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Robert Burdekin (1926 - 2013)

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Robert Burdekin

Norfolk - Robert Donald Burdekin, 87, passed away to be with his loving wife and baby daughter on 15 November 2013, in Issaquah WA. He was born in Oswego NY on 9 February 1926 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944, where he served with the 70th Infantry (Trailblazer) Division during World War II. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge, the Central Europe Campaign and the Rhineland Campaign, earning his Combat Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Star Medal. After World War II, he was stationed in occupied Germany and transferred to the United Stated Air Force in 1948, serving a tour of duty in Korea. He remained on active duty as a Master Sergeant until his retirement at Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, CA in 1966. Upon retirement from the U.S. Air Force, he was employed by the California Department of Corrections and lived in Fairfield, CA. After retirement from civil service, he and his wife, Audrey, enjoyed traveling and camping along the Northern California coast, especially Bodega Bay, and making new friends wherever they went. After the death of his wife, Audrey, in 2007, he lived with his daughter's family in Norfolk, Virginia and his son's family in Eagle ID and Sammamish, WA. After his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his baby daughter Barbara Ann, his beloved wife Audrey of 60 years, his brother Norman, and his sister Evelyn. Left to cherish his memory are his daughter Audrey Zimmerman, his son John, and his grandchildren Nathaniel and Madeleine. He is also survived by his brothers John of Boulder CO, James of Fulton, NY, and numerous nieces and nephews. A private funeral service and internment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. The family suggests any memorial contributions be made in his name to the Disabled American Veterans (www.DAV.org), the (www.LUNG.org).
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Published in The Virginian Pilot on Nov. 20, 2013
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