LEESBURG, Va. - William Elton Burdick passed away on Wednesday (July 4, 2012) at his home on Potomac Falls, Va.
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He was born on Sept. 2, 1930, in Bradford, Pa. He married childhood sweetheart Sally in 1954, the same year he joined the Navy
Bill entered the University of Chicago as a fifteen-year old student. He subsequently earned an engineering degree from Lehigh University and a master's degree in economics from Stanford University. He graduated in 1950, and went to work for Bethlehem Steel. Early duty in Yokosuka, Japan, as a civil engineer was a highlight tour in the views of both Sally and Bill. Other tours included Vietnam, the Philippines, the Washington Navy Yard and the Pentagon.
After retiring in 1975, Bill worked as a general contractor, building two churches and a library. He also constructed the family's home in Middleburg, Va., complete with a nine-hole golf course. In addition to golfing, Bill was an avid model ship and railroad builder.
Bill is survived by his wife, Sally, their two children, Martha and Paul, and four grandsons, Jonathan, Daniel, William and Robert.
Services are private. Send condolences to www.colonialfuneralhome.com
Published in The Bradford Era on July 7, 2012