different from his Navy travels. He enjoyed it all. He joined the Masonic Lodge in Hagerman, later getting a dual membership in Boise, where he rose to the rank of Grand Master of the state of Idaho in 1986, giving him a chance to travel all over Idaho, Alaska, and New York City.
In Burrell's free time he did carpentry, created unique lamps from found objects, built grand tree houses, and created a go cart with a lawn mower engine that took all the neighborhood children for amazing rides. He did all this while maintaining his property and assisting others in need. As a handyman, he built a beautiful log cabin with the help of his wife, Billie. It was located in Round Valley where they would spend as much times as possible. There they had toys that every type of company could enjoy bringing friends from all around. He even created the worlds first "zip-line!"
Burrell and Billie were married for 64 years.
Burrell passed away Thursday morning, August 21, 2014 at 4:15 a.m at the VA Veterans home in Boise, where he received wonderful care from all of the staff. He had three children; David Lirgg, wife Paula, Christine Ward, husband Chet, and Patty Hamilton. Burrell had six grandchildren; Sandy Waggoner, David Paul Lirgg, Kimberly Drake, Alan Takeuchi, Dan Hamilton, and Sarah Tompkins. There are nine great-grandchildren. Danny is a craftsman like his grandfather, Alan is a policeman in Nampa.
He will be missed dearly by all lives he touched. A funeral service will be held Thursday, August 28 at 1:00 P.M. at Whitney United Methodist Church, 3315 W. Overland Road, 83705.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 27, 2014